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Age Limits for Merit Badge Classes
Blog     1 Sep 2015 | 7:49 am
Andrea sent in this question: Can we talk about age requirements? Maybe this has been going on for a long time, maybe it is new. But my 12 year old 1st class scout is now starting to work on several merit badges in order to prepare for the next few ranks. And I am finding more and more classes that put an age requirement (i.e. minimum age) for taking the class. I am strongly opposed to this as I feel it is adding to the requirements, something that I KNOW none of us are allowed to do. So can we discuss? I...


Scouting Resources and Scout Support Groups
Blog     31 Aug 2015 | 11:38 am
Jen sent in this question: I’m in a relationship with a man who is a Scout Leader and involved with Scouts at multiple levels. I’m looking for resources, or support groups, etc for “mom’s” or spouses of Scouts. My kids were never involved with Scouts so I know very little and I want to learn more so that I know how to be more supportive and understanding of his schedule and activities with his boys. Any direction or advice would be greatly appreciated. First of all, I applaud your effort to understand what is involved in Scouting. The world of Scouting can...


Bear Den Meeting Plan – Bear Claws: Pocketknife Safety and Soap Carving
Blog     28 Aug 2015 | 9:42 am
This Bear den meeting plan covers most of the three requirements for the Bear Claws adventure. Bear Claws is all about pocketknives and whittling. After this plan, the Cub Scouts will need to carve an additional item. You could add a second meeting to cover this, or have them carve something at home and bring it in, or add this activity into another meeting which has some extra time. At this meeting, Bears will learn about basic pocketknife safety and will carve an item from soap. For their second item, encourage them to try wood. You can find some suitable wood blocks at your local...



   
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