Belt Loops


The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program is a great add-on to the regular Tiger Cub, Cub Scout and Webelos Scout programs. Earning the belt loops and pins for the different subjects rounds out the Big Ideas, Achievements, Electives, and Activity Badges. They allow the boys to explore areas they are interested in.

The Academics show them that learning about subjects is fun and informational.

The Sports help keep the boys physically fit and let them explore activities they want to learn to do.

Adding these into your yearly program, give the boys variety, while still earning recognition for their accomplishments. Don’t forget to use school-related sports programs for the boys. If they play team sports through school, they are eligible for that sports belt loop, and possibly the sports pin. This show the boys that the Scouting program can be part of their life besides den and pack activities.

Academics Belt Loops and Pins

Geography Belt Loop & Pin | Citizenship Belt Loop & Pin | Mathematics Belt Loop
& Pin
| Music Belt Loop & Pin | Science Belt Loop & Pin | Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop & Pin | Weather Belt Loop & Pin | Map & Compass Belt Loop & Pin | Computers Belt Loop & Pin | Communicating Belt Loop & Pin | Collecting Belt Loop & Pin | Geology Belt Loop & Pin | Art Academics Belt Loop & Pin | Astronomy Academics Belt Loop & Pin | Chess Belt Loop & Pin | Heritage Belt Loop & Pin | Archery Belt Loop & Pin | Language and Culture Belt Loop & Pin

Sports Belt Loops and Pins

Archery Belt Loop & Pin | BB-Gun Shooting Belt Loop & Pin | More Coming soon

Requirements for the Archery Belt Loop

Complete these three requirements by participating in the archery safety
program at Cub Scout camp.:

  1. Explain the rules for safe archery that you have learned in the district/council camp or activity you are attending with your leader or adult partner.
  2. Demonstrate to your leader or adult partner good archery shooting techniques, including the stance and how to nock the arrow, establish the bow, draw, aim, release, follow-through and retrieve arrows.
  3. Practice shooting at your district or council camp for the time allowed.

Archery Sports Pin

Earn the Archery belt loop, and complete
five of the following requirements:

  1. Explain the parts of a bow and demonstrate how to string the bowstring in a proficient manner.
  2. Demonstrate how to properly use archery equipment, including arm guards, finger tabs, and quivers and explain about proper clothing.
  3. Develop proficient shooting techniques by practicing for three hours.
  4. Learn the correct scoring techniques for target archery.
  5. Make a poster that emphasizes the four whistle codes.
  6. Draw to scale or set up an archery range.
  7. Shoot 30 arrows from a distance of 30 feet at a target and score at least 50 points, or shoot 30 arrow from a distance of 90 feet and score at least 30 points.
  8. Help make a type of target for the camp archery range.
  9. Show how to put away and properly store archery equipment.
  10. Tell five facts about an archer in history or literature.

BB-gun Belt loopBB-Gun Shooting Belt Loop

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Explain the rules for Safe BB gun shooting you have learned to your
    leader or adult partner.
  2. Demonstrate to your leader or adult partner good
    BB gun shooting techniques, including eye dominance, shooting
    shoulder, breathing, sight alignment, trigger squeeze, follow through.
  3. Practice shooting at your district or your council camp in the time allowed.

BB-Gun Shooting Sports Pin

Earn the BB Gun Shooting belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements by completing the camp BB gun safety program and qualifying with a minimum of 60 credits in firing activities with a parent or adult partner. A certified range officer must be present.:

  1. Explain the parts of a BB gun and demonstrate how to properly load the gun.
  2. Demonstrate the shooting positions.
  3. Develop proficient shooting techniques by practicing for three hours.
  4. Learn the correct scoring techniques for target BB gun shooting.
  5. Make a poster that emphasizes the proper range commands.
  6. Draw to scale or set up a BB gun shooting range.
  7. Show improvement in your shooting ability with an increase in scoring points.
  8. Help make a type of target for the camp BB gun shooting range.
  9. Show how to put away and properly store BB gun shooting equipment after use.
  10. Explain how to use the safety mechanism on a BB gun.
  11. Tell five facts about the history of BB guns.

