Cub Scout Academics: Mathematics
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 Mathematics Academics Belt
Complete these three requirements:
- Do five activities within your home or school that require the use
of mathematics. Explain to your den how you used everyday math.
- Keep track of the money you earn and spend for three weeks.
- Measure five items using both metric and nonmetric measures. Find
out about the history of the metric system of measurement.
Requirements for the Mathematics Academics Pin
Earn the Mathematics belt loop, and complete one from each of the five
|Geometry is related to measurement but also deals with
objects and positions in space.
- Many objects can be recognized by their distinctive shapes: a
tree, a piece of broccoli, a violin. CoBect 12 items that can be
recognized, classified, and labeled by their distinctive shape
- Select a single shape or figure. Observe the world around you
for at least a week and keep a record of where you see this
shape or figure and how it is used.
- Study geometry in architecture by exploring your neighborhood
or community. Look at different types of buildings-houses,
churches, businesses, etc.-and create a presentation (a set of
photographs, a collage of pictures from newspapers and
magazines, a model) that you can share with your den or pack to
show what you have seen and learned about shapes in
|Calculating is adding, subtracting, multiplying, and
- Learn how an abacus or slide rule works and teach it to a
friend or to your den or pack.
- Go shopping with an adult and use a calculator to add up how
much the items you buy will cost. See whether your total equals
the total at check out.
- Visit a bank and have someone there explain to you about how
interest works. Use the current interest rate and calculate how
much interest different sums of money will earn.
|Statistics is collecting and organizing numerical
information and studying patterns.
- Explain the meaning of these statistical words and tools:
data, averaging, tally marks, bar graph, line graph, pie chart,
- Conduct an opinion survey through which you collect data to
answer a question, and then show your results with a chart or
graph. For instance: What is the favorite food of the Cub Scouts
in your pack (chart how many like pizza, how many like
- Study a city newspaper to find as many examples as you can of
- Learn to use a computer spreadsheet
|Probability helps us know the chance or likelihood of
- Explain to your den how a meteorologist or insurance company
(or someone else) might use the mathematics of probability to
predict what might happen in the future (i.e., the chance that
it might rain, or the chance that someone might be in a car
- Conduct and keep a record of a coin toss probability
- Guess the probability of your sneaker landing on its bottom,
top, or side, and then ffip it 100 times to find out which way
it lands. Use this probability to predict how a friend's sneaker
|Measuring is using a unit to express how long or how big
something is, or how much of it there is.
- Interview four adults in different occupations to see how they
use measurement in their jobs.
- Measure how tall someone is. Have them measure you.
- Measure how you use your time by keeping a diary or log of
what you do for a week. Then make a chart or graph to display
how you spend your time.
- Measure, mix, and cook at least two recipes. Share your snacks
with family, friends, or your den.
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
Cub-Safe Mathematics Resources for Kids
with Alice - takes you on a course through Mathematics with the
help of Alice, the girl in Lewis Carroll's stories. Includes a
biography of Carroll as well as math tips and problems.
History of Mathematics - a collection of interesting facts about
math history, including biographies of famous mathematicians.
Mathematics - learn how to read and write the seven different
symbols the Egyptians used to solve math problems.
The First 999 Factorials - list of the factorials for numbers 0
through 999 from the Fun With Number Page.
Numerals 101 - learn how the Romans used seven letters to
express all their numbers.
- Binary - 0 to
1 and Back Again - basic explanation of binary numbers.
Number System - explanation of this system used by computers to
send a series of electrical signals representing information in a
special pattern of 0s and 1s.
Numbers - scientific explanation of binary numbers, how to
represent them, and how to add them.
- A+ Math - build your basic
math skills with games, flashcards, and homework help.
- Ask Dr. Math -
math questions answered!
- Audio Math Table
Generator - enter any number into this calculator and get its
written and spoken multiplication table.
- Flash -
test your knowledge of math with this cool game from Megakids. Chose
addition, subtraction, division, or multiplication and find out how
fast you can solve the tables!
- Flashcards for Kids -
create your own flashcards for addition, subtraction,
multiplication, or division problems. You choose the difficulty and
the size of the numbers, and the site does the rest!
- Math Forum -
math news, notes, links and more. Check out the problems of the
- Math League Help
Topics - this is a help resource for 4th through 8th graders.
You'll find help with whole numbers, decimals, integers, and
probability, plus an introduction to algebra.
Method - get online solutions to algebra problems.
Calculator - enter the equation you want to evaluate, and it's
done. For more advanced types of math.
Modeler's Calculator - ever wonder how tall you'd have to be to
fit behind the wheel of your model car? Find out here!