Cub Scout Science
As noted in Scouters' Tip - PAB, existing inventory for Astronomer Badge should be used before new designs are used. The ScoutShop may not have new Canadian Path based badges until the 2011 program change versions are used. Being wise in the use of your Group's inventory is also recommended
From the Scouter Manual:
Cub Scout Science
Objective: I will explore and discover in one or more scientific area.
When planning your adventure, think about including:
- adventures in different scientific areas: biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, botany, anthropology, ecology, forestry, geology, oceanography, zoology and more
- an adventure in which you experiment with or observe something new
- and adventure involving the outdoors and/or nature and/or care of the environment
Here are some ideas to help you start creating your own adventures
Note: some of these ideas might be made into more than one adventure.
- Check out the flowers you see through the seasons. On hikes, in your backyard and on your way to school, pay attention to the flowers you see. Take many photos, then create an album or slideshow. Identify the flowers in your display.
- Take a photo of your favourite flower, mount it and cut it into puzzle pieces. Then challenge your family or your Lair to put the puzzle together. Do they know the flower?
- Instead of flowers, do the same challenge with wildlife. How about finding, photographing (or drawing) and identifying six insects, six birds and six mammals? Then make a puzzle or crossword or collage or in some other way share what you discovered.
- How do you use electricity in your house? Discuss with your family how you can reduce your use of electricity and by doing that, reduce the impact on the environment. Learn about Earth Hour.
- Visit a science centre or planetarium and learn about new discoveries.
- Build a volcano and then find different ways to make “lava” flow, starting with vinegar and baking soda. What other safe chemical reactions can you use for “lava”?
- Pick a plant or seeds you’ve never before grown. Try growing and caring for the plant you’ve chosen. What does it need to grow?
- Is there an archaeological dig in your area? Visit and learn about what has been found.
- What kinds of rocks are there in your area? Gather samples and figure out what each is.
- Design a scientific experiment to test an idea or theory, such as “What kind of socks are the toughest and get the fewest holes?” or “What kind of tent is fastest to put up?” or “What kind of bar soap lasts the longest?”
- Find out about fulcrums and balancing things. Set up your own fulcrum. Then discover what two things can balance each other out. For example, if you put an eraser on one side, how many Cub Personal Achievement badges are needed on the other side to achieve balance?
- What is the newest dinosaur to be discovered? What are the newest findings about dinosaurs in your area and/or around the world?
- Did you know that there are islands of plastic floating in the oceans? How do these affect marine life? What can be done? Do an experiment with biodegradable plastic.