Requirements for the Geography Belt Loop

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Draw a map of your neighborhood. Show natural and man-made features. Include a key or legend of map symbols.
  2. Learn about the physical geography of your community. Identify the major landforms within 100 miles. Discuss with an adult what you learned.
  3. Use a world globe or map to locate the continents, the oceans, the equator, and the northern and southern hemispheres. Learn how longitude and latitude lines are used to locate a site.

Geography Academics Pin

Earn the Geography belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Make a three-dimensional model of an imaginary place. Include five different landforms, such as mountains, valleys, lakes, deltas, rivers, buttes, plateaus, basins, and plains.
  2. List 10 cities around the world. Calculate the time it is in each city when it is noon in your town.
  3. Find the company’s location on the wrapper or label of 10 products used in your home, such as food, clothing, toys, and appliances. Use a world map or atlas to find each location.
  4. On a map, trace the routes of some famous explorers. Show the map to your den or family.
  5. On a United States or world map, mark where your family members and ancestors were born.
  6. Keep a map record of the travels of your favorite professional sports team for one month.
  7. Read a book (fiction or nonfiction) in which geography plays an important part.
  8. Take part in a geography bee or fair in your pack, school, or community.
  9. Choose a country in the world and make a travel poster for it.
  10. Play a geography-based board game or computer game. Tell an adult some facts you learned about a place that was part of the game.
  11. Draw or make a map of your state. Include rivers, mountain ranges, state parks, and cities. Include a key or legend of map symbols.

Requirements for the Citizenship Belt Loop

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Develop a list of jobs you can do around the home. Chart your
    progress for one week.
  2. Make a poster showing things that you can do to be a good citizen.
  3. Participate in a family, den, or school service project.

Citizenship Academics Pin

Earn the Citizenship belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Interview someone who has become a naturalized citizen. Give a report of your interview to your den or family.
  2. Write a letter to your newspaper about an issue that concerns you.
  3. Create a collage about America.
  4. Conduct a home safety or energy audit and inspect your home. Talk with your parent or adult partner about correcting any problems you find.
  5. Visit your local site of government. Interview someone who is involved with the governmental process.
  6. Visit a courtroom and talk with someone who works there.
  7. Go to the polls with your parents when they vote. Talk to them about their choices.
  8. Take part in a parade with your den or pack.
  9. List ways you can recycle various materials and conserve and protect the environment.
  10. Attend a community event or visit a landmark in your community.

Requirements for the Mathematics Belt Loop

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Do five activities within your home or school that require the use of mathematics. Explain to your den how you used everyday math.
  2. Keep track of the money you earn and spend for three weeks.
  3. Measure five items using both metric and nonmetric measures.
    Find out about the history of the metric system of measurement.

Mathematics Academics Pin

Earn the Mathematics belt loop, and complete five (one from each of the five areas below) of the following requirements:

  1. Geometry is related to measurement but also deals with objects and positions in space.
    1. Manyobjects can be recognized by their distinctive shapes: a tree, a piece of broccoli, a violin. Collect 12 items that can be recognized, classified, and labeled by their distinctive shape or outline.
    2. Select a single shape or figure. Observethe 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.
    3. 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 architecture.
  2. Calculating is adding, subtracting, multiplying,
    and dividing numbers.

    1. Learn how an abacus or slide rule works
      and teach it to a friend or to your den or pack.
    2. 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.
    3. 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
  3. Statistics is collecting and organizing numerical information and studying

    1. Explain the meaning of these statistical words and tools:
      data, averaging, tally marks, bar graph, line graph, pie chart,
      and percentage.
    2. 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 hamburgers, etc.).
    3. Study a city newspaper to find
      as many examples as you can of statistical information.
    4. Learn
      to use a computer spreadsheet.
  4. Probability helps us know the
    chance or likelihood of something happening.

    1. 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 accident).
    2. Conduct and keep
      a record of a coin toss probability experiment.
    3. Guess the
      probability of your sneaker landing on its bottom, top, or
      side, and then flip it 100 times to find out which way it lands.
      Use this probability to predict how a friend’s sneaker will
  5. Measuring is using a unit to express how long
    or how big something is, or how much of it there is.

