Cub Scout Project Idea: DIY Chess Board

chess board  webelos craftsmanWhen my older son was a Webelos, our  den made a chess set from nuts and bolts as part of an old requirement.  It is still a fun activity for the boys!

I wanted a chess board to go with the pieces.  Finding an inexpensive way to make the boards was important.  I turned to Pinterest and other online sources and wandered around Lowe’s, but I couldn’t find anything that wasn’t wood. Continue reading

Get Your Free Cub Scout Cootie Catcher Template

cub scout cootie catcher template
A couple of months ago, I shared a Cub Scout cootie catcher that the boys can use to help them learn what they need to know for the Bobcat badge.  Several of you asked for a version that you could personalize, so I modified the original one to make a Cub Scout cootie catcher template.

I’m sure many of us recall using a cootie catcher or fortune teller (as some call it) when we were young.  I know I do!  But did you know that they first appeared as early as the 17th century?  This article from Mental Floss gives us a brief history of the humble cootie catcher.
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50 of the Most Incredible Blue and Gold Themes

50 blue and gold themes
Most Cub Scout packs have a Blue and Gold banquet in February to celebrate Scouting’s birthday.  It’s a great evening of fun for all members of Cub Scout families.

The Blue and Gold banquet does take some planning.  There are several excellent planning guides available online.  You can find links in this post to several of them.

Your Blue and Gold banquet theme is one of the first decisions that you need to make.  An internet search will give you lots of ideas, but to help you out, I decided to compile a list of 50 theme ideas.   Continue reading

Free Printable Arrow of Light Certificate Template

Arrow of Light Certificate TemplateThe Arrow of Light is the highest rank a Cub Scout can earn.  It is also the only Cub Scout badge that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform.

The Arrow of Light requirements are intended to help prepare the Webelos to become Boy Scouts.  The requirements familiarize the boys with the Boy Scout Oath and Law and give them an opportunity to learn more about the troop.  Continue reading

Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Pit Pass

Pinewood Derby Pit Pass

Many, many thanks to The Idea Door Files for this uber-cool Pinewood Derby Pit Pass!  I decided to print these for our Derby contestants, and they were a huge hit!  We had several Boy Scouts who helped us with the Derby, and they wanted one too.

When you go to The Idea Door Files, you’ll see the link for a pdf file with 4 passes on a page.  I printed that one on card stock, wrote numbers on the lines and cut them out.  I then laminated them.  I used some lanyards that I had from another project so that the kids could wear them around their necks. Continue reading

Cub Scout Neckerchief Slide Idea for Pinewood Derby

A few weeks ago, I posted this over on my Facebook page, and now it’s time to reveal what we made!

 

 

pinewood derby neckerchief slides1I searched for Cub Scout neckerchief slide ideas for our Pinewood Derby, and Alpine District Cub Scouts had this awesome one!  If you haven’t checked out their website, you need to.  They have lots of wonderful ideas.

Unfortunately, I procrastinated about ordering the checkered flag toothpicks online, and I knew they wouldn’t arrive in time.  I thought, “No worries.  I’ll find them locally.”  I called around to all the party supply and craft stores in our city, but no one had them! Continue reading