Next month – more info and ideas on 75th
Anniversary Awards!! But I felt the Internet Patch and Boys’ Life Reading
Awards fit this theme too good not to use them this month. CD
The Cub Scout Outdoor Award
Scout Outdoor Award was announced with the 75th Anniversary awards.
The requirements for the award are in BSA publication 13-228 (and on many
Council websites e.g.
the patch is pictured, the publication does not give the catalog number for the
patch. So I went to the Del-Mar-Va Council Shop that is run directly by
National Council and asked about the patch. The supervisor did not know about
the award nor could she find it in any of her books.
is since one of the requirements is to spend a week at Resident or Day Camp and
since it states the requirements must be completed after September 1, 2004,
National has delayed issuing the patch. There are not a whole lot of Day or
Resident Camps after September 1 until next summer.
Internet Scout 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)
Do ANY 8 of Requirements 1 through 11
AND Do Requirement 12
Online help -
(You can find the Boy Scout
(over 11 years old) requirements here)
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 lesson.
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
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
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 web.
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 programs.
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
Enter the 17th 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
2004 "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 round one above. (The patch is a temporary insignia,
so it can be worn on a Cub or Boy Scout uniform shirt. Proudly display it there
or anywhere!) In coming years, you'll have the opportunity to earn the other
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 envelope, to:
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, 2004.
Silver Beaver Award
It’s Beaver season in most councils! Each fall
most councils seek out their top volunteers. The Silver Beaver is the highest
award a local council can bestow upon a volunteer. The Silver Beaver Award is
presented upon action of the Council Executive Board through the nomination and
recommendation of the District Committee for outstanding service to youth within
the Council or for outstanding longtime service to youth by a registered Scouter
residing within the Council. The average tenure for Silver Beaver candidates is
ten years or longer. Candidates for this award must be nominated, and
self-nomination is not allowed. The amount of awards a council may present is
determined by the size of the council. A council is allowed one Silver Beaver
recipient for every 60 units chartered in its territory. Nominations are due to
the Council by a date they set. Generally, nomination forms are available at
Council Offices, on the web or at Roundtables. Be sure to nominate someone you
know who is an outstanding Scouter. And keep nominating them. (Commissioner
Dave told me he nominated one Scouter about five times until he was selected).
It is said this award seeks the
recipient. The recipient does not seek the award.