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Bear Cub Scouts Trail to Advancement

Updated on August 31, 2013

Bear Cub Scouts Trail to Advancement

If a Cub Scout has completed the second grade (or is 9 years old) and has earned the Bobcat Badge, he may start earning the Bear rank. He can begin his Bear Cub Scout trail to advancement. He receives a Bear Scout handbook and Bear neckerchief, but continues to use the Wolf neckerchief slide when beginning the Bear portion of the boy scout trail. He will continue to use the blue Cub Scout Uniform. This part of the boy scout trail is intended to take one school year, preparing the scout to begin earning his Webelos rank after he completes third grade.

My husband and I had a group of boys from the Tiger year until they bridged and became Boy Scouts. The Bear Rank is the most active and some say, the most difficult rank to achieve. This year is when the boys begin to do things on their own with their families. They are so used to completing prior achievements and electives with their den though from when they were Tigers and Wolves. I would encourage any leader to keep track of the boys with an Excel spreadsheet that is available and continually update the boys and their parents with their progress. That way, when it comes times to review their progess, there is no confusion as to who completed what during the year.

Bear Cub Scout

Bear Cub Scout
Bear Cub Scout

Bear Cub Scout Uniform

Although the picture above is a little fuzzy, it gives a great visual as to how the Bear Scout Uniform looks. To learn more click below.

Bear Rank Achievement 1 -God

GOD (Do ONE of the following)


Complete both requirements.

a) Complete the Character Connection for Faith

Know. Name some people in history who have shown great faith. Discuss with an adult how faith has been important at a particular point in his or her life.

Commit. Discuss with an adult how having faith and hope will help you in your life, and also discuss some ways that you can strengthen your faith.

Practice. Practice your faith as you are taught in your home, church, synagogue, mosque, or religious fellowship.

b)Make a list of things you can do this week to practice your religion as you are taught in your home, church, synagogue, mosque, or other religious community. Check them off your list as you complete them.


Complete the requirement.

Earn the Religious Emblem of your faith.

Bear Rank Achievement 2 - Country

COUNTRY (Do THREE of the following)


(Do requirements (a) and (j) and any two of the other requirements.

a) Write or tell what makes America special to you.

b) With the help of your family or den leader, find out about two famous Americans. Tell the things they did or are doing to improve our way of life.

c) Find out something about the old homes near where you live. Go and see two of them.

d) Find out where places of historical interest are located in or near your town or city. Go and visit one of them with your family or den.

e) Choose a state; it can be your favorite one or your home state. Name its state bird, tree, and flower. Describe its flag. Give the date it was admitted to the Union.

f) Be a member of the color guard in a flag ceremony for your den or pack.

g) Display the U.S. flag in your home or fly it on three national holidays..

h) Learn how to raise and lower a U.S. flag properly for an outdoor ceremony.

i) Participate in an outdoor flag ceremony

j) Complete the Character Connection for Citizenship.

Know. Tell ways some people in the past have served our country. Tell about some people who serve our country today. (Don't forget about 'ordinary' people who serve our country.)

Commit. Tell something that might happen to you and your family if other people were not responsible citizens. Tell one thing you will do to be a good citizen.

Practice. Tell three things you did in one week that show you are a good citizen.


Do all three requirements.

a) Tell in your own words what folklore is. List some folklore stories, folk songs, or historical legends from your own state or part of the country. Play the Folklore Match Game in the handbook.

b) Name at least five stories about American folklore. Point out on a United States map where they happened.

c) Read two folklore stories and tell your favorite one to your den.


Do four of the requirements.

a) Choose a bird or animal that you like and find out how it lives. Make a poster showing what you have learned.

b) Build or make a bird feeder or birdhouse and hang it in a place where birds can visit safely.

c) Explain what a wildlife conservation officer does.

d) Visit one of the following:

Zoo, Nature center, Aviary, Wildlife refuge, Game preserve.

e) Name one animal that has become extinct in the last 100 years. Tell why animals become extinct. Name one animal that is on the endangered species list.


Do three requirements.

a) Save 5 pounds of glass or aluminum, or 1 month of daily newspapers. Turn them in at a recycling center or use your community's recycling service.

b) Plant a tree in your yard, or on the grounds of the group that operates your Cub Scout pack, or in a park or other public place. Be sure to get permission first.

c) Call city or county officials or your trash hauling company and find out what happens to your trash after it is hauled away.

d) List all the ways water is used in your home. Search for dripping faucets or other ways water might be wasted. With an adult, repair or correct those problems.

e) Discuss with an adult in your family the kinds of energy your family uses.

f) Find out more about your family's use of electricity.

g) Take part in a den or pack neighborhood clean-up project.


