Over the last few months I have had an item each issue about a special award
Cub Scout can earn. This issue it is the Internet Scout Patch of USScouts.org
If you missed any they were:
August – Emergency Preparedness Award
Boys’ life Reading Contest
(repeated again this month)
October – Leave No Trace Award
Upcoming issues may feature
– World Conservation Award, Religious Awards, and Sports and Academics Awards.
If you have suggestions, please let us know. CD
Patch - Earn It!
U.S. Scouting Service Project
This is an educational program of the U.S. Scouting Service Project and
is not part of the advancement program of any WOSM Scouting Association
Cub Scout (Under 11 years old) Requirements:
Do ANY 8 of Requirements 1 through 11
AND Do Requirement 12
Online help -
(You can find the Boy Scout (over 11 years old)
Computer Access Find out where computing resources are available in
your community or school OR visit a store where computer hardware, software
and accessories are sold. Share with your leader (or a parent) and with your
Den what you learned.
Getting Connected Find out what internet service you use at home,
or your parents use at work or learn about a service that is available in your
home town. Discuss with your parents and Den Leader what you learned.
Online Safety Learn about Online safety and how to protect yourself
on the Internet. With your parents, guardian, or Scout Leader, go to
http://www.netsmartz.org/KIDS/index_hasFlash.html and complete each
Web Browsers Explain what a browser (for example; Netscape
Navigator, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera, Amaya, or Lynx) is and how use
a browser to find information on the World Wide Web.
Using the World Wide Web Demonstrate how to connect to the Internet
and World Wide Web using a computer & modem or other device (Cable Modems,
DSL, etc) . Once connected:
Explain the difference between a web page and a website.
Demonstrate what a "link" is and how it works.
Explain how to change from one URL to another.
Searching for Information Use a search engine on the World Wide Web
Examples of search engines include; Google (http://www.google.com),
Yahoo (http://www.yahoo.com), AltaVista (http://www.altavista.digital.com),
Lycos (http://www.lycos.com) and FirstGov (http://firstgov.gov).
Find a website which addresses some part of Scouting.
Using the Web for Scouting Visit
http://macscouter.com/CubScouts/CubCmptr/index.html and under the category “Let’s Go Surfing”, find and print out games, songs
or skits. (If Bears find a game, song or skit they like and get their Den
Leader’s approval, they can plan and conduct one of the above during a den
meeting and complete Achievement 24c.)
Your Own Web Page With the help of an adult build a simple web page
and show it to your Scout Leader (or a parent). This web page should include
text, a link, and a graphic. (note: This web page does not have to be put on
the internet to qualify and can be done as a den project.) Discuss with your
Scout leader (or a parent) how an individual with disabilities can access the
Using E-mail Show how to send and receive e-mail.
Internet Communications Explain what Messenger-type services (AOL
Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, etc.) are and how to use
them. Explain to an Adult what to do when somebody you don't know tries to
chat with you. Explain what to do when somebody tries to find out where you
live or go to school. With an adult present, use one of these tools.
Safe Computing Explain what a computer virus and worm are. Explain
how to protect your computer from viruses, worms, and other malicious
Downloading Software Explain to your Scout Leader what can go wrong
with your computer when you download software and how to safely download
software. If you have a home computer, discuss with your parents what software
you can download on your home computer.
Boys' Life Reading Contest
16th Boys' Life Reading Contest Now!
Write a one-page report titled "The Best Book I Read This Year" and enter it
in the Boys' Life 2003 "Say Yes to Reading!" contest.
The book can be fiction or nonfiction. But the report has to be in your own
words—500 words tops. Enter in one of these three age categories: 8 years old
and younger, 9 and 10 years old, or 11 years and older.
First-place winners in each age category will receive a $100 gift certificate
good for any product in the Boy Scouts Official Retail Catalog. Second-place
will receive a $75 gift certificate, and third-place a $50 certificate.
Everyone who enters will get a free patch like the square one above. (The
patch is a temporary insignia, so it can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform
shirt. Proudly display it there or anywhere!) In coming years, you'll have the
opportunity to earn the other patches.
The contest is open to all Boys' Life readers. Be sure to include your
name, address, age and grade on the entry.
Send your report, along with a business-size, self-addressed, stamped
Boys' Life Reading Contest, S306
P.O. Box 152079
Irving, TX 75015-2079
For more details go to
Entries must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2003.