There are a few major changes between Cub Scouts and Webelos scouts that are very important to the success of your program. Some adult leaders and parents find it difficult to adjust to these changes so a Parent Meeting to discuss expectations and changes from Cub Scouts is critical to your success. Use parents to plan and lead individual activity badges. The Webelos den leader will have more paperwork and tracking than the wolf or bear den leader.
Important differences from Cub Scouts to Webelos:
Webelos Den Leader
- Advancement Sign Off - each Webelos scout is supposed to take his handbook to the den leader or assistant den leader for sign off when a requirement is completed. This is a change from having a parent sign off every activity. This change prepares the scout to have a ScoutMaster sign off each advancement requirement in Boy Scouts. There is more responsibility put on the scout to remember and bring his handbook to meetings and get it signed.
Tip: Help the scouts along until they get the routine. Have them bring their Webelos handbook to every meeting and reward them for bringing them until they get it. Have a list of activity badge requirements that you plan on completing at a meeting so you, your assistant, or a parent on your behalf can sign off those that are completed right away. This will help the scouts understand the importance of the handbook.
- Webelos Activity Badges - Bear and Wolf scouts earned red or yellow progress towards rank beads to string on a totem. Once enough were earned, they received the rank badge. Webelos moves closer to the Boy Scout merit badge system with a recognizable pin for each activity badge earned. Individual scouts may earn different badges at different times and there are only a couple badges that are mandatory to earn ranks. This change gives the scout more control over his advancement and lets him choose areas he enjoys more.
- Camping - Webelos dens should Camp! Cub Scouts can camp as a pack, but Webelos should go out as a den as much as possible to give the scouts opportunities to learn and use their Outdoorsman, Naturalist, Forester, and Readyman skills. Each Webelos scout needs to have an adult responsible for him on each camping trip. Campouts in the backyard with dinner and s'mores made on a gas grill can be a great way to ease your scouts into the world of camping. Taking your den to a district or council organized summer Webelos camp should be a required part of your program. Most councils have a one or two day overnight camp every summer for Webelos. A Packing List is helpful for a short campout.
- Patrols - a patrol is just another name for the den but it does have some significance. Boy Scouts are organized into Patrols, each with their own name, flag, yell, leader, and emblem. As Webelos, a den can begin to operate as a patrol and select an emblem for their uniform, make up a yell, name, and flag. This can really get the scouts to become a team. Taking their flag along on a campout or hike and announcing themselves with their yell is pretty fun.
Tip: A great time to start working as a patrol is when everyone in the den earns their Webelos rank. Have a den meeting with the goal of becoming a patrol - choosing a name, selecting an emblem, coming up with a yell, and designing a flag. You might also elect a patrol leader (a denner) to serve for the next month. Each month, a new patrol leader should be elected so each scout has the opportunity to practice his leadership skills. The den leader should spend some extra time with the patrol leader explaining how to run a meeting and giving him encouragement to lead his friends.
Webelos Den Leader
A well-trained, organized, and caring Den Leader is critical to the success of a Webelos Den. The Webelos Den Leader takes on the responsibility of making advancement opportunities available to the scouts and then tracking their advancements. The leader also recruits other adults to plan and organize individual activity badge meetings and outings. One of the main roles of the Webelos den leader is to give each scout opportunities to lead and make decisions, both individually and for the den.
Every parent should be expected to lead two of the 20 Webelos activity badges. A den should be able to complete an activity badge each month. The first two or three activity badges should be led by the den leader or assistant den leader as examples to the other parents on what is expected. Having parents actively leading lets the scouts interact with other adults and lets
parents have a sense of ownership of the success of the group. An actively supportive parent is crucial for any scout hoping to attain the Eagle Scout rank since there will be many times when a parent is asked to help out with that boy's progress.
is a registered volunteer BSA position. Every Webelos Den is required to have a registered den leader whose responsibilities are:
- Work directly with other den and pack leaders to ensure that the den is an active and successful part of the pack.
- Plan, prepare for, and conduct den meetings with the assistant den leader and den chief.
- Attend pack leaders' meetings.
- Lead the den at pack meetings and activities.
- Ensure the transition of Webelos scouts to Boy Scouts.
Webelos Activity Pin Requirements
- Jump into water over your head. Come to the surface and swim 100 feet, at least half of this using a backstroke.
