75 Pack Activities for the Summertime Pack Award

Summertime Pack Award ActivitiesThe National Summertime Pack Award is given to packs that have at least one activity each month during the summer. It’s intended to help keep packs active during those months when they might not otherwise meet.

A few years ago, our pack decided that we wanted to be active during the summer, but we didn’t want to have formal meetings.  The plan was to host something fun that didn’t take lots of planning and preparation.

Our summer activities are held on the third Thursday which is our normal pack meeting night.  We encourage our Cub Scouts to invite their friends.  You can read more about how the activities are used for recruiting new members. Continue reading

How to Make a Pizza Box Oven

pizza box oven When we think about outdoor cooking, most of us think about a grill or a campfire.  But did you know that you can cook in a pizza box oven?

All you need is a pizza box, a few basic supplies and the sun, and your Cub Scout can make some cool “solar” recipes, including English muffin pizzas and s’mores.

Because the only heat source is the sun, this is a great cooking activity for younger kids.  You don’t have to worry too much about them getting burned.  However, I would still supervise them especially when they take the food out of the oven because it will be hot.

Continue reading

3 Amazing Lessons from the Pinewood Derby

pinewood derby lessons
This post about the Pinewood Derby was sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America.  As always, the story and opinions are mine.

It’s amazing what you can learn from working with your son on his Pinewood Derby car.  Here’s our story of creativity, challenge, and collaboration.

Last year, we asked Grant what kind of Pinewood Derby car he wanted to make.  He said a tornado.  What??  How in the world can we make a tornado Pinewood Derby car?  I’m not quite sure how Grant came up with that idea, but it was creative. Continue reading

How to Make an Easy and Inexpensive Marble Maze

easy marble mazeAt last summer’s Cub Scout day camp, the boys each made a marble maze.  Now when you have almost 200 boys attending day camp, there are two important things to remember when you’re thinking about crafts.

1. Any crafts that you make must be inexpensive
2. Avoid glue, if at all possible.

It can be HARD to find the kind of craft you want that doesn’t use glue!  But we just don’t have the space to store 200 projects while the glue dries!

My friend, Beth, figured out a way to make these marble mazes inexpensively and without glue. Continue reading

5 Super Fun and Simple Cub Scout Games

Five Cub Scout GamesThis post was sponsored by the Genius of Play.  As always, the opinions are my own.

My son’s Cub Scout den loves to go outside to play!  We’re all trying hard to “put the outing back in Scouting,” and playing Cub Scout games outside before or after a den meeting counts.

Sometimes, it’s hard to think of a game they can play that’s simple and fun.  That’s where the folks at the Genius of Play can help!  Their website has 6 fun activities that make perfect Cub Scout games to play outdoors.  

I wrote about the Genius of Play in the past, so make sure you check out their suggestions for gathering activities, den games and adventure fun.
Continue reading

How to Print New Cub Scout Requirements To Fit in Handbooks

new cub scout requirements By now, all of you have heard about the new Cub Scout requirements modifications that were implemented at the beginning of December 2016.

The Boy Scouts of America now has created an addendum for each rank that lists all of the rank and adventure requirements, including those that weren’t changed.  These documents will help us update our current handbooks.

Some of my Scouting friends who are involved at the national level tell me that BSA’s plan is to continue selling their current inventory of handbooks until it is deleted. When the book is reprinted, it will reflect the modifications.  It’s my understanding that the addenda will be printed and distributed with each handbook that is sold, but I’m not sure when they’ll be available. Continue reading

Unique Arrow of Light Plaques for Cub Scouts

arrow of light plaqueThis post was sponsored by Vince’s Arrows, but the opinions, as always, are my own.

A couple of years ago, I discovered Vince’s Arrows and purchased them for my older son’s den. I loved them so much that I asked Vince if he would like to work with me to get the word out to you about them.

So I didn’t hesitate when Vince asked me to tell you about his personalized Arrow of Light plaques.  He created one for my son so I could take a look at it.

As I removed the plaque from the wrapping, I was surprised to see that the plaque wasn’t smooth like others that I’ve seen. The wood is rough cut.  My immediate reaction was “well, that’s different.” I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not, and I put it on my counter so I could see it every time I walked past it. Continue reading