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!