Cub Scout Academics: Communicating
Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may
complete requirements in a family, den, pack, school, or community
environment. Tiger Cubs must work with their parents or adult partners.
Parents and partners do not earn loops or pins.
Requirements for the Computers Academics Belt
Complete these three requirements:
- Explain the parts of a personal computer: central processing unit
(CPU), monitor, keyboard, mouse, modem, and printer.
- Demonstrate how to start up and shut down a personal computer
- Use your computer to prepare and print a document.
Requirements for the Computers Academics Pin
Earn the Computers belt loop and complete five of the following
- Use a computer to prepare a report on a subject of interest to
you. Share it with your den.
- Make a list of 20 devices that can be found in, the home that use
a computer chip to function.
- Use a computer to maintain a balance sheet of your earnings for
- Use a spreadsheet program to organize some information.
- Use an illustration, drawing, or painting program to create a
- Use a computer to write a thank-you letter to someone.
- Log on to the Internet. Visit the Boy Scouts of America homepage (http//www.bsa.scouting.org).
- Discuss with an adult personal safety rules you should use while
using the Internet.
- Practice a new computer game for two weeks. Demonstrate an
improvement in your scores.
- Correspond with a friend using e-mail. Have at least five e-mail
replies from your friend.
- Visit a local business or government agency that uses a large
mainframe computer to handle their business. Be able to explain how
computers save them time and money in carrying out their work.
General Academics Requirements
Following are the requirements for earning the Academics belts loops and
|Belt loops and pins are earned only by Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and
Webelos Scouts (not adults).
|Requirements may be adjusted to accommodate the special needs of
boys with disabilities.
|Webelos Scouts may earn a belt loop or pin a second time to
qualify for Webelos activity badges.
|Boys may earn belt loops more than once; however, leaders should
encourage boys to try different requirements and earn the pin. Packs
should have a clear policy in place about whether the pack or the
boy's family is responsible for the cost of awards earned more than
No matter where you live, you can get information on
computers. Look in your telephone directory for one or more of the
|Your local library. Ask the librarian for help locating
books and other resources on computers.|
|The Internet. Use key words and phrases to search for the
computer topic you are interested in. If you are not sure, ask your
leader or adult partner to assist you.|
|Local computer stores. They will often have people
on staff willing to share their knowledge.|
|The computer department at your school or at a
local community college or university.|
- Be involved. Talk to your children, establish rules, and make it
known that breaking the rules can lead to a suspension of their
- Don't-use the computer as an electronic baby-sifter. Stay involved
with your child's online activities. Put the computer in a family
room rather than a child's bedroom.
- Commercial online services have parental-control, or
"blocking," features that allow parents to keep the
children out of certain areas of the World Wide Web. Internet Web
browsers are developing controls, and there are also software
packages designed to block Internet sites. Surfwatch
Software, for example, has a Macintosh and Windows program that
blocks Internet newsgroups, Web sites, file libraries, and chat
areas known to contain sexually explicit material. Cyber
Patrol, from Microsystems Software, gives parents the option of
choosing which types of sites to block.
Rules For On-Line Safety
|I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going
online. We will decide on the time of day that I can be online, the
length of time I can be online, and appropriate Web sites for me to
visit. If I want to visit other Web sites, I will get their
|While I'm online, I will not give out personal information such as
my address, telephone number, parents' work addresses/telephone
numbers, or the name and of my school without my parents'
|I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information
that makes me feel uncomfortable.
|I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way
make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message
like that. If I do, I will tell my parents right away so that they
can contact the online service.
|I will never agree to get together with someone I 'meet' online
without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the
meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and I will
bring a parent or my adult guardian along.
|While I'm online, I will never send a person my picture or
anything else without first checking with my parents.|