Tag Archives: Gathering Activities

Cub Scouts: Rope Knot Tying

Cub Scout Knots

Knot tying is an essential skill for many outdoor activities.  If they’re going to participate in them, every Cub Scout or Boy Scout needs to know how to tie knots.

But knots aren’t just for the outdoors.  We usually don’t think about how we use knots at home.  We tie our shoes, we tie a package and the boys tie their own ties.  We can’t forget that for some folks, knot tying is a hobby.

In the Cub Scout program, Wolves, Bears and Arrow of Light ranks have knot tying in their required adventures. 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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How to Help Cub Scouts with the Genius of Play

genius-of-playThis post was sponsored by the Genius of Play.  As always, the opinions are my own.

Tell a boy that Cub Scouts will prepare him to “make ethical and moral choices”, and you’ll probably get a blank stare.  In his mind, Cub Scouting is a fun activity where he gets to play.

As adults, we sometimes forget that play has an important part in our child’s development. Many of the skills we want them to learn are easily taught through play.

Exactly how does playing help our kids?  The folks at the Genius of Play explain it and give us some cool activity ideas. Continue reading

How to Play the Tape Ball Game for Cub Scouts

tape ball gameHas your pack ever played the Tape Ball game?  If not, you’re missing out because the boys love it!  You can watch a video of me making a tape ball.

We’ve used it twice as a Round-Up activity.  We started the Round-Up with an opening ceremony with both parents and kids.  Then, our local Boy Scout Troop helped us out.  They took the boys outside and led the tape ball activity for us. Continue reading

Cub Scout Bobcat Cootie Catcher

Cub Scout Bobcat Cootie Catcher
Do you remember cootie catchers?  Some of you may know them as fortune tellers.  I used to love those things!  I remember playing with my oldest friend, Susan, when we attended Brandon Elementary School.  So fun!

Back in the day (and I’m not going to say how long ago that day was! HA!), we used these for fun.  Now, cootie catchers are being used as learning tools.  If you search for “cootie catchers” on Pinterest, you’ll find them for math, reading comprehension, an author’s purpose, the Bill of Rights, the scientific method, writing prompts and more. Continue reading