- Stay in the water after the swim and float on your back and your front, and demonstrate survival floating.
- Put on a personal floatation device (PFD) that is the right size for you. Make sure it is properly fastened. Wearing the PFD, jump into water over your head. Show how the PFD keeps your head above water by swimming 25 feet. Get out of the water, remove the PFD, and hang it where it will dry.
And Do Three of These:
- Do a front surface dive and swim under water for four strokes before returning to the surface.
- Explain the four basic water rescue methods. Demonstrate reaching and throwing rescues.
- With an adult on board, show that you know how to handle a rowboat.
- Pass the BSA "Swimmer" test:
- Jump feet-first into water over the head in depth, level off, and begin swimming.
- Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl.
- Then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke.
- After completing the swim, rest by floating.
- While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Sports belt loop for swimming.
Note: For requirement 8, you must earn the Swimming Belt Loop while you are a Webelos Scout. (even if you earned it while in a Cub Scout Den).
- With your parent, guardian, or Webelos den leader, complete the Perseverance Character Connection.
- Know: Review the requirements and decide which ones might be more difficult for you to do. Make a plan to complete one of the harder requirements.
- Commit: When doing the harder requirement, did you ever feel frustrated or angry? What did perseverance have to do with that? Name another type of task for which you will need to persevere.
- Practice: Practice perseverance by following your plan to do that requirement for the Athlete activity badge.
- Explain what it means to be physically and mentally healthy.
- Explain what you as a Webelos Scout can do to stay physically and mentally healthy.
- Every time you work on requirement 5 below, start with at least 5 minutes of stretching warm-up activities.
- Do as many as you can of the following and record your results. Show improvement in all of the activities after 30 days.
- Have another person hold your feet down while you do as many curl-ups as you can.
- Do as many pull-ups from a bar as you can.
- Do as many push-ups from the ground or floor as you can.
- Do a standing long jump as far as you can.
- Do a quarter-mile run or walk.
And Do Two of These:
- Do a vertical jump and improve your reach in 30 days.
- Do a 50 yard dash as fast as you can, and show a decrease in time over a 30 day period.
- Ride a bike 1 mile as fast as you can, and show a decrease in time over a 30 day period.
- Swim a quarter mile in a pool or lake as fast as you can, and show a decrease in time over a 30 day period.
Required for Webelos Badge
- With your parent, guardian, or Webelos den leader, complete the Health and Fitness Character Connection.
- Know: Tell why it is important to be healthy, clean, and fit.
- Commit: Tell when it is difficult for you to stick with good health habits. Tell where you can go to be with others who encourage you to be healthy, clean, and fit.
- Practice: Practice good health habits while doing the requirements for this activity badge.
And Do Six of These:
- With a parent or other adult family member complete a safety notebook, which is discussed in the booklet "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse " that is in your Webelos handbook.
- Read the meal planning information in this chapter. With a parent or other family member, plan a week of meals. Explain what kinds of meals are best for you and why.
- Keep a record of your daily meals and snacks for a week. Decide whether you have been eating foods that are good for you.
- Tell an adult member of your family about the bad effects smoking or chewing tobacco would have on your body.
- Tell an adult member of your family four reasons why you should not use alcohol and how it could affect you.
- Tell an adult member of your family what drugs could do to your body and how they would affect your ability to think clearly.
- Read the BSA booklet Choose to Refuse. Discuss it with an adult and show that you understand the material.
- Show the signals used by officials in one of these sports: football, basketball, baseball, soccer, or hockey.
- Explain what good sportsmanship means.
- While you are a Webelos Scout, earn Cub Scout Sports belt loops for two individual sports (
badminton, bicycling, bowling, fishing, golf, gymnastics, ice skating, marbles, physical fitness, roller skating, snow ski and board sports, swimming, table tennis, or tennis).
- While you are a Webelos Scout, earn
Cub Scout Sports belt loops for two team sports (
baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, flag football, or ultimate).
- Talk to an artist in your area or to your art teacher about the different occupations in the art field. Make a list of them.
- Create a scrapbook (portfolio) of your Artist activity badge projects and show it to your den leader.
Do Five of These:
- Draw or paint an original picture out-of-doors, using the art materials you prefer. Frame the picture for your room or home.
- List the primary and secondary colors. Explain what happens when you combine colors.