    1. Interview four adults in different occupations to see how they use measurement in their jobs.
    2. Measure how tall someone is. Have them measure you.
    3. 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.
    4. Measure, mix, and cook at least two recipes. Share your snacks with family, friends, or your den.

Requirements for the Music Belt Loop

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Explain why music is an important part of our culture.
  2. Pick a song with at least two verses and learn it by heart.
  3. Listen to four different types of music either recorded or live.

Music Academics Pin

Earn the Music belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Make a musical instrument and play it for your family, den, or pack.
  2. Teach your den a song.
  3. Play a song by yourself or in a group, in unison or in harmony.
  4. Create an original melody and/or original words for a song.
  5. Using a tape recorder, capture natural sounds of the environment or record songs you create, and use your recording as a soundtrack for a short skit or as background for a movement activity.
  6. Attend a live musical performance or concert.
  7. Demonstrate conducting patterns for two songs using two different meters (two-, three-, or four- beat meter) while your adult partner or den members sing or play the songs you have selected.
  8. Take voice or dance lessons or lessons to learn to play an instrument.
  9. Create movements to a piece of music without words to demonstrate the moods of the music: happy, sad, calm, excited, playful, inspired.
  10. Learn about a composer of some music that you enjoy.

Requirements for the Science Belt Loop

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Explain the scientific method to your adult partner.
  2. Use the scientific method in a simple science project. Explain
    the results to an adult.
  3. 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.

Science Academics Pin

Earn the Science belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Make
    a simple electric motor that works.
  2. Find a stream or other area
    that shows signs of erosion. Try to discover the cause of the
  3. Plant
    seeds. Grow a flower, garden vegetable, or other plant.
  4. Use these
    simple machines to accomplish tasks: lever, pulley, wheel-and-axle,
    wedge, inclined plane, and screw.
  5. 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 gas.
  6. Build models of two atoms and two molecules,
    using plastic foam balls or other objects.
  7. Make a collection of
    igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks and label them.
  8. Learn
    about a creature that lives in the ocean. Share what you have
    learned with your den or family.
  9. Label a drawing or diagram of the bones of
    the human skeleton.
  10. Make a model or poster of the solar system.
    Label the planets and the sun.
  11. Do a scientific experiment in front
    of an audience. Explain your results.
  12. Read a book about a science subject that interests you.

Requirements for the Wildlife Conservation Belt Loop

  1. Explain what natural resources are and why it’s important to
    protect and conserve them.
  2. Make a poster that shows and explains the food chain. Describe
    to your den what happens if the food chain becomes broken or damaged.
  3. Learn about an endangered species. Make a report to your den
    that includes a picture, how the species came to be endangered,
    and what is being done to save it.

Wildlife Conservation Academics Pin

Earn the Wildlife Conservation belt loop, and complete five of the following

  1. Visit a wildlife sanctuary, nature center, or fish hatchery.
  2. Collect and
    read five newspaper or magazine articles that discuss conservation
    of wildlife and report to your family or den what you learn.
  3. Learn
    about five animals that use camouflage to protect themselves.
  4. Make
    a birdbath and keep a record for one week of the different
    birds that visit it.
  5. Make a collage of animals that are in the same class:
    fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, or mammals.
  6. Make a plaster cast
    of an animal track. Show it to your den.
  7. Visit with a person who
    works in wildlife conservation, such as a park ranger, biologist,
    range manager, geologist, horticulturist, zookeeper, fishery
    technician, or conservation officer.
  8. Visit a state park or national park.
  9. Participate in an environmental service
    project that helps maintain habitat for wildlife, such as cleaning
    up an area or planting trees.

Requirements for the Weather Belt Loop

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Make a poster that shows and explains the water cycle.
  2. Set up a simple weather station to record rainfall, temperature,
    air pressure, or evaporation for one week.
  3. Watch the weather forecast on a local television station.

