Scouting Supports Education

Scouting activities contribute to the academic development of the children who participate. 

In the elementary grades, the program is built around a series of theme-based explorations. As a Cub Scout advances, the requirements get more challenging, to match the new skills and abilities they have learned. Cub Scout advancement supports over 120 elementary TEKS. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are the standards which outline what students are to learn in each grade in the state of Texas.

In the middle and high school grades, service, community engagement and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as youth lead their own activities. Youth also have the opportunity to explore other areas of interest such as the arts, STEM, business, and outings within the community. More than 85% of merit badges include requirements that meet National Science Education Standards, giving Scouts a foundation in everything from nuclear science to robotics.

Positive Effects of Scouting

Some of the specific positive effects of Scouting documented by researchers include:

  • The time that children spent in structured activities such as Scouting has been correlated with higher academic and conduct grades, constructive peer relations, and positive emotional adjustment (Posner and Lowe, 2008).
  • Involvement in activities such as Scouting is correlated with a decrease in delinquency rates (Agnew and Peterson, 1989).
  • The time that children spent in Scouting shows that Scout programs help youth develop a sense of themselves as people who are broadly competent, who can work constructively in groups, and who can complete poorly defined tasks. Youth in Scouting also have an increased sense of obligation to the community and its institutions (Kleinfeld and Shinkwin, 1983).
  • Children involved in Scouting are identified as demonstrating higher affective and cognitive regard for learning science content (Jarman, 2005).
  • Youth involved in Scouting are identified as demonstrating higher affective and cognitive regard for learning science content (Jarman, 2005).
  • Scouting programs support the growth of developmental assets (Search Institute, 2004).
  • Researchers identified significant differences between Scouts and non-Scouts in these areas: health and recreation, connection to others, service and leadership, environmental stewardship, goal orientation, planning and preparedness, and character. These traits carry over into adulthood (Jang, Johnson, and Kim, 2012).



Scouts as Resources to Schools

Young people involved in Scouting develop skills that can be leveraged in support of overall classroom activities and goals. Some that may be of benefit in your school include the following:

  • Skills: Help lead games and activities, problem-solving
  • Knowledge: Knowledge of science and technology content in real-world context; experience with non-competitive and initiative games
  • Dispositions: Positive self-concept, solution-oriented, independent problem solver, community service orientation, focus on participatory citizenship and stewardship
  • Service: Scouts are expected to provide service to the community, including the schools the boys attend. Any request you have for acts of service to support your school (grounds beautification, opening ceremony for school events, grounds cleanup, help at school carnivals, and the like) will be acted upon by the pack leaders and the youth in the Cub Scout pack. Visit www.scouting.org/adopt-a-school for examples of how Scouting supports schools. 



Scouting Teaches Life Skills

Scouting provides youth with skills that help them cope. Youth say Scouting has taught them to: (Harris Interactive research study, 2005)

  • Always give their best effort
  • Always be honest
  • Treat others with respect
  • Set goals
  • Stay physically fit
  • Take care of the environment

Lifelong Benefits of Scouting

"Be Prepared" is more than just a motto for Scouts; it's a way of life. Scouting offers a wide array of programs for lifelong learning that prepare youth for success. In fact, Scouts: (Harris Interactive research study, 2005)

  • Earn higher annual household incomes
  • Value family relationships highly
  • Have lifelong friendships
  • Believe helping others should come before one's own self-interest
  • There have been real-life situations in which having been a Scout helped them to be a better leader.


Scouting and Academic Performance

A CAC council survey conducted showed:3

  • 99% of Scouts advanced to the next grade in school
  • 96% earned A's and B's in school, including 92% of ScoutReach youth
  • 94% say that Scouting will help them get into college
  • 96% say that Scouting will help them get a good job in the future
  • Scouts graduate from high school (91% versus 87%)1
  • Scouts graduate from college (35% versus 19%)1

"Eagle Scouts: Merit beyond the badge”

Independent research conducted by Baylor University demonstrates the significant, positive impact Eagle Scouts have on society every day. The study found that Eagle Scouts are more likely than men who have never been in Scouting to:

  • Have higher levels of planning and preparation skills, be goal-oriented, and network with others
  • Be in a leadership position at their place of employment or local community
  • Report having closer relationships with family and friends
  • Volunteer for religious and nonreligious organizations
  • Donate money to charitable groups
  • Work with others to improve their neighborhoods

Scouting Builds Positive Character

A study at Tufts University showed strong evidence that participation in Scouting supports the development of pro-social behaviors, career goals, tolerant beliefs, and positive character attributes (Lerner, et al., 2015).

  • Scouts reported significant increases in six critical areas versus non-Scouts: cheerfulness, kindness, hopeful future expectations, trustworthiness, helpfulness, obedience
  • Scouts were more likely than non-Scouts to embrace positive social values. Ask a Scout what’s most important to him, and he was more likely to respond with answers like “helping others” or “doing the right thing.” Ask a non-Scout the same thing, and he was likely to say “being smart,” “being the best” or “playing sports.”
  • Scouts who attend meetings regularly report higher trustworthiness, helpfulness, kindness, and thriftiness, higher levels of hopeful future expectation and self-regulation, better grades, and a better connection with nature vs. Scouts who sometimes or rarely attended. (summarywebinarwebsite)

Leadership and Citizenship Training

  • Scouting encourages Scouts to take responsibility
  • Scouting teaches Scouts new interests and skills
  • Scouting provides multiple leadership opportunities
  • Scouts learn to be a good team player
  • Scouting influences Scout to always be honest
  • Scouts learn to take better care of the environment
  • Scouting influences Scouts to respect the life and property of others
  • Scouting teaches Scouts to have pride in their country
  • Eagle Scouts are more likely to have held a leadership position in their local community2
  • Eagle Scouts are more likely to agree they work hard to get ahead2

Serving Scouts with DisAbilities

The Boy Scouts of America supports full participation by members with physical, mental, and emotional challenges.

  • The BSA builds awareness in all its members of the special needs of youth and creates inclusion opportunities to maximize the experience of each youth member.
  • Scouting has a great deal to offer to youth with special needs and challenges, who are more heavily represented in the BSA (15.1 percent) than in the general population (8.4 percent).
  • The Scouting program provides firsthand experiences that support academic performance, development of social and life skills, career exploration, and independent living. 
  • The program has adaptations for physical and intellectual limitations similar to the least restrictive environment (LRE) principle. with which you are familiar.
  • The BSA has procedures to allow an alternative path for a student to earn ranks and awards when the regular requirements are not achievable due to a disability.
  • The council's disabilities awareness committee members offer a variety of training courses and resources for parents and Scouters.




Lions

Kindergartners work toward the Lion rank. The Lion rank is earned by completing five required adventures.* Dens and families can also select any number of seven elective adventures of their choosing.

The Lion advancement program supports elementary TEKS; science (STEM); art, theater, and music (A); social studies; health education and physical education.

 

Lion Adventure

TEKS

STREAM

Gizmos and Gadgets 1. Explore properties of motion.
2. Explore properties of force.
3. Use household materials to create a useful object.
Science K.112.11.5 Matter and energy. Knows that objects have properties and patterns. STEM
K.112.11.6 Force, motion, and energy. Knows that energy, force, and motion are related and are a part of their everyday life. STEM
Ready, Set, Grow   1. Visit with an individual who can demonstrate different ways to garden and the basic skills needed to garden.
2. Learn where the food we eat comes from.
3. Plant a small container garden.
Science K.112.11.9B Organisms and environments. Examine evidence that living organisms have basic needs such as food, water, and shelter for animals and air, water, nutrients, sunlight, and space for plants. STEM
K.112.11.10 Organisms and environments. Knows that organisms resemble their parents and have structures and processes that help them survive within their environments. STEM
Animal Kingdom* 1. Learn the role of someone who provides a service to your community.
2. Demonstrate you know what to do in an emergency.
3. Choose two energy saving projects to practice in your home for two weeks.
4. Participate in a Lion den family service project for others. (outing)
Social Studies K.113.11.7A Economics. Identify jobs in the home, school, and community.  
K.113.11.9A Government. Identify authority figures in the home, school, and community.  
Health Education K.115.11.2 Health behaviors. Demonstrate procedures for responding to emergencies including dialing 911.  
Science K.112.11.1B Scientific investigating and reasoning. Demonstrate how to use, conserve, and dispose of natural resources and materials such as conserving water and reusing or recycling paper, plastic, and metal. STEM
Lion’s Honor* 1. Show teamwork and good sportsmanship by playing a game with your den. Physical Education   2.116.4.8 Social development. The student develops positive self-management and social skills needed to work independently and with others in physical activity settings. The student is expected to: (A) display good sportsmanship; and (B) treat others with respect during play.  
Fun on the Run*   1. Learn and demonstrate three exercise you can do each day.
2. Have Lions make a nutritious snack for the den.
3. Understand the importance of rest.
4. Participate as a den in Jungle Field Day.
Health Education K.115.2.1C Health behaviors. Identify types of exercise and active play that are good for the body.  
K.115.2.1A Health behaviors. Identify and practice personal health habits that help individuals stay healthy such as a proper amount of sleep and clean hands  
K.115.2.1B Health behaviors. Identify types of foods that help the body grow such as healthy breakfast foods and snacks.  
K.115.2.3B Health behaviors. Demonstrate decision-making skills for making health-promoting decisions.  
Physical Education K.116.2.3C Physical activity and health. Participate in appropriate exercises for flexibility in shoulders, legs, and trunk.  
K.116.2.4C Physical activity and health. State that rest and sleep are important in caring for the body.  
King of the Jungle* 1. Participate in a flag ceremony with your den.
2. Explain what it means to be a good citizen.
3. Explain what it means to be a leader.
Social Studies K.113.11.10B Citizenship. Recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag and the Pledge to the Texas Flag.  
Social Studies K.113.11.10A Citizenship. Identify the flags of the United States and Texas.  
Art K.117.102.2A Creative expression. Create artworks using a variety of lines, shapes, colors, textures, and forms. A
Build It Up, Knock It Down 1. Discuss with other Lions things that can be built and things that can be knocked down.
3. Discuss with other Lions how they and their fellow Lions can be built up and knocked down, not just physically but also emotionally.
3. Build structures using available materials.
Physical Education K.116.2.7 Social development. Develops positive self-management and social skills needed to work independently and with others in physical activity settings.
     (A) follow rules, procedures, and safe practices;
  1. work in a group setting in cooperation with others; and
  2. share space and equipment with others.
 
I’ll Do It Myself 1. Make and use a “Lion bag” and hanger for personal Scouting gear.
2. Make a personal care checklist.
3. Practice tying shoelaces.
Social Studies K.113.11.16 Social studies skills. Uses problem-solving and decision-making skills, working independently and with others, in a variety of settings.  
Health Education 1.115.3.1A Health behaviors. The student understands that personal health decisions and behaviors affect health throughout the life span. The student is expected to describe and practice activities that enhance individual health such as enough sleep, nutrition, and exercise.  
On Your Mark 1. Participate in a game with your den.
2. Participate in an obstacle course relay.
3. Participate in a box derby race.
Physical Education K.116.2.6 Social development. Understands basic components such as strategies and rules of structured physical activities.  
K.116.2.7 Social development. Develops positive self-management and social skills needed to work independently and with others in physical activity settings.  
Rumble in the Jungle 1. Play a game with rules; indicate an understanding of the rules and why it is important to follow the rules while playing the game.
2. Choose a jungle animal that you would like to be; describe the animal and why you chose it.
3. Participate in a parade with the other animals in your den. Communicate with other animals using your animal’s sounds, both as loudly as you can and as softly as you can.
Physical Education K.116.2.7 Social development. Develops positive self-management and social skills needed to work independently and with others in physical activity settings.  
Theatre K.117.104.1 Foundations: Develops concepts about self, human relationships, and the environment using elements of drama and conventions of theatre. A
K.117.104.2 Creative expression: performance. Interprets characters using the voice and body expressively and creates dramatizations. A
Other Songs Music K.117.103.2A Creative expression. Sing or play classroom instruments independently or in groups. A
  Music K.117.103.2C Creative expression. Move alone or with others to a varied repertoire of music using gross and fine locomotor and non-locomotor movement. A

Tiger

First graders work toward the Tiger rank. The Tiger rank is earned by completing seven required adventures*, and the Cyber Chip. Dens and families also choose any number of 12 elective adventures of their choosing.