- Using a computer, make six original designs using straight lines, curved lines, or both.
- Draw a profile of a member of your family.
- Use clay to sculpt a simple object.
- Make a mobile, using your choice of materials.
- Make an art construction, using your choice of materials.
- Create a collage that expresses something about you.
- While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Academics belt loop for Art.
- With your parent, guardian, or Webelos den leader, complete the Positive Attitude Character Connection.
- Know: Discuss with your parent, guardian, or your Webelos den leader, what it means to have a positive attitude and the "BEST" steps you can take to have a positive attitude. (Believe it can happen, Expect success, Set your mind, and Try, try, try.
- Commit: Plan with your parent, guardian, or your Webelos den leader, how you will apply the "BEST" steps for a positive attitude in doing your school-work and in other areas of your life.
- Practice: Do your "BEST" to have a cheerful and positive attitude while doing the requirements for this activity badge.
And Do Three of These:
- Have a good record in attendance, behavior, and grades at school.
- Take an active part in a school activity or service.
- Discuss with your teacher or principal the value of having an education.
- List in writing some important things you can do now because of what you've learned in; school.
- While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Academics belt loop for Language.
- While you are a Webelos Scout, and if you have not earned it for another activity badge, earn the Cub Scout Academics belt loop for
- While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Academics belt loop for Chess.
And Do Three of These:
- Trace through history the different kinds of schools. Tell how our present public school system grew out of these early schools.
- Make a chart showing how your school system is run.
- Ask a parent and five other grown-ups these questions:
- What do you think are the best things about my school?
- What are its main problems?
Tell what you think were the best answers and why.
- List and explain some of the full-time positions in the field of education.
- Help another student with schoolwork. Tell what you did to help.
- Complete six activities of your choice; these can be from any area (puppetry, music, or drama).
And do one of these not already done for requirement 1:
- Write a puppet play about one of your Webelos den activities or a subject of your choice.
- Make a set of puppets or marionettes for the play you have written or for another play.
- Build a simple stage for marionettes or puppets.
- Alone or with the help of others, put on a puppet show for your den or pack.
- Make a set of four paper bag puppets for a singing group. With the help of three other den members, sing a song with the puppets as the performers.
- There are sock, stick and finger puppets. There are paper bag puppets and marionettes. Explain their differences and show any puppets you have made for this badge.
And do one of these not already done for requirement 1:
- Play four tunes on any band or orchestra instrument. Read these from music.
- Sing one song indoors and one song outdoors, either alone or with a group. Tell what you need to do differently when singing outdoors.
- Make a collection of three or more records, tapes, or music CDs. Tell what you like about each one.
- Tell what folk music is. Hum, sing, or play a folk tune on a musical instrument.
- Name three American composers. Name a famous work by each.
- Draw a staff. Draw on it a clef, sharp, flat, natural, note, and rest. Tell what each is used for.
- Show the difference between 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time by beating time or playing an instrument.
- While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Academics belt loop for Music.
And do one of these not already done for requirement 1:
- Give a monologue (a talk) on a patriotic, humorous, or holiday subject, or another subject of your choice.
- Attend a play. Describe the story. Tell what you liked about it.
- Read a play. Make a model stage setting for one of the acts.
- Write, put on, and take part in a one-act play.
- Make a list of stage directions. Tell what they mean.
- Describe a theater-in-the-round. What are its good and bad points?
- Explain the difference between a grand opera and a light opera. Explain the difference between a musical and a play.
- Read about William Shakespeare. Draw a picture of his Globe Theater.
For requirement #1 of the Showman activity badge, choose six activities from puppetry, music, or drama. Then, do one additional activity in each of the three areas, for a total of 9 activities.
Do Five of These:
- Get a map or timetable from a railroad, bus line, airline, subway, or light rail. The line should serve the place where you live or near where you live. Look up some places it goes.
- Use a timetable to plan a trip from your home to a city in another state by railroad, bus, airline, or ferry.
- With the help of your parent, guardian, teacher, or librarian, use a map site on the Internet to plan a trip from your home to a nearby place of interest. Download and/or print the directions and street map showing how to go from your home to the place you chose.
- With your parent or guardian, take a trip to a place that interests you. Go by car, bus, boat, train, or plane.
