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**SCHOLAR**

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MENTAL
SKILLS GROUP**

*Baltimore 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 Board of Education will be glad to furnish
you information. P. T. A. 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? What
extra-curricular activities are available? For what activities in the community
is the school used? Who are the people on the office staff, cafeteria staff, and
custodial staff? What are their responsibilities? What are some of the problems
of the school and how can you help?

**Activities**

**English Class**

*Circle Ten
Council*

Find the following words concerning an
English Class in the Word Search

COMPARE
COMPOSITION CRITICIZE

DESCRIBE
ESSAY GRAMMAR

NOVEL
PARAGRAPH POEM

PRONOUNCE
READ RECITE

SENTENCE
SPEECH SPELLING

STORY VOCABULARY WRITE

**Name the States**

*Circle Ten
Council*

Give each
boy a piece of paper and pencil and have them write down all 50 states. The
first one that has all 50 yells STOP and the other boys count up how many they
have. You can make up your own game using colors or animals in the zoo. Set a
time limit.

**Spelling Mixer**

*Circle Ten
Council*

Print large letters on 5 x 8 index
cards, one letter on each card. Do not use the letters J, K, Q, V, or Z. Make
several extra cards with vowels on them. Have a card for each person in the
group. Three adults act as judges. On signal, people hold up their cards and
rush around to find 2 letters that will make a 3 letter word. The 3 people lock
arms and race to the judge, who writes the word on the back of their cards.
Then they separate and rush back to find 2 more letters. This continues for 5
to 10 minutes. The winner is the person with the most words on his card.

**
Den Activities**

*Baltimore Area
Council*

·
Invite a teacher or principal to one of your Den
meetings. Not only will this provide you some expert help, but it will give the
boys a chance to relate to this adult on an informal basis outside the
classroom.

·
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 education.

·
Prepare a chart of the school system and explain and
discuss with the boys.

·
Obtain some old school books for the boys to browse
through. it will be interesting for them to see how fast education is moving
forward.

·
Discuss possible Den service projects for the
school.

·
Take a tour of the Board of Education.

·
Exhibit: Chart of school system, old school books
along side current books.

·
Demonstration: Oral report on field trip. Explain
chart of school system, oral report on responsibilities of employees of school.

**NOTE:** Most of the work on this badge will be done by the boy in
school; but don’t let this deter you from planning interesting Den meetings. You
needn’t limit the meetings to discussion. You might take a trip to a high school
or college to show the difference from elementary school. The service project
will make the badge seem more real to the boys.

Here are some suggestions to help a Webelos leader increase
the value and effectiveness of the boys’ education, which can be worked into the
Den program:

·
By keeping physically fit, the boy is more likely to
get the most out of school. Emotional health is as important as physical
health. Help him with his emotional development. Encourage him to talk about his
problems and listen when he does. Pat him on the back when he does well.

·
Help each boy lead a balanced life. Studies should
be counter-balanced with recreational and social activities.

·
Help him make wise use of his time. Horace Mann
wrote: “Lost, yesterday; somewhere between sunrise and sunset; two golden hours,
each set with 60 diamond minutes. No reward is offered for they are gone
forever.”

·
A boy feels about school, to a certain extent,
according to how he thinks adults feel about it. He’s looking to you for
guidance.

Activities
outside the classroom strengthen and extend the learning that goes on in school.
His Webelos program is enhancing his education and you, as his leader, are an
integral part of his growing up process.

**
Brain Teasers**

*Baltimore Area
Council*

Take the number of pennies in a dollar. Multiply by the
number of thirds in a circle. Divide by the number of inches in a foot of
string. Subtract the number of nickels in a quarter. Answer: 20

Take the number of toes on both feet. Multiply by the
number of pints in a quart. Add the number of months in a half-year. Subtract
the number of thumbs on two hands. Divide by the number of oranges in a dozen.
Answer: 2

If three cats can catch three rats in three minutes. How
many cats could catch one hundred rats in one hundred minutes? Answer:
The same 3 cats

A boy, driving some cows, was asked how many cows he had.
He said: “When they are in line, there are two cows ahead of a cow, two cows
behind a cow, and one cow in the middle.” Now many cows were there?
Answer: 3

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 hour of sleep would this permit you to
have? Answer: 1 hour

Do they have a 4th of July in England?

Answer: Yes

Why can’t a man living in Winston-Salem, North Carolina be
buried west of the Mississippi?

Answer: He must be dead first

How many birthdays does the average man have?

Answer: 1

If you have only one match and you enter a room in which
there is a kerosene lamp. an oil heater and a wood burning stove, which do you
light first?

Answer: The
match

A man built a rectangle house. Each side has a southern
exposure. A big bear comes wandering by. What color is the bear? Answer:
White

**
Magic Squares**

*Baltimore Area
Council*

Arrange the
numbers 1 through 9 in a three by three box so that the totals for each column,
row, and diagonal are equal. Each number may be used only once. Can you
calculate what each row, column, and diagonal are going to equal before you
solve the puzzle?

Now for a bigger challenge -
arrange the numbers 1 through 16 in a four by four box so that the totals for
each row, column, and diagonal are equal.

Games.
*See website list for links to solutions*

**
Scout Law Dart Board**

*Baltimore Area
Council*

**Equipment:** Dart board and darts. The dartboard should have spaces with
numbers through 12.

Each boy, in
turn, throws a dart at the dartboard and scores a point if he can recite the
point of the Scout Law represented by the number in which his dart sticks. Score
one point for each correct throw and identification. Permit each boy to continue
throwing until he misses either in his throw or in his identification of the
point of the Law the dart where the dart landed.

**
Quiz Games**

*Baltimore Area
Council*

**For laughs,
ask your Scouts the following:**

At what time was
Adam born? [A little before Eve]

What is it that
can’t run and can’t walk, has a tongue and can’t talk? [A wagon]

On which side is
a pitcher handle? [The outside]

What is the best
bet ever made? [The alphabet]

What increases in
value when it’s turned upside down?

[The
number “6”]

What is it that
can’t talk but always tells you the truth?

[A mirror]

What insect can
be found in school? [A spelling bee]

**
Following Directions**

*Baltimore Area
Council*

1.____________ 8.____________ 15.___________

2.____________ 9.____________ 16.___________

3.____________ 10.___________ 17.___________

4.____________ 11.___________ 18.___________

5.____________ 12.___________ 19.___________

6.____________ 13.___________

7.____________ 14.___________

·
If you ever saw a cow jump over the moon, write V in
spaces 2, 3, 18, and 19. If not, write L in these spaces.

·
If X comes before H in the alphabet, write Z in
space 16. If it comes after H. write W.

·
If 31,467 is more than 12 dozen, write G in spaces 8
and 12.

·
If you like candy better than mosquitoes, indicate
with an O in spaces 13 and 14. If not, consult a psychiatrist at once!

·
Closing one eye and without counting on your
fingers, write the 5th letter of the alphabet in space 11.

·
If Shakespeare wrote “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,”
put an O in spaces 9 and 17. Otherwise, put an I.

·
If white and black are opposites, write V in space
10. If they are the same, write nothing.

·
If 16 quarts make one pint, draw an elephant in
space 7. Otherwise, write S.

·
If summer is warmer than winter, write the 3rd, 2nd,
and 4th letters of the alphabet in spaces 4, 6, and 15 respectively.

·
If you can read this sentence, place the first and
last vowel in spaces 1 and 5 respectively.

**
Now, read the message ... it makes sense!**