#CubChat Recap - Pinewood Derby
If you missed out on #CubChat this week, here's the recap. It was pretty amazing to see the conversation grow as we discussed all things Pinewood Derby. It's inspiring to see Scouters all across the country join in on Twitter to share their knowledge and be a part of the discussion. We heard from Scout Moms and Scout Dads, leaders and other adult volunteers from Tennessee, Minnesota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California, Virginia, and Ohio. Some Cub Scouts from Canada even joined in to talk about their Pinewood Derby equivalent "Kub Kar." As always, #CubChat is fun and educational, but the best part is the feeling of support one feels from the "digital pack" as we strive to make the best Scouting experience our Cub Scouts can have. [View the story "Pinewood Derby - #CubChat...View
Six Pinewood Derby Cars That Will Make You Hungry!
Pinewood Derby isn't always about the speed. Creativity counts for a lot. But there's something about these creative Pinewood Derby cars that made us hungry, real fast! See for yourself! 1. The Sandwich Derby! They say Pappa was a rolling stone, but we'd rather chomp on this Rolling Hoagie! And is it just us or does that bread look shockingly real? From Instagrammer @jojosuds. 2. The Pizza Derby Finally a piece of pizza with the perfect amount of pepperoni! Oh never mind, it's a Pinewood Derby car. From Instagrammer @thejoshstanley. 3. Mr. Speedbar Here's the sequence of events in turning a candy bar wrapper into a Pinewood Derby decal. Instagrammer @camelcola denied where the actual chocolate went, however. 4. Ready for s'more? Here's to hoping the track was made of...View
Cub Scout Changes, Webcast and More
You've probably already seen the new cover designs for the Cub Scout handbooks in advance of the new Cub Scouting program. And if we were to judge these books by their cover, they'd be awesome! But the good news doesn't stop there. There are a lot of changes coming to the Cub Scouting program this year. Scouting Magazine declared that these changes would include "Improved activities, easier-to-understand advancement and some sweet-looking handbooks," adding that, "yes, Cub Scouting is about to get even better than before." Did we mention how excited we are? January 17th Webcasts — RSVP HERE It's definitely an exciting time to be involved in Scouting, and these changes will reflect thoughtful improvements that enable the Cub Scouts to continue to be an organization that is a force for good, for...View
2014: The Year in Review
Phew! It's been quite a year! But we find that when spending the year with Cub Scouts, youth is not wasted on the young; they share it! No wonder we feel more youthful! In looking back on the year, however, we noticed that there was a lot to talk about in 2014, so we decided to recap some of the most important and most popular discussions we've had, and the memories (in the "Digital Pack") we've built over the last 12 months. Let's reminisce a few. 1. First, new changes were announced, then details revealed, and updates finalized about all of the upcoming changes and updates (and new book covers) for the Cub Scouts program. These are exciting changes and more information is constantly being shared as Cub Masters and Scout...View
December CubCast: Fundraising
It's been a whirlwind of a busy season, but we wanted to make sure you had a chance to listen to a very important episode of CubCast. December's episode of CubCast, the official podcast for the Cub Scouts of America, is all about the future of fundraising efforts for your Cub Scouts. There’s been a change to the IRS compliance environment with regard to nonprofit fundraising efforts which will affect your Scout's Den and Pack directly. CubCast hosts Mark and Janet Griffin bring in Steve McGowen, general counsel for the Boy Scouts of America to discuss these changes and what they mean for popcorn sales and other fundraisers you and your Cub Scout participate in. The question of Individual Scout Accounts is discussed and to what extent they are allowed within the...View
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
November CubCast: Den Ideas
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