Weather Academics Pin

Earn the Weather belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Define
    the following terms: weather, humidity, precipitation, temperature,
    and wind.
  2. 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.
  3. Describe
    the climate in your state. Compare its climate with that in
    another state.
  4. Describe a potentially dangerous weather condition in your
    community. Discuss safety precautions and procedures for dealing
    with this condition.
  5. Define what is meant by acid rain. Explain the
    greenhouse effect.
  6. Talk to a meteorologist about his or her job.
    Learn about careers in meteorology.
  7. Make a weather map of your state
    or country, using several weather symbols.
  8. Explain the differences
    between tornadoes and hurricanes.
  9. Make a simple weather vane. Make
    a list of other weather instruments and describe what they do.
  10. Explain
    how weather can affect agriculture and the growing of food.
  11. Make
    a report to your den or family on a book about weather.
  12. Explain
    how rainbows are formed and then draw and color a rainbow.

Requirements for the Map & Compass Belt Loop

  1. Show how to orient a map. Find three landmarks on the map.
  2. Explain how a compass works.
  3. Draw a map of your neighborhood. Label the streets and plot the
    route you take to get to a place that you often visit.

Map & Compass Academics Pin

Earn the
Map and Compass belt loop, and complete five of the following

  1. Define cartography.
  2. Make a poster showing 10 map symbols and their meaning.
  3. Read a book or
    story about a famous explorer or navigator. Tell your den or
    family what you learned.
  4. Make a simple compass with a magnet and pin.
  5. Explain the difference between
    latitude and longitude and show them on a map or globe.
  6. Draw a compass
    rose for a map. Label north, south, east, and west.
  7. Study a blank
    map of the United States of America. Label your state, and the
    states that share its boundary lines.
  8. In the field, show how to take
    a compass bearing and how to follow it.
  9. Show how to measure distances,
    using a scale on a map legend.
  10. Measure your pace. Then layout a
    simple compass course for your den to try.
  11. Using a road map, determine
    how many miles it is between two major cities or familiar destinations.
  12. Explain
    what the different map colors can mean on a map.

Requirements for the Computers Belt Loop

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Explain the parts of a personal computer: central processing
    unit (CPU), monitor, keyboard, mouse, modem, and printer.
  2. Demonstrate how to start up and shut down a personal computer
  3. Use your computer to prepare and print a document.

Computers Academics Pin

Earn the Computers belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Use
    a computer to prepare a report on a subject of interest to
    you. Share it with your den.
  2. Make a list of 10 devices that can be found
    in the home that use a computer chip to function.
  3. Use a computer
    to maintain a balance sheet of your earnings or allowance for
    four weeks.
  4. Use a spreadsheet program to organize some information.
  5. Use an illustration,
    drawing, or painting program to create a picture.
  6. Use a computer
    to prepare a thank-you letter to someone.
  7. Log on to the Internet.
    Visit the Boy Scouts of America homepage (
  8. Discuss
    personal safety rules you should pay attention to while using
    the Internet.
  9. Practice a new computer game for two weeks. Demonstrate
    an improvement in your scores.
  10. Correspond with a friend via e-mail.
    Have at least five e-mail replies from your friend.
  11. Visit a local business or government agency that uses a mainframe computer to handle its business.
  12. Explain how computers save the company time and money in carrying out its work.

Requirements for the Communicating Belt Loop

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Tell a story or relate an incident to a group of people, such as your family, den, or members of your class.
  2. Write a letter to a friend or relative.
  3. Make a poster about something that interests you. Explain the poster to your den.

Communicating Academics Pin

Earn the Communicating belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Write an original poem or story.
  2. Keep a journal of daily activities for at least seven days.
  3. Listen to a news story on television or the radio. Discuss the information with an adult.
  4. Go to the library. Use the card catalog or computer reference system to find a book, and then check it out.
  5. Read a book that has been approved by your parent or teacher. Discuss the book with an adult.
  6. With a friend, develop a skit. Perform it at a Scout meeting, family meeting, or school
  7. Learn the alphabet in sign language. Learn how to sign 10 words.
  8. With an adult, use the Internet to search for information on a topic of interest to you.
  9. Watch three television commercials and discuss the information in them with your parent or den leader.
  10. Read the directions for a new game. Explain to a family member or friend
    how to play it.
  11. Learn about “reading” materials for people who have poor vision or who are blind.
  12. While traveling, make a list of road signs, animals, or license plates that you see.

