I can't believe this post is still generating this much interest, a number of years later.

Unfortunately I have several problems now regarding these lapbooks: 1)The files are in publisher (because I find word to be difficult to work with and a waste of paper), 2) apparently publisher is hard to find (I am so glad I held onto my disks for many, many moons ago), and 3 ) the computer that these files were saved on is kapoot... it crashed... I cannot get any of the files off of it.

So, I am sorry that I cannot help all those asking for help!

The best advice I can offer, if you want to replicate something similar, is using a file folder and lapbook templates (a google search will uncover hundreds of free templates)... Then just go through the requirements 1 by 1 and use a different template for each requirement. It's more fun than just sitting around talking. Good luck!


My husband and I have had a hard time getting our boys motivated to do cub scout stuff (besides meetings). The boys just hadn't had any desire to sit down and look at their books and work on activities outside of den meetings.

That all changed last week. I sat down and made a lapbook for Liam (10 - Webelos). I was trying to think of something that he could bring with him to his meetings to show his leader what we have done at home (most of the things we've done haven't been directly related to cub scouts but homeschooling opens up many opportunities to include scouting stuff in with school stuff).

So I sat down with his book and looked at all the requirements for activity badges that I and his leader have checked off.

Now, I have known for awhile now that he has finished several activity badges, but getting Liam to tell his leader what all he's done has been a struggle. Liam gets easily distracted and cannot remember everything, even with a lot of prep and planning.

First I thought of doing a poster. But I wasn't sure how to fit everything on there and it wasn't very portable.

Suddenly, my mind jumped to a lapbook! For those who don't know, a lapbook is made from a manilla or colored file folder and has pockets and pull-outs and lots of fun shapes and colors. They make learning more fun and interesting (in my opinion).

So I started by reviewing all the activity badges that Liam has completed the requirements for... that was a total of 4 (he has already earned 2 others but they were "pre-lapbook" time so I'm not including those). He's completed the requirements for the following activity badges: Handyman, Family Member, Fitness (a required activity badge), and Scholar. Then I looked at other activity badges he's completed some, but not all of the requirements for: Craftsman and Naturalist.

I got to work and had some fun with Microsoft Word and this is what we now have for my wonderful Webelos (who is not super excited about Cub Scouts and is asking me "Can we work on a lapbook?" every day!)...

These are just 3 of the lapbooks I have made. I have a total of 7 ready to work in but I like these 3 the best. The blue is the Fitness activity badge lapbook, the yellow is the scholar activity badge lapbook and the far right is the webelos badge lapbook (this is to organize everything he has finished for his Webelos badge which he should be getting at the end of this month!).

Inside the fitness lapbook is a place to write the menu we planned for a week, the cards for the game on the front (sort the food items into the correct food group envelopes), places to tell about the dangers of smoking, drugs and alcohol, emergency phone numbers, and a place to write what he learned while working on this activity badge.

Inside the Webelos badge lapbook (not filled in yet, we are doing that this weekend and Monday). There are lots of little books and places to explain what all the Boy Scout "things" (i.e., oath, law, motto, etc) are.

More inside the Webelos badge lapbook.

Inside the Scholar activity badge lapbook. This was the first lapbook I have ever made and I'm quite happy with it! It's not as much fun as the later one's but it served it's purpose. Liam will be getting his Scholar activity badge at the pack meeting at the end of this month! It really helped to keep Liam on track when explaining to his pack what he did to earn this badge and helped his scoutleader see what he had done as well!

The drawing about how Liam's school works. Being homeschooled he drew arrows from Mommy, Daddy, and Grandma to his picture. Then more arrows from him to his brother and sister!

Liam has enjoyed these lapbooks so much that his excitement is speading to his little brother (8 - Wolves) and I am now making him lapbooks for his electives (so he can earn arrow points)!

Yeah! We are having so much fun with these! I put everything for 1 lapbook in it's own file on my computer too. So when my younger son is in Webelos, all I have to do is print out another copy, cut and paste into the file folders!

Now we have some progress and 2 very happy cub scouts who can't wait to work on more badges and awards... they get another lapbook!

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Mylov...
Apr. 16, 2010 at 4:20 PM

What a neat idea! 

Leave it to their creative Mom to know what would excite them, and motivate them into the direction they needed to go...GREAT job Mom!

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momof...
Apr. 16, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Thanks! Ken hadn't seen them until he came home Wednesday and he loves them too. And Liam's scout leader loves it too because it lays everything right out in one portable folder. He had Liam stand up in front and present his Scholar badge activities to the whole pack last week and Liam did an AWESOME job!

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Monic...
Aug. 19, 2010 at 3:19 AM

Hi!  I love these lapbooks!   I am a new webelos leader and would like to know if you made these available to others.  I am a homeschooling mom to 6 and it would seem to me that if I used these it would definitely cut my prep time in half.

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v1heb...
Nov. 17, 2010 at 2:04 PM

I REALLY love these!!!  Are you willing to share?

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homes...
Sep. 30, 2011 at 4:33 PM

Hi Momof3,

I am having the same situation with my new scout only looking at his handbook at the weekly meetings, so I browsed through his Weblow handbook  last night and thought of the same idea of lapbooks.  I thought they would be an easy way for my son to explain and remember all the requirements needed for each badge.  I want to impliment them into his homeschool day without bogging him down.  Your lapbooks are WONDERFUL!!!  You are way ahead of me.  Where did you get the ideas for the mini-books to make up the lapbook?  Thank you for sharing these.  This is a confirmation to my prayer.  

Sincerely,

Homeschoolmama2 

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cmommag
Oct. 20, 2011 at 7:45 AM

I love these! I'm a Bear leader his year and I've already been drafted into Webelos next year. I love these lap books. I could get some ready over the summer for each of my boys. Awesome! More details please. Please.

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susie...
Oct. 23, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Hello

I would love to have the files for the Webelos Lapbook for my son. Please share them with me. thanks, Susie

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house...
Mar. 19, 2013 at 8:50 PM Do You have A Soft Copy Of The Items? Love This Idea!

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krisl...
Apr. 10, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Good morning! I'm checking in like some of the others to see if you would be willing to share your files for these. I'm the new WEBELOS leader in our pack and I could really use all the help I can get.

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Giselley
Apr. 26, 2013 at 4:46 PM

These are some great ideas!  Can you share some of the information that is in the lapbooks?  I am a new leader for the Webelos and totally overwhelmed!

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