Do all six requirements.

a) Practice one way police gather evidence: by taking fingerprints, or taking shoeprints, or taking tire track casts.

b) Visit your local sheriff's office or police station or talk with a law enforcement officer visiting your den or pack to discuss crime prevention.

c) Help with crime prevention for your home.

d) Be sure you know where to get help in your neighborhood.

e) Learn the phone numbers to use in an emergency and post them by each phone in your home.

f) Know what you can do to help law enforcement.

Finger Printing Kit

Ident-A-Kit, Set 1: A Complete Fingerprinting System for All Contemporary Role-Playing Games
Ident-A-Kit, Set 1: A Complete Fingerprinting System for All Contemporary Role-Playing Games

Product Description

CONTENTS: Notes to the Game Master (4 pages) Fingerprints Simplified (14 pages) 3x magnifying glass 10 FBI fingerprint cards Master List of Fingerprints chart 5 sheets of 50 fingerprint stickers each ~ "Now you can add a new dimension to all your mystery, adventure and investigative games with IDENT-A-KIT FINGERPRINTS. This kit contains everything you need to incorporate the science of fingerprinting into your gaming, adding a new element of realism, complexity and fun. With fingerprints for fifty different characters, you can use the IDENT-A-KIT to enhance any of your twentieth century role-playing or mystery party games. As Game-master you can set up Bureau of Identification files for prints of known criminals and leave latent prints for players to discover, classify and use to "catch their man" or woman. The peel-and-stick fingerprints can be left as clues at the scene of almost any crime. The famous artist Laura Parker is found dead in her studio only hours before a private preview of her latest painting. Whose fingerprint is that on the champagne bottle lying on the floor? Are any prints other than the owner's found on the empty cash box in the closet? And do these prints match those of any of the seven guests invited to the showing?"


Bear Rank Achievement 3 - Family

FAMILY (Do FOUR of the following)


Do requirement g and two other requirements.

a) Visit your library or newspaper office. Ask to see back issues of newspapers or an almanac.

b) Find someone who was a Cub Scout a long time ago. Talk with him about what Cub Scouting was like then.

c) Start or add to an existing den or pack scrapbook.

d) Trace your family back through your grandparents or great-grandparents; or, talk to a grandparent about what it was like when he or she was younger.

e) Find out some history about your community.

f) Start your own history: keep a journal for 2 weeks.

g) Complete the Character Connection for Respect.

Know. As you learn about how Cub Scout-age life was like for adults you know, does what you learn change what you think about them. Tell how it might help you respect or value them more.

Commit. Can you think of reasons others might be disrespectful to people or things you value? Name one new way you will show respect for a person or thing someone else values.

Practice. List some ways you can show respect for people and events in the past.


Do four requirements.

a) With an adult, bake cookies.

b) With an adult, make snacks for the next den meeting.

c) With an adult, prepare one part of your breakfast, one part of your lunch, and one part of your supper.

d) Make a list of the 'junk foods' you eat. Discuss 'junk food' with a parent or teacher.

e) Make some trail food for a hike.

f) With an adult, make a dessert for your family.

g) With an adult, cook something outdoors.


Do both requirements.

a) Go on a day trip or evening out with members of your family.

b) Have a family fun night at home.


Do requirements a through e and requirement g. Requirement f is recommended, but not required.

a) Tell what to do in case of an accident in the home. A family member needs help. Someone's clothes catch on fire.

b) Tell what to do in case of a water accident.

c) Tell what to do in case of a school bus accident.

d) Tell what to do in case of a car accident.

e) With your family, plan escape routes from your home and have a practice drill.

f) Have a health checkup by a physician (optional).

g) Complete the Character Connection for Courage.

Know. Memorize the courage steps: Be brave, Be calm, Be clear, and Be careful. Tell why each courage step is important. How will memorizing the courage steps help you to be ready?

Commit. Tell why it might be difficult to follow the courage steps in an emergency situation. Think of other times you can use the courage steps. (Standing up to a bully is one example.)

Practice. Act out one of the requirements using these courage steps: Be brave, Be calm, Be clear, and Be careful.


Do three requirements.

a) Go camping with your family.

b) Go on a hike with your family.

c) Have a picnic with your family.

d) Attend an outdoor event with your family.

e) Plan your outdoor family day.