Requirements for the Collecting Belt Loop

  1. Begin a collection of at least 10 items that all have something in common. Label the items and title your collection.
  2. Display your collection at a pack or den meeting.
  3. Visit a show or museum that displays different collections.

Collecting Academics Pin

Earn the Collecting belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Give a talk about your collection to someone other than your family. Give a description of your collection, including a short history. Explain how you got started and why you decided to collect what you do.
  2. Show how you preserve and display your collection. Explain any special precautions you must take including handling, cleaning, and storage. Note precautions for dampness, sunlight, or other weather conditions.
  3. Read a book about what you collect.
  4. Start a new collection of at least 20 items. Label the items, and title your collection.
  5. Define numismatics and philately.
  6. Join a club of collectors who share your hobby. This club may be a group of your friends.
  7. Find out if there
    is a career that involves what you collect. Find out what kind of subjects you need to study to prepare for such a career.
  8. If you collect coins or stamps, make a list of different countries in your collection. Explain how to identify each country’s issues. Make a list of “clues” that help you identify the origin.
  9. With an adult partner, visit an online auction and look for items you collect. What does it tell you about rarity and value of the things you collect?
  10. Use a computer to catalog, organize, and keep track of your collection.
  11. Help a friend get started on a collection of his or her own.

Requirements for the Geology Belt Loop

  1. Define geology.
  2. Collect a sample of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.
    Explain how each was formed.
  3. Explain the difference between a rock and a mineral.

Geology Academics Pin

Earn the Geology belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Make a plaster cast of a fossil.
  2. Make a special collection of rocks and minerals that illustrates the hardness scale.
  3. Give examples of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks.
  4. Gather several different types of rocks. Compare them and put them in groups according to physical properties such as color, texture, luster, hardness, or crystals.
  5. Describe the effects of wind, water, and ice on the landscape.
  6. Make “pet rocks” using rocks, paint, and glue-on eyes. Tell a creative story about your pet rocks.
  7. Draw a diagram showing different types of volcanoes or draw a diagram that labels the different parts of a volcano.
  8. Make a crystal garden.
  9. Make a collection of five different fossils and identify them to the best of your ability.
  10. Make a poster or display showing 10 everyday products that contain or use rocks or minerals.
  11. Visita mine, oil or gas field, gravel pit, stone quarry, or similar area of special interest related to geology.
  12. Visit with a geologist. Find out how he or she prepared for the job. Discuss other careers related to geology.
  13. Draw the inside of a cave showing the difference between stalactites and stalagmites.

Requirements for the Art Academics Belt Loop

  1. Make a list of common materials used to create visual art compositions.
  2. Demonstrate how six of the following elements of design are used in a drawing: lines, circles, dots, shapes, colors, patterns, textures, space, balance, or perspective.
  3. Identify the three primary colors and the three secondary colors that can be made by mixing them. Show how this is done using paints or markers. Use the primary and secondary colors to create a painting.

Art Academics Pin

Earn the Art belt loop, and complete six of the following requirements:

  1. Visit an art museum, gallery, or exhibit. Discuss with an adult the art you saw.
  2. Create two self-portraits using two different art techniques, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, or computer illustration.
  3. Demonstrate how to make paper. Make a sample at least 4 inches by 4 inches.
  4. Make a simple silkscreen or stencil. Print a card or T-shirt.
  5. Create a freestanding sculpture or mobile using wood, metal, soap, papier-mache, or found objects.
  6. Create an object using clay that can be fired, baked in the oven, or hardened in water.
  7. Photograph four subjects in one theme, such as landscapes, people, animals, sports, or buildings.
  8. Make a collage using several different materials.
  9. Use your artistic skills to create a postage stamp, book cover, or music CD cover.
  10. Use a computer illustration or painting program to create a work of art.
  11. Display your artwork in a pack, school, or community art show.

