Printable Time Capsule Questionnaire for Cub Scouts

time capsule questionnaire for cub scoutsThe Webelos and Arrow of Light elective adventure, Looking Back, Looking Forward, is a fun way to show the Cub Scouts how the past has influenced the present.

One of the requirements is to “create your own time capsule.”  I’ll tell you more about the time capsules my son’s den created in a later post.

As I was planning the den meeting where we made them, I found lots of printable time capsule questionnaires.  But I wanted something that would help the boys remember their Cub Scouting career.  Since there isn’t anything like that, I decided to create my own!
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Cub Scout Gathering Activity: The Smile Game

Cub Scout Gathering Activity: Smile Game
The smile game is such a fun game that can be played quickly as a Cub Scout gathering activity or as an active game when the boys have been sitting too long.

It can also be used to complete Bear Elective Adventure – Roaring Laughter 4:  With a partner, play a game that makes you laugh.

The other wonderful attribute of this Cub Scout gathering activity game is that there are NO supplies required–just some boys! Continue reading

How to Make Shapes with Tangrams

make shapes with tangramsDo you know what a tangram is?  You probably do, but you don’t realize it.  Tangrams are those square wooden puzzles that are cut into seven smaller shapes.  You use those shapes to make images.  There is a legend about the first tangram that might be interesting to read to your Cub Scouts.

One of the requirements for the Tiger elective adventure, Stories in Shapes, asks the boys to use tangrams to create shapes.  Allowing the Tigers to use their imagination in designing these images will spark their creativity.

This might be a bit difficult for some boys, especially using the black and white image that’s in the Tiger Leader Guide.  Instead, use the colorful printables available free from the Tangram Channel.   You can download a set of tangram pieces here. Continue reading

Cub Scout Whittling Chip Requirements: Pocketknife Safety

pocketknife safetyOne of the things I love about Cub Scouts is that it teaches our boys life skills they need. One of these is how to safely use a pocketknife. According to BSA’s Age-Appropriate Guidelines, Bears, Webelos and Arrow of Light scouts can use a pocketknife.

In the Cub Scout Adventure program, the Bear and Arrow of Light ranks require knowledge of pocketknife safety.

Bear Adventure: Bear Claws 2: Learn knife safety and earn your Whittling Chip.

Arrow of Light Adventure: Scouting Adventure 6: Demonstrate your knowledge of the pocketknife safety rules and the pocketknife pledge. Earn your Whittling Chip card if you have not already done so. Continue reading

How to Celebrate Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath

Scout SundayTwo very special days for the Boy Scouts of America are Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath. First observed in 1914, the days honor the contributions of boys and adults to Scouting.

Celebrating Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath can help introduce the Scouting program to congregation members who may not know about it.  Because most Scout units are chartered to faith-based organizations, Scout Sunday and Scout Sabbath also give the boys an opportunity to give back by performing acts of service.

Whether with your pack or with your family, commemorating one of these important days will show your Scout spirit to your community.

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