- Figure out what it costs per mile for the trip you took or planned to fulfill requirement 2, 4, 6, or 7. (Don't forget to include getting back to your starting point.
- Decide on four nearby trips you would like to take with your parents or guardian. Draw the route of each trip on a highway map. Using the map, act as navigator on one of these trips. It should start at your home, be at least 25 miles long, and have six or more turns.
- Decide on a trip you would like to take that lasts at least two days. Pack everything you would need for that trip.
- Check the first aid kit in the family car to see if it contains what is needed. Explain what you found.
- Look at a map legend on a road map of your area. Learn what the symbols mean. Show your den members what you have learned.
- On a road map of your area, find a place of interest, and draw two different routes between it and your home. Use the map legend to determine which route is shorter in miles.
- Make a list of safety precautions you, as a traveler, should take for travel by each of the following; car, bus, plane, boat, train.
- While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Academics belt loop for Geography.
- While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Academics belt loop for Map and Compass.
Required forWebelos Badge
- With your parent, guardian, or Webelos den leader, complete the Citizenship Character Connection.
- Know: List some of your rights as a citizen of the United States of America. Tell ways you can show respect for the rights of others.
- Commit: Name some ways a boy your age can be a good citizen. Tell how you plan to be a good citizen and how you plan to influence others to be good citizens.
- Practice: Choose one of the requirements for this activity badge that helps you be a good citizen. Complete the requirement and tell why completing it helped you be a good citizen.
Do All of These:
- Know the names of the President and Vice-President of the United States, elected Governor of your state and the head of your local government.
- Describe the flag of the United States and give a short history of it. With another Webelos Scout helping you, show how to hoist and lower the flag, how to hang it horizontally and vertically on a wall, and how to fold it. Tell how to retire a worn or tattered flag properly.
- Explain why you should respect your country's flag. Tell some of the special days we fly it. Tell when to salute the flag and show how to do it.
- Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance from memory. Explain its meaning in your own words.
- Tell how our National Anthem was written.
- Explain the rights and duties of a citizen of the United States. Explain what a citizen should do to save our natural resources.
- As a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Academics belt loop for Citizenship. At a Webelos den meeting, talk about the service project Good Turn that you did.
And Do Two of These:
- Tell about two things you can do that will help law enforcement agencies.
- With your Webelos den or your family, visit a community leader. Learn about the duties of the job or office and tell what you have learned.
- Write a short story of not less than 50 words about a former U.S. president or some other great American. Give a report on this to your Webelos den.
- Tell about another boy you think is a good citizen. Tell what he does that makes you think he is a good citizen.
- List the names of three people you think are good citizens. (They can be from any country.) Tell why you chose each of them.
- Tell why we have laws. Tell why you think it is important to obey the law. Tell about three laws you obeyed this week.
- Tell why we have government. Explain some ways your family helps pay for government.
- List four ways in which your country helps or works with other nations.
- Name three organizations, not churches or other religious organizations, in your area that help people. Tell something about what one of these organizations does.
Do Seven of These
- Play the Body Language Game with your den.
- Prepare and give a three-minute talk to your den on a subject of your choice.
- Invent a sign language or a picture writing language and use it to tell someone a story.
- Identify and discuss with your den as many different methods of communication as you can (at least six different methods).
- Invent your own den secret code and send one of your den members a secret message.
- With your den or your family, visit a library and talk to a librarian. Learn how books are catalogued to make them easy to find. Sign up for a library card, if you don't already have one.
- Visit the newsroom of a newspaper or a radio or television station and find out how they receive information.
- Write an article about a den activity for your pack newsletter or web site, your local newspaper, or your school newsletter, newspaper, or web site.
- Invite a person with a visual, speaking, or hearing impairment to visit your den. Ask about the special ways he or she communicates. Discover how well you can communicate with him or her.
- With your parent or guardian, or your Webelos den leader, invite a person who speaks another language (such as Spanish, French, Arabic, Hebrew, etc.) as well as English to visit your den. Ask questions about the other language (its background, where it is spoken, etc.), discuss words in that language that den members are already familiar with, or ask about ways to learn another language.
- Use a personal computer to write a letter to a friend or relative. Create your letter, check it for grammar and spelling, and save it to a disk. Print it.
- Search the Internet and connect to five web sites that interest you.
- Under the supervision of a parent or other trusted adult, exchange e-mail with a friend or relative.
