The Scholar Activity Badge experience can help to
improve the Webelos’ relationship with his school. It will help the Scout
understand why an education is important.
When presented with interest
and enthusiasm from the leader, this badge will not seem like drudged up
school work! Help the boys to learn that there is more to school than just
A Webelos age boy has a very high quotient
of curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. There is at least one boy
in your den who can ask seven straight questions about a subject that interests
him. The problem is that for many boys, math, English, history, and
geography are not very high on their current list of interests.
To familiarize Webelos with
"roots" of a school system. To convince Webelos that schooling is essential.
To introduce Webelos to careers in education. To teach Webelos the benefits
of a good education.
Through the Scholar Activity badge,
we hope to encourage boys to do well in their school work, to understand
why schools are necessary, what they offer, and to learn how schools are
run in this country. If a boy is at least a fair student, he should
have no trouble earning this badge. The requirements are easy.
Albert Einstein said, "The most important
method of education always has consisted of that in which the pupil was
urged to actual performance." Make this happen in your Webelos Den,
so that the boys are doing something as often as possible and under your
guidance are learning the skills which will help them get more out of life
and become better citizens.
BOY SCOUT MERIT BADGES
- Citizenship in the Community
- Personal Management
- Public Speaking
- Program Helps
- Webelos Den Activities
- Boys' Life
- Local Board of Education
- Local historical society
- Public library
- Classroom teachers and principals
WHERE TO GO
AND WHAT TO DO
Plan a trip to the library to have the
librarian demonstrate the use of the microfilm or microfiche viewer. Be
sure to make a reservation. Look for the news of the day each boy was born.
Invite the parents of Webelos to come
to a den meeting dressed in the type of clothes they wore to school. Have
them bring along such things as class pictures, yearbooks, report cards,
etc., and allow each ample time to share his/her school days with the den.
Have a panel of parents with various
jobs explain their schooling and training for these jobs.
Invite an educator to talk with the den
about some of the Scholar requirements.
Do a service project for your school.
Contact the parent-teacher organization
of your school and offer to do a flag ceremony at their next meeting. Perhaps
the Webelos could report to the organization about their work on the Scholar
Briefly visit a school board meeting.
Let them know you are coming. They may be interest ed to know the boys
are working on the Scholar Activities Badge.
As a den, talk about good study habits.
Have someone from the public library
talk about the local literacy project.
Ask a librarian to explain the Dewy Decimal
System, visit the public library, have the boys complete applications for
a library card if they do not already have one.
Invite a member of the school board or
a professional educator (teacher or principal) to talk to the boys on the
value of an education and what school has to offer a boy.
Have the boys try to find out some of
the these things: What jobs are there at school for the boys to do?
What extra-curricular activities are available? What community activities
is the school used for? Who are the people on the office staff, cafeteria
staff, and custodial staff? What are their responsibilities?
What are some of the problems of the school, and how can you help?
Let the boys talk about what is going
on in school. Guide the discussion in such a way that they will see
the value of an education.
Discuss possible den service projects
for the school.
Have the boys list what they consider
the best and worst things in their school. Arrange to give these
lists to the principal or a school board member. Invite them to a
den meeting to talk with the boys. Important to the participants
in such a meeting is a feeling of trust and camaraderie. Allow the
meeting to have an informal setting. After respectfully introducing
the guest, let it become an informal rap session. A few cookies and
punch served by the denner has worked wonders in the past. Now is
the opportunity for the leader to blend into the woodwork and enjoy observing.
Do not become concerned with a lack of participation on the boys' part.
If the guest is someone concerned with the boys of this age group, he or
she will draw them in.
A little more informal would be a meeting
at school between the boy and a teacher. Have the boy list questions
and set up approximately 10 minutes to meet. Have the boy discuss
his meeting at a den meeting.
Learn about the history of education,
how schools developed in America.
Raise the flag the “correct way” at school
for one month.
Tour the education service center.
Visit a college campus.
Visit a junior high or high school.
Invite someone to talk about careers
Locate some old school books and compare
to current books being used.
Tour the city library.
Find out how the school system was established
in your district.
Invite someone who attended school when
it was a “one room building and all ages were
together” to talk to the boys about their
Invite someone who attended school overseas
to talk to the boys.
Help the school library put books away
and clean the library.
If you meet in a school or church, help
the custodian by setting up and taking down for your pack meeting.
For too many Webelos age
boys, school is a necessary evil. There are many more things they would
rather be doing.
To make this badge more enjoyable,
find out what interests the boys, and go on a field trip that will tie
together education with their interests and with having fun. Check with
one of the universities, or community colleges. Set up a tour with them
of their school. (Check with the admissions office - they may already have
tours, and might customize it for your scouts.) Let them know what the
boys interests are, and that you would like to find out what opportunities
there are in those areas. Some suggestions are:
Astronomy, is there a planetarium you
Aeronautics, projects going on with any
of the shuttle flights or other space exploration, any related engineering
fields, a flight school near by, or ground school available - do they have
a simulator the scouts can try. Contact the pilots association.
Archeology, is there an archeological
dig you can visit?
Mechanical engineering, manufacturing,
solar car research. Is there a mechanic school you can visit.
Sports medicine/research, body conditioning,
what are they doing to train people to promote fitness for life
Biology department, what specialties
do they have - what research are they doing
Geology department, do they have equipment
to monitor earthquake activity
Ask for a tour of the computer facilities,
what type of work is done on their computer. Can you have a visitor's access
to the Internet and the Web? Is there someone that could help the scouts
design a web page of their own?
