Wolf Cubs : Easy Electives List

As we focus our Pack and Den efforts on requirements for advancement, please consider some of these electives for your Scout. Many of these are easy, quick and may be something your scout has experienced already in his day-to-day.

1. It’s a Secret

  • a. Use a secret code.
  • b. Write to a friend in invisible “ink”.
  • c. “Write” your name using American Sign Language. People who are deaf use this language. Communicating Pin #7Language and Culture Pin #7
  • d. Use 12 American Indian signs to tell a story.

2. Be an Actor

3. Make It Yourself

  • a. Make something useful for your home or school. Start with a recipe card holder.
  • b. Use the ruler on this page to see how far you can stretch your hand.
  • c. Make and use a bench fork.
  • d. Make a door stop.
  • e. Or make something else.

4. Play a Game

  • a. Play Pie-tin Washer Toss.
  • b. Play Marble Sharpshooter.
  • c. Play Ring Toss.
  • d. Play Beanbag Toss.
  • e. Play a game of marbles.
  • f. Play a wide-area or large group game with your den or pack. Language and Culture Belt Loop #3

5. Spare-Time Fun

  • a. Explain safety rules for kite flying.
  • b. Make and fly a paper bag kite.
  • c. Make and fly a two-stick kite.
  • d. Make and fly a three-stick kite.
  • e. Make and use a reel for kite string.
  • f. Make a model boat with a rubber-band propeller.
  • g., h., i. Make or put together some kind of model boat, airplane, train, or car.

6. Books, Books, Books

  • a. Visit a bookstore or go to a public library with an adult. Find out how to get your own library card. Name four kinds of books that interest you (for example, history, science fiction, how-to-books).
  • b. Choose a book on a subject you like and read it. With an adult, discuss what you read and what you think about it. Astronomy Pin #8 or #11Science Pin #12
  • c. Books are important. Show that you know how to take care of them. Open a new book the right way. Make a paper or plastic cover for it or another book.

7. Foot Power

  • a. Learn to walk on a pair of stilts.
  • b. Make a pair of “puddle jumpers” and walk with them.
  • c. Make a pair of “foot racers” and use them with a friend.

8. Machine Power

  • a. Name 10 kinds of trucks, construction machinery, or farm machinery and tell what each is used for.
  • b. Help an adult do a job using a wheel and axle.
  • c. Show how to use a pulley.
  • d. Make and use a windlass.

9. Let’s Have a Party

  • a. Help with a home or den party.
  • b., c. Make a gift or toy like one of these and give it to someone.

10. American Indian Lore

  • a. Read a book or tell a story about American Indians, past or present.
  • b. Make a musical instrument American Indians used. Music Pin #1
  • c. Make traditional American Indian clothing.
  • d. Make a traditional item or instrument that American Indians used to make their lives easier.
  • e. Make a model of a traditional American Indian house.
  • f. Learn 12 American Indian word pictures and write a story with them.

11. Sing-Along

12. Be an Artist

Art Belt Loop #2

13. Birds

  • This elective is also part of the Cub Scout World Conservation Award.
  • a. Make a list of all the birds you saw in a week and tell where you saw them (field, forest, marsh, yard, or park).
  • b. Put out nesting material (short pieces of yarn and string) for birds and tell which birds might use it.
  • c. Read a book about birds.
  • d. Point out 10 different kinds of birds (five may be from pictures).
  • e. Feed wild birds and tell which birds you fed.
  • f. Put out a birdhouse and tell which birds use it.

14. Pets

  • a. Take care of a pet.
  • b. Know what to do when you meet a strange dog.
  • c. Read a book about a pet and tell about it at a den meeting.
  • d. Tell what is meant by rabid. Name some animals that can have rabies. Tell what you should do if you see a dog or wild animal that is behaving strangely. Tell what you should do if you find a dead animal.

15. Grow Something

16. Family Alert

  • a. Talk with your family about what you will do in an emergency.
  • b. In case of a bad storm or flood, know where you can get safe food and water in your home. Tell how to purify water. Show one way. Know where and how to shut off water, electricity, gas, or oil.
  • c. Make a list of your first-aid supplies, or make a first-aid kit. Know where the first-aid things are kept.

17. Tie It Right

  • a. Learn to tie an overhand knot and a square knot.
  • b. Tie your shoelaces with a square bow knot.
  • c. Wrap and tie a package so that it is neat and tight.
  • d. Tie a stack of newspapers the right way.
  • e. Tie two cords together with an overhand knot.
  • f. Learn to tie a necktie.
  • g. Wrap the end of a rope with tape to keep it from unwinding.

18. Outdoor Adventure

  • a. Help plan and hold a picnic with your family or den.
  • b. With an adult, help plan and run a family or den outing.
  • c. Help plan and lay out a treasure hunt something like this.
  • d. Help plan and lay out an obstacle race. Use this idea or make up your own.
  • e. Help plan and lay out an adventure trail.
  • f. Take part in two summertime pack events with your den.
  • g. Point out poisonous plants. Tell what to do if you accidentally touch one of them.

19. Fishing

  • This elective is also part of the Cub Scout World Conservation Award.
  • a. Identify five different kinds of fish.
  • b. Rig a pole with the right kind of line and hook. Attach a bobber and sinker, if you need them. Then go fishing.
  • c. Fish with members of your family or an adult. Bait your hook and do your best to catch a fish.
  • d. Know the rules of safe fishing.
  • e. Tell about some of the fishing laws where you live.
  • f. Show how to use a rod and reel.

20. Sports

  • a. Play a game of tennis, table tennis, or badminton.
  • b. Know boating safety rules.
  • c. Earn the Cub Scouting shooting sports Archery belt loop.
  • d. Understand the safety and courtesy code for skiing. Show walking and the kick turn. Do climbing with a side step or herringbone. Show the snowplow or stem turn, and how to get up from a fall.
  • e. Know the safety rules for ice skating. Skate, without falling, as far as you can walk in 50 steps. Come to a stop. Turn from forward to backward.
  • f. In roller skating, know the safety rules. From a standing start, skate forward as far as you can walk in 50 steps. Come to a stop within 10 walking steps. Skate around a corner one way without coasting. Then do the same coming back. Turn from forward to backward.
  • g. Go bowling.
  • h. Show how to make a sprint start in track. See how far you can run in 10 seconds.
  • i. Do a standing long jump. Jump as far as you can.
  • j. Play a game of flag football.
  • k. Show how to dribble and kick a soccer ball. Take part in a game.
  • l. Play a game of baseball or softball.
  • m. Show how to shoot, pass, and dribble a basketball. Take part in a game.
  • n. Earn the Cub Scouting shooting sports BB-gun shooting belt loop.
  • o. With your den, participate in four outdoor physical fitness-related activities.

21. Computers

22. Say It Right

  • a. Say “hello” in a language other than English.
  • b. Count to 10 in a language other than English.
  • c. Tell a short story to your den, your den leader, or an adult.
  • d. Tell how to get to a nearby fire station or police station from your home, your den meeting place, and school. Use directions and street names.
  • e. Invite a boy to join Cub Scouting or help a new Cub Scout through the Bobcat trail.

23. Let’s Go Camping

  • a. Participate with your pack on an overnight campout.
  • b. Explain the basics of how to take care of yourself in the outdoors.
  • c. Tell what to do if you get lost.
  • d. Explain Buddy System.
  • e. Attend day camp in your area.
  • f. Attend resident camp in your area.
  • g. Participate with your den at a campfire in front of your pack.
  • h. With your den or pack or family, participate in a worship service outdoors.