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Boy Scout Merit badges to supplement...

Posted by on Aug. 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM
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OK - I know there are lots of debates on the Boy Scout progam... I just want to throw this out there for those that are looking for supplemental ideas.. They have had their issues as do ALL youth programs out there....

The Boy Scout Merit badges each have a handbook that comes with them that goes over all he requirements for that badge. Most are available in public libraries, or are available through BSA for $5 each.

I PERSONALLY believe in the whole BSA program and the values it teaches. I have seen kids from the worst areas and demographics be changed from the combination of values, education and leadership. However, even if you DON'T believe in the whole program, the merit badges are a great introduction into LOTS of new subjects!!

We use these as part of our curriculum.

OHhhh..... for the younger set = we did the Cub Scout "Belt loops and pins" for the K-5th grade years!

Currently there are 132 subjects covered - from art - to pets - to composite materials - to video game design

  1. American Business    
  2. American Cultures
  3. American Heritage
  4. American Labor
  5. Animal Science
  6. Archaeology
  7. Archery
  8. Architecture
  9. Art
  10. Astronomy
  11. Athletics
  12. Automotive Maintenance
  13. Aviation
  14. Backpacking
  15. Basketry
  16. Bird Study
  17. Bugling
  18. Camping
  19. Canoeing
  20. Chemistry
  21. Chess
  22. Cinematography
  23. Citizenship in the Community
  24. Citizenship in the Nation
  25. Citizenship in the World
  26. Climbing
  27. Coin Collecting
  28. Collections
  29. Communication
  30. Composite Materials
  31. Computers
  32. Cooking
  33. Crime Prevention
  34. Cycling
  35. Dentistry
  36. Disabilities Awareness
  37. Dog Care
  38. Drafting
  39. Electricity
  40. Electronics
  41. Emergency Preparedness
  42. Energy
  43. Engineering
  44. Entrepreneurship
  45. Environmental Science
  46. Family Life
  47. Farm Mechanics
  48. Fingerprinting
  49. Fire Safety
  50. First Aid
  51. Fish and Wildlife Management
  52. Fishing
  53. Fly Fishing
  54. Forestry
  55. Game Design
  56. Gardening
  57. Genealogy
  58. Geocaching
  59. Geology
  60. Golf
  61. Graphic Arts
  62. Hiking
  63. Home Repairs
  64. Horsemanship
  65. Indian Lore
  66. Insect Study
  67. Inventing
  68. Journalism
  69. Kayaking
  70. Landscape Architecture
  71. Law
  72. Leatherwork
  73. Lifesaving
  74. Mammal Study
  75. Medicine
  76. Metalwork
  77. Model Design and Building
  78. Motorboating
  79. Music
  80. Nature
  81. Nuclear Science
  82. Oceanography
  83. Orienteering
  84. Painting
  85. Personal Fitness
  86. Personal Management
  87. Pets
  88. Photography
  89. Pioneering
  90. Plant Science
  91. Plumbing
  92. Pottery
  93. Programming
  94. Public Health
  95. Public Speaking
  96. Pulp and Paper
  97. Radio
  98. Railroading
  99. Reading
  100. Reptile and Amphibian Study
  101. Rifle Shooting
  102. Robotics
  103. Rowing
  104. Safety
  105. Salesmanship
  106. Scouting Heritage
  107. Scholarship
  108. Scuba Diving
  109. Sculpture
  110. Search & Rescue
  111. Shotgun Shooting
  112. Skating
  113. Small-Boat Sailing
  114. Snow Sports
  115. Soil and Water Conservation
  116. Space Exploration
  117. Sports
  118. Stamp Collecting
  119. Surveying
  120. Swimming
  121. Textile
  122. Theater
  123. Traffic Safety
  124. Truck Transportation
  125. Veterinary Medicine
  126. Water Sports
  127. Weather
  128. Welding
  129. Whitewater
  130. Wilderness Survival
  131. Wood Carving
  132. Woodwork

Jinx - Homeschooling, Scouting & Karate butt-kicking  Mom to Star Scout Ian 1/98, Scout Sean 9/00, Junior GS Heidi 4/03. Wife to Joe & Alpha to German Shepherd Spazz.

by on Aug. 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM
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hwblyf
by Silver Member on Aug. 20, 2013 at 8:42 PM

We do the belt loops and the pins.  I really appreciate a whole lot of them.  A really nice way to achieve!

Jinx-Troublex3
by Jinx on Aug. 20, 2013 at 8:46 PM

 That is great! My kids loved them too!

I even cheaed and used them with DD's Girl Scout troop because they were better prepared and pesented than many of the Girl Scout badges and try-its.


Quoting hwblyf:

We do the belt loops and the pins.  I really appreciate a whole lot of them.  A really nice way to achieve!


 

Jinx - Homeschooling, Scouting & Karate butt-kicking  Mom to Star Scout Ian 1/98, Scout Sean 9/00, Junior GS Heidi 4/03. Wife to Joe & Alpha to German Shepherd Spazz.

Jinx-Troublex3
by Jinx on Aug. 20, 2013 at 8:47 PM
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HOLY BEGEEERS!! LOL I need to update my siggy!!  As of thrusday my boys will be Life Scout and 2nd Class Scout!

mem82
by Platinum Member on Aug. 20, 2013 at 8:51 PM

We do Cub Scouts. 8)

kmath
by Silver Member on Aug. 20, 2013 at 9:02 PM

So very cool!  Thanks!

hwblyf
by Silver Member on Aug. 20, 2013 at 9:32 PM


I'll have to keep that in mind.  My daughter's in the GS, and sometimes I'm a little frustrated with them.  Mostly with council, but she's a Brownie now, so now she gets to start earning badges and such.  :)

Quoting Jinx-Troublex3:

 That is great! My kids loved them too!

I even cheaed and used them with DD's Girl Scout troop because they were better prepared and pesented than many of the Girl Scout badges and try-its.


Quoting hwblyf:

We do the belt loops and the pins.  I really appreciate a whole lot of them.  A really nice way to achieve!





BlessedMoments
by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 1:44 AM
We love our Cub Scouts!
Pukalani79
by Kristin on Sep. 2, 2013 at 2:07 AM

 What a great idea!  My son did Cub Scouts and even graduated early with his Arrow of Light.  He loved earning the belt loops.  After he crossed over though, he lost interest.  I was hoping he'd go back to Scouts this year, but so far he doesn't want to.  I love the idea of using these as a way to supplement his schooling though.  Thank you for posting the links

KickButtMama
by Shannon on Sep. 2, 2013 at 7:38 AM
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We did Earth Scouts and circle Scouts - I'm to flaming liberal for Boy Scouts. Lol

hipmomto3
by Bronze Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:35 AM

In cub scouts so much of it is family activities anyway, so we usually incorporate the family part of each requirement (my son is in his 2nd year - earning his Wolf). Like today we are visiting a state park and one of his Wolf requirements is taking a hike with your family. 

I think for both Cub/Boy Scouts AND Girl Scouts, how good of an experience your child has depends on how good your den or troop leader is, and how involved you are as a parent. Without both of those being solid, it won't be a good experience. My girls have both been in GS (my oldest was a Brownie, now on her 2nd year of Junior; my younger one is a 2nd year Daisy) and a good friend of mine is the troop leader for both, and she's VERY involved and gung-ho about GS. Our son's cub scout pack meets at a Methodist Church and is a huge pack with lots of activities (we don't even do all of them - too many!). When he turns 8 he'll be part of our church's pack but we may continue to do the Methodist pack too just because our church does cub scouts in a dumb way and it's not usually a strong experience. We aren't sure yet. We have a few months yet.

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