Architecture and Engineering, can you
visit an architect's office, or an civil engineering office.
Does you town have a department that
reviews building plans? Who decides where a new road should be built, or
when it should be repaired. What is involved in these decisions?
Medical or nursing school in your area?
Hospital or emergency room? How about an animal hospital.
As the Scouts visit with these areas,
ask what type of education is necessary to do what these people do. Is
there any continuing education that they do? Can these people suggest anything
that the scouts can do or read to learn more about this topic?
start from Denver to drive to Colorado Springs, a distance of 80 miles.
They are the same make of car, and both are being driven at the same speed.
One of the cars makes the trip in 80 minutes while it takes the other car
one hour and twenty minutes. Can you explain the reason?
walked up the street to the top of a hill and counted 50 windows on my
right. I turned around and walked back and counted 50 windows on my left.
How many windows did I count?
BABY DUCK. Papa
duck, mama duck, and baby duck went for a swim. Baby duck said, “Aren’t
we four having a lot of fun?” Why did baby duck say four instead of three?
Take the number of pennies in a dollar. Multiply by the number of thirds
in a circle. Divide by the number of inches in a foot of string. Subtract
the number of nickels in a quarter.
the number of toes on both feet. Multiply by the number of pints in a quart.
Add the number of months in half a year. Subtract the number of thumbs
on two hands. Divide by a dozen oranges.
How far can a dog walk into the woods?
CAB DRIVER Suppose
you are a cab driver. A lady with two suitcases gets in the cab and asks
to be driven to the railway station in a hurry. On the way there is an
accident which results in a traffic jam. The lady gets inpatient, jumps
out of the cab, and runs to the depot. She had forgotten the suitcase..
She missed the train and now she starts looking for the cab driver. She
does not know his name. What was the cab driver's name?
Eighty minutes and one hour, twenty minutes
are the same.
Fifty. The windows on my right going
up were the same as on my left coming back.
Baby duck was too young to count.
Only halfway, once he is halfway in,
he starts coming out again.
His name is the same as yours, for “You
are the cab driver.”
With which hand does the Statue of Liberty
hold her torch? (right)
Which is larger, a dime or a penny? (penny)
How many keys are there on a piano? (88)
How many stars in the big dipper? (7)
How many legs does a spider have? (8)
Whose picture is printed on a one dollar
bill? (George Washington)
If you have only one match and enter
a room in which there is a kerosene lamp, an oil heater and a wood burning
stove, which do you light first? (The match)
Two cars start from Denver to drive
to Colorado Springs, a distance of 80 miles. They are both the same
make of car, and both are being driven at the same speed. One of
the cars makes the trip in 80 minutes while it takes the other car an hour
and 20 minutes. Can you explain the reason? (Answer 80 minutes
and one hour and 20 minutes are the same.
TEST YOUR SENSES
Gather cubs together. Give each a paper
Now explain the test. They are to find the following:
- something green
- something brown
- something rough
- something smooth
- something living
- something dead
- something man-made
--They will be blindfolded and once
the word ‘go’ is said they not speak at all until someone tells them to
remove their blindfolds.
--Make sure they heard you because you will not
tell them again.
--Part of the test is to learn to listen when instructions
are given to us.
--When they have gathered all seven items they are to sit
down wherever they are until someone comes and leads them to the place
where they can take off their blindfold.
--This game can be played in a yard
or at the park.
*** Remember, YOU MUST NOT TALK TO ANY
ONE but use your mind to get around and find what you need to find.
As the cubs grope for the items watch
them carefully so that no danger comes to them.. As soon as someone has
finished all seven, walk over and ask him to remove his blindfold but NOT
TO SPEAK TO ANYONE. After all are finished, ask them to talk about their
experience. How it felt being blindfold. Looking for something green when
you could not see the colors.
AND QUILL PEN
The inkwell is made from a baby food
Cover the top with a circle of cardboard with a hole poked through
the center for the pen point.
Cover the jar with Baker's Clay and let dry.
Decorate inkwell and spray with acrylic to seal.
Turkey feathers make nice quill pens.
Trim off the rounded tip of the feather. Split through the middle of the
shaft for about half an inch, using an Xacto knife.
Cut away one side
of quill where it has been split part. Sharpen the remaining part of the tip into a point.
Dip into ink, shake off excess carefully, and write.
Do not press down
too hard or point will get dull quickly or could break. Point can be sharpened
again with the Xacto knife.
HOW TO MAKE BAKER'S
1 cup salt,
1 1/2 cups warm water,
4 cups flour
Stir salt into the warm water
Cool mixture, add flour and
knead for 10 minutes.
To color the dough, add food coloring
or 1/2 cup dry tempera paint to salt and water.
Bake modeled figures at 300°
for one hour.
IMPROVE YOUR GRADES
Learn to listen
Look at the speaker
and concentrate on his words
Participate in discussions
Develop good study habits.
Have a study place at home away from distractions. Have supplies handy
Improve your vocabulary. Look
up words that you don't know. Note spelling, pronunciation, and meaning.
Write them down
Sharpen your writing skills.
Organize your thoughts. Use lists and outlines. Keep sentences
short. Avoid beginning sentences with "the" or "I."' Write
neatly. Double check spelling and punctuation
Learn how to take tests. Study
for a test well in advance, don't "cram." Read all the directions
before you begin the test. Remain calm. Pace yourself.
Answer the questions you know for sure first. Then go back and fill
in the other answers as best you can.
Work steadily. Double-check
your work for careless errors
Develop a positive attitude.
You are what you think you are. If you think you can, you can.