Cub Scout Awards

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

Outdoor Ethics Awards Discontinued for Cub Scouts

outdoor ethics awardsWhen I was at the Philmont Training Center a few weeks ago, one of our instructors told us that the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award and the Outdoor Ethics Action Award had been retired.

This wasn’t a secret, but I didn’t want to share with you until I had some documentation.  The news has now been shared on the Scouting Program Updates page.

Here is the statement regarding the retirement of these awards. Continue reading

Cub Scouts Study Meteors

cub scout activities while watching for meteors

Photo by Trevor Bexon via Flickr.

According to the National Day Calendar, June 30th is National Meteor Watch Day.  It’s a day that “people turn their eyes to the heavens in hopes of spotting the glow of a falling star.”  It’s also a great day for your Cub Scouts to check off some requirements while they look for meteors.

Tigers can mark off one of the requirements for the elective adventure, Sky is the Limit, and Wolves, Bears and Webelos can complete a requirement for the Out of this World Nova award. Continue reading

Use Pack’s Summer Events for More Than Fun!

Cub Scout Pack Summer ActivitiesEvery summer, our pack earns the National Summertime Pack Award.  And our summer events do triple duty! 

In addition to qualifying us for the award, we open up the events to non-Scout families in the community as a “service” for our community.  However, we don’t count this as a community service project–more an opportunity for some positive publicity.

We also use the activities to recruit new Cub Scouts.  If a family is interested in Cub Scouting, we’ll talk to them about our pack. Continue reading

Cub Scout National Summertime Pack Award

National Summertime Pack Award

The National Summertime Pack Award is given to packs that conduct at least one activity in each of the summer months, June, July and August.  It is intended to encourage packs to have a year-round program.

The award has three components–pack, den and individual.  The application for the award is a bit unclear on how these three work.  This makes the award somewhat confusing.  I suspect that some packs who have actually earned the award aren’t applying for it because they think they didn’t meet the requirements. Continue reading

Cyber Chip: Pack Technology Policy

Cyber Chip Pack Technology PolicyThe Cyber Chip is the Boy Scouts of America’s online internet safety program.  Just like the Whittling Chip teaches the boys how to safely use a pocketknife, the Cyber Chip teaches them how to safely use the internet.

The BSA feels so strongly about internet safety that the Cub Scouts must complete the Cyber Chip in order to earn their rank badge.  Bobcat is the only rank that doesn’t require it.

The Cyber Chip requirements vary by grade.  The first through third graders have one set of requirements that differs from the fourth and fifth grade set.  One of the key differences is that the older boys must discuss acceptable usage of electronics at Scouting events.  Continue reading

New Cub Scout Shooting Sports Awards

Cub Scout shooting sports awards

Boy Scouts of America

Have you heard about the new Cub Scout Shooting Sports Awards?  The requirements were recently released and posted on Scouting’s program updates page.

Because the BB gun and Archery belt loops and pins are no longer available, Cub Scouts needed a new way to be recognized for this shooting sports achievements.

While the program is brand new, a couple of things haven’t changed. Continue reading