The Tiger advancement program supports elementary TEKS; science (STEM); art, theater and music (A); reading and writing (R); social studies; health education and physical education.

 

Tiger Adventure

TEKS

STREAM

My Tiger
(Backyard) Jungle*
1. With your parent/guardian or other caring adult (referred to in the handbook as "your adult partner"), go for a walk outside, and pick out two or more sights or sounds of "nature" around you. Discuss with your partner or den.
2. Take a 1-foot hike. Make a list of the living things you find on your 1-foot hike. Discuss these plants or animals with your parent/guardian, other caring adult
, or your den.
3. Point out two different kinds of birds that live in your area. With your parent/guardian, other caring adult
, or den, find out more about one of these birds.
4. Be helpful to nature by planting a plant, shrub, or tree. Learn more about the needs and growth of the item you've planted.
5. Build and hang a birdhouse.
Science   1.112.12.2A Scientific investigation and reasoning. Ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world STEM
1.112.12.10A Organisms and environments. Investigate how the external characteristics of an animal are related to where it lives, how it moves, and what it eats; STEM
1.112.12.10B Organisms and environments. Identify and compare the parts of plants; STEM
Science K.112.11 Organisms and environments. The student knows that plants and animals have basic needs and depend on the living and nonliving things around them for survival. STEM
Tiger Bites*   1. With your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, or with your den, find out about good food choices and not-so-good choices. Identify three foods that you think would be good choices and three foods that would not be good choices.
2. Explain the importance of hand washing before a meal and cleanup after a meal. Then show how you would do each. 3. Show that you know the difference between a fruit and a vegetable. Eat one of each.
4. With your parent, guardian, or 
other caring adult, pick a job to help your family at mealtime. Do it for at least four meals.
5. Talk with your parent, guardian, or 
other caring adult about what foods you can eat with your fingers. Practice your manners when eating them.
6. 
With your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, plan and make a good snack choice or other nutritious food to share with your den.
Science 1.112.12.1A Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations following home and school safety procedures and uses environmentally appropriate and responsible practices. Recognize and demonstrate safe practices as described in the Texas Safety Standards during classroom and outdoor investigations, including washing hands, and using materials appropriately;   STEM
Tigers in the Wild*   1. With your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, name and collect the Cub Scout Six Essentials you need for a hike. Tell your den leader what you would need to add to your list to prepare for rain.
2. Go for a short hike with your den or family, and carry your own gear. Show you know how to get ready for this hike.
3. Do the following:
A. Listen while your leader reads the Outdoor Code. Talk about how you can be clean in your outdoor manners.
B. Listen while your leader reads the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids. Discuss why you should “Trash Your Trash.”
C. Apply the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids on your Tiger den and pack outings. After one outing, share what you did to demonstrate the principles you discussed.
4. While on the hike, find three different kinds of plants, animals, or signs that animals have been on the trail. List what you saw in your Tiger Handbook.
5. Participate in an outdoor pack meeting or pack campfire. Sing a song or act out a skit with your Tiger den as part of the program.
6. Find two different trees and two different types of plants that grow in your area. Write their names in your Tiger Handbook.
7. Visit a nature center, zoo, or another outside place with your family or den. Learn more about two animals, and write down two interesting things about them in your Tiger Handbook.
Science 1.112.10. Organisms and environments. Identify parts of plants;   STEM
       R
Sky Is the Limit 1. With your den or with your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, go outside to observe the night sky. Talk about objects you see or might see. 2. Look at a distant object through a telescope or binoculars. Show how to focus the device you chose.
3. Find out about two astronauts who were Scouts when they were younger. Share what you learned with your den.
4. Observe in the sky or select from a book, chart, computer, or electronic device two constellations that are easy to see in the night sky. With your parent, guardian, or 
other caring adult, find out the names of the stars that make up the constellation and how the constellation got its name. Share what you found with your den.
5. Draw and name your own constellation. Share your constellation with your den.
6. Create a homemade model of a constellation.
7. Find out about two different jobs related to astronomy. Share this information with your den.
8. With your den or family, visit a planetarium, observatory, science museum, astronomy club, or college or high school astronomy teacher. Before you go, write down questions you might want to ask. Share what you learned.
Science 1.112.12.8B Earth and space. The student knows that the natural world includes the air around us and objects in the sky. Observe and record changes in the appearance of objects in the sky such as clouds, the Moon, and stars, including the Sun; STEM
      R
Tiger Tales 1. Create a tall tale with your den.
2. Create your own tall tale. Share your tale with your den.
3. Read a tall tale with your parent, guardian, or 
other caring adult.
4. Create a piece of art from a scene in the tall tale you have read, using your choice of materials. Share it with your den.
5. Play a game from the past.
6. Sing two folk songs.
7. Visit a historical museum or landmark with your parent, guardian, or 
other caring adult.
Theatre 1.117.107.2 Creative expression: performance. The student interprets characters using the voice and body expressively and creates dramatizations.  
Art 1.117.105.2C Creative expression. The student communicates ideas through original artworks using a variety of media with appropriate skills. The student expresses thoughts and ideas creatively while challenging the imagination, fostering reflective thinking, and developing disciplined effort and progressive problem-solving skills. Increase manipulative skills necessary for using a variety of materials to produce drawings, paintings, prints, constructions, and sculptures, including modeled forms.   A
      R
Music 1.117.106.5 Historical and cultural relevance. The student examines music in relation to history and cultures. Sing songs and play musical games, including rhymes, patriotic events, folk music, and seasonal music; A
1.117.106.3B Creative expression. The student performs a varied repertoire of developmentally appropriate music in informal or formal settings. Sing songs from diverse cultures and styles, independently or in groups; A
Tiger Theater 1. With your den, discuss the following types of theater: puppet shows, reader’s theater, and pantomime.
2. As a den, play a game of one-word charades.
3. Make a puppet to show your den or to display at a pack meeting.
4. Perform a simple reader’s theater. Make a mask afterward to show what your character looks like.
5. Watch a play or attend a story time at a library
Theatre 1.117.107.2 Creative expression: performance. The student interprets characters using the voice and body expressively and creates dramatizations. A, R
Theater 1.117.107.3 Creative expression: production. The student applies design, directing, and theatre production concepts and skills. A
Games Tigers Play*   1. Do the following:
 A. Play two initiative or team-building games with the members of your den.
 B. Listen carefully to your leader while the rules are being explained, and follow directions when playing.
 C. At the end of the game, talk with the leader about what you learned when you played the game. Tell how you helped the den by playing your part.
2. Talk with your den or family about why good nutrition helps you to be strong and active. Bring a nutritious snack to a den meeting. Share why you picked it and what makes it a good snack choice.
3. Make up a game with the members of your den, and play it with den members. After playing the game, talk with your den about the experience.
4. Make up a new game, and play it with your family or members of your den or pack. Then talk with the group about the experience.
5. Do the following:
 A. Attend a sporting event with your den or family.
 B. Before or after the event, talk with a coach or athlete about what it is like to participate in the sport. OR find out more about the sport and share what you have learned with your den or family members before or after the event.
Physical Education 1.116.3.6A Social development. The student understands basic components such as strategies and rules of structured physical activities. Demonstrate starting and stopping signals    
Physical Education 1.116.3.6B Social development. Explain boundaries and rules for simple games  
Tiger Tag 1. Choose one active game you like, and tell your den about how to play and why you like this game.
2. Play two team or relay games with your den. Tell your parent, guardian, or other caring adult or the other Tigers what you liked best about each game.
3. Have your den choose a team or relay game that everyone can play, and play it at least twice.
4. With your parent, guardian, or 
other caring adult, select an active outside game that you could play with the members of your den. Talk with den members about the games suggested by all Tigers. With your den, decide on a game to play and play the game that your den has chosen. After the game, discuss with your den the meaning of being a good sport.
Physical Education 1.116.3.7A Social development. The student develops positive self-management and social skills needed to work independently and with others in physical activity settings. Follow directions and apply safe movement practices;  
1.116.3.7B Social development. Interact, cooperate, and respect others    
Team Tiger*   1. With your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, or with your den, talk about what it means to be part of a team. List some of the teams you are on (den, pack, family, class, etc.), and explain how you can help each one.
2. With your den, talk about your Tiger team. Then make a chart showing all the different ways team members can help the den. Volunteer to take your turn doing at least two different jobs, one of which is leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
3. With your family, talk about how family members each have a role in the family team. Then pick a job that you will do to help the team. Follow through by doing that job at least three times during the next three weeks.
4. With your den or family, participate as a team in a service project that helps our country or your community.
5. With your den, make a chart or picture showing how you and your teammates make a better team because you are alike in some ways but different in others.
Social Studies 1.113.12.14B Citizenship. Recite and explain the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag and the Pledge to the Texas Flag;    
Earning Your Stripes 1. Show your loyalty to Tiger orange by bringing in and sharing with your den five items that are the color orange.
2. Demonstrate loyalty over the next week at school or in your community. Share at your next den meeting how you were loyal to others.
3. With your parent, guardian, or 
other caring adult, decide on one new task you can do to help your family, and do it.
4. Talk with your parent, guardian, or 
other caring adult, or with your den about polite language. Learn how to shake hands and introduce yourself.
5. Play a game with your den. Then discuss how your den played politely.
6. With your den and parent, guardian, or 
other caring adult, work on a service project for your pack’s meeting place or chartered organization.
Language Arts 1.110.12.28 Listening and Speaking/Speaking. Students speak clearly and to the point, using the conventions of language. Students continue to apply earlier standards with greater complexity. Students are expected to share information and ideas about the topic under discussion, speaking clearly at an appropriate pace, using the conventions of language.    
Family Stories 1. Discuss with your parent, guardian, a family member, or other caring adult where some of your family members originated. Discuss family history, traditions, and culture—your family heritage. Share a story or bring something to share with your den about yourself and your family.
2. Make a family crest.
3. Visit your public library to find out information about the heritage of some of your family members.
4. Interview one of your grandparents or another family elder, and share with your den what you learned.
5. Make a family tree designed for your particular family.
6. Share with your den how you got your name or what your name means.
7. Share with your den your favorite snack or dessert that reflects the cultural heritage of one or more of your family members.
8. Learn where some members of your family came from, and locate the place(s) on a map. Share this information with your den. With the help of your parent, guardian, or 
other caring adult, locate and write to a pen pal there.
Social Studies 1.113.12.5A Geography. The student understands the purpose of maps and globes. Use simple maps such as maps of the home, classroom, school, and community; and    
1.113.12.5A Geography. Locate the community, Texas, and the United States on maps and globes.    
1.113.12.15A Culture. Describe and explain the importance of various beliefs, customs, language, and traditions of families and communities; and    
    R
1.113.12.15B Culture. explain the way folktales and legends such as Aesop's fables reflect beliefs, customs, language, and traditions of communities.  
Floats and Boats 1. With your den, say the SCOUT water safety chant.
2. With your den, talk about why it’s important to have a buddy and then play the buddy game.
3. Show how to safely help someone who needs assistance in the water, without having to enter the water yourself.
4. Show how to enter the water safely, blow your breath out under the water, and do a prone glide.
5. Identify five different types of boats.
6. Build a boat from recycled materials, and float it on the water.
7.
Show that you can put on and fasten a life jacket correctly.
Physical Education 1.116.3.5D Physical activity and health. The student knows and applies safety practices associated with physical activities. List water safety rules and demonstrate simple extension rescue.    
Rolling Tigers 1. With your den or with your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, try on safety gear you should use while riding a bike. Show how to wear a bicycle helmet properly. 2. With your den or with your parent, guardian, or other caring adult, learn and demonstrate safety tips to follow when riding a bicycle.
3. Learn and demonstrate proper hand signals.
4. With your den or with your parent, guardian, or
other caring adult, do a safety check on a bicycle.
5. With your den or family, go on a bicycle hike wearing your safety equipment. Follow the bicycling safety and traffic laws. 6. With your den or with your parent, guardian, or 
other caring adult, discuss two different types of bicycles and their uses.
7. Learn about a famous bicycle race or famous cyclist. Share what you learn with your den.
8. Visit 
your local or state police department to learn about bicycle riding laws.
9.
 Identify two jobs that use bicycles and discuss how they are used.
Health Education 1.115.3.2F Health The student understands that safe, unsafe, and/or harmful behaviors result in positive and negative consequences throughout the life span. Identify and describe safe bicycle skills.behaviors.  
Physical Education 1.116.3.5A Physical activity and health. The student knows and applies safety practices associated with physical activities. Use equipment and space safely and properly;  
Physical Education 1.116.3.5B Physical activity and health. The student knows and applies safety practices associated with physical activities. Describe the importance of protective equipment in preventing injury such as helmets, elbow/knee pads, wrist guards, proper shoes, and clothing;  
Tiger-iffic! 1. Play at least two different games by yourself; one may be a video game.
2. Play a board game or another inside game with one or more members of your den.
3. Play a problem-solving game with your den.
4. With your parent’s or guardian’s permission, do the following:
 A. Play a video game with family members or den members in a tournament.
 B. List at least three tips that would help someone who was learning how to play your favorite video game.
 C. Play an appropriate video game with a friend for 30 minutes.
5. With other members of your den, invent a game, OR change the rules of a game you know, and play the game.
6. Play a team game with your den.
Health Education 1.115.3.3 Health behaviors. The student demonstrates basic critical-thinking, decision-making, goal setting, and problem-solving skills for making health-promoting decisions. The student is expected to:
Tiger: Safe and Smart 1. Memorize your address, and say it to your den leader or your parent, guardian, or other caring adult.
2. Memorize an emergency contact’s phone number, and say it to your parent, guardian, or den leader.
3. Take the 911 safety quiz.
4. Show you can “Stop, Drop, and Roll.”
5. Show you know how to safely roll someone else in a blanket to put out a fire.
6. With your parent, guardian, or 
other caring adult, make a fire escape map of your home and explain it to family members and your den.
7. With your parent, guardian, or 
other caring adult, try a practice fire drill at home.
8. Find the smoke detectors in your home. With the help of your parent, guardian, or 
other caring adult, check the batteries.
9. Visit an emergency responder station, or have an emergency responder visit you.
Physical Education 1.116.3.5E Physical activity and health. The student knows and applies safety practices associated with physical activities. Describe and demonstrate appropriate reactions to emergency situations common to physical activity settings such as universal safety precautions, and calling 911.    
Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries 1. Do the following
A. Learn a magic trick. Practice your magic trick so you can perform it in front of an audience
B. Create an invitation to a magic show.
C. With your den or with your family, put on a magic show for an audience.
2. Spell your name using sign language, and spell your name in Braille.
3. Create a secret code. Share it with your family or den.
4. With the other Scouts in your den or with your family, crack a code that you did not create. 
5. With the help of your parent, guardian, or
other caring adult, conduct a science demonstration that shows how magic works and share what you learned from your science demonstration.
Communication      
Good Knights 1. With your den or adult partner, say the Scout Law. Explain to your den one of the 12 points of the Law and why you think a knight would have the same behavior.
2. If you have not already done so, make a code of conduct with your den that will describe how each person should act when you are all together. If your den has a code of conduct, discuss with your den the updates it might need. Vote on which actions should go in your den code of conduct.
3. Create a den shield and a personal shield.
4. Using recycled materials, design and build a small castle with your adult partner to display at the pack meeting.
5. Think of one physical challenge that could be part of an obstacle course. Then help your den design a Tiger knight obstacle course. With your adult partner, participate in the course.
6. Show your understanding of knights' service to others by participating in a service project in your community.
       
