Category Archives: Webelos

Modifications to the Cub Scout Program

changes to the cub scout programThe Boy Scouts of America has announced modifications to the Cub Scout program.  They are effective immediately.  A document detailing the changes can be found on the Program Updates page of the Scouting website.

If you have already downloaded or printed this document, please check to make sure it is the latest version.  The easiest way is to check the number of pages.  The old version had 56 pages.  The new one has 57. Continue reading

Handmade Hiking Sticks

handmade hiking stickA couple of years ago, one of the dads who was attending Cub Scout Day Camp with us shared his plans for making hiking sticks. They are awesome!  It will take the boys a few weeks to finish them, if they only work on them during den meetings.  The nice thing about this project is that the steps can be done during a den meeting or at home.

My Webelos den made these handmade hiking sticks, and they turned out great!  Parker used his on a cold January hike.  This is a good project for your Bears or Webelos. Continue reading

How to Help Cub Scouts with the Genius of Play

genius-of-playThis post was sponsored by the Genius of Play.  As always, the opinions are my own.

Tell a boy that Cub Scouts will prepare him to “make ethical and moral choices”, and you’ll probably get a blank stare.  In his mind, Cub Scouting is a fun activity where he gets to play.

As adults, we sometimes forget that play has an important part in our child’s development. Many of the skills we want them to learn are easily taught through play.

Exactly how does playing help our kids?  The folks at the Genius of Play explain it and give us some cool activity ideas. Continue reading

How to Complete the Game Design Adventure with Bitsbox + A Discount!

Game Design AdventureDo your Cub Scouts love playing games on your smartphone or tablet?  Then they’re going to love Bitsbox!  It’s a super fun way to learn to code for kids by allowing them to make their own apps.  If you have a Webelos or Arrow of Light Cub Scout, he can use Bitsbox to complete the Game Design elective adventure. Continue reading

Cub Scout Hiking

hiking combined activitiesWhen the Cub Scout Sports and Academics program was discontinued, I (along with a lot of other folks) was concerned about how we would find activities that boys of different ranks could complete together.

But as we’ve started implementing the new Cub Scout program, I realized there are many activities that can be combined.  The requirements are not exactly the same, but with a bit of planning, your dens can complete them.

Camping is one example of this.  When you’re camping, have a campfire program and cook outdoors, and most of your boys can check off requirements. Continue reading

Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking

Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking

We all want our Cub Scouts to be safe especially when we’re doing outdoor activities.  That’s why the Boy Scouts of America has compiled a list of the Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking.  The essentials can also be used for other outdoor activities as well.

If you search online, you’ll find many different lists of hiking essentials.  But how did these lists get started?

An outdoor recreation, education and conservation nonprofit organization called The Mountaineers published a book called Mountaineering:  The Freedom of the Hills.  Written by a team of over 40 experts, it’s considered standard reading for mountaineering and climbing. Continue reading

17 Ideas for Planning Webelos and Arrow of Light Projects

In the pre-2015 Cub Scout program, the Webelos Craftsman activity badge was my favorite of all the activity badges.  The boys had opportunities to make very fun projects, and they learned valuable new skills in the process.

So, I was a little bummed when I realized that there wasn’t an equivalent adventure in the new Cub Scout program.  As I read through the requirements, I discovered that there are several Webelos/AoL elective adventures that have the boys building or creating something.

These Webelos/AoL projects take time to complete–especially if you pick a project that is a little more advanced.  However, don’t let that deter you from doing the fun projects that the boys really want to do.  Yes, a craft stick picture frame is much easier to make than a cool Pinewood Derby car display, but which one will the boys still have 6 months from now?  Which one will help him learn skills he doesn’t already have? Continue reading