I received an
interesting letter from John, a Webelos Leader, about the recommended order
of Activity Badges for next year with the changes to the advancement
program. I just got my 2004-2005 CS Program helps and reviewed the
recommended Webelos Activity Badges for each month and found the list
unchanged. This is interesting because Citizen is now a First Year badge
but on the Pack Program Planning Chart it is still shown as the badge for
the Second year Scouts for September and October. Now, this is a
transitional year with some dens on the new program and some Second Year
Webelos finishing up on the old program. My guess is next year they will
just reverse the September and October badges – list Citizen for First Year
Webelos and Communicator & Showman for Second Year. If I were a Webelos
Leader again, I would hesitate to start my brand new Webelos with Citizen in
September. My Cubs wanted something active to do in the Fall. The other
big change – requiring Outdoorsman works with the current schedule as it’s
listed as a First Year badge for May. After the First year Webelos would
have completed their Webelos badge and started up the final steps to the
Arrow of Light. We always did Outdoorsman in October because that is when
our District Webelos Overnighter is held. Maybe they will swap Showman and
Outdoorsman. We’ll know next year when the 2005-2006 books come out or
sooner via letter or a revised Webelos Leaders’ Guide. Baloo will continue
to follow whatever schedule National recommends.
Ideas for Webelos Activity Badges
Lisa, a 5 year veteran Den Leader
Check out all the Pow Wow books for ideas. You can buy
Pow Wow CDs from councils. You can also get access to 10 years of Pow Wow
Make it fun.
Make sure there is a fun element to
every outing. For example after the boys have worked on Aquanaut have free
swim time. If you do a service project make sure you play a game afterwards.
Make up games for dry topics.
Use outside community resources and
your parents rather than you leading all the meetings.
Make sure the boys are doing rather
Many of the Activity Badges will take 2
or more meetings to complete. They are intended to be done one a month. The
boys can earn a special “Twentier” patch if they do all 20 activity badges.
Get the boys involved in deciding which
items they want to do for the Activity Badge.
Have the boys plan and present to the
den some of the items from the Activity Badges.
The boys should read the complete text
in their Webelos books for each Activity Badge they earn. There is a lot of
good information in the book.
Fitness and Citizen are required for
the Webelos Badge. Readyman and Outdoorsman are required for the Arrow of
Webelos is an OUTDOOR PROGRAM!!
Take Outdoor Webelos Leader (OWL)
Training to learn how to put the outdoor in your program. It will give you
lots of great ideas!!!!
Take your den to Webelos Resident Camp
in the summer. They can attend the summer after they get their Bear rank. It
is usually held in August. Check the Santa Clara County Council calendar.
Most of the Leave No Trace Awareness
Award can be earned while out and about doing the other activity badges.
Sam Houston Area Council
badge is to introduce Webelos to the excitement of traveling to see new
places and meet new people. To show the Scouts some of the practical skills
that are needed to get "there" successfully and efficiently so that when
"there'', they can have a rewarding experience. To have the Scouts practice
planning in a fun way.
Invite a travel agent to
explain to your den about planning for a trip and the use of computers
in making reservations.
Hang travel posters around
the den meeting place and discuss ways to travel to these places.
As a den visit the control
tower of an airport.
Invite a parent or other
resource person to tell of an unusual vacation he/she has taken.
Take a den trip to a travel
Take a short trip on public
transportation, perhaps a bus or train. Plan an itinerary.
Ask the boys to bring in some
vacation pictures for everyone to look at. Ask them to point out on the
map where they went, tell how they traveled, and where they stayed.
Make games to take in the car
for long trips. Make a first aid kit for the car.
Learn how to pack a suitcase
and practice at the den meeting.
Learn the shapes and meaning
of road signs. Learn how to read a road map.
Each boy is given
the same state or regional map. They are then given the names of two cities
which are located fairly far apart on the map. Using a highlighter, the boys
try to trace as many different routes as possible that connect the two
cities without duplicating a road in any of the routes. Teams could play
this. You can use the same map to teach the boys map symbols, how to
calculate mileage and other map skills.
Another version is
the divide the den into small groups. Give each group a different state map.
Ask them to find: state capital, a state park, two county seats, an airport,
three state highways, three towns beginning with H, name of a town, park or
site of interest in a certain area, the mileage scale used on their map.
Make up your own questions to ask the boys.
Circle Ten Council
Players are seated
in a circle. First player names a geographical term- city, river, country,
mountain, etc. Second person must give a place: River-Mississippi,
Mountain-Everest, etc. Continue around the circle. The same word is not to
be given twice. This could also be made into a relay race.
We used to play this by having
the next person name something that started with the last letter of the
place named by the person ahead of him. (e.g. Alabama, Alaska,
Albuquerque, Ecuador, Rhode Island, Denver, Rocky
Mountains, …) CD
PLOTTING YOUR ROUTE
Give each boy a
state map. Tell them you are leaving this city and going to_________(another
city in the state), and have each boy plot the route. The object is to be
the first to plot the most direct route to that point. After several
attempts, have them plot an entire trip, with several designated stopovers.
I PACK MY SUITCASE
One boy starts the
game by saying, “I’m going on a trip. I packed my suitcase, and I put in a
______.”The next player says the same thing but first must repeat what the
first boy said and then add his item. Each boy in turn repeats the entire
thing and adds an item. If a boy is not able to repeat all previous items
correctly he is out of the game. The game ends when only one boy is left.
This is another
touring game. When you reach the town or city limits start looking for
objects. Start with the letters of the town name. Boys call them out. If the
town is Lincoln, a boy might say, “Eye-spy a library for the first letter or
a Ice rink for the second letter and so on. This can be played at a den
meeting with objects that can be seen in the room.