Do four requirements.

a) Go grocery shopping with a parent or other adult member of your family.

b) Set up a savings account.

c) Keep a record of how you spend money for 2 weeks.

d) Pretend you are shopping for a car for your family.

e) Discuss family finances with a parent or guardian.

f) Play a board game with your family that involves the use of play money.

g) With an adult, figure out how much it costs for each person in your home to eat one meal.

Bear Cub Scout and other family members learn to spend wisely - Fun and educational at the same time.

Learning Resources Money Bags Coin Value Game
Learning Resources Money Bags Coin Value Game

Editorial Review

What a fun way to learn about combining coins! The object of this colorful and compact board game is to earn money while winding along a cartoon path. Money is earned by landing on a square labeled with a practical chore, such as setting the table (31 cents), or an entrepreneurial endeavor, such as a lemonade stand (15 cents). In order to collect money, the spinner is used to determine which coins can or cannot be taken from the bank. If the spinner lands on "no nickels" then you collect your change with any coins except for nickels. There's an additional incentive to use critical thinking and coin combining skills. Extra money can be earned if you land on a "Bank Exchange" space and exchange your coins (for example, two nickels for a dime). As you may have suspected, the player with the most money at the end wins. --Lauren Bernard

Product Description

Learning valuable money skills is "in the bag" as you collect, count and exchange money all the way to the finish line. This educational game includes a 17" x 12" game board with spinner, 100 plastic coins, play bills, markers and a die. For 2-4 players.


Bear Cub Scout Recipe Suggestions - Pocket Pizza Recipe for Cub Scout Camping

Pocket Pizza Recipe

A Favorite Recipe

Required: aluminum foil

campfire coals

long fire tongs

Ingredients: 1 pkg pita bread

1 can spaghetti sauce

1 cup grated cheese

1 pkg sliced pepperoni

optional: sliced black olives, pineapple chunks, diced peppers, ...

Notes: Use precooked meat since you are just heating it up.

Mark your own foil with a special fold so you know its yours.

Instructions: Cut each pita in half and spoon spaghetti sauce into pocket spreading it evenly.

Add cheese, pepperoni, and other toppings.

Wrap in foil and place in coals. Cook for a couple minutes, flip, and cook another two minutes.

View other recipes and simple suggestions here:

Bear Rank Achievement 4 - Self

SELF (do FOUR of the following)


Do requirement (a) and three other requirements.

a) Know the rules for bike safety. If your town requires a bicycle license, be sure to get one.

b) Learn to ride a bike, if you haven't by now. Show that you can follow a winding course for 60 feet doing sharp left and right turns, a U-turn, and an emergency stop.

c) Keep your bike in good shape. Identify the parts of a bike that should be checked often.

d) Change a tire on a bicycle.

e) Protect your bike from theft. Use a bicycle lock.

f) Ride a bike for 1 mile without rest. Be sure to obey all traffic rules.

g) Plan and take a family bike hike.


Do two requirements.

a) Set up the equipment and play any two of these outdoor games with your family or friends.

(Backyard golf, Badminton, Croquet, Sidewalk shuffleboard, Kickball, Softball, Tetherball, Horseshoes, Volleyball)

b) Play two organized games with your den.

c) Select a game that your den has never played. Explain the rules. Tell them how to play it, and then play it with them.


Do all three requirements.

a) Do physical fitness stretching exercises. Then do curl-ups, push-ups, the standing long jump, and the softball throw.

b) With a friend about your size, compete in at least six different two-person contests. (Many examples in book.)

c) Compete with your den or pack in the crab relay, gorilla relay, 30-yard dash, and kangaroo relay.

NOTE TO PARENTS: If a licensed physician certifies that the Cub Scout's physical condition for an indeterminable time doesn't permit him to do three of the requirements in this achievement, the Cubmaster and pack committee may authorize substitution of any three Arrow Point electives.


Do requirement (a) and three more requirements.

a) With an adult in your family, choose a TV show. Watch it together.

b) Play a game of charades at your den meeting or with your family at home.

c) Visit a newspaper office, or a TV or radio station and talk to a news reporter.

d) Use a computer to get information. Write, spell-check, and print out a report on what you learned.

e) Write a letter to a company that makes something you use. Use e-mail or the U.S. Postal Service.

f) Talk with a parent or other family member about how getting and giving facts fits into his or her job.