Tiger Circles: (My Family’s)  Duty To God* Complete 1 or 2 plus two others:
1. Discuss with your parent, guardian, den leader, or 
other caring adult what it means to do your duty to God. Tell how you do your duty to God in your daily life.
2. With a family member, attend a religious service or other activity that shows how your family expresses reverence for God.
3. Earn the religious emblem of your faith that is appropriate for your age or grade.
4. Help with a local service project and talk with your den or family about how helping others is part of our duty to God.
5.
With the approval of your parent/guardian, den leader, or other caring adult, think of and then carry out an act of kindness or respect that you think shows duty to God.
Faith      
Stories in Shapes 1. Visit an art gallery or a museum, explore an art website, or visit your library.
2. Look closely at pictures of some art with your den or a family member
3. Decide what you like about the art
, and share your ideas with the other Tigers.
4. Create a piece of art on paper, poster board, or canvas.
5. .Draw or create an art piece using shapes.
6. Use tangrams to create shapes.
Art     A

Wolf

Second graders work toward the Wolf rank. The Wolf rank is earned by completing seven required adventures* and the Cyber Chip. Dens and families can also select any number of 12 elective adventures of their choosing.

The Wolf advancement program supports elementary TEKS; science and math (STEM); art, theater and music (A); reading and writing (R); social studies; health education and physical education.

 

Wolf Adventures

TEKS

STEM

Code of the Wolf   1. Complete two of the following:
A. With the members of your den or family, make a game with simple materials that requires math to keep score.
B. Play a game of “Go Fish for 10s.”
C. Do five activities at home, at school, or in your den that use mathematics, and then explain to your den how you used everyday math.
D. Make a 
rekenrek with two rows, and show your den leader or other adult how you would represent the numbers 4, 6, 9, and 14.
E. Make a rain gauge or some other measuring device, and use it.
2. Complete one of the following:
A. With other members of your den or family, identify three different types of shapes that you see in nature.
B. With other members of your den or family, identify two shapes you can see in the construction of bridges.
C. Select a single shape or figure. Observe the world around you for at least a week, and write down where you see this shape or figure and how it is used.
3. Complete one of the following:
A. With your den, find something that comes with many small, colored items in one package. Count the number of items of each color in your package. Keep track of each color. Then:
i.  Draw a graph showing the number of items of each color.
ii. Determine what the most common color is.
iii. Compare your results to those of the other Scouts.
iv. Predict how many items of each color you will find in one more package.
v. Decide if your prediction was close.
B. With your den or family, measure the height of everyone in the group and see who takes more steps to walk 100 feet.
C. Have each member of your den shoot a basketball. Count the number of shots it takes for each Scout to sink five baskets. Make a graph that shows how successful your den was. Your graph should show each group that needed 5, 6 –10, 11–15, 16 –20, and more than 20 tries to sink their shots.
4. Complete one of the following:
A. Use a secret code using numbers to send a message to one of your den members or your den leader. Have that person send a message back to you. Be sure you both use the same code.
B. Send a message to another member of your den or your den leader using the pig pen code or another code that changes letters into special shapes.
C. Practice using a code stick to create and decode a message.
Mathematics 2.111.4.1A Mathematical process standards. The student uses mathematical processes to acquire and demonstrate mathematical understanding. Apply mathematics to problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace;   STEM
2.111.4.1D Mathematical process standards. Communicate mathematical ideas, reasoning, and their implications using multiple representations, including symbols, diagrams, graphs, and language as appropriate;   STEM
2.111.4.8 Geometry and measurement. The student applies mathematical process standards to analyze attributes of two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional solids to develop generalizations about their properties. STEM
2.111.4.5 Number and operations. The student applies mathematical process standards to develop and use strategies and methods for whole number computations in order to solve addition and subtraction problems with efficiency and accuracy. STEM
      R
Science 2.112.13.3B Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student knows that information and critical thinking, scientific problem solving, and the contributions of scientists are used in making decisions. Make predictions based on observable patterns; and STEM
Grow Something 1. Select a seed, and plant it in a small container. Care for it for 30 days. Take a picture or make a drawing of your plant once each week to share with your den or family.
2. Find out the growing zone for your area, and share the types of plants that will grow best in your zone.
3. Visit or research a botanical or community garden in your area, and learn about two of the plants that grow there. Share what you have learned with your den or family.
4. Complete one of the following:
A.  
Make a terrarium.
B. Using a seed tray, grow a garden inside your home. Keep a journal of its progress for 30 days. Share the results with your den or family.
C. Grow a sweet potato plant in water. Keep a journal of its growth for two weeks. Share the information with your den or family.
Science 2.112.13.8A Organisms and environments. The student knows that living organisms have basic needs that must be met for them to survive within their environment. Identify the basic needs of plants and animals; STEM
2.112.13.8B Organisms and environments. Identify factors in the environment, including temperature and precipitation, that affect growth and behavior such as migration, hibernation, and dormancy of living things STEM
2.112.13.8B Organisms and environments. The student knows that organisms resemble their parents and have structures and processes that help them survive within their environments. Observe, record, and compare how the physical characteristics of plants help them meet their basic needs such as stems carry water throughout the plant STEM
Digging in the Past 1. Play a game that demonstrates your knowledge of dinosaurs, such as a dinosaur match game.
2. Create an imaginary dinosaur. Share with your den its name, what it eats, and where it lives.
3. Complete one of the following:
A.  
Make a fossil cast.
B. Make a dinosaur dig. Be a paleontologist, and dig through a dinosaur dig made by another member of your den. Show and explain the ways a paleontologist works carefully during a dig.
4. Make edible fossil layers. Explain how this snack is a good model for the formation of fossils.
Science 5.112.16.8A Earth and space. The student knows Earth's surface is constantly changing and consists of useful resources. The student is expected to explore the processes that led to the formation of sedimentary rocks and fossil fuels; and   STEM
Spirit of the Water 1. Discuss how the water in your community can become polluted.
2. Explain one way that you can help conserve water in your home.
3. Explain to your den leader why swimming is good exercise.
4. Explain the safety rules that you need to follow before participating in swimming or boating.
5. Visit a local pool or public swimming area with your family or den. With qualified supervision, jump into water that is at least chest-high, and swim 25 feet or more.
Science 2.112.13.1B Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations following home and school safety procedures. The student is expected to: identify and demonstrate how to use, conserve, and dispose of natural resources and materials such as conserving water and reuse or recycling of paper, plastic, and metal.   STEM
Call of the Wild* 1. Attend one of the following:
A. A pack or family campout
B. An outdoor activity with your den or pack
C. Day camp
D. Resident camp
2. With your family or den, make a list of possible weather changes that could happen during your outing according to the time of year you are outside. Tell how you will be prepared for each one.
3. Do the following:
A. Recite the Outdoor Code with your leader.
B. Recite the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids with your leader. Talk about how these principles support the Outdoor Code.
C. After your outdoor activity or campout, list the ways you demonstrated being careful with fire or other dangers.
4. Show or demonstrate what to do:
A. In case of a natural disaster such as an earthquake or flood.
B. To keep from spreading your germs.
5. Show how to tie an overhand knot and a square knot.
6. While on a den or family outing, identify four different types of animals you see or explain evidence of their presence. Tell how you identified them.
Science 2.112.13.8B Earth and space. The student knows that there are recognizable patterns in the natural world and among objects in the sky. Identify the importance of weather and seasonal information to make choices in clothing, activities, and transportation; STEM
Health Education 2.115.4.4A Health information. The student understands the difference between sickness and health in persons of all ages. Explain ways in which germs are transmitted, methods of preventing the spread of germs, and the importance of immunization;  
Adventures in Coins   1. Identify different parts of a coin.
2. Find the mint mark on a coin. Identify the mint where the coin was made and the year it was made.
3. Choose a coin that interests you, and make a coin rubbing. List information next to the coin detailing the pictures on it, the year it was made, and the mint where it was made.
4. Play a game or create a game board with your den or family where you can practice adding and subtracting coins.
5. Play a coin game.
6. Create a balance scale.
7. Do a coin-weight investigation.
Mathematics 2.111.4.5 Number and operations. The student applies mathematical process standards to determine the value of coins in order to solve monetary transactions.  
Science 2.112.13.5 Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student develops abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry in classroom and outdoor investigations. Collect data from observations using simple equipment such as primary balances. STEM
Air of the Wolf   1. Conduct two of the following investigations to see how air affects different objects:
A. Make a paper airplane and fly it five times. Try to make it fly farther by altering its shape. Fly it at least five more times to see if your changes were effective.
B. Make a balloon-powered sled or a balloon-powered boat. Test your sled or boat with larger and smaller balloons.
C. Bounce a basketball that doesn’t have enough air in it. Then bounce it when it has the right amount of air in it. Do each one 10 times. Describe how the ball bounces differently when the amount of air changes.
D. Roll a tire or ball that doesn’t have enough air in it, and then roll it again with the right amount of air. Describe differences in how they move.
2. Complete two of the following:
A. With other members of your den, go outside and record the sounds you hear. Identify which of these sounds is the result of moving air.
B. Create a musical wind instrument, and play it as part of a den band.
C. With an adult, conduct an investigation on how speed can affect sound.
D. Make a kite using household materials. With your den or family, explain the rules for safely flying kites. Fly your kite.
E. With your family, den, or pack, participate in a kite derby, space derby, or rain gutter regatta. Explain how air helps the vehicle move.
Music 2.117.109.4C Creative expression. The student creates and explores new musical ideas. Explore new musical ideas in phrases using singing voice and classroom instruments.   A
      STEM
Collections and Hobbies   1. Begin a collection of 10 items that all have something in common. Label the items and title your collection.
2. Share your collection at a den meeting.
3. Complete one of the following and tell your den what you learned:
A. Visit a show or museum that displays different collections or models.
B. Watch a webcast or other media presentation about collecting or model building.
4. Complete one of the following:
A. Create an autograph book, and get 10 autographs. Start with members of your den.
B. With your parent’s or guardian’s permission, pick a famous living person, and write him or her a letter. In your letter, ask the person to send you an autographed photo.
English Language Arts 2.110.13.19B Writing/Expository and Procedural Texts. Students write expository and procedural or work-related texts to communicate ideas and information to specific audiences for specific purposes. Write short letters that put ideas in a chronological or logical sequence and use appropriate conventions (e.g., date, salutation, closing); and    
      R
      STEM
Finding Your Way   1. Do the following:
A. Using a map of your city or town, locate where you live.
B. Draw a map for a friend so he or she can locate your home, a park, a school, or other locations in your neighborhood. Use symbols to show parks, buildings, trees, and water. You can invent your own symbols. Be sure to include a key so your symbols can be identified.
2. Do the following:
A. Identify what a compass rose is and where it is on the map.
B. Use a compass to identify which direction is north. Show how to determine which way is south, east, and west.
3. Go on a scavenger hunt using a compass, and locate an object with a compass.
4. Using a map and compass, go on a hike or walk with your den or family.
Social Studies 2.113.13.5A Geography. The student uses simple geographic tools such as maps and globes. Interpret information on maps and globes using basic map elements such as title, orientation (north, south, east, west), and legend/map keys;  
2.113.13.5B Create maps to show places and routes within the home, school, and community.  
      STEM
Germs Alive! 1. Wash your hands while singing the “germ song.”
2. Play Germ Magnet with your den or your family. Wash your hands afterward.
3. Conduct the sneeze demonstration.
4. Conduct the mucus demonstration with your den or family.
5. Grow a mold culture. At a den or pack meeting, show what formed.
6. Make a clean room chart, and do your chores for at least one week.
Health Education 2.115.4.4A Health information. The student understands the difference between sickness and health in persons of all ages. Explain ways in which germs are transmitted, methods of preventing the spread of germs, and the importance of immunization;  
2.115.4.4D Health information. Apply practices to control spread of germs in daily life such as hand washing and skin care.  
      STEM
Paws of Skill 1. Talk with your family or den about what it means to be physically fit. Share ideas of what you can do to stay in shape.
2. With your family or den, talk about why it is important to stretch before and after exercising. Demonstrate proper warm-up movements and stretches before and after each 
activity you do that involves action.
3. Select at least two physical fitness skills and practice them daily for two weeks. See if you can improve during that time.
4. With your family or your den, talk about what it means to be a member of a team. Working together, make a list of team sports, and talk about how the team works together to be successful. Choose one and play for 30 minutes.
5. With your den, develop an obstacle course that involves five different movements. Run the course two times and see if your time improves.
 6. With your den, talk about sportsmanship and what it means to be a good sport while playing a game or a sport. Share with your den how you were a good sport or demonstrated good sportsmanship in requirement 4.
7. Visit a sporting event with your family or your den. Look for ways the team works together. Share your visit with your den.
Physical Education 2.116.4.8AB Social development. The student develops positive self-management and social skills needed to work independently and with others in physical activity settings. The student is expected to:
  1. display good sportsmanship; and
  2. treat others with respect during play.
 
