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Baloo's Bugle

March 2006 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 12, Issue 8
April 2006 Theme

Theme: Our Feathered Friends
Webelos: Sportsman and Family Member
  Tiger Cub


Leave No Trace Award

With the emphasis from National on every Pack making sure all new Cubs have an outdoor experience within their first few month, many Packs and Dens will be out in Camps and Woods and Parks exploring.  BSA has published a Cub Scout Version of the Leave No Trace principles.  It is available as a bin item, # 13-032.  (When requested, Bin items are provided free from BSA National to your local council.)  Go ask for your copy.

The brochure describes six Front Country Guidelines for Cub Scouts to follow while hiking, camping and enjoying the outdoors.  (This is cute play on words – the hiking area at Philmont is referred to as the backcountry.  Now obviously you don’t want to take Cubs out there – to the backcountry, so we must be taking them to the front country.  CD)

There is even a Cub Scout Leave No Trace award with a patch for Cub Scouts and leaders to earn. 

Making sure our leaders and Cubs are familiar with theses principles should enable our Cubs to be complimented wherever they go and help us recruit even more boys!!

Also, useful for your Pack’s outdoor adventures is Cub Scout Outdoor Program Guidelines, BSA Bin Item # 13-631

Cub Scout Leave No Trace Pledge

I promise to practice the Leave No Trace Front Country guidelines wherever I go:

  1. Plan ahead.
  2. Stick to trails.
  3. Manage your pet.
  4. Leave what you find.
  5. Respect other visitors.
  • Trash your trash

Cub Scout Requirements

  • Discuss with your leader or parent/guardian the importance of the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines. 
  • By rank -
    • Tigers - Complete the activities for Achievement 5, Let's Go Outdoors.
    • Wolf - Complete Achievement 7, "Your Living World."
    • Bear - Complete Achievement 12, "Family Outdoor Adventures."
    • Webelos - Earn the Outdoorsman activity badge

Because of there are different requirements for each rank, I would think that a Cub could earn this several times.  I could not find a statement by BSA on that issue – either yea or nay.  However, the Outdoor Award has specific words saying you can earn it more than once and they have animal prints rather than another patch for second and third earnings.  And the World Conservation Award, which has different requirements for each rank,  specifically states you can earn it only once.  Nothing like that exists for this award.  If you have something definitive from BSA, please forward it to me.  Thanks  CD

  • Participate in a Leave No Trace-related service project. 
  • Promise to practice the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines by signing the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Pledge. 
  • Draw a poster to illustrate the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines and display it at a pack meeting. 

Cub Scout Leader Requirements

  • Discuss with your den's Cub Scouts or your pack's leaders the importance of the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines.
  • On three separate outings demonstrate and practice the frontcountry guidelines of Leave No Trace.
  • Participate in presenting a den, pack, district, or council awareness session on Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines.
  • Participate in a Leave No Trace-related service project.
  • Commit yourself to the Leave No Trace frontcountry guidelines by signing the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Pledge.
  • Assist at least three boys in earning Cub Scouting's Leave No Trace Awareness Award.

More information, including the requirements for the Cub Scout and Leader Leave No Trace Awards is available at


Boys' Life Reading Contest

Enter the 18th 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 2005 "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 green 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 envelope, to:

Boys' Life Reading Contest, S306
P.O. Box 152079
Irving, TX 75015-2079

For more details go to www.boyslife.org

Entries must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2005.

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