National Capital Area Council
The quality that a
Webelos leader will find most helpful on this badge is the ability to listen
to a boy and praise him for his school accomplishments. Advance planning is
important to make this badge appealing to a 10-year-old.
You will need to
find out who works at the school and how the education chain of command works
in your locality. The school secretary can usually be very helpful. Also,
the Education Service Center will be glad to furnish you information. PTA or
PTO officers will also be able to help you get information. Try to find out
some of these things:
What jobs are there
at school for the boys to do?
extra-curricular activities are available?
activities is the school used for?
Who are the people
on the office staff, cafeteria staff, custodial staff
What are their
What are some of the
problems of the school and how can you help?
Most of the work on
this badge will be done by the boy in school. You needn't limit the meetings
to discussions. You might take a trip to a high school and college to show
the difference from elementary school.
Let the boys talk
about what's going on in school. Don't try to change any of their ideas, but
guide the discussion in such a way that they will see the value of an
Learn about the
history of education, how schools developed in America.
Prepare a chart of
the school system and explain and discuss with boys.
Discuss & do a den
service project for the school.
Invite the parents
of Webelos to come to a den meeting dressed in the type of clothes they wore
to school. Have them bring along such things as class pictures, yearbooks,
report cards, etc. and allow each ample time to share his/ her school days
with the den.
Have a panel of
parents with various jobs explain their schooling and training for these jobs
Invite an educator
to talk with the den about some of the scholar requirements.
As a den, talk about
good study habits.
Have someone from
the public library talk about the local literacy project.
Tour a local high
school or visit a local college campus.
Play a Newspaper
Search game looking for articles about education.
Encourage boys to
find out all they can about schools in your community ... the different types
and how they work... the problems and opportunities. Discuss these at a den
meeting. Have the boys make a list of the things they like about school and
another list of the things they don't like about school. Give these lists to
Have the boys make a
daily time schedule and use it to determine if they are making the best use of
college professor, school principal, librarian
Plan a trip to the
library to have the librarian demonstrate the use of a microfilm or microfiche
Briefly visit a
school board meeting. Let them know you are coming. They may be interested
to know the boys are working on the Scholar Activities Badge.
Ideas for Pack
Exhibit: Chart of
school system, old school books alongside current ones.
report on field trip. Explain chart of school system, oral report on
responsibilities of employees of school.
Intelligence Test --
This test is to see if you can follow directions. Just concentrate, but
remember, you have only 2 minutes.
before doing anything,
Put your name in the
upper right-hand corner of this paper.
Circle the word
"name" in sentence number 2.
Draw five small
squares in the upper left-hand corner of this paper.
Put an "x" in each
Put a circle around
Put a circle around
each word in sentence number 5.
Put an "x' in the
lower left-hand corner of this paper.
Draw a triangle
around the "x" you just put down.
If you think you
have followed directions up to this point call out "I have."
Now that you have
finished reading carefully, do only number 1 and number 2.
You have finished.
How did you do?
The Magic Square:
Using the numbers 1 through 9 only, fill in all 9 spaces (Tic-Tac-Toe) so that
the total adds up to 15 in every direction - top to bottom, side to side, and
If you went to bed
at 8:00 at night and set the alarm to get up at 9:00 the next morning, how
many hours of sleep would this permit you to have? (one hour)
Do they have a 4th
of July in England? (yes)
Why can't a man
living in Winston-Salem, N.C. be buried west of the Mississippi? (He has to be
How many birthdays
does the average man have? (one)
If you have only one
match and enter a room in which there is a kerosene lamp, an oil heater and a
wood burning stove, which do you light first? (the match)
Some months have 30
days; some have 31. How many have 28? (all of them)
If a doctor gave you
three pills and told you to take one every half hour, how long would they
last? (one hour)
A man built a
rectangular house. Each side has a southern exposure. A big bear comes
wandering by. What color is the bear? (white)
How far can a dog
run into the woods? (halfway)
What four words
appear on every U.S. coin? (United States of America or In God We Trust)
In baseball, how
many outs are in each inning? (six)
1 have in my hand
two U.S. coins which total 55 cents. One is not a nickel. What are the two
coins? (A half dollar - which is not a nickel - and a nickel.)
A farmer had 17
sheet. All but nine died. How many did he have left? (nine)
Divide 30 by 1/2 and
add 10. What is the answer? (70)
Take two apples from
three apples and what do you have? (two apples)
12 correct --
genius; 8 correct -- normal; 5 correct -- not so good; 3 correct -- back to
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