- While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Academics belt loop for Computers.
- While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Academics belt loop for Communicating.
- Find out about jobs in communications. Tell your den what you learn.
Do All of These:
- Tell what is meant by family, duty to family, and family meetings.
- Make a chart showing the jobs you and other family members have at home. Talk with your family about other jobs you can do for the next two months.
- Make a list of some things for which your family spends money. Tell how you can help your family save money.
- Plan your own budget for 30 days. Keep track of your daily expenses for seven days.
- Take part in at least four family meetings and help make decisions. The meetings might involve plans for family activities, or they might be about serious topics that your parent wants you to know about.
- With the help of an adult inspect your home and surroundings. Make a list of hazards or lack of security that you find. Correct one problem that you found and tell what you did.
And Do Two of These:
- With the help of an adult prepare a family energy-saving plan. Explain what you did to carry it out.
- Tell what your family does for fun. Make a list of fun things your family might do for little or no cost. Plan a family fun night.
- Learn how to clean your home properly. With adult supervision, help do it for one month.
- Show that you know how to take care of your clothes. With adult supervision, help at least twice with the family laundry.
- With adult supervision, help plan the meals for your family for one week. Help buy the food and help prepare three meals for your family.
- While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Academics belt loop for Heritages.
- Explain why garbage and trash must be disposed of properly.
Required for Arrow of Light
Do All of These:
- With your parent, guardian, or Webelos den leader, complete the Courage Character Connection.
- Know: Define the importance of each courage step: Be strong; Be calm; Be clear; Be careful. Explain how memorizing the courage steps helps you to be ready.
- Commit: Explain why it is hard to follow the courage steps in an emergency. Tell when you can use the courage steps in other situations (such as standing up to a bully, avoiding fights, being fair, not stealing or cheating when tempted, etc.)
- Practice: Act out one of the requirements using these courage steps: Be strong; Be calm; Be clear; Be careful.
- Explain what first aid is. Tell what you should do after an accident.
- Explain how you can get help quickly if there is an emergency in your home. Make a Help List of people or agencies that can help you if you need it. Post it near a phone or other place with easy access.
- Demonstrate the Heimlich maneuver and tell when it is used.
- Show what to do for these "hurry cases":
- Serious bleeding
- Stopped breathing
- Internal poisoning
- Heart attack
- Show how to treat shock.
- Show first aid for the following:
- Cuts and scratches
- Burns and scalds
- Blisters on the hand and foot
- Tick bites
- Bites and stings of insects other than ticks
- Poisonous snakebite
- Tell what steps must be taken for a safe swim with your Webelos den, pack, family, or other group. Explain the reasons for the buddy system.
And Do Two of These:
- Explain six safety rules you should follow when driving a bicycle.
- Explain the importance of wearing safety equipment when participating in sports activities (skating, skateboarding, etc.)
- Make a home fire escape plan for your family.
- Explain how to use each item in a first aid kit.
- Tell where accidents are most likely to happen inside and around your home.
- Explain six safety rules you should remember when riding in a car.
- Attend a first aid demonstration at a Boy Scout troop meeting, a Red Cross center, or other community event or place.
- Explain how to safely handle the tools that you will use for this activity badge safely.
- With adult supervision and using hand tools, construct two different wooden objects you and your Webelos den leader agree on, such as the items listed below. Use a coping saw or jigsaw for these projects. Put them together with glue, nails, or screws. Paint or stain them.
Book rack, Napkin holder, Shelf, Animal cutouts, Bulletin board, Garden tool rack, Weather vane, Lid holder, Tie rack, Mailbox, Letter holder, Birdhouse, Notepad holder, Desk nameplate, Toolbox, Letter Bill and Pencil holder, Towel rack, Bread box, Recipe holder, Key rack, Lamp stand, Measuring cup rack, Kitchen knife rack, Measuring spoon rack, Kitchen utensil rack.
- Make a display stand, or box to be used to display a model or an award. Or make a frame for a photo or painting. Use suitable material.
- Make four useful items using materials other than wood that you and your Webelos den leader agree on, such as clay, plastic, leather, metal, paper, rubber, or rope. These should be challenging items and must involve several operations.
Do Both of These:
- Talk to an engineer, surveyor, or architect in your area about the different occupations in engineering. Create a list that tells what they do
- Draw a floor plan of your house. Include doors, windows, and stairways.