Physical Education 2.116.4.4 Physical activity and health. The student knows the benefits from involvement in daily physical activity and factors that affect physical performance.  
Physical Education K.116.2.C Movement. The student demonstrates competency in fundamental movement patterns and proficiency in a few specialized movement forms. The student is expected to: demonstrate non-locomotor (axial) movements such as bend and stretch;  
      STEM
Council Fire (Duty to Country)* 1. With your den or pack, participate in a flag ceremony, and learn how to properly care for and fold the flag.
2. Participate in a community service project with your pack, den, or family.
3. With your parent or guardian’s permission, talk to a military veteran, law enforcement officer, member of the fire department, or someone else approved by your den leader. Talk about his or her service to the community or country. After you have visited with the individual, write a short thank-you note.
4. Learn about the changes in your community, and create a project to show your den how the community has changed.
5. Select one issue in your community, and present to your den your ideas for a solution to the problem.
6. Work with your den to develop a den duty chart, and perform these tasks for one month.
7. Participate in an event such as a parade or assembly celebrating military veterans.
Social Studies 2.113.13.14 Citizenship. The student identifies customs, symbols, and celebrations that represent American beliefs and principles that contribute to our national identity. Recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag and the Pledge to the Texas Flag;    
2.113.13.11 Government. The student understands the purpose of governments. Identify governmental services in the community such as police and fire protection, libraries, schools, and parks and explain their value to the community; and    
2.113.13.12 Government. The student understands the role of public officials. I how citizens participate in their own governance through staying informed of what public officials are doing, providing input to them, and volunteering to participate in government functions.  
      R
Howling at the Moon* 1. Show you can communicate in at least two different ways.
2. Work with your den or family to create an original skit.
3. Work together with your den or family to plan, prepare, and rehearse a campfire program to present at a den meeting or pack program.
4. Perform your role for a den meeting or pack program.
Theatre 2.117.110.1C Foundations: inquiry and understanding. The student develops concepts about self, human relationships, and the environment using elements of drama and conventions of theatre. Participate in dramatic play using actions, sounds, and dialogue A
2.117.110.2B Creative expression: performance. The student interprets characters using the voice and body expressively and creates dramatizations. Role play in real life and imaginative situations through narrative pantomime, dramatic play, and story dramatization; A
Paws on the Path* 1. Show you are prepared to hike safely in any outdoor setting by putting together the Cub Scout Six Essentials to take along on your hike.
2. Tell what the buddy system is and why we always use it in Cub Scouting. Describe what you should do if you get separated from your group while hiking.
3. Choose the appropriate clothing to wear on your hike based on the expected weather.
4. Before hiking, recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids with your leader. (This may be combined with requirement 3 of the Call of the Wild adventure.) After hiking, discuss how you showed respect for wildlife.
5. Go on a 1-mile hike with your den or family. Find two interesting things that you’ve never seen before and discuss with your den or family.
6. Name two birds, two insects, and/or two other animals that live in your area. Explain how you identified them.
7. Draw a map of an area near where you live using common map symbols. Show which direction is north on your map.
Geography 2.113.13.5A Geography. The student uses simple geographic tools such as maps and globes. Interpret information on maps and globes using basic map elements such as title, orientation (north, south, east, west), and legend/map keys; and    
Running With the Pack*   1. Play catch with someone in your den or family who is standing 5 steps away from you. Play until you can throw and catch successfully at this distance. Take a step back and see if you can improve your throwing and catching skills.
2. Practice balancing as you walk forward, backward, and sideways.
3. Practice flexibility and balance by doing a front roll, a back roll, and a frog stand.
4. Play a sport or game with your den or family, and show good sportsmanship.
5. Do at least two of the following: frog leap, inchworm walk, kangaroo hop, or crab walk.
6. Demonstrate what it means to eat a balanced diet by helping to plan a healthy menu for a meal for your den or family. Make a shopping list of the food used to prepare the meal.
Physical Education 2.116.1.4E Movement. The student demonstrates competency in fundamental movement patterns and proficiency in a few specialized movement forms. Demonstrate smooth transition from one body part to the next in rolling activities such as side roll, log roll, balance/curl, and roll/balance in a new position;    
2.116.1.3D Physical activity and health. The student exhibits a health enhancing, physically-active lifestyle that improves health and provides opportunities for enjoyment and challenge. Lift and support his/her weight in selected activities that develop muscular strength and endurance of the arms, shoulders, abdomen, back, and legs such as hanging, hopping, and jumping.  
2.116.1.6 Social development. The student understands basic components such as strategies and rules of structured physical activities including, but not limited to, games, sports, dance, and gymnastics. Identify goals to be accomplished during simple games such as not getting tagged; and identify strategies in simple games and activities such as dodging to avoid being tagged  
2.116.1.7A/B Social development. The student develops positive self-management and social skills needed to work independently and with others in physical activity settings. Display good sportsmanship; and treat others with respect during play  
Health Education 2.115.4.1D Health behaviors. The student understands that personal health decisions and behaviors affect health throughout the life span. Identify healthy and unhealthy food choices such as a healthy breakfast and snacks and fast food choices;  
Motor Away 1. Do each of the following:
A. Create and fly three different types of paper airplanes. Before launching them, record which one you believe will travel the farthest and what property of the plane leads you to make that prediction.
B. Make a paper airplane catapult. Before launching a plane, record how far you believe it will travel and explain what information you used to make this prediction. After you make your prediction, launch the plane and measure how far it flies.
2. Make two different model boats and sail them. Choose different shapes for your boats.
3. Create a model car that moves under its own power.
Transportation     STEM
Cubs Who Care 1. With other members of your den, try using a wheelchair or crutches, and reflect on the process.
2. Learn about a sport that has been adapted so that people in wheelchairs or with some other physical disability can play, and tell your den about it.
3. Learn about “invisible” disabilities. Take part in an activity that develops an understanding of invisible disabilities. 4. With your den, try doing three of the following things while wearing gloves or mittens:
A. Tying your shoes
B. Using a fork to pick up food
C. Playing a card game
D. Playing a video game
E. Playing checkers or another board game
F. Blowing bubbles
5. Paint a picture two different ways: Paint it once the way you usually would paint it and then again by using a blindfold. Discuss with your den the ways the process was different.
6. Use American Sign Language to communicate either a simple sentence or at least four points of the Scout Law.
7. Learn about someone famous who has or had a disability, and share that person’s story with your den or family.
8. Attend an event where people with disabilities are participants or where accommodations for people with disabilities are made a part of the event.
Disabilities Awareness      
Hometown Heroes 1. Talk with your family or den about what it means to you to be a hero. Share the name of someone you believe is a hero. Explain what it is that makes that person a hero.
2. Visit a community agency where you will find many heroes. While there, find out what they do. Share what you learned with your den.
3. With the help of a family member, interview one of your heroes, and share what you learn with your den. Tell why you think this person is a hero.
4. Complete one of the following:
A. As a den or family, honor a serviceman or servicewoman by sending a care package along with a note thanking them for their service.
B. With your family or den, find out about animals that are trained to help others in your community.
C. Participate in or create an event that celebrates your hometown hero(es).
Community Heroes      
Duty to God Footsteps* 1. Discuss with your parent, guardian, den leader, or other caring adult what it means to do your duty to God. Tell how you do your duty to God in your daily life.
2. Earn the religious emblem of your faith that is appropriate for your age, if you have not already done so.
3. Offer a prayer, meditation, or reflection with your family, den, or pack.
4. Read a story about people or groups of people who came to America to enjoy religious freedom.
5. Learn and sing a song that could be sung in reverence before or after meals or one that gives encouragement, reminds you how to show reverence, or demonstrates your duty to God.
6. Visit a religious monument or site where people might show reverence. Create a visual display of your visit with your den or your family, and show how it made you feel reverent or helped you better understand your duty to God.
Faith     R

Bear

Third graders work toward the Bear rank. The Bear rank is earned by completing seven required adventures and the Cyber Chip. Dens and families can also select any number of 12 elective adventures of their choosing.