Do requirement h and four other requirements.

a) Make a list of the things you want to do today. Check them off when you have done them.

b) Write two letters to relatives or friends.

c) Keep a daily record of your activities for 2 weeks.

d) Write an invitation to someone.

e) Write a thank-you note.

f0 Write a story about something you have done with your family.

g) Write about the activities of your den.

h) Complete the Character Connection for Honesty.

Know. Tell what made it difficult to be clear and accurate as you wrote details and kept records, and tell what could tempt you to write something that was not exactly true. Define honesty.

Commit. Tell why it is important to be honest and trustworthy with yourself and with others. Imagine you had reported something inaccurately and tell how you could set the record straight. Give reasons that honest reporting will earn the trust of others.

Practice. While doing the requirement for this achievement, be honest when you are writing about real events.


Do all four requirements.

a) Know the safety rules for handling a knife.

b) Show that you know how to take care of and use a pocketknife.

c) Make a carving with a pocketknife. Work with your den leader or other adult when doing this.

d) Earn the Whittling Chip card.


Do all three requirements.

a) Show how to use and take care of four of these tools.

(Hammer, Hand saw, Hand drill, C-clamp, Wood plane, Pliers, Crescent wrench, Screwdriver, Bench vise, Coping saw, Drill bit)

b) Build your own toolbox.

c) Use at least two tools listed in requirement (a) to fix something.


Do requirement g and two other requirements.

a) Build a model from a kit.

b) Build a display for one of your models.

c) Pretend you are planning to change the furniture layout in one of the rooms in your home.

d) Make a model of a mountain, a meadow, a canyon, or a river.

e) Go and see a model of a shopping center or new building that is on display somewhere.

f) Make a model of a rocket, boat, car, or plane.

g) Complete the Character Connection for Resourcefulness.

Know. Review the requirements for this achievement and list the resources you would need to complete them. Then list the materials you could substitute for items that you do not already have. Tell what it means to be resourceful.

Commit. After you complete the requirements for this achievement, list any changes that would make the results better if you did these projects again. Tell why it is important to consider all available resources for a project.

Practice. While you complete the requirements for this achievement, make notes on which materials worked well in your projects and why.


Do five requirements.

a) Whip the ends of a rope.

b) Tie a square knot, bowline, sheet bend, two half hitches, and slipknot. Tell how each knot is used.

c) Learn how to keep a rope from tangling.

d) Coil a rope. Throw it, hitting a 2-foot square marker 20 feet away.

e) Learn a magic rope trick.

f) Make your own rope.


Do all five requirements.

a) Learn the rules of and how to play three team sports.

b) Learn the rules of and how to play two sports in which only one person is on each side.

c) Take part in one team and one individual sport.

d) Watch a sport on TV with a parent or some other adult member of your family.

e) Attend a high school, college, or professional sporting event with your family or your den.


Do requirement f and two other requirements.

a) Help a boy join Cub Scouting, or help a new Cub Scout through the Bobcat trail.

b) Serve as a denner or assistant denner.

c) Plan and conduct a den activity with the approval of your den leader.

d) Tell two people they have done a good job.

e) Leadership means choosing a way even when not everybody likes your choice.

f) Complete the Character Connection for Compassion.

Know. Tell why, as a leader, it is important to show kindness and concern for other people. List ways leaders show they care about the thoughts and feelings of others.

Commit. Tell why a good leader must consider the ideas, abilities, and feelings of others. Tell why it might be hard for a leader to protect another person's well-being. Tell ways you can be kind and compassionate.

Practice. While you complete the requirements for this achievement, find ways to be kind and considerate of others.

Bear Cub Scouts need to learn to Tie Knots

Art of Knot Tying (Channel Craft AABK)
Art of Knot Tying (Channel Craft AABK)

Product Description

Retro Gift Box, 2 thick, color-coded ropes, 20 page handbook, covers history and popular knots and techniques


A Great Starter Tool Kit for your Bear Cub Scout Product Description

This 53-piece set from Apollo Precision Tools is an ideal tool kit with tools for most repairs around the home. These tools are constructed of 45C carbon steel or chrome vanadium steel, and they're heat-treated and chrome-plated where appropriate to resist corrosion. The tool handles are made of double-dipped plastics and the tool case is made of extra heavy-duty materials -- and all tools meet or exceed critical ANSI standards.