And Do Four of These:
- Visit a construction job. Look at a set of plans used to build the facility or product. Tell your Webelos den leader about these. (Get permission before you visit.)
- Visit a civil engineer or surveyor to learn how to measure the length of a property line. Explain how property lines are determined.
- Tell about how electricity is generated and then gets to your home.
- Construct a simple working electrical circuit using a flashlight battery, a switch, and a light.
- Make drawings of three kinds of bridges and explain their differences. Construct a model bridge of your choice.
- Make a simple crane using a block and tackle and explain how the block and tackle is used in everyday life.
- Build a catapult and show how it works.
- While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Academics belt loop for Mathematics.
- With your parent, guardian, or Webelos den leader, complete the Responsibility Character Connection.
- Know: List all the tasks you can think of that are necessary in keeping a household in good shape. Name the tasks that are your responsibility. Tell what it means to be responsible for these tasks.
- Commit: Talk about what happens when people don't do their jobs. Tell why it is important to be helpful and to be responsible. List ways that you can be more responsible on your own.
- Practice: Choose one of the requirements and show how you are responsible by doing that task well for two weeks.
And Do Six of These:
- With adult supervision, wash a car.
- Help an adult change a tire on a car.
- With adult supervision, replace a bulb in the taillight, turn signal, or parking light or replace a headlight on a car.
- With adult supervision, show how to check the oil level and tire pressure on a car.
- Make a repair to a bicycle, such as tightening the chain, fixing a flat tire, or adjusting the seat or handlebars.
- Properly lubricate the chain and crank on a bicycle.
- Properly inflate the tires on a bicycle.
- Change the wheels on a skateboard or pair of inline skates.
- Replace a light bulb in a fixture or lamp.
- With adult supervision, arrange a storage area for household cleaners and other dangerous materials where small children cannot reach them.
- Build a sawhorse or stool to be used around your home.
- Help take care of the lawn.
- Arrange a storage area for hand tools or lawn and garden tools.
- Clean and properly store hand tools or lawn and garden tools in their storage area.
- Label hand tools or lawn and garden tools.
- Put together a toolbox for common repairs around the house. Be sure the toolbox and tools are stored safely.
- Read Bernoulli's Principle. Show how it works.
- Read Pascal's Law. Tell about some inventions that use Pascal's law.
- Read Newton's first law of motion. Show in three different ways how inertia works.
- While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Academics belt loop for Science.
And Do Six of These:
- Show the effects of atmospheric pressure.
- Show the effects of air pressure.
- Show the effects of water pressure. This may be combined with atmospheric pressure or with air pressure.
- With adult supervision, build and launch a model rocket. (NOTE: You must be at least 10 years old to work with a model rocket kit sold in stores.) Describe how Newton's third law of motion explains how the rocket is propelled into the sky.
- Explain what causes fog. Show how this works.
- Explain how crystals are formed. Make some.
- Explain how you use your center of gravity to keep your balance. Show three different balancing tricks.
- Show in three different ways how your eyes work together, and show what is meant by an optical illusion.
- While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Academics belt loop for Weather.
- While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Academics belt loop for Astronomy.
Do Five of These:
- Make a map of the United States. Show the types of forests growing in different parts of the country. Name some kinds of trees that grow in these forests.
- Draw a picture to show the plant and tree layers of a forest in your area. Label the different layers. (If you don't live in an area that has forests, choose an area that does and draw a picture of that forest.)
- Identify six forest trees common to the area where you live. Tell how both wildlife and humans use them. (If you don't live in a region that has forests, read about one type of forest and name six of its trees and their uses.)
- Identify six forest plants (other than trees) that are useful to wildlife. Tell which animals use them and for what purposes.
- Draw a picture showing:
- how water and minerals in the soil help a tree grow
- how the tree uses sunlight to help it grow
- Make a poster showing a tree's growth rings or examine the growth rings of a tree stump. Explain how the rings tell its life history
- Collect pieces of three kinds of wood used for building houses. Tell what kinds of wood they are and one place each of them might be used
- Plant 20 forest tree seedlings. Tell how you planted them and what you did to take care of them after planting.
- Describe both the benefits and the harm wildfires can cause in a forest ecosystem. Tell how you can prevent wildfire.