The Bear advancement program supports elementary TEKS; science and math (STEM); art, theater, and music (A); reading and writing (R); social studies; health education and physical education.

Bear Adventures

TEKS

STREAM

Super Science 1. Make static electricity by rubbing a balloon or a plastic or rubber comb against another material, such as a fleece blanket or wool sweater. Explain what you learned.
2. Conduct one other static electricity investigation. Explain what you learned.
3. Do a sink-or-float investigation. Explain what you learned.
4. Do a color-morphing investigation. Explain what you learned.
5. Do a color-layering investigation. Explain what you learned.
Science 3.112.14.5A
  • The student knows that matter has measurable physical properties and those properties determine how matter is classified, changed, and used. The student is expected to: measure, test, and record physical properties of matter, including temperature, mass, magnetism, and the ability to sink or float;
STEM
Art 3.117.111.1B Foundations: observation and perception. The student develops and expands visual literacy skills using critical thinking, imagination, and the senses to observe and explore the world by learning about, understanding, and applying the elements of art, principles of design, and expressive qualities. The student uses what the student sees, knows, and has experienced as sources for examining, understanding, and creating artworks. The student is expected to: use appropriate vocabulary when discussing the elements of art, including line, shape, color, texture, form, space, and value, and the principles of design, including emphasis, repetition/pattern, movement/rhythm, contrast/variety, balance, proportion, and unity; A
Bear Necessities*   1. While working on your Bear badge, attend one of the following:
A. A daytime or overnight campout with your pack or family
B. An outdoor activity with your den or pack
C. Day camp
D. Resident camp
2. Make a list of items you should take along on the activity selected in requirement 1.
3. Make a list of equipment that the group should bring along in addition to each Scout’s personal gear for the activity selected in requirement 1.
4. Help set up a tent. Determine a good spot for the tent, and explain to your den leader why you picked it.
5. Demonstrate how to tie two half hitches and explain what the hitch is used for.
6. Learn how to read a thermometer and a barometer. Keep track of the temperature and barometric pressure readings and the actual weather at the same time every day for seven days. Complete the following requirements.
Science 3. 112.14.4A Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student knows how to use a variety of tools and methods to conduct science inquiry. The student is expected to: collect, record, and analyze information using tools, including microscopes, cameras, computers, hand lenses, metric rulers, Celsius thermometers, wind vanes, rain gauges, pan balances, graduated cylinders, beakers, spring scales, hot plates, meter sticks, compasses, magnets, collecting nets, notebooks, sound recorders, and Sun, Earth, and Moon system models; timing devices, including clocks and stopwatches; and materials to support observation of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums STEM
Fur, Feathers, and Ferns*   1. While hiking or walking for one mile, identify six signs that any mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, or plants are living near the place where you choose to hike or walk.
2. Visit one of the following: zoo, wildlife refuge, nature center, aviary, game preserve, local conservation area, wildlife rescue group, or fish hatchery. Describe what you learned during your visit.
3. Name one animal that has become extinct in the last 100 years and one animal that is currently endangered. Explain what caused their declines.
4. Observe wildlife from a distance. Describe what you saw.
5. Use a magnifying glass to examine plants more closely. Describe what you saw through the magnifying glass that you could not see without it.
6. Learn about composting and how vegetable waste can be turned into fertilizer for plants.
7. Plant a vegetable or herb garden.
Science 3.112.14.9A Organisms and environments. The student knows and can describe patterns, cycles, systems, and relationships within the environments. The student is expected to: observe and describe the physical characteristics of environments and how they support populations and communities of plants and animals within an ecosystem; STEM
Science 3.112.14.10A Organisms and environments. The student knows that organisms undergo similar life processes and have structures that help them survive within their environments. The student is expected to: explore how structures and functions of plants and animals allow them to survive in a particular environment; STEM
Paws for Action *(Duty to Country)   1. Learn about our nation’s flag. Display it at home for one month. Say the Pledge of Allegiance, and learn its meaning.
2. Do at least one of the following.
A. Find out about two famous Americans. Share what you learned.
B. Find out where places of historical interest are located in or near your community, town, or city. Go and visit one of them with your family or den.
3. Do at least two of the following:
A. With your school or den, visit a local sheriff’s office, police station, or fire department OR talk with a fire safety officer or law enforcement officer visiting your school or den. Find out what skills the officers use to do their jobs. Ask questions that will help you learn how to stay safe.
B. Make a list of emergency numbers and discuss with your family where the list should be kept. Show your family that you know how to call for help in an emergency. Talk with your family about people who could help you if a parent is not available.
C. With your family, develop a plan to follow in case of an emergency, and practice the plan at least three times. Your family can determine the emergency, or you can develop several plans.
4. Do at least one of the following:
A. Do a cleanup project that benefits your community.
B. Participate in a patriotic community parade orother civic event that honors our country.
Social Studies 3.113.14.1B 3.113.13.1C History. The student understands how individuals, events, and ideas have influenced the history of various communities. The student is expected to:
  1. describe how individuals, events, and ideas have changed communities, past and present;
  2. identify individuals, including Pierre-Charles L'Enfant, Benjamin Banneker, and Benjamin Franklin, who have helped to shape communities; and
  3. describe how individuals, including Daniel Boone, Christopher Columbus, the Founding Fathers, and Juan de Oñate, have contributed to the expansion of existing communities or to the creation of new communities
 
Bear Picnic Basket 1. Create your own Bear cookbook using at least five recipes you might cook or prepare either on your own or with some adult help. Include at least one recipe each for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a nutritious snack.
2. With a family member or den leader, prepare for cooking by explaining the importance of planning, tool selection, sanitation, and cooking safety.
3. Select and prepare two nutritious snacks for yourself, your family, or your den.
4. With the help of an adult, select a recipe to prepare in a kitchen for your den or your family. Help to select the needed ingredients, perhaps from a garden, grocery store, or farmers’ market. Cook and serve your planned meal. Clean up after the preparation and cooking.
5. With the help of an adult, select a recipe to prepare in the outdoors for your family or den. Help to select the needed ingredients, perhaps from a garden, grocery store, or farmers’ market. Cook and serve your planned meal. Clean up after the preparation and cooking.
Health Education 3.115.5.1D Health behaviors.  The student explains ways to enhance and maintain health throughout the life span. The student is expected to describe food combinations in a balanced diet such as a food pyramid.  
      STEM
Beat of the Drum
 
1. Learn about the history and culture of American Indians or other indigenous people who lived in your area long ago.
2. Create a legend by building a diorama, writing a story, or presenting a skit.
3. Complete one of the following:
A.  Make
a dream catcher.
B. Make a craft similar to one made by American Indians or indigenous people.
C. Make a drum. Once your drum is complete, create a ceremonial song.
4. Complete one of the following:
A.  
Visit an Order of the Arrow dance ceremony.
B. Visit an American Indian event or an event presented by other indigenous people.
C. Learn and demonstrate ceremonial dance steps.
D. Create a ceremonial dance.
Art 3.117.111.4 Historical and cultural relevance. The student demonstrates an understanding of art history and culture by analyzing artistic styles, historical periods, and a variety of cultures. The student develops global awareness and respect for the traditions and contributions of diverse cultures. The student is expected to:   A
      STEM
Critter Care 1. Do one of the following:
A. If you have a pet, make a list of tasks that you did to take care of the pet for two weeks.
B. If you do not have a pet, research one that you would like to have and prepare a report about the care it needs.
2. Complete one of the following:
A.  Make a poster or a PowerPoint presentation about your pet or a pet that you would like to own. Share the poster or presentation with your den, pack, or family.
B. Make a poster or PowerPoint presentation explaining three ways that animals can help people. Share the poster or presentation with your den, pack, or family.
3. Complete at least one of the following and share with your den, pack, or family:
A. Visit with a local veterinarian or an animal shelter caretaker. Find out what types of animals he or she might see on a regular basis and the types of care he or she gives to them.
B. Learn about careers that involve the care of animals. What education, training, and experience are required?
Social Studies 3.112.14.18B Social studies skills. The student communicates in written, oral, and visual forms. The student is expected to use technology to create written and visual material such as stories, poems, pictures, maps, and graphic organizers to express ideas; and    
      STEM
A World of Sound 1. Make an mbira.
2. Make a sistrum.
3. Make a rain stick.
Music 3.117.112.1B Foundations: music literacy. The student describes and analyzes musical sound. The student is expected to: categorize and explain a variety of musical sounds, including those of woodwind, brass, string, percussion, and instruments from various cultures; A
Marble Madness 1. Discuss with your family or den the history of marbles, such as where and when the game began. Talk about the different sizes of marbles and what they are made of and used for.
2. Learn about three different marble games, and learn to play one of them. Learn how to keep score. Learn and follow the rules of the game. Play the game with your family, friends, or your den.
3. Learn four or five words that are used when talking about marbles. Tell what each of the words means and how it relates to playing marbles. Share this information with your den.
4. Complete one of the following:
A. With your den or family, make a marble obstacle course or marble golf course. Share what you create. Invite everyone to go through your course.
B. Create your own game using marbles, and design rules for playing the game. Share the game you created with your den, family, or friends. Explain the rules and how to play the game.
C. With your den or family, create a marble race track. Have at least two lanes so you can race your favorite marbles against each other.
D. Make a marble maze. 5. With the help of an adult, make a marble bag to hold marbles.
Physical Education 3.116.5.6 Social development. The student understands basic components such as strategies and rules of structured physical activities including but not limited to, games, sports, dance, and gymnastics.  
      STEM

Other

Singing Music 3.117.112.3A Creative expression. The student performs a varied repertoire of developmentally appropriate music in informal or formal settings. The student is expected to: sing or play classroom instruments with accurate intonation and rhythm independently or in groups; A
Pack Meetings Music 3.117.112.6A Critical evaluation and response. The student listens to, responds to, and evaluates music and musical performances. The student is expected to: exhibit audience etiquette during live and recorded performances; A
Roaring Laughter 1. Think about what makes you laugh. Write down three things that make you laugh.
2. Practice reading tongue twisters.
3. Create your own short story. Remove some nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs from the story, leaving blanks. Without telling the story, have a friend insert his or her own nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in the story you created.
4. With a partner, play a game that makes you laugh.
5. Share at least two jokes with members of your den to make them laugh.
6. Practice at least two run-ons with your den, and perform them at a pack meeting or campfire program.
Communications   Composition, Reading, Writing R
Robotics 1. Identify six tasks performed by robots.
2. Learn about some instances where a robot could be used in place of a human for work. Research one robot that does this type of work, and present what you learn to your den.
3. Build a robot hand. Show how it works like a human hand and how it is different from a human hand.
4. Build your own robot.
5. Visit a place that uses robots.
Robotics     STEM
Forensics 1. Talk with your family or den about forensics and how it is used to help solve crimes.
2. Take your fingerprints and learn how to analyze them. 3. Complete one of the following:
A.  Learn
about chromatography and how it is used in solving crimes. Do an investigation using different types of black, felt-tip markers. Share your results with your den.
B. Do an analysis of four different substances: salt, sugar, baking soda, and cornstarch.
4. Complete one of the following:
A.  
Visit the sheriff’s office or police station in your town. Find out how officers collect evidence.*
B. Learn about the different jobs available in forensic science. Choose two, and find out what is required to work in those jobs. Share what you learn with your den.
C. Learn how animals are used to gather important evidence. Talk about your findings with your den. * Note that this may be done during the same visit as “Paws for Action” requirement 3A.
Forensics     STEM
Make It Move 1. Create an “exploding” craft stick reaction.
2. Make two simple pulleys, and use them to move objects.
3. Make a lever by creating a seesaw using a spool and a wooden paint stirrer. Explore the way it balances by placing different objects on each end.
4. Complete one of the following:
A.  Draw a Rube Goldberg–type machine. Include at least six steps to complete your action.
B. Construct a real Rube Goldberg–type machine to complete a task assigned by your den leader. Use at least two simple machines and include at least four steps.
Science     STEM
Bear Claws* 1. Learn about three common designs of pocketknives.
2. Learn knife safety and earn your Whittling Chip.*
3. Do one of the following:
A. Using a pocketknife, carve two items.
B. With a pocketknife, safely perform each of these tasks: (1) Demonstrate how to cut a piece of rope, twine, or fishing line. (2) Open a sealed box without damaging the contents. (3) Open a can with the can opener tool on a pocketknife. (4) Remove and replace the screws on an object with the screwdriver tool on a pocketknife. (5) Open a letter.
Knife Safety      
 