This kit includes 12-foot tape measure, claw hammer, 6-inch long nose pliers, 6-inch adjustable wrench, voltage tester, ratcheting bit driver, eight SAE hex keys, eight metric hex keys, four SAE combination wrenches, 20 one-inch bits, 9-inch level, and six precision screwdrivers. Each tool is tested against industry standards for hardness, torque, finish and usability, and should last a lifetime under normal use. The tool box has lift-out tote tray.

From the Manufacturer

An ideal tool box with tools for most repairs around the home. Tools are constructed of 45C carbon steel or chrome vanadium steel, heat treated and chrome plated where appropriate to resist corrosion. The tool handles are made of double dipped plastics and the tool cases are made of extra heavy duty materials. Tools meet or exceed critical ANSI standards. Includes tape measure, claw hammer, long nose pliers, adjustable wrench, voltage tester, ratcheting bit driver, SAE hex keys, metric hex keys, SAE combination wrenches, bits, level, precision screwdrivers. Each tool is tested against industry standards for hardness, torque, finish and usability and should last a lifetime under normal use. Tool box has lift out tote tray. Contents include: 12 foot tape measure, claw hammer, 6" long nose pliers, 6" adjustable wrench, voltage tester, ratcheting bit driver, eight SAE hex keys, eight metric hex keys, four SAE combination wrenches, twenty 1" bits, 9" level, six precision screwdrivers

Apollo Tools DT9773 53 Piece Household Tool Set with Wrenches, Precision Screwdriver Set and Most Reached for Hand Tools in Handy Tool Box
Apollo Tools DT9773 53 Piece Household Tool Set with Wrenches, Precision Screwdriver Set and Most Reached for Hand Tools in Handy Tool Box

Technical Details

53 rugged tools that meet or exceed critical ANSI standards and come in their own box

Tools are constructed of 45C carbon steel or chrome vanadium steel, heat-treated and chrome-plated

Tool handles are made of double-dipped plastics

These tools come in a sturdy blow molded case with a lift-out carry tote

Kit weighs 4.8 pounds shipped; limited lifetime warranty


Bear Scout Electives

Electives 1 through 12

Take a look at these Bear Elective Ideas for some interesting ways to tackle some of these activities.


Identify two constellations and the North Star in the night sky.

Make a pinhole planetarium and show three constellations.

Visit a planetarium.

Build a model of a rocket or space satellite.

Read and talk about at least one man-made satellite and one natural one.

Find a picture of another planet in our solar system. Explain how it is different from Earth.


Learn how to read an outdoor thermometer. Put one outdoors and read it at the same time every day for two weeks. Keep a record of each day's temperature and a description of the weather each day (fair skies, rain, fog, snow, etc.).

Build a weather vane. Record wind direction every day at the same hour for two weeks. Keep a record of the weather for each day.

Make a rain gauge.

Find out what a barometer is and how it works. Tell your den about it. Tell what 'relative humidity' means.

Learn to identify three different kinds of clouds. Estimate their heights.

Watch the weather forecast on TV every day for two weeks. Describe three different symbols used on weather maps. Keep a record of how many times the weather forecast is correct.


Build a crystal or diode radio. Check with your local craft or hobby shop or the nearest Scout shop that carries a crystal radio kit. It is all right to use a kit.

Make and operate a battery powered radio, following the directions with the kit.


Wire a buzzer or doorbell.

Make an electric buzzer game.

Make a simple bar or horseshoe electromagnet.

Use a simple electric motor.

Make a crane with an electromagnetic lift.


Help an adult rig and sail a real boat. (Wear your PFD.)

Help an adult repair a real boat or canoe.

Know the flag signals for storm warnings.

Help an adult repair a boat dock.

With an adult on board, and both wearing PFDs, row a boat around a 100-yard course that has two turns. Demonstrate forward strokes, turns to both sides, and backstrokes.


Identify five different kinds of aircraft, in flight if possible, or from models or photos.

Ride in a commercial airplane.

Explain how a hot air balloon works.

Build and fly a model airplane. (You may use a kit. Every time you do this differently, it counts as a completed project.)

Sketch and label an airplane showing the direction of forces acting on it (lift, drag, and load).

Make a list of some of the things a helicopter can do that other kinds of airplanes can't. Draw or cut out a picture of a helicopter and label the parts.

Build and display a scale airplane model. You may use a kit or build it from plans.


With an adult's help, make a scooter or a Cubmobile. Know the safety rules.

With an adult's help, make a windmill.

With an adult's help, make a waterwheel.

Make an invention of your own design that goes.


