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About Sherry

Pie in the face
I'm about to get hit in the face with a pie by my own son because he sold a lot of popcorn.

Hi!  I'm Sherry Smothermon-Short!

Are you a Cub Scout leader or parent who's looking for Cub Scout ideas? If you are, you've come to the right place!

My husband and I were den leaders, and we know firsthand how much FUN Cub Scouts can be – but also how much time and work it can require.

My goal here at Cub Scout Ideas is to save you tons of time by giving you fun, inexpensive, easy and creative ideas you can use immediately… so you can spend less time on the work and get to focus on the FUN with your Scouts! 

We've already done the “research and homework” so I'm passing that on to make it easier on you. Be sure to subscribe by email so you always have creative ideas on hand you can use!

We were den leaders for every rank. I also served as our Pack Committee Chair for several years. Now, I'm our Pack Trainer, and I'm a member of our Council's University of Scouting teaching staff.

I have served as a day camp staff member, assistant director or director since we started Scouting. Now, I work with day camp in an advisory role. I am a huge fan of Cub Scout Day Camps!

I love to find cool projects that fulfill requirements or that are fun for the Scouts. And I especially like it when those projects are cheap to do!

I would love to hear from you about some of your projects too. Just email me at [email protected] or connect with me via social media.  I'm on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

So, grab your Diet Dr. Pepper and stay a while to visit! Here's a list of some of the most popular posts to get you started.

Have you signed up for updates by email yet? You'll get all of the fun ideas without having to spend your time doing the research!

Yours in Scouting,

P.S.  If you're a company interested in working with me, please visit my “work with me” page.


Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

i love this! it is so much help to me.. i also sent you an email!


Monday 31st of July 2017

What's the latest word on when the printed handbooks will reflect the most recent (relaxed) requirements? thanks Paul

Sherry Smothermon-Short

Monday 31st of July 2017

Hi, Paul! I wish I had better news. The last I heard was that they won't be reprinted until BSA sells all of the current stock, and they don't expect that to happen until some time in 2018. :( You probably saw this, but here are some instructions on how to print the new requirements so they'll fit in the current handbooks.


Monday 21st of July 2014

Do you know why the pdf versions of the boy handbooks in English were removed from BSA's site? I'm not pleased with this sudden development with no forewarning.


Wednesday 23rd of July 2014

Hi, Annette! I spoke with Bob Scott, who is the Cub Scout experience manager for BSA. He said that from what he understood, the English versions were never supposed to be online. I requested that Bob ask if they could be posted again since the books could only be used for less than a year. He said he would ask.

I wish I had a better answer...


Friday 20th of September 2013

THANK YOU for sharing your ideas on this site. I have looked all over for some fun and practical ideas for our den meetings and you have so many things that will work great for us! I am excited about using your ideas for our den and appreciate you sharing your wisdom and experience :)


Friday 20th of September 2013

Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm glad the site is helpful for you!

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