Baloo the Builder*   1. Discover which hand tools are the best ones to have in your toolbox. Learn the rules for using these tools safely. Practice with at least four of these tools before beginning a project.
2. Select, plan, and define the materials for the project you will complete in requirement 3.
3. Assemble your materials, and build one useful project and one fun project using wood.
4. Apply a finish to one of your projects.
Tools      
Grin and Bear It 1. Play a challenge game or initiative game with the members of your den. Take part in a reflection after the game.
2. Working with the members of your den, organize a Cub Scout carnival and lead it at a special event.
3. Help younger Cub Scouts take part in one of the events at the Cub Scout carnival.
4. After the Cub Scout carnival, discuss with the members of your den and your den leader what went well, what could be done better, and how everyone worked together to make the event a success.
5. With your den, develop a thank-you cheer to recognize those who helped organize the Cub Scout carnival.
Physical Education      
Salmon Run 1. Explain the importance of response personnel or lifeguards in a swimming area. Tell how the buddy system works and why it is important.
2. Visit a local pool or swimming area with your den or family. Go swimming or take a swimming lesson.
3. Explain the safety rules that you need to follow before participating in boating.
4. Identify the safety equipment needed when going boating.
5. Demonstrate correct rowing or paddling form. Explain how rowing and canoeing are good exercise.
6. Show how to do both a reach rescue and a throw rescue.
7. Demonstrate the front crawl swim stroke to your den or family.
8. Name the three swimming ability groups for the Boy Scouts of America.
9. Earn the BSA beginner swim classification.
Swimming      
A Bear Goes Fishing 1. Discover and learn about three types of fish in your area. Draw a color picture of each fish, record what each one likes to eat, and describe what sort of habitat each one likes.
2. Learn about your local fishing regulations with your den leader or a parent or guardian. List three of the regulations you learn about and one reason each regulation exists.
3. Learn about fishing equipment, and make a simple fishing pole. Practice casting at a target.
4. Go on a fishing adventure, and spend a minimum of one hour trying to catch a fish. Put into practice the things you have learned about fish and fishing equipment.
Fishing     STEM
Fellowship and Duty to God* 1. Discuss with your parent, guardian, den leader, or other caring adult what it means to do your duty to God. Tell how you do your duty to God in your daily life.
2. Complete at least one of the following:
A. Identify a person whose faith you admire, and discuss this person with your family.
B. With a family member, provide service to a place of worship or a spiritual community, school, or community organization that puts into practice your ideals of duty to God and strengthens your fellowship with others.
3. Complete at least one of the following:
A. Earn the religious emblem of your faith that is appropriate for your age, if you have not already done so.
B. Make a list of things you can do to practice your duty to God as you are taught in your home or place of worship or spiritual community. Select two of the items and practice them for two weeks.
Faith      

Webelos Scouts

Fourth graders work toward the Webelos rank. The Webelos rank is earned by completing six required adventures* and the Cyber Chip. Fifth graders work toward the Arrow of Light rank. The Arrow of Light rank is earned by completing five required adventures* and the Cyber Chip. Dens and families can also select any number of 17 elective adventures of their choosing.

The Webelos Scout advancement program supports elementary TEKS; science and engineering (STEM); art, theater and music (A); reading and writing (R); social studies; health education and physical education.

Webelos Adventure

TEKS

STREAM

Adventures in Science 1. An experiment is a “fair test” to compare possible explanations. Draw a picture of a fair test that shows what you need to do to test a fertilizer’s effects on plant growth.
2. Visit a museum, a college, a laboratory, an observatory, a zoo, an aquarium, or
other facility that employs scientists. Prepare three questions ahead of time, and talk to a scientist about his or her work.
3. Complete any four of the following:
A. Carry out the experiment you designed for requirement 1.
B. If you completed 3A, carry out the experiment again, but change the independent variable. Report what you learned about how changing the variable affected plant growth.
C. Build a model solar system. Chart the distances between the planets so that the model is to scale. Use what you learned from this requirement to explain the value of making a model in science.
D. With adult supervision, build and launch a model rocket. Use the rocket to design a fair test to answer a question about force or motion.
E. Create two circuits of three light bulbs and a battery. Construct one as a series circuit and the other as a parallel circuit. F. Study the night sky. Sketch the appearance of the North Star (Polaris) and the Big Dipper (part of the Ursa Major constellation) over at least six hours (which may be spread over several nights). Describe what you observed, and explain the meaning of your observations.
G. With adult assistance, explore safe chemical reactions with household materials. Using two substances, observe what happens when the amounts of the reactants are increased.
H. Explore properties of motion on a playground. How does the weight of a person affect how fast they slide down a slide or how fast a swing moves? Design a fair test to answer one of those questions.
I.  Read a biography of a scientist. Tell your den leader or the other members of your den what the scientist is famous for and why his or her work is important.
Science 112.15.7A Earth and space. The students know that Earth consists of useful resources and its surface is constantly changing. The student is expected to: examine properties of soils, including color and texture, capacity to retain water, and ability to support the growth of plants;   STEM
Science 112.15.7D Force, motion, and energy. The student knows that energy exists in many forms and can be observed in cycles, patterns, and systems. The student is expected to design a descriptive investigation to explore the effect of force on an object such as a push or a pull, gravity, friction, or magnetism.   STEM
Science 112.15.8A Earth and space. The student knows that there are recognizable patterns in the natural world and among the Sun, Earth, and Moon system.   STEM
      R
Webelos Walkabout 1. Plan a hike or outdoor activity.
2. Assemble a first-aid kit suitable for your hike or activity.
3. Recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids from memory. Talk about how you can demonstrate them on your Webelos adventures.
4. With your Webelos den or with a family member, hike 3 miles. Before your hike, plan and prepare a nutritious lunch or snack. Enjoy it on your hike, and clean up afterward. 5. Describe and identify from photos any poisonous plants and dangerous animals and insects you might encounter on your hike or activity.
6. Perform one of the following leadership roles during your hike: trail leader, first-aid leader, or lunch or snack leader.
Science 112.15.8C Earth and space. The students know that Earth consists of useful resources and its surface is constantly changing. The student is expected to: identify and classify Earth's renewable resources, including air, plants, water, and animals, and nonrenewable resources, including coal, oil, and natural gas, and the importance of conservation.   STEM
Building a Better World 1. Explain the history of the United States flag. Show how to properly display the flag in public, and help lead a flag ceremony.
2. Learn about and describe your rights and duties as a citizen, and explain what it means to be loyal to your country.
3. Discuss in your Webelos den the term “rule of law,” and talk about how it applies to you in your everyday life.
4. Meet with a government or community leader, and learn about his or her role in your community. Discuss with the leader an important issue facing your community.
5. Show that you are an active leader by planning an activity for your den without your den leader’s help. Ask your den leader for approval first.
6. Do at least one of these:
A. Learn about Scouting in another part of the world. With the help of your parent, guardian, or den leader, pick one country where Scouting exists, and research its Scouting program. B. Set up an exhibit at a pack meeting to share information about the World Friendship Fund.
C. Under the supervision of your parent, guardian, or den leader, connect with a Scout in another country during an event such as Jamboree-on-the-Air or Jamboree-on-the-Internet or by other 
means
D. Learn about energy use in your community and in other parts of the world. E. Identify one energy problem in your community, and find out what has caused it.
Social Studies 113.16.18C Citizenship. The student understands important symbols, customs, celebrations, and landmarks that represent American beliefs and principles and contribute to our national identity. The student is expected to: (A) recite and explain the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag;    
Social Studies 113.16.19 Citizenship. The student understands the importance of individual participation in the democratic process at the local, state, and national levels. The student is expected to:
1. explain the duty individuals have to participate in civic affairs at the local, state, and national levels; and
2. explain how to contact elected and appointed leaders in local, state, and national governments.
 
Social Studies 113.15.10 Geography. The student understands how people adapt to and modify their environment. The student is expected to: (A) describe ways people have adapted to and modified their environment in Texas, past and present, such as timber clearing, agricultural production, wetlands drainage, energy production, and construction of dams; (B) identify reasons why people have adapted to and modified their environment in Texas, past and present, such as the use of natural resources to meet basic needs, facilitate transportation, and enhance recreational activities; and  
Cast Iron Chef   1. Plan a menu for a balanced meal for your den or family. Determine the budget for the meal. If possible, shop for the items on your menu. Stay within your budget.
2. Prepare a balanced meal for your den or family. If possible, use one of these methods for preparation of part of the meal: camp stove, Dutch oven, box oven, solar oven, open campfire, or charcoal grill. Demonstrate an understanding of food safety practices while preparing the meal.
3. Use tinder, kindling, and fuel wood to demonstrate how to build a fire in an appropriate outdoor location. If circumstances permit and there is no local restriction on fires, show how to safely light the fire, under the supervision of an adult. After allowing the fire to burn safely, safely extinguish the flames with minimal impact to the fire site.
Health Education 4. 115.6.1 5. 115.7.1 Health information. The student recognizes ways to enhance and maintain health throughout the life span.  
       
Stronger, Faster, Higher 1. Understand and explain why you should warm up before exercising and cool down afterward. Demonstrate the proper way to warm up and cool down.
2. Do these activities and record your results: 20-yard dash, vertical jump, lifting a 5-pound weight, push-ups, curls, jumping rope.
3. Make an exercise plan that includes at least three physical activities. Carry out your plan for 30 days, and write down your progress each week.
4. Try a new sport that you have never tried before.
5. With your den, prepare a fitness course or series of games that includes jumping, avoiding obstacles, weight lifting, and running. Time yourself going through the course, and try to improve your time over a two-week period.
6. With adult guidance, help younger Scouts by leading them in a fitness game or games.
Health Education 115.6.1D Health information. The student recognizes ways to enhance and maintain health throughout the life span. The student is expected to: explain the physical, mental, and social benefits of fitness;  
      R
Art Explosion 1. Visit an art museum, gallery, or exhibit. Discuss with an adult the art you saw. What did you like?
2. Create two self-portraits using two different techniques, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and computer illustration.
3. Do two of the following:
A. Draw or paint an original picture outdoors, using the art materials of your choice.
B. Use clay to sculpt a simple form.
C. Create an object using clay that can be fired, baked in the oven, or air-dried.
D. Create a freestanding sculpture or mobile using wood, metal,
papier-mâché, or found or recycled objects.
E. Make a display of origami or kirigami projects.
F. Use a computer illustration or painting program to create a work of art.
G. Create an original logo or design. Transfer the design onto a T-shirt, hat, or 
other object.
H. Using a camera or other electronic device, take at least 10 photos of your family, a pet, or scenery. Use photo-editing software to crop, lighten or darken, and change some of the photos.
I.  Create a comic strip with original characters. Include at least four panels to tell a story centered on one of the points of the Scout Law. Characters can be hand- drawn or computer-generated.
4. Choose one of the following methods to show your artwork:
A. Create a hard-copy or digital portfolio of your projects. Share it with your family or members of your den or pack.
B. Display your artwork in a pack, school, or community art show.
    Creative expression. The student communicates ideas through original artworks using a variety of media with appropriate skills. The student expresses thoughts and ideas creatively while challenging the imagination, fostering reflective thinking, and developing disciplined effort and progressive problem-solving skills. The student is expected to:
1. integrate ideas drawn from life experiences to create original works of art;
2. create compositions using the elements of art and principles of design; and
3. produce drawings; paintings; prints; sculpture, including modeled forms; and other art forms such as ceramics, fiber art, constructions, mixed media, installation art, digital art and media, and photographic imagery using a variety of art media and materials.
 