Make and play a homemade musical instrument - cigar-box banjo, washtub bull fiddle, a drum or rhythm set, tambourine. etc.

Learn to play two familiar tunes on any musical instrument.

Play in a den band using homemade or regular musical instruments. Play at a pack meeting.

Play two tunes on any recognized band or orchestra instrument.


Do an original art project and show it at a pack meeting. Every project you do counts as one requirement

Here are some ideas for art projects:

Mobile or wire sculpture, Silhouette, Acrylic painting, Watercolor painting, Collage, Mosaic, Clay sculpture, Silk screen picture.

Visit an art museum or picture gallery with your den or family.

Find a favorite outdoor location and draw or paint it.


Make a simple papier-mch mask.

Make an animal mask.

Make a clown mask.


Practice holding a camera still in one position. Learn to push the shutter button without moving the camera. Do this without film in the camera until you have learned how. Look through the viewfinder and see what your picture will look like. Make sure that everything you want in your picture is in the frame of your viewfinder.

Take five pictures of the same subject in different kinds of light.

Subject in direct sun with direct light.

Subject in direct sun with side light.

Subject in direct sun with back light.

Subject in shade on a sunny day.

Subject on a cloudy day.

Put your pictures to use.

Mount a picture on cardboard for display.

Mount on cardboard and give it to a friend.

Make three pictures that show how something happened (tell a story) and write a one sentence explanation for each.

Take a picture in your house.

With available light.

Using a flash attachment or photoflood (bright light).


Make solar prints of three kinds of leaves.

Make a display of eight different animal tracks with an eraser print.

Collect, press, and label ten kinds of leaves.

Build a waterscope and identify five types of water life.

Collect eight kinds of plant seeds and label them.

Collect, mount, and label ten kinds of rocks or minerals.

Collect, mount, and label five kinds of shells.

Build and use a bird caller.

Bear Scout Electives

Numbers 13 through 19


Learn and show three magic tricks.

With your den, put on a magic show for someone else.

Learn and show four puzzles.

Learn and show three rope tricks.


With an adult, help take care of your lawn or flower beds or help take care of the lawn or flower beds of a public building, school, or church. Seed bare spots. Get rid of weeds. Pick up litter. Agree ahead of time on what you will do.

Make a sketch of a landscape plan for the area right around your home. Talk it over with a parent or den leader. Show which trees, shrubs and flowers you could plant to make the area look better.

Take part in a project with your family, den, or pack to make your neighborhood or community more beautiful. These might be having a cleanup party, painting, cleaning and painting trash barrels, and removing weeds. (Each time you do this differently, it counts as a completed project.)

Build a greenhouse and grow twenty plants from seed. You can use a package of garden seeds, or use beans, pumpkin seeds, or watermelon seeds.


Dig a hole or find an excavation project and describe the different layers of soil you see and feel. (Do not enter an excavation area alone or without permission.)

Explore three kinds of earth by conducting a soil experiment.

Visit a burned-out forest or prairie area, or a slide area, with your den or your family. Talk to a soil and water conservation officer or forest ranger about how the area will be planted and cared for so that it will grow to be the way it was before the fire or slide

What is erosion? Find out the kinds of grasses, trees, or ground cover you should plant in your area to help limit erosion.

As a den, visit a lake, stream, river, or ocean (whichever is nearest where you live). Plan and do a den project to help clean up this important source of water. Name four kinds of water pollution.


Take care of a farm animal. Decide with your parent the things you will do and how long you will do them.

Name and describe six kinds of farm animals and tell their common uses.

Read a book about farm animals and tell your den about it.

With your family or den, visit a livestock exhibit at a county or state fair.


With the help of an adult, fix an electric plug or appliance.

Use glue or epoxy to repair something.

Remove and clean a drain trap.

Refinish or repaint something.

Agree with an adult in your family on some repair job to be done and do it. (Each time you do this differently, it counts as a completed project.)


Build and use an outdoor gym with at least three items from this list.

Balance board


Tire walk

Tire swing


Climbing rope

Running long jump area.

Build three outdoor toss games.

Plan an outdoor game or gym day with your den. (This can be part of a pack activity). Put your plans on paper.

Hold an open house for your backyard gym.

Bear Scout Electives

Electives 20 through 25


Always have an adult with you who can swim.

Jump feet first into water over your head, swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, and swim back.

Swim on your back, the elementary backstroke, for 30 feet.

Rest by floating on your back, using as little motion as possible for at least one minute.

