Baloo's Bugle

March 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 14, Issue 8
April 2008 Theme

Theme: Abracadabra
Webelos: Sportsman & Family Member
Tiger Cub Activities


Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

Kommissioner Karl

Day Camp or Resident camp is a requirement for this award for all ranks!!!  Boys want to go to camp – let’s get them there!!  CD

Tiger Cubs, Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts have the opportunity to earn the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award. Boys may earn the award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year. The first time the award is earned, the boy will receive the pocket flap award, which is to be worn on the right pocket flap of the uniform shirt.

Each successive time the award is earned, a wolf track pin may be added to the flap. Leaders should encourage boys to build on skills and experiences from previous years when working on the award for a successive year.


All Ranks

Attend Cub Scout day camp or Cub Scout/Webelos Scout resident camp. (To be completed after September 1, 2004. Award was launched in late August 2004)


Tiger Cubs

Complete one requirement in Achievement 5, "Let's Go Outdoors" (Tiger Cub Handbook) and complete three of the outdoor activities listed below.

Wolf Cub Scouts

Assemble the "Six Essentials for Going Outdoors" (Wolf Handbook, Elective 23b) and discuss their purpose, and complete four of the outdoor activities listed below.

Bear Cub Scouts

Earn the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Award (Bear Handbook, Elective 25h) and compete five of the outdoor activities listed below.

Webelos Scouts

Earn the Outdoorsman Activity Badge (Webelos Handbook) and complete six of the outdoor activities listed below.

Outdoor Activities

With your den, pack, or family:

  • Participate in a nature hike in your local area. This can be on an organized, marked trail, or just a hike to observe nature in your area.
  • Participate in an outdoor activity such as a picnic or park fun day.
  • Explain the buddy system and tell what to do if lost. Explain the importance of cooperation.
  • Attend a pack overnighter. Be responsible by being prepared for the event.
  • Complete an outdoor service project in your community.
  • Complete a nature/conservation project in your area. This project should involve improving, beautifying, or supporting natural habitats. Discuss how this project helped you to respect nature.
  • Earn the Summertime Pack Award.
  • Participate in a nature observation activity. Describe or illustrate and display your observations at a den or pack meeting.
  • Participate in an outdoor aquatic activity. This can be an organized swim meet or just a den or pack swim.
  • Participate in an outdoor campfire program. Perform in a skit, sing a song, or take part in a ceremony.
  • Participate in an outdoor sporting event.
  • Participate in an outdoor Scout's Own or other worship service.
  • Explore a local city, county, state, or national park. Discuss with your den how a good citizen obeys the park rules.

Boys’ Life Reading Contest for 2008

(This is the 2007 patch NOT 2008)


The 2008 Boys’ Life reading contest will be announced in the May 2008 issue of the magazine. Once again, there will be great prizes for the winners and free patches to all who enter. The 2007 winners will also be announced in May.

Checkout the boys’ Life website to read the winning essays from 2006

For more details go to

Knot of the Month
Webelos Den Leader Training Award
Kommissioner Karl and Commissioner Dave

Your Webelos I Den Leaders are completing a year of service.  How about recognizing them and urging them on for next year by presenting them their Webelos Den Leader Training Award??

By the way - Webelos always ends with an S whether talking about one Webelos Scout or a den of Webelos.  It is an acronym – WE’ll BE LOyal Scouts. As the CS RT Commissioner who trained me says – if you don’t have an S at the end – then there is nothing to which to be loyal.

The Webelos Den Leader Training Award program is a lot like most of the training awards a leader is able to earn.  Leaders that have completed the requirements and training have made the commitment to do the program right.  They , have assistants in place, conduct well planned meetings and more.  If you look at the requirements, you may not meet all 11 of the Performance requirements, but if you have a FUN and successful program, you probably have already completed seven of them and earned the award.  This award recognizes people for putting the tools in place to succeed, and the rest is easy. 

The requirements are:


  • Complete one year as a registered Webelos den leader.


  • Complete Webelos Den Leader Fast Start training.
  • Complete New Leader Essentials and Webelos Den Leader Specific Training.
  • Complete outdoor training for Webelos den leaders.
  • Complete Youth Protection training.
  • During your tenure for this award, participate in a Cub Scout leader pow wow or university of Scouting, or attend at least four roundtables.

Performance  -  Do seven of the following:

  • During at least one program year, have a minimum of 50 percent of the Webelos Scouts in your den advance in rank (Webelos badge or Arrow of Light Award).
  • At least once, reregister a minimum of 75 percent of the eligible members of your den as part of a pack rechartering.
  • Graduate a minimum of 60 percent of the eligible members of your Webelos den into Boy Scouting.
  • Have an assistant den leader or second adult who regularly attends your den?s meetings and activities.
  • Have a den chief who regularly meets with your den.
  • Take leadership in planning and conducting two Webelos overnight campouts or other outdoor den activities each year.
  • Assist in planning and conducting a Webelos den/Boy Scout troop joint activity.
  • Take leadership in planning and conducting a Webelos den service project.
  • Conduct at least three Webelos den meetings per month, nine months per year, or follow an optional meeting plan approved by the pack.
  • Participate with your den in a Webelos day camp or resident camp experience.
  • Hold regular den meeting and den activity planning sessions with your assistant den leader.

A downloadable tracking card is available at: (This is the new address!!)