When the Cub Scout Sports and Academics program was discontinued, I (along with a lot of other folks) was concerned about how we would find activities that boys of different ranks could complete together.
But as we’ve started implementing the new Cub Scout program, I realized there are many activities that can be combined. The requirements are not exactly the same, but with a bit of planning, your dens can complete them.
Camping is one example of this. When you’re camping, have a campfire program and cook outdoors, and most of your boys can check off requirements. Continue reading →
We all want our Cub Scouts to be safe especially when we’re doing outdoor activities. That’s why the Boy Scouts of America has compiled a list of the Cub Scout Six Essentials for Hiking. The essentials can also be used for other outdoor activities as well.
If you search online, you’ll find many different lists of hiking essentials. But how did these lists get started?
An outdoor recreation, education and conservation nonprofit organization called The Mountaineers published a book called Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills. Written by a team of over 40 experts, it’s considered standard reading for mountaineering and climbing. Continue reading →
I discovered this awesome printable Cub Scout cards on Etsy! It is so cute, but in a rugged, Cub Scout way. When I saw them, I knew they would be perfect to give to our Cub Scouts as we started the new year–especially the new Cub Scouts.
On a single page, you’ll find the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, the Cub Scout motto, the Outdoor Code, the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids, and the Scout slogan. You can print the page and cut it so that you have individual cards for each of these.
The printable Cub Scout cards are a fun way to learn some of the things they need to know to earn their Bobcat rank. The other boys can use them to review their Cub Scout basics. Continue reading →
When I attended the Philmont training session for the new Cub Scout program, I heard a new term, participatory citizenship. It encompasses civic awareness and patriotism, service and stewardship. This topic was one of the organizing principles of the new Cub Scout program.
In the new program, a service project is included in a required adventure for every rank (and even some electives). Here are the requirements: Continue reading →
Hiking is a great opportunity to get outside with our boys. Our pack has a hike every third Sunday. We vary the location, length and difficulty so that everyone can participate. We love to put the “outing” in Scouting by taking a long walk!
Sometimes if you tell an elementary school-aged boy that you’re going for a long walk, you might hear whining. But tell them you’re going on an ABC hike or a scavenger hunt hike or a penny hike, and you just might pique their interest.
Having a themed hike can add an element of excitement. Often, they can be done with few (if any) supplies.
I’ve compiled a list of different types of hikes that will spice up your long walk! Continue reading →
The new Cub Scout adventure program has several food activities. For some of them, the boys are bringing a nutritious snack to their den meetings. For others, they are planning and preparing a nutritious meal for their families or for a campout.
Regardless, the boys will need to identify healthy foods. What better way to learn than with Cub Scout nutrition games! Continue reading →