      STEM
Build It 1. Learn about some basic tools and the proper use of each tool. Learn about and understand the need for safety when you work with tools.
2. With the guidance of your Webelos den leader, parent, or guardian, select a carpentry project and build it.
3. List the tools that you use safely as you build your project; create a list of materials needed to build your project. Put a checkmark next to the tools on your list that you used for the first time.
4. Learn about a construction career. With your Webelos den leader, parent, or guardian, visit a construction site, and interview someone working in a construction career.
      STEM
Castaway 1. Complete A and your choice of B or C.
A. On a campout or outdoor activity with your den or family, cook two different recipes that do not require pots and pans.
B. With the help of an adult, demonstrate one way to light a fire without using matches.
C. Using tree limbs or branches that have already fallen or been cut, build a shelter that will protect you overnight.
2. Do all of the following.
A. Learn what items should be in an outdoor survival kit that you can carry in a small bag or box in a 
day pack. Assemble your own small survival kit, and explain to your den leader why the items you chose are important for survival.
B. With your den, demonstrate two ways to treat drinking water to remove impurities.
C. Discuss what to do if you become lost in the woods. Tell what the letters “S-T-O-P” stand for. Tell what the universal emergency signal is. Describe three ways to signal for help. Demonstrate one of them. Describe what you can do to help rescuers find you.
D. Make a list of four qualities you think a leader should have in an emergency and why they are important to have. Pick two of them, and act them out for your den. Describe how each relates to a point of the Scout Law. Describe how working on this adventure gave you a better understanding of the Boy Scout motto.
  115.6.5 Health behavior. The student comprehends and practices behaviors that prevent disease and speed recovery from illness. The student is expected to:
1. identify different pathogens and explain how the body protects itself from pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi;
2. discuss ways in which prevention and transmission of disease are affected by individual behaviors; and

 
 
Engineer 1. Pick one type of engineer. With the help of the internet, your local library, or an engineer, discover three things that describe what that engineer does. (To use the internet, be sure that you have a current Cyber Chip or that you have permission from your Webelos den leader, parent, or guardian.) Share your findings with your Webelos den.
2. Learn to follow engineering design principles by doing the following:
A. Examine a set of blueprints or specifications. Using these as a model, prepare your own set of blueprints or specifications to design a project.
B. Using the blueprints or specifications from your own design, complete your project. Your project may be something useful or something fun.
C. Share your project with others at a den or pack meeting.
3. Explore other fields of engineering and how they have helped form our past, present, and future.
4. Pick and do two projects using the engineering skills you have learned. Share your projects with your den, and also exhibit them at a pack meeting.
Science - 
Engineering
    STEM
Fix It 1. Put a Fix It Toolbox together. Describe what each item in your toolbox can be used for. Show how to use three of the tools safely.
2. Be Ready. With the help of an adult in your family, do the following:
A. Locate the electrical panel in your home. Determine if the electrical panel has fuses or breakers.
B. Determine what heat source is used to heat your home.
C. Learn what you would do to shut off the water for a sink, a toilet, a washing machine, or a water heater. If there is a main shut-off valve for your home, show where it is located.
3. Describe to your Webelos den leader how to fix or make safe the following circumstances with help from an adult:
A. A toilet is overflowing.
B. The kitchen sink is clogged.
C. A circuit breaker tripped, causing some of the lights to go out.
4. Let’s Fix It. Select and do eight of the following. You will need an adult’s supervision for each of these Fix It projects:
A. Show how to change a light bulb in a lamp or fixture. Determine the type of light bulb and how to properly dispose of it.
B. Fix a squeaky door or cabinet hinge.
C. Tighten a loose handle or knob on a cabinet or a piece of furniture.
D. Demonstrate how to stop a toilet from running.
E. Replace a furnace filter.
F. Wash a car.
G. Check the oil level and tire pressure in a car.
H. Show how to replace a bulb in a taillight, turn signal, or parking light, or replace a headlight in a car.
I.  Help an adult change a tire on a car.
J.  Make a repair to a bicycle, such as adjusting or lubricating the chain, inflating the tires, fixing a flat, or adjusting the seat or handlebars.
K. Replace the wheels on a skateboard, a scooter, or a pair of inline skates.
L. Help an adult prepare and paint a room.
M. Help an adult replace or repair a wall or floor tile.
N. Help an adult install or repair a window or door lock.
O. Help an adult fix a slow or clogged sink drain.
P. Help an adult install or repair a mailbox.
Q. Change the battery in a smoke detector or a carbon monoxide detector, and test its operation.
R. Help an adult fix a leaky faucet.
S. Find wall
studs, and help an adult hang a curtain rod or a picture.
T. Take an old item, such as a small piece of furniture, a broken toy, or a picture frame, and rebuild and/or refinish it. Show your work to your Webelos leader or another adult.
U. Do a Fix It project agreed upon with your parent or guardian.
Tools     STEM
Game Design 1. Decide on the elements for a game.
2. List at least five of the online safety rules that you put into practice while using the internet on your computer or smartphone. Skip this if your Cyber Chip is current.
3. Create your game.
4. Teach an adult or another Scout how to play your game.
Games
Computers
    STEM
Into the Wild 1. Collect and care for an “insect, amphibian, or reptile zoo.” You might have crickets, ants, grasshoppers, a lizard, or a toad (but be careful not to collect or move endangered species protected by federal or state law). Study them for a while and then let them go. Share your experience with your Webelos den.
2. Set up an aquarium or terrarium. Keep it for at least a month. Share your experience with your Webelos den by showing them photos or drawings of your project or by having them visit to see your project. 3. Watch for birds in your yard, neighborhood, or area for one week. Identify the birds you see, and write down where and when you saw them.
4. Learn about the bird flyways closest to your home. Find out which birds use these flyways.
5. Watch at least four wild creatures (reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, fish, insects, or mammals) in the wild. Describe the kind of place (forest, field, marsh, yard, or park) where you saw them. Tell what they were doing.
6. Identify an insect, reptile, bird, or 
other wild animal that is found only in your area of the country. Tell why it survives in your area. 7. Give examples of at least two of the following:
A. A producer, a consumer, and a decomposer in the food chain of an ecosystem
B. One way humans have changed the balance of nature C. How you can help protect the balance of nature
8. Learn about aquatic ecosystems and wetlands in your area. Talk with your Webelos den leader or family about the important role aquatic ecosystems and wetlands play in supporting 
life cycles of wildlife and humans, and list three ways you can help.
9. Do one of the following:
A. Visit a museum of natural history, a nature center, or a zoo with your family, Webelos den, or pack. Tell what you saw.
B. Create a video of a wild creature doing something interesting, and share it with your family and den.
Nature     STEM
      R
Into the Woods 1. Identify two different groups of trees and the parts of a tree.
2. Identify four trees common to the area where you live. Tell whether they are native to your area. Tell how both wildlife and humans use them.
3. Identify four plants common to the area where you live. Tell which animals use them and for what purpose.
4. Develop a plan to care for and then plant at least one plant or tree, either indoors in a pot or outdoors. Tell how this plant or tree helps the environment in which it is planted and what the plant or tree will be used for.
5. Make a list of items in your home that are made from wood and share it with your den. Or with your den, take a walk and identify useful things made from wood.
6. Explain how the growth rings of a tree trunk tell its life story. Describe different types of tree bark and explain what the bark does for the tree.
7. Visit a nature center, nursery, tree farm, or park, and speak with someone knowledgeable about trees and plants that are native to your area. Explain how plants and trees are important to our ecosystem and how they improve our environment.
Science 112.15.8C Earth and space. The students know that Earth consists of useful resources and its surface is constantly changing. The student is expected to:
(A) identify and classify Earth's renewable resources, including air, plants, water, and animals, and nonrenewable resources, including coal, oil, and natural gas, and the importance of conservation.
(B) observe and identify slow changes to Earth's surface caused by weathering, erosion, and deposition from water, wind, and ice;  
STEM
Looking Back, Looking Forward 1. Create a record of the history of Scouting and your place in that history.
2. With the help of your den leader, parent, or guardian and with your choice of media, go on a virtual journey to the past and create a timeline.
3. Create your own time capsule.
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Maestro!   1. Do A or B:
A. Attend a live musical performance.
B. Visit a facility that uses a sound mixer, and learn how it is used.
2. Do two of the following:
A. Make a musical instrument. Play it for your family, den, or pack.
B. Form a “band” with your den. Each member creates his own homemade musical instrument. Perform for your pack at a pack meeting.
C. Play two tunes on any band or orchestra instrument.
D. Teach your den the words and melody of a song. Perform the song with your den at your den or pack meeting.
E. Create original words for a song. Perform it at your den or pack meeting.
F. Collaborate with your den to compose a den theme song. Perform it at your pack meeting.
G. Write a song with words and music that expresses your feelings about an issue, a person, something you are learning, a point of the Scout Law, etc. Perform it at your den or pack meeting, alone or with a group. H. Perform a musical number by yourself or with your Webelos den in front of an audience.
Music 117.115.4 Creative expression. The student performs a varied repertoire of developmentally appropriate music in informal or formal settings. The student is expected to: (A) sing and play classroom instruments with accurate intonation and rhythm, independently or in groups;    
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Moviemaking 1. Write a story outline describing a real or imaginary Scouting adventure. Create a pictured storyboard that shows your story.
2. Create either an animated or live action movie about yourself. Your movie should depict how you live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
3. Share your movie with your family, den, or pack.
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Project Family 1. Interview a grandparent, another family elder, or a family friend about what life was like when he or she was growing up.
2. With members of your family or a family friend, discuss some of your family names, history, traditions, and culture. Do one of the following:
A. Create a family tree of three generations.
B. Make a poster or web page that shows the places that some of your family members came from.
C. Choose a special celebration or holiday that some of your family members participate in, and create either a poster, picture, or photo slideshow of it.
3. Show your understanding of your duty to family by creating a chart listing the jobs that you and other family members have at home. Choose three of the jobs you are responsible for, and chart them for two weeks.
4. Select a job that belongs to another family member, and help that person complete it. Some examples would be to create a grocery shopping list for the week, to take out
trash for a week, to do the laundry for your family one time, to prepare meals for your family for one day, or to complete some yard work.
5. With the help of an adult, inspect your home and its surroundings. Make a list of hazards or security problems you find. Correct one problem you found, and tell what you did.
6. Complete one of the following:
A.  
Hold a family meeting to plan an exciting family activity. The activity could include:
  • A family reunion
  • A family night
  • A family outing
B. Create a list of community service or conservation projects that you and your family can do together, and present it to your family. Select one project, plan it, and complete it with members of your family.
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Sportsman 1. Show the signals used by officials in one of these sports: football, basketball, baseball, soccer, or hockey.
2. Participate in two sports, either as an individual or as part of a team.
3. Complete the following requirements:
A. Explain what good sportsmanship means.
B. Role-play a situation that demonstrates good sportsmanship.
C. Give an example of a time when you experienced or saw someone showing good sportsmanship.
Physical Education 116.6.7 Social development. The student develops positive self-management and social skills needed to work independently and with others in physical activity settings. The student is expected to: (A) follow rules, procedures, and etiquette; (B) use sportsmanship skills for settling disagreements in socially acceptable ways such as remaining calm, identifying the problem, listening to others, generating solutions, or choosing a solution that is acceptable to all; and  
Physical Education 116.6.6 Social development. The student understands basic components such as strategies and rules of structured physical activities including, but not limited to, games, sports, dance, and gymnastics. The student is expected to:  
Other Texas Badge Social Studies 113.15.16 Citizenship. The student understands important customs, symbols, and celebrations of Texas. The student is expected to: explain the meaning of various patriotic symbols and landmarks of Texas, including the six flags that flew over Texas, the San Jacinto Monument, the Alamo, and various missions; sing or recite "Texas, OurTexas"; recite and explain the meaning of the Pledge to the Texas Flag;  
Earth Rocks! 1. Do the following:
A. Explain the meaning of the word “geology.”
B. Explain why this kind of science is an important part of your world.
2. Look for different kinds of rocks or minerals while on a rock hunt with your family or your den.
3. Do the following:
A. Identify the rocks you see on your rock hunt. Use the information in your handbook to determine which types of rocks you have collected.
B. With a magnifying glass, take a closer look at your collection. Determine any differences between your specimens.
C. Share what you see with your family or den.
4. Do the following:
A. With your family or den, make a mineral test kit, and test minerals according to the Mohs scale of mineral hardness.
B. Record the results in your handbook.
5. Identify on a map of your state some geological features in your area.
6. Do the following:
A. Identify some of the geological building materials used in building your home.
B. Identify some of the geological materials used around your community.
Geology     STEM
First Responder 1. Explain what first aid is. Tell what you should do after an accident.
2. Show what to do for hurry cases of first aid: serious bleeding, heart attack or sudden cardiac arrest, stopped breathing, stroke, poisoning.
3. Show how to help a choking victim.
4. Show how to treat for shock.
5. Demonstrate how to treat at least five of the following:
A. Cuts and scratches
B. Burns and scalds
C. Sunburn
D. Blisters on the hand or foot
E. Tick bites
F. Bites and stings of other insects
G. Venomous snakebites
H. Nosebleed
I.  Frostbite
6. Put together a simple home first-aid kit. Explain what you included and how to use each item correctly.
7. Create and practice an emergency readiness plan for your home or den meeting place.
8. Visit with a first responder or health-care professional.
First Aid      
Build My Own Hero 1. Discover what it means to be a hero. Invite a local hero to meet with your den.
2. Describe how citizens can be heroes in their communities.
3. Recognize a hero in your community by presenting him or her with a “My Hero Award.”
4. Learn about a real-life hero from another part of the world who has helped make the world a better place.
5. Learn about a Scout hero.
6. Create your own superhero.
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Aware and Care 1. Develop an awareness of the challenges of the blind or visually impaired through participation in an activity that simulates blindness or visual impairment. Alternatively, participate in an activity that simulates the challenges of being deaf or hard of hearing.
2. Engage in an activity that simulates mobility impairment. Alternatively, take part in an activity that simulates dexterity impairment.
3. With your den, participate in an activity that focuses on the acceptance of differences in general.
4. Do two of the following:
A. Do a Good Turn for residents at a skilled nursing facility or retirement community.
B. Invite an individual with a disability to visit your den, and discuss what activities he or she currently finds challenging or found challenging in the past.
C. Attend a disabilities event such as a Special Olympics competition, an adaptive sports event, a performance with sign language interpretation, or an activity with service dogs. Tell your den what you thought about the experience.
D. Talk to someone who works with people who have disabilities. Ask what that person does and how he or she helps people with disabilities.
E. Using American Sign Language, sign the Scout Oath.
F. With the help of an adult, contact a service dog organization, and learn the entire process from pup training to assignment to a client.
G. Participate in a service project that focuses on a specific disability.
H. Participate in an activity with an organization whose members are disabled.
Disabilities Awareness      
Aquanaut 1. State the safety precautions you need to take before doing any water activity.
2. Discuss the importance of learning the skills you need to know before going boating.
3. Explain the meaning of “order of rescue” and demonstrate the reach and throw rescue techniques from land.
4. Attempt the BSA swimmer test.
5. Demonstrate the precautions you must take before attempting to dive headfirst into the water, and attempt a front surface dive.
6. Learn and demonstrate two of the following strokes: crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, or elementary backstroke.
7. Invite a current or former lifeguard, or member of a rescue squad, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, or other armed forces branch who has had swimming and rescue training to your den meeting. Find out what training and other experiences this person has had.
8. Demonstrate how to correctly fasten a life jacket that is the right size for you. Jump into water over your head. Swim 25 feet wearing the life jacket. Get out of the water, remove the life jacket, and hang it where it will dry.
9. If you are a qualified swimmer, select a paddle of the proper size, and paddle a canoe with an adult’s supervision.
Swimming      
Scouting Adventure 1. Prepare yourself to become a Boy Scout by completing at least A–C below:
A. Repeat from memory the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan. In your own words, explain their meanings to your den leader, parent, or guardian.
B. Explain what Scout spirit is. Describe for your den leader, parent, or guardian some ways you have shown Scout spirit by conducting yourself according to the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan.
C. Give the Boy Scout sign, salute, and handshake. Explain when to use each.
D. Describe the First Class Scout badge, and tell what each part stands for. Explain the significance of the First Class Scout badge.
E. Repeat from memory the Pledge of Allegiance. In your own words, explain its meaning.
2. Visit a Boy Scout troop meeting with your parent or guardian and, if possible, with your den members and leaders. After the meeting, do the following:
A. Describe how the Scouts in the troop provide its leadership.
B. Describe the four steps of Boy Scout advancement. C. Describe ranks in Boy Scouting and how they are earned.
D. Describe what merit badges are and how they are earned. 3. Practice the patrol method in your den for one month by doing the following:
A. Explain the patrol method. Describe the types of patrols that might be part of a Boy Scout troop.
B. Hold an election to choose the patrol leader.
C. Develop a patrol name and emblem (if your den does not already have one), as well as a patrol flag and yell. Explain how a patrol name, emblem, flag, and yell create patrol spirit. D. As a patrol, make plans to participate in a Boy Scout troop’s campout or other outdoor activity.
4. With your Webelos den leader, parent, or guardian, participate in a Boy Scout troop’s campout or other outdoor activity. Use the patrol method while on the outing.
5. Do the following:
A. Show how to tie a square knot, two half hitches, and a taut-line hitch. Explain how each knot is used.
B. Show the proper care of a rope by learning how to whip and fuse the ends of different kinds of rope.
6. Demonstrate your knowledge of the pocketknife safety rules and the pocketknife pledge. If you have not already done so, earn your Whittling Chip card.
       
