Cub Scout Academics: Weather
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 Weather Academics Belt
Complete these three requirements:
- Make a poster that shows and explains the water cycle.
- Set up a simple weather station to record rainfall, temperature,
air pressure, or evaporation for one week.
- Watch the weather forecast on a local television station.
Requirements for the Weather Academics Pin
Earn the Weather belt loop, and complete five of the following
- Define the following terms: weather, humidity, precipitation,
temperature, and wind.
- Explain how clouds are made. Describe the different kinds of
clouds-stratus, cumulus, cumulonimbus, and cirrus-and what kind of
weather can be associated with these cloud types.
- Describe the climate in your state. Compare its climate with that
in another state.
- Describe a potentially dangerous weather condition in your
community. Discuss safety precautions and procedures for dealing
with this condition.
- Define what is meant by acid rain. Explain the greenhouse effect.
- Talk to a meteorologist about his or her job. Learn about careers
- Make a weather map of your state or country, using several weather
- Explain the differences between tornadoes and hurricanes.
- Make a simple weather vane. Make a list of other weather
instruments and describe what they do.
- Explain how weather can affect agriculture and the growing of
- Make a report to your den or family on a book about weather.
- Explain how rainbows are formed and then draw and color a rainbow.
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 Weather Resources for Kids
Optical Effects - explains visual effects we see in the sky,
such as rainbows, silver linings in clouds, and sunsets.
|Bay Kids Weather Page
- fantastic ThinkQuest site where you can learn all about weather
terms, myths, stories, jokes, recipes, and much more.
|Fall Foliage - the
Weather Channel gives you the scoop on where the leaves are.
- build your own weather station, learn about today's weather
technologies, or check the weather right now at this fun site!
|International Research Institute
for Climate Prediction - IRI - here's how weathermen make those
Lightning Information and Safety - tips from a girl who was
struck by lightning.
Observatory - this New Hampshire mountain is home to the worst
weather in the world! Check out their recent weather data, live
views from the summit, and educational programs.
|NASA Earth Observatory
- monitor regional and global changes on our planet almost as they
happen! This neat site lets you use real satellite data to explore
the causes and effects of environmental change.
|National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) - governmental organization that describes
and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, and conserves and
wisely manages the Nation's coastal and marine resources.
Survey Educational Outreach - learn about meteorology and
meteorologists, see how other students use weather data, and have
fun learning about the weather.
Meteorology Guide - find information on storms, hurricanes, El
Nino, and much more!
Weather Page - includes poems about clouds and a book about
weather written by 1st graders!
|Safety Guide to
Severe Weather - safety tips for any storm!
Spotter's Guide - all about thunderstorms, tornadoes and other
|Thunder - learn how
thunder and lightning are related and listen to sounds of a storm.
and Lightning - learn all about thunderstorms and how to be safe
when lightning strikes, from the Oahu Civil Defense Agency.
explore the forces behind the weather. Try your hand at tornado
chasing or discover how wind chill works.
- Thinkquest - designed by 6th grade students from Akers School,
Lemoore, CA for the 1999 ThinkQuest competition. Learn about El
Nino, storms, the Greenhouse Effect, and much more!
|Weather Almanac - check
temperatures, learn about different weather-related subjects, and
find out how forecasters predict weather on this site from Channel 7
News in Boston.
|Weather Dude, The -
Activities and links.
Glossary - reference for all weather terms.
|Weather Gone Wild
- explore the wonders of wild weather on this ThinkQuest site. You
can learn about thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, and winds, or
check out a weather glossary.
Instructional Material - activities for elementary students to
learn about the weather.
or Not - try to predict the weather!
|Weather Wonder - get
answers to your weather questions from the Jersey Weather Service.
|World Meteorological Organization
- coordinates global scientific activity to allow increasingly
prompt and accurate weather information and other services.
Temperature Extremes - find out what the highest and lowest
documented temperatures were in different countries and each of the