Cub Scout Academics: Science
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 Science Academics Belt
Complete these three requirements:
- Explain the scientific method to your adult partner.
- Use the scientific method in a simple science project. Explain the
results to an adult.
- Visit a museum, a laboratory, an observatory, a zoo, an aquarium,
or other facility that employs scientists. Talk to a scientist about
his or her work.
Requirements for the Science Academics Pin
Earn the Science belt loop, and complete five of the following
- Make a simple electric motor that works.
- Find a stream or other area that shows signs of erosion. Try to
discover the cause of the erosion.
- Plant seeds. Grow a flower, garden vegetable, or other plant.
- Use these simple machines to accomplish tasks: lever, pulley,
wheel-and-axle, wedge, inclined plane, and screw.
- Learn about solids, liquids, and gases using just water. Freeze
water until it turns into ice. Then, with an adult heat the ice
until it turns back into a liquid and eventually boils and becomes a
- Build models of two atoms and two molecules, using plastic foam
balls or other objects.
- Make a collection of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks
and label them.
- Learn about a creature that lives in the ocean. Share what you
have learned with your den or family.
- Label a drawing or diagram of the bones of the human skeleton.
- Make a model or poster of the solar system. Label the planets and
- Do a scientific experiment in front of an audience. Explain your
- Read a book about a science subject that interests you.
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 Science Resources for Kids
School - visit this online classroom for fun, facts, and help
with Science, Geography, and Language Arts topics. Get help with
reports and try the activities too.
|NPR Science Friday
Kids Connection - listen to past shows, find resources for all
sorts of science topics, and learn about the scientists on the NPR
Rock - Science Rock - lots of catchy tunes here help you learn
about grammar, America, mathematics, science, and computers. You'll
|Science 4 Kids -
visit this site from the Agricultural Resource Service (ARS) for
cool links to bacteria, bugs, and plants that like heavy metal.
Australian Broadcast Corporation's gateway to online science.
Includes tons of science news, games and puzzles, jokes, links, and
True Witness - learn about forensic science, including
fingerprinting, DNA, and ballistics, at this great ThinkQuest site.
|Kinetic City Cyber Club
- your place for science adventure, fun games, and more. Follow the
crew on their adventures, or do some of their fun lab experiments.
|Mad Science Group - take a
quiz, try out some home experiments, or check out some cool
scientific facts. Uses Shockwave.
- contains all sorts of science games, information, and quizzes.
- a national science program for kids and adults.
|Quirks & Quarks
- award-winning radio science program of the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation. Check out the archives, take a science quiz, and more.
|ScienceBob.com - cool
experiments and links to websites on space, animals, weather, and
Method - step by step explanation of how scientists find things
out, from Biology4Kids.
|SimScience - find out more
about membranes, fluid flow, cracking dams, and crackling noise! You
choose your reading level from beginner to advanced.
Skinny On... - regular column by writer Hannah Holmes on
Discovery Online with answers to nagging questions like why there's
no channel 1 on a TV, and why pizza makes you thirsty.|