Cub Scout Awards

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

Arrow of Light Arrow Striping

Arrow of Light Arrow StripingThe Arrow of Light is Cub Scout’s highest rank. In many packs, it’s customary to honor Arrow of Light recipients with a plaque, a ceremonial arrow or both. One of the traditions observed by many packs is to put stripes on the shaft of the arrow to symbolize the boys’ achievements during their Cub Scout careers.

One of three methods is typically used to add the stripes. Some will paint the stripes on to the shaft of the arrow. Some will wind colored embroidery floss around it. Others will use adhesive vinyl strips.

Each method has its pros and cons. Paint may last longer, but it is the most difficult to apply. You have to paint carefully and stay in the lines, and it can get messy. Continue reading

Great Arrow of Light Arrows: Review of Vince’s Arrows

vince's arrow of light arrows
As I began to prepare for my Webelos den’s Arrow of Light ceremony, I knew I wanted the boys to have a plaque with an arrow hanging from it.  I discovered that we had two options for Arrow of Light arrows–we could make them ourselves or we could purchase them ready-made.  For us, the ready-made option made the most sense.

I searched for arrows that were high quality yet at an affordable price, and I found exactly that with Vince’s Arrows.  I ordered five arrows on a Sunday, and I got an email on Monday saying they had been shipped! Continue reading

Cub Scouts: Nova STEM Program

Cub Scouts Nova Stem ProgramHave you heard about the Cub Scouts Nova awards and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program?  It is a BSA initiative to encourage boys’ curiosity about these fields.

As part of the Cub Scouts Nova STEM program, boys can earn two different awards. The hope is that the requirements and activities for earning these awards stimulates interest in STEM-related fields and shows how science, technology, engineering and mathematics apply to everyday living and the world around them. Continue reading

Cub Scout World Conservation Award

world conservation award imageEarning the World Conservation Award helps boys understand more about the wonderful planet we live on and how we all can do our part to take care of it.

Below you’ll find information about the Cub Scout World Conservation Award.  This award can only be earned once while a boy is a Cub Scout.  For example, if he earns it while he’s a Wolf, he can’t earn it again as a Webelos. Continue reading

BSA’s Cyber Chip – Kids’ Internet Safety

cub scout cyber chip

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I know that as parents of first through fifth graders, we may think that topics such as cyber bullying, online privacy and social networks are a long way off for us.

But you may be surprised to learn that over 5 million Facebook users are kids under the age of 10 even though the age limit for an account is 13.

What about YouTube videos? There are lots of great videos that the kids love—especially the Minecraft ones, but without supervision, it’s easy for the boys to be exposed to content that we don’t want them to watch.

And it’s estimated that 25% of kids have their own mobile phones in third grade with all of the issues that go along with a child and his mobile phone. Continue reading