Outdoorsman (Camper) 1. With the help of your den leader or family, plan and participate in a campout.
2. On arrival at the campout, with your den and den leader or family, determine where to set up your tent. Demonstrate knowledge of what makes a good tent site and what makes a bad one. Set up your tent without help from an adult.
3. Once your tents are set up, discuss with your den or family what actions you should take in the case of the following extreme weather events which could require you to evacuate: A. Severe rainstorm causing flooding
B. Severe thunderstorm with lightning or tornadoes
C. Fire, earthquake, or 
other disaster that will require evacuation. Discuss what you have done to minimize as much danger as possible.
4. Show how to tie a bowline. Explain when this knot should be used and why. Teach it to another Scout who is not a Webelos Scout.
5. Recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids from memory. Talk about how you can demonstrate them while you are working on your Arrow of Light. After one outing, list the things you did to follow the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace.
Option B:
1. With the help of your den leader or family, plan and participate in an outdoor activity.
2. Discuss with your den or family what actions you should take in the case of the following extreme weather events:
A. Severe rainstorm causing flooding
B. Severe thunderstorm with lightning or tornadoes
C. Fire, earthquake, or
other disaster that will require evacuation. Discuss what you have done to minimize as much danger as possible.
3. Show how to tie a bowline. Explain when this knot should be used and why. Teach it to another Scout who is not a Webelos Scout.
4. Recite the Outdoor Code and the Leave No Trace Principles for Kids from memory. Talk about how you can demonstrate them while you are working on your Arrow of Light. After one outing, list the things you did to follow the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace.
Camping      
Duty to God in Action 1. Discuss with your parent, guardian, den leader, or other caring adult what it means to do your duty to God. Tell how you do your duty to God in your daily life.
2. Under the direction of your parent, guardian, or religious or spiritual leader, do an act of service for someone in your family, neighborhood, or community. Talk about your service with your family. Tell your family how it related to doing your duty to God.
3. Earn the religious emblem of your faith that is appropriate for your age, if you have not done so already.
4. With your parent, guardian, or religious or spiritual leader, discuss and make a plan to do two things you think will help you better do your duty to God. Do these things for a month. 5. Discuss with your family how the Scout Oath and Scout Law relate to your beliefs about 
duty to God.
6. For at least a month, pray or reverently meditate each day as taught by your family or faith community.
Faith      
Duty to God and You 1. Discuss with your parent, guardian, den leader, or other caring adult what it means to do your duty to God. Tell how you do your duty to God in your daily life.
2. Earn the religious emblem of your faith that is appropriate for your age, if you have not done so already.
3. Discuss with your family
family’faith leader, or other trusted adult how planning and participating in a service of worship or reflection helps you live your duty to God.
4. List one thing that will bring you closer to doing your duty to God, and practice it for one month. Write down what you will do each day to remind you.
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Middle / High School

Scouts BSA is the middle- and high school-age Scouting program built on an advancement and recognition system that is largely self-guided and self-directed. Advancement supports youth development in areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), trades, future careers, service, outdoor adventure, fitness, and leadership. Youth also have the opportunity to explore other areas of interest such as the arts, STEM, business, and outings within the community. More than 85% of the merit badges include requirements that meet National Science Education Standards, giving Scouts a foundation in everything from nuclear science to robotics.

  • Education: Merit badges focus on educational skills that can be leveraged in support of school and classroom goals.
  • STEM: 78 merit badges focus on the exploration of many fields of science, engineering, technology and math with a special emphasis on practical and career applications of this knowledge. 
  • Social studies: 6 merit badges are grounded in civics and practical citizenship; applied knowledge of community resources
  • Arts and design: 15 merit badges focus primarily on the arts and several more incorporate these skills offering more diverse learning opportunities through creativity and expression
  • Fitness/Sports: 24 merit badges focus on fitness for life, including nutrition, goal setting, and activities that support participation throughout one’s lifetime
  • Dispositions: Positive self-concept, solution-oriented, independent problem solver, community service orientation

Merit Badges

STEM

Animal Science
Astronomy
Bird Study
Chemistry
Chess
Digital Technology
Drafting
Electricity
Electronics
Energy
Engineering
Environmental Science*
Forestry
Game Design 
Geocaching
Insect Study
Inventing
Mammal Study
Medicine
Mining in Society
Model Design and Building
Nature
Nuclear Science
Oceanography
Personal Management*
Photography
Plant Science
Programming
Reptile and Amphibian Study
Robotics
Soil and Water Conservation
Space Exploration
Surveying
Sustainability*
Veterinary Medicine
Weather

Business / Professions

American Business^
American Labor
Archeology^
Architecture^
Automotive Maintenance^
Aviation^
Crime Prevention 
Dentistry^
Emergency Preparedness*
Entrepreneurship^
Exploration
Farm Mechanics^
Fingerprinting^
Fire Safety^
Fish and Wildlife Management^
Geology^
Graphic Arts^
Journalism 
Landscape Architecture^
Law^
Orienteering^
Plumbing 
Public Health^
Pulp and Paper^
Railroading^
Safety 
Salesmanship^
Search and Rescue 
Signs, Signals, and Codes 
Textile 
Traffic Safety 
Truck Transportation^
Welding^

Arts & Design

Animation
Art
Basketry
Bugling
Composite Materials^
Leatherwork 
Metalwork^
Moviemaking^
Music^
Painting 
Pottery 
Sculpture 
Theater 
Wood Carving 
Woodwork^

Sports / Physical Fitness

Archery^
Athletics^
Canoeing^
Climbing 
Cycling*
Fishing 
Fly-Fishing 
Golf^
Hiking*
Horsemanship^
Kayaking 
Motorboating^
Personal Fitness*
Rifle Shooting^
Rowing 
Scuba Diving^
Shotgun Shooting^
Skating 
Small-Boat Sailing^
Snow Sports 
Sports 
Swimming*
Water Sports 
Whitewater^

Personal Development

American Cultures
American Heritage
Citizenship in the Community*
Citizenship in the Nation*
Citizenship in the World*
Communication^*
Disabilities Awareness^
Family Life* 
Lifesaving 
First Aid^*
Genealogy 
Public Speaking 
Reading 
Scholarship^
Wilderness Survival 

Hobbies

Backpacking^
Camping^*
•  Coin Collecting 
Collections^
Cooking*
Dog Care 
•  Gardening^
Home Repairs 
Indian Lore 
Pets 
Pioneering^
Radio^
Stamp Collecting 


^Additional merit badges that contain STEM requirements.
*Eagle Scout required badges

 

Exploring

Exploring is a program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) or 15 to 21 years old. Exploring’s purpose is to provide experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities.

Explorer posts can specialize in a variety of career skills. Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience. Youth can fill out a career interest survey to be notified of new Exploring posts starting near them.

Arts & Humanities Exploring

Art & Humanities

Communications Exploring

Communications

Health Exploring

Health Care

Science Exploring

Science

Aviation Exploring

Aviation

Engineering Exploring

Engineering & Technology

Law Exploring

Law & Government

 

Skilled Trades Exploring

Skilled Trades

Business Exploring

Business

Fire Service Exploring

Fire & EMS

Law Enforcement Exploring

Law Enforcement

Social Services Exploring

Social Services