- Draw your own urban forestry plan for adding trees to a street, yard, or park near your home. Show what types of trees you would like to see planted.
Do Five of These
- Collect five geologic specimens that have important uses.
- Rocks and minerals are used in metals, glass, jewelry, road-building products, and fertilizer. Give examples of minerals used in these products.
- Make a scale of mineral hardness for objects found at home. Show how to use the scale by finding the relative hardness of three samples.
- List some of the geologic materials used in building your home.
- Make a drawing that shows the cause of a volcano, a geyser, or an earthquake.
- Explain one way in which mountains are formed.
- Describe what a fossil is. How is it used to tell how old a formation is? Find two examples of fossils in your area.
- Take a field trip to a geological site, geological laboratory, or rock show. Discuss what you learned at your next Webelos den meeting.
- While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Academics belt loop for Geology.
- With your parent, guardian, or Webelos den leader, complete the Respect Character Connection.
- Know: Tell what interested you most when completing the requirements for this activity badge. Tell what you learned about how you can show appreciation and respect for wildlife.
- Commit: Tell things that some people have done that show a lack of respect for wildlife. Name ways that you will show respect for and protect wildlife.
- Practice: Explain how completing the requirements for this activity badge gives you the opportunity to show respect.
And Do Five of These
- Keep an insect zoo that you have collected. You might have crickets, ants, or grasshoppers. Study them for a while then release them. Share your experience with your Webelos den.
- Set up an aquarium or terrarium. Keep it for at least a month. Share your experience with your Webelos den by showing them photos or drawings of your project, or having them visit to see your project.
- Visit a museum of natural history, nature center, or zoo with your family, Webelos den, or pack. Tell what you saw.
- Watch for birds in your yard, neighborhood, or town for one week. Identify the birds you see and write down where and when you saw them.
- Learn about the bird flyways closest to your home. Find out which birds use these flyways.
- Learn to identify poisonous plants and venomous reptiles found in your area.
- Watch six wild animals (snakes, turtles, fish, birds, or mammals) in the wild. Describe the kind of place (forest, field, marsh, yard, or park) where you saw them. Tell what they were doing.
- Give examples of:
- A producer, a consumer, and a decomposer in the food chain of an ecosystem
- One way humans have changed the balance of nature
- How you can help protect the balance of nature
- Identify a plant, bird, or wild animal that is found only in your area of the country. Tell why it survives only in your area.
- Learn about aquatic ecosystems and wetlands in your area. Discuss with your Webelos den leader or activity badge counselor the important role aquatic ecosystems and wetlands play in supporting lifecycles of wildlife and humans.
- Look around your neighborhood and identify how litter might be dangerous to the birds and other animals. Clean up the litter. Identify what else you might do to make your neighborhood safer for animals.
- While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Academics belt loop for Wildlife Conservation.
Required for Arrow of Light
Do Two of these:
- Present yourself to your Webelos den leader, properly dressed, as you would be for an overnight campout. Show the camping gear you will use. Show the right way to pack and carry it.
- With your family or Webelos den, help plan and take part in an evening outdoor activity that includes a campfire.
- With your parent or guardian, take part in a Webelos den overnight campout or a family campout. Sleep in a tent that you have helped pitch.
- With your parent or guardian, camp overnight with a Boy Scout troop. Sleep in a tent that you have helped pitch.
And Do Five of these:
- During a Webelos den meeting, discuss how to follow the Leave No Trace Frontcountry Guidelines during outdoor activities.
- Participate in an outdoor conservation project with your Webelos den or a Boy Scout troop.
- Discuss with your Webelos den leader the rules of outdoor fire safety. Using these rules, show how to build a safe fire and put it out.
- With your accompanying adult on a campout or outdoor activity, assist in preparing, cooking, and cleanup for one of your den's meals. Tell why it is important for each den member to share in meal preparation and cleanup, and explain the importance of eating together.
- Discuss with your Webelos den leader the things that you need to take on a hike. Go on one 3-mile hike with your Webelos den or a Boy Scout troop.
- Demonstrate how to whip and fuse the ends of a rope.
- Demonstrate setting up a tent or dining fly using two half hitches and a taut-line hitch. Show how to tie a square knot and explain how it is used.
- Visit a nearby Boy Scout camp with your Webelos den.