10 Perfect Gifts: Cub Scout Holiday Gift Guide 2014
It's that time of year when millions of busy parents suddenly realize they haven't done their holiday shopping and it's time to kick things up into high gear. Well, if you are anything like us at the Cub Hub, than that's what it feels like. But no worries! We've got all the best gifts right here without having to leave the comfort of whatever festive, glowing LCD screen you are reading this on. It's time for this year's Cub Scout Gift Guide, where we've picked our ten favorite gift ideas from ScoutStuff, not only for the Cub Scouts in your life, but for parents and leaders who love Cub Scouts too! Click on the images below to be swept away to ScoutStuff.org for purchasing details. Cub Scout™ CamelBak® Pack | $59.99 Perfect for older...View
Twitter #CubChat 12/10/2014 – Service in the Giving Season
Following up from our first #CubChat on Twitter where we had so much fun with all of you, we wanted to host one more party with the "Digital Pack" before the year ended. This time we discussed service and volunteering traditions, ideas and experiences that all of you Scouts and Scouters do during the holiday "Giving Season." We got our inspiration from this Scouting magazine article. Many other articles were shared and we saw many great tips and ideas from all of you in the Cub Scout Twitter community, part of what we affectionately call our “Digital Pack!” As promised, we'll catalog every Twitter #CubChat here on the Cub Hub for your reference. So many great ideas and stories were shared, and we want to make sure you have access to all the...View
Cub Scouts Serve Zoo, Get Animal Close Up
Have you ever wondered how all those animals at the Zoo are kept safely in their enclosures? Well, the answer might not be Cub Scouts, but Pack 49 from Gulf Shores, Alabama still performed a valuable and safety-oriented service project at their local Zoo. We learned about this service project idea from awesome Scout Mom, Brittney Reeves on Instagram who posted this great service project idea her son's Pack did at their local zoo. She sent us this little write up with more details in case you and your Pack or Den want to try and do something similar at a Zoo near you. So fun! GULF SHORES, ALABAMA – Cub Scout Pack 49 in Gulf Shores, Alabama recently took park in a community service project at the Alabama Gulf...View
Twitter #CubChat 12/3/2014 - Scouting Through the Holidays
Last week we threw our first ever Twitter chat party. And what a party it was! Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun! For us, we loved getting to know some of you Scout moms and dads, and dedicated Scout leaders out there a little better. After every Cub Chat we'll catalog many of the tweets you posted, along with the questions asked and resources shared, so that you can reference this topic in the months and years to come. It'll all be here on the Cub Hub for you to use. Last weeks #CubChat was all about Scouting through the holidays, and keeping the momentum of your Den and Pack carried through all the way to the new year. We got our inspiration from this Scouting magazine article....View
Cub Scout Saves Brother's Life, Gets Big Honor
It's something you don't hear everyday. This brave Cub Scout saved his brother from drowning in an incredible show of bravery and quick thinking. As a result, Hunter Brown, a Cub Scout from Erie, Pennsylvania, received one of Scouting's highest merits, the Honor Medal. Read more about this incredible Cub Scout and watch a video from his local news station, here. You can also learn more about the Honor Medal and other Lifesaving and Meritorious emblems the BSA awards to exceptional Scouts, here.View
Cub Scout-Themed Smart Phone Backgrounds Are Here!
Smart phones are everywhere these days. They've practically become an extension of our arms. They contain our contacts, calendars, email and well, everything. They give us the power to connect us to the world. Smart phones help us keep in touch with our friends and they can even help us keep track of our kids. Of course, in Scouting, smart phones can be so much more. They open up the wonders of Geo Caching, for example, or they help us know about the weather on a campout. Even on a daily basis, our phones keep us connected to the digital Scouting community. That said, forget for a second about all your phone's apps and contacts. Because NOW your smart phone can be personalized to reflect your passion for Cub Scouting! That's right. make...View
For those parents and Cub Scout leaders out there, this month's CubCast is a can't-miss episode, chalk full of great ideas on making your Cub Scout Den or Pack successful, fun and meaningful for you and your Cub Scouts. Among other things, in this episode Mark and Janet Griffin talk shop with Linda Vaughn, a member of the National Camping Task Force with a focus on Cub Scout National Camping School. She has some great ideas, most of which are outlined in Scouting Magazine's thorough write up on this month's episode. Check it out. CubCast is the official podcast for Cub Scout volunteers and other adult leaders. It's where all the latest issues, news, ideas and inspirational stories about Scouting and Cub Scouts are discussed and shared. Get more from your...View
More Museums Offering Sleepovers to Scouts
Have you spent a night with your Cub Scouts...in a museum?! It's not just the stuff of movies. More museums all across the country are offering overnight outings for Scouting units and other youth groups. They combine the adventure of a campout with the educational experience in a museum. Your Cub Scouts will also get to feel like they are doing something out of the ordinary and something others might never get the chance to do on a regular basis. But it's more than just a fun night in the museum. These museum sleepovers can also help your Cub Scouts with advancement opportunities. They often facilitate activities that harmonize with Scouting curriculum and satisfy belt loop requirements. Another element not to overlook is the season. Not only are these programs a fun adventure for Cub Scouts,...View
5 Cool "Scout-o-Lanterns" for Halloween
It's Halloween, and in our excitement for tonight, we went scouting to find the coolest pumpkins and Jack-o-Lanterns we could find that also showed a little Scouting pride. Check out the gallery of spooky pumpkins below and keep sending us pictures of your fantastic Den Meeting ideas, Pack activities, and adorable Cub Scouts. You know we love it. For all you Cub Scouts out there celebrating this fun holiday, be safe and have a Happy Halloween!View
Cub Scouts Changes Are Afoot!