Tell what is meant by the buddy system. Know the basic rules of safe swimming

Do a racing dive from edge of pool and swim 60 feet, using a racing stroke. (You might need to make a turn.)


In archery, know the safety rules and how to shoot correctly. Put six arrows into a 4-foot target at a distance of 15 feet. Make an arrow holder. (This can be done only at a district/council day or resident or family camp.)

In skiing, know the Skier's Safety and Courtesy Code. Demonstrate walking and kick turn, climbing with a sidestep or herringbone, a snowplow stop, a stem turn, four linked snowplow or stem turns, straight running in a downhill position or cross-country position, and how to recover from a fall.

In ice skating, know the safety rules. From a standing start, skate forward 150 feet; and come to a complete stop within 20 feet. Skate around a corner clockwise and counterclockwise without coasting. Show a turn from forward to backward. Skate backward 50 feet.

In track, show how to make a sprint start. Run the 50-yard dash in 10 seconds or less. Show how to do the standing long jump, the running long jump, or high jump. (Be sure to have a soft landing area.)

In roller skating (with conventional or in-line skates), know the safety rules. From a standing start, skate forward 150 feet; and come to a complete stop within 20 feet. Skate around a corner clockwise and counterclockwise without coasting and show a turn from forward to backward. Skate backward 50 feet. Wear the proper protective clothing.

Earn a new Cub Scout Sports pin. (Repeat three times with different sports to earn up to three Arrow Points.)


Take part in a council- or pack-sponsored, money-earning sales program. Keep track of the sales you make yourself. When the program is over, add up the sales you have made.

Help with a garage sale or rummage sale. This can be with your family or a neighbor, or it can be a church, school, or pack event.


Start a stamp collection. You can get information about stamp collecting at any U.S. post office.

Mount and display a collection of emblems, coins, or other items to show at a pack meeting. This can be any kind of collection. Every time you show a different kind of collection, it counts as one requirement.

Start your own library. Keep your own books and pamphlets in order by subject. List the title, author, and subject of each on an index card and keep the cards in a file box, or use a computer program to store the information.


Look up your state on a U.S. map. What other states touch its borders?

Find your city or town on a map of your state. How far do you live from the state capital?

In which time zone do you live? How many time zones are there in the U.S.?

Make a map showing the route from your home to your school or den meeting place.

Mark a map showing the way to a place you would like to visit that is at least 50 miles from your home.


American Indian people live in every part of what is now the continental United States. Find the name of the American Indian nation that lives or has lived where you live now. Learn about these people.

Learn, make equipment for, and play two American Indian or other native American games with members of your den. Be able to tell the rules, who

Bear Cub Scout Indian Lore Games and Culture

Handbook of American Indian Games (Native American)
Handbook of American Indian Games (Native American) Review

The Macfarlans' classic collection of ingenious Native American games, first published in 1958, remains a wonderful source of both game ideas and insights into Native American cultures. The two combine easily since many games are based on skills children would need as adults or on the legends of their tribe. And the games are truly fun! Very rarely do they require much beyond what nature provides, making these ideas perfect for camping trips or anyplace you may suddenly have to keep the kids -- or yourself -- entertained.

Product Description

Rich collection of 150 authentic American Indian games for boys and girls of all ages — running, relay, kicking, throwing and rolling, tossing and catching, guessing, group-challenge and many other games — that develop dexterity, endurance, good sportsmanship and other skills. 74 black-and-white illustrations. Introduction


Scout Outdoor Ten Essentials

Scout Outdoor Ten Essentials
Scout Outdoor Ten Essentials

Ten Essentials

Bear Cub Scouts need real camping gear

Check out the camping department of your local Wal-Mart or other store that provides camping gear. Shop around on the internet for free shipping.

Here is a great internet site for most of your camping needs:

Here's a sample item:

Coleman Kids! Compass Magnifier

Bear Cub Scout Skits - Telling The Time Skit for a campfire outing.

Telling the Time Skit

Required: 4 to 8 scouts

Notes: One scout is offstage. The rest are in a group center stage.

Script: Leader: We would like to share a survival tip with you all. If no one in your group has a watch, this is one way how you can still tell time.

All scouts run around in a small area until the leader raises his hand and they then immediately freeze. Everyone pauses to listen but nothing happens.

Repeat this a couple times until the scout offstage decides to reply.

Scout Offstage: Hey, you guys, SHUT UP! It's 11:00 o'clock at night!

