Cub Scout Technology
As noted in Scouters' Tip - PAB, existing inventory for Computer 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 Technology
Objective: I will explore what it means to be a helpful, careful and responsible as I use technology.
When planning your adventure, think about including:
- an adventure that shows the spirit of the Cub Scout Law, Promise and/or Motto
- part of an adventure in which you think about the safe and careful use of technology
- an adventure in which you develop your own piece of technology
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.
- Everything that is used to make a task easier is technology. Find out how the ballpoint pen was invented. What was used before ball point pens (try it out if you can)? What do we use now? How many different kinds of pens can you find in your home?
- With permission (and help, if needed) take apart an electronic toy or small appliance to see how it works. Use the parts to create something new.
- Hunt in your house for the oldest piece of technology. Now find the newest. What do you notice about what has changed? How is the oldest piece still useful? Create a set of photos or drawings that show how a piece of technology has changed.
- Create a “Code of Conduct” (rules) for using technology such as cell phones, computers, television, internet, gaming consoles, the fridge and stove. How might the “golden rule” fit as part of your code? *Golden Rule: Do to others as you want them to do to you. Share your code of conduct with your Lair or a parent/guardian or Scouter.
- With the help of an adult, find an app, website or program that can help you live the Cub Scout motto, “Do your best!” Tell your Lair about it.
- How big was the very first computer? What is the smallest computer in your home? Why have computers become smaller and smaller?
- Technology can help us but it can also hurt. Think of 4 examples of how it helps and 4 examples of how it might hurt someone. Which pieces of technology can both help and hurt? What makes the difference?
- Texting, apps, and online social media are used for bullying. What would you tell a friend who is being bullied online? What would you do is someone started bullying you online?
- Create a video to share with your Lair or Pack about stopping online bullying.
- What piece of technology (something that makes a job easier) do you wish you had? Create a design for that piece of technology. If possible, build a model.
- What are the best physical exercises for video-gamers? What helps with repetitive use or strain injuries to neck, wrists, back, etc.? How do you care for your vision when gaming?
- Where can you recycle old computers, cellphones, routers, printers, etc. in your area?
- Learn how to put together a slideshow of digital photos. Create one of photos of your next Pack adventure and share it with the Pack.
- Create a simple web page for your Lair. What information should you share on the page? What information should not be shared?
- Learn about the rating system used for video games and movies. Create a list of the best videos for each age group in Scouting.
- Design and, if possible, make a gadget that would be helpful at camp.
Need some more ideas?
Look at the Trail Cards for Elephant Turf' (Citizenship) and The Swinging Bridge (Active & Healthy Living). Pick an adventure you’d like to try on your own.