Finding inexpensive and useful Cub Scout gifts to tuck into their Christmas stockings can be hard! You'll want to check out all these stocking stuffers for campers and Scouts that are less than $10. Perfect for any outdoorsy kids!
Is it as hard for you to pick out stocking stuffers as it is for me? I don't want to buy things my kids will discard right away, and I don't want to spend very much money!
A while ago, Michelle asked a question on the Cub Scout Ideas Facebook page. She wanted ideas for good but inexpensive scout and camping themed Christmas gifts.
Michelle, what's up with planning your Christmas gifts in August?? It's almost Christmas, and I haven't even thought about gifts! 🙂
Our great group of Scouters on the page gave us some awesome suggestions! Using many of their ideas, I've put together this gift guide for Cub Scout stocking stuffers.
The guide has 10 stocking stuffers (plus a bonus one!) that are less than $10. They make great gifts to wrap up and put under the tree too.
How do you start a fire without matches? Use one of these handy fire starters.
There are a couple of things I learned when I tried to use ours. You need to scrape the black coating off before you try lighting a fire.
The Scouts will need to be patient and keep trying. Once you get the hang of using it, you'll be able to light a fire quickly.
This gift is for the older Cub Scouts. Not sure I would give a Wolf one of these! 🙂
Your Webelos and Arrow of Light Cub Scouts can use the fire starter to help them complete requirements for adventures.
The first requirement of the Webelos required adventure, Cast Iron Chef, is to light a fire. The activity doesn't require that you light it without matches, but it would be fun to try.
The Castaway elective adventure for Webelos and Arrow of Light has them demonstrating how to light a fire without matches!
Charging your flashlight by turning a crank is definitely cool when you're on a Cub Scout campout!
This hand crank flashlight doesn't need batteries because it's powered by cranking it. My electrical engineer husband tried to explain to me how this works, but I still don't totally understand. 🙂
Don't you hate it when you need a flashlight and the one you grabbed has dead batteries? Nothing more frustrating!
We have a couple of these, and they solve that problem. I would much rather crank for a bit than have to go drag out the battery box.
Cub Scouts love to camp! Get these for your Cub Scouts, and you don't have to worry about checking batteries as you're packing up for the camping trip!
What Cub Scout doesn't want to turn their cap into a beacon? 🙂 Seriously, a cap light is great when you need light but also need to use your hands.
This is the perfect paracord starter kit! It comes with the paracord and buckles to make 10 bracelets.
Paracord is a bit on the expensive side, so the cost can't be beat!
We've made survival bracelets many times, and it's a good activity to keep them busy during the winter months. If your child has never made them before, the kit is a great way to get them going.
This carabiner mug stocking stuffer is at the top of the coolness chart. The kids can take it on camping trips so they won't have to use disposable cups.
Kids can pretend they're drinking coffee just like Mom and Dad do when they use their carabiner mug. And walking around with it hanging on your belt will definitely give your Scout some “cred” with the other campers!
These knot reference cards will be great to have on hand for your Cub Scouts to use when they practice tying knots. Keep them at home, take them on a road trip and pack them in your camping gear. The Scouts will be able to practice their knots just about anywhere!
There are four adventures in the Cub Scout program that require them to tie knots, so the cards will be a great gift for these ranks. Here are the knot requirements:
- Wolf Call of the Wild adventure – Overhand and square knots
- Bear Bear Necessities adventure – Two half hitches
- Arrow of Light Outdoorsman adventure – Bowline
- Arrow of Light Scouting Adventure – Square knot, two half hitches and taut-line hitch
The Wolf Finding Your Way adventure requires that the Scouts complete three activities with a compass. Attach this to a keychain or zipper pull, and you're ready to work on those adventures!
Why carry three eating utensils when you can carry just one? This handy “spork” is a spoon, fork and a knife all in one.
The spork is just fun! And it helps the environment because it's reusable. My son's Boy Scout troop just made the decision to stop using disposable plates, cups, and eating utensils, so this will be perfect for him.
The sporks are inexpensive enough that if our kids lose one, we're not out a lot of money.
Now, these look super fun! They're slap bracelets, which are cool just by themselves. But, they are also an LED light. Cub Scouts can easily be seen around your campsite when they're wearing one of these.
Wouldn't it be awesome if the boys and girls wore these while they're singing a Cub Scout song that has hand motions?
Pack this deck of Grumpy Old Bear cards the next time you go camping. Have fun with this campground twist on old Maid by playing Grumpy Old Bear!
The same company makes a version of this game called Campfire Stories, but it's a little more than $10.
Every Cub Scout should have a Swiss Army knife, but after they have earned their Whittling Chip (at least, for most Scouts!). They make perfect stocking stuffers! I made this bonus #11 because the knife is over $10.
Not that I'm an expert of pocketknives, but it seems like the Victorinox Swiss Army knives are some of the best.
What other inexpensive Cub Scout stocking stuffers would you add? Leave a comment to let everyone know!
Yours in Scouting,
P.S. Are you looking for a meaningful activity you can do with your Scout during the holiday season? Check out these examples of good turns for Scouts!