When 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 →
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 →
You’ll find that going on a pack camp out is a requirement to earn your rank badge for Wolf, Bear and Arrow of Light dens. The only exception is for those packs whose charter organization doesn’t allow pack camping. Continue reading →
I’m a member of the 1st Facebook Scout Group which has members from around the world. It’s fascinating to hear about Scouting in other countries, so check it.
A few months ago, Roger Marsh posted a video of a super fun activity to the group’s page. Roger called it “cardboard box compass practice,” but I dubbed it “orienteering in a box.” As I watched the video, I said, “We have to do this at day camp!”
This activity probably doesn’t meet the official definition of orienteering, so I hope the members of Orienteering USA don’t mind that I took some liberty with their term. 🙂 Continue reading →
When I attended the Philmont training session for the new Cub Scout program, I heard a new term, participatory citizenship. It encompasses civic awareness and patriotism, service and stewardship. This topic was one of the organizing principles of the new Cub Scout program.
In the new program, a service project is included in a required adventure for every rank (and even some electives). Here are the requirements: Continue reading →