Find more campfire and Pack meeting skits like this one at the following website:

Bear Cub Scout Jokes - Clean, Cute, Rated "G" Jokes for all ages

Here are some fun samples from the website below.

Riddles Joke

Notes: A bunch of silly riddles to ask around the campfire. Be ready to have sticks and dirt tossed at you :-)

Q: Why is the little ant always confused?

A: Because all his uncles are ants.

Q: What is the best part of a Boxer's joke?

A: The PUNCH line.

Q: What kind of house weighs the least?

A: A Lighthouse.

Q: Why is a river rich?

A: It has two banks.

Q: How many seconds are there in a year?

A: 12 - Jan. 2, Feb. 2, Mar. 2, ...

Q: Who sleeps with their shoes on?

A: Horses.

Q: Prove that a cat has 3 tails.

A: No cat has 2 tails and one cat has one more tail than no cat, so one cat has 3 tails.

Q: What is faster - heat or cold?

A: Heat - you can catch cold.

Q: A farmer had 17 sheep. All but 9 died. How many does he have now?

A: Nine.

Q: Take 2 apples from 3 apples and what do you have?

A: 2 apples.

Q: What word in the dictionary is always spelled wrong?


Q: What question can you never truthfully answer 'Yes'?

A: Are you asleep?

Q: Which is the quietest sport?

A: Bowling - you can hear a pin drop.

Bear Cub Scout Electives Suggestions - Aircraft Elective Part C

Hot Air Balloon:

On a cold winter day with very little wind, your den can create their own hot air balloon for Aircraft: c

You need a super-thin plastic garment bag from a dry cleaners, a dozen small birthday candles, some drinking straws, a long fishing line, some strong scotch tape.

Tape straws together to create an X that will fill the opening of the plastic bag.

Cut a hole in the straws every 1 to 1.5 inches - these are spots in which you will stand the candles. Put candles in all the spots and tape them if necessary.

Tape the ends of the straw X to the opening of the bag to hold it open. This is the base of the balloon and the bag will fill with hot air and provide lift.

Tie the fishing line to the center of the X to prevent it from flying away and causing trouble somewhere.

Have an adult hold the balloon up from the top to keep the plastic away from the candles. Light the candles and wait for it to lift off.

Instead of the candles, you can use an electric hair dryer and extension cord to fill the baloon, but it will cool off quickly. Or, if you are having a campfire, you can carfully fill the balloon with hot air rising from the fire.

Link here to get more ideas.

A Bear Scout Pocket Knife Set - Perfect for starters


Does your Pack want to start getting money, too? - Excellent fundraiser, earn money for your boys. FREE!

See the donation buttton above? I don't know who the Midway Cub Scouts are...I don't even know what city they are in or what state they are from. All I know is I'm setting up this site related to cub scouting. All I want is to donate to some type of scouting organization and since this is the only, yep, only cub scout group on the entire Squidoo website, I picked them.

How would you like to start earning donations for your boys? How would like to have your Pack's name listed as a charity that anybody in the country can donate to, just by clicking on a button. Free money, no hidden fees, no catches, all free.

Read through the link below and see for yourself that it is all a reasonable process and in no time at all your Pack (or Troop for Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts or any other non-profit organization for that matter) could be set up.

In fact this website is a fundraising opportunity as well as an educational tool. Your young Bears or cub scouts or parents of cub scouts could each sign up to create a lens of their respective talents. There's a point in the set up where each lens can have a designation where 100% of the proceeds from a lens will go to your group. How exciting is that. Have your boys get the word out and before you know it, it could add up. Check it out, what do you have to lose?

Click on the Orange Link above on the right side of this site that says" Create A Lens" and see how fun and easy it really is. I did it and you can, too.

Bear Cub Scout Resources

Here are a few helpful links for additional information on this site. All the pictures seen throughout the electives can be purchased through the first link below. Order them a few weeks before the actual day that you'll be completing the activity and you can hang them up and use them to have visuals for each elective. Just click below and you'll be directed to a secure general site then type in the name of the picture and you'll be directed to that particular poster.

Ice Cream Maker - Great Activity for Bear Scouts

What better way to have the boys learn how to make ice cream and have fun at the same time. You make the ice cream mix and place it inside the ball. Then you roll the ball around for the suggested time and it makes a great treat for the boys. Buy several of them and have a competition among the different dens in your pack. Order a few for your own den and take them with your den on an overnight camping trip. Also makes a fun family treat, too.

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