So, did you happen to hear about the changes coming to the Cub Scouts? They're pretty big. Cub Scouts will have to tick off a set of Adventures to earn their rank badges, with some electives thrown in. Also, Tiger Cubs are going to be just regular old Tigers (we never said "Bear Cub" or "Wolf Cub," so it's only fair). Oh, and the Adventures all have new belt loops that the kiddos get after achieving them. You can find every single detail about the program in the Program Change Overview. And if you want a more complete rundown, check out Bryan's Blog. There's plenty of time to get familiar with this stuff. We don't get started until the 2015-2016. One more thing: if you just want a broad look...View
Did You Win The Cub Scouts Go Camping Giveaway?
Over the last month, the Cub Scouts gave away 12 pieces of gear from ScoutStuff.org. What kind of gear? Just things we thought Cub Scouts (and their parents!) would think were cool. So we had to have some binoculars. A couple of Camelbaks. A tent, a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, and a camp chair. A really amazing survival kit. Some rain gear and a hiking staff and a headlamp. Oh, and a pretty amazing hammock. Can't forget the hammock. All you had to do was comment on one of four pictures that we posted on our Facebook Page. So the big question: Did you win? Well, if you're one of these people, you sure did: Kylene Clay-Adkins — sleeping bag Gretchen Flotow — camp chair Scott Nagy — rain...View
The Pinewood Derby: Everything You'd Ever Want To Know
Over at Boys' Life, they've rounded up just about everything worth knowing about the Pinewood Derby. Click away. :)View
5 Awesome Cub Scout Meeting Activities
Your Cub Scouts meetings rock. We all know this. But are you ready to rock ... harder? Here's a list of Cub Scout activities that you can use for den meetings, pack meetings, and pretty much any other Cub Scout get together. Human Foosball So awesome, so simple, so perfect. Team Challenge: Dried Spaghetti Seriously, how hard could this be? Um, really, really hard. Tape Ball FTW! It's tape. It's a ball. It's ... tape ball. Substitute other stuff for candy if you're worried about things getting too amped. Target Bounce Here's the thing: the more simple a game is, the more fun kids usually have. This = easy. The Easiest Catapult Technically, just a lever, sure. But give a Cub Scout long...View
Cub Scouts #WILDCUBS Photo Contest!
Want to win Cub Scouts stuff? Cool! Just submit a pic, and you're entered. Easy. You can play on Facebook, or, if you like Twitter or Instagram a little more, just use the hashtag #wildcubs and you're in. Every day, we'll choose a winner, and give away a $20 gift card to ScoutStuff. Then, just to make it interesting, we'll give $100 gift cards to the top 3 vote getters!View
5 Things To Know Before Starting Cub Scouts
The Cub Scouts make things pretty easy. No hoops. No red tape. Sign the kids up, fill out some forms, and you’re ready to go. Here are 5 little tips to get you started … 1. Your local group of Cub Scouts is called a Pack. You can find your pack here. Go to the site and type in your zip code. Cinchy. 2. Cub Scouts are boys 1st grade through 5th grade, or up to 10 years old. You can get involved at any point along the way. No worries if you’re getting a late start. 3. This is a way to do more with your kids. Don’t look at it like a sitter service, because it’s pretty much the opposite of that. 4. The activities and achievements are...View
5 Things You Should Know Before Starting Cub Scouts
The Cub Scouts make things pretty easy. No hoops. No red tape. Sign the kids up, fill out some forms, and you’re ready to go. Here are 5 little tips to get you started … 1. Your local group of...View
Watch the NEW Cub Scouts Video
Start here by watching this video: Cub Scouts are awesome. This is a program with an amazing history and tradition, a sure-fire way to get more involved with your kids that puts the fun first. Right off the bat, the Cub Scouts program starts with activities and skills that every kid will love. Academic and physical challenges don't compete in the Cub Scouts; they complement one another. The whole program is centered around helping kids achieve, and bringing you right along with them. If you're looking for a way to instill values into your children, look no further. Cub Scouts is fun with a purpose. From citizenship to stewardship and everything in between, the Cub Scouts provide the perfect foundation for young boys to grow into young men. Cub Scouts....View