Requirements for the Astronomy Academics Belt Loop

  1. Set up and demonstrate how to focus a simple telescope or binoculars.
  2. Draw a diagram of our solar system:identify the planets and other objects.
  3. Explain the following terms: planet, star, solar system, galaxy, the Milky Way, black hole, red giant, white dwarf, comet, meteor, moon, asteroid, and universe.

Astronomy Academics Pin

Earn the Astronomy belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Draw a diagram of a telescope and explain how it works.
  2. Explain how to use a star map.
  3. Draw and label five constellations. See if you can locate any of them in the sky using a star map.
  4. Find the North Star. Explain its importance.
  5. Interview an astronomer. This person may be a professional or an amateur asronomer from a local astronomy club. Report on what you learned to your den or family.
  6. Learn about careers that relate to Astronomy. What school subjects will help you get a job in astronomy?
  7. Visit a planetarium or a local astronomy club. Give a report on what you learned to your den.
  8. Make a poster illustrating the different kinds of stars. Include a diagram showing the life cycle of a star.
  9. Learn about some of the early space missions. Tell your den or family about one of them.
  10. Find a news story about a recent happening related to space. Tell your den or family about this event.
  11. Write a report on two famous astronomers.
  12. Locate three major observatories on a map. Explain why these locations are good for astronomy.

Requirements for the Chess Belt Loop

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Identify the chess pieces and set up a chess board for play.
  2. Demonstrate the moves of each chess piece to your den leader or adult partner.
  3. Play a game of chess.

Chess Academics Pin

Earn the Chess belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Demonstrate basic opening principles (such as development of pieces, control center, castle, don’t bring queen out too early, don’t move same piece twice).
  2. Visit a chess tournament and tell your den about it.
  3. Participate in a pack, school, or community chess tournament.
  4. Solve a pre-specified chess problem (e.g., “White to move and mate in three”) given to you by your adult partner.
  5. Play five games of chess.
  6. Play 10 chess games via computer or on the Internet.
  7. Read about a famous chess player.
  8. Describe U.S. Chess Federation ratings for chess players.
  9. Learn to write chess notation and record a game with another Scout.
  10. Present a report about the history of chess to your den or family.

Requirements for the Heritage Belt Loop

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Talk with members of your family about your family heritage: its history, traditions, and culture.
  2. Make a poster that shows the origins of your ancestors. Share it with your den or other group.
  3. Draw a family tree showing members of your family for three generations.

Heritage Academics Pin

Earn the Heritages belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Participate in a pack heritage celebration in which Cub Scouts give presentations about their family heritage.
  2. Attend a family reunion.
  3. Correspond with a pen pal from another country. Find out how his or her heritage is different from yours.
  4. Learn 20 words in a language other than your native language.
  5. Interview a grandparent or other family elder about what it was like when he or she was growing up.
  6. Work with a parent or adult partner to organize family photographs in a photo album.
  7. Visit a genealogy library and talk with the librarian about how to trace family records. Variation: Access a genealogy Web site and learn how to use it to find out information about ancestors.
  8. Make an article of clothing, a toy, or a tool that your ancestors used. Show it to your den.
  9. Help your parent or adult partner prepare one of your family’s traditional food dishes.
  10. Learn about the origin of your first, middle, or last name.

Language and Culture Belt Loop

Complete these three requirements:

Talk with someone who grew up in a different country than you did. Find out what it was like and how it is different from your experience.

Learn 10 words that are in a different language than your own.

Play two games that originated in another country or culture.

Language and Culture Academics Pin

Earn the Language and Culture belt loop, and complete seven of the following

  1. Earn the BSA Interpreter Strip.
  2. Write the numbers 1-10 in Chinese or another number system other than the one we normally use (we use the Arabic system).
  3. Visit an embassy, consulate, or charge d’affairs for another country.
  4. Make a display of stamps or postcards of another country. Explain the importance or symbolism of the things depicted to that country’s culture.
  5. Learn 30 words in a language other than your own.
  6. Learn a song in another country’s language.
  7. Say five words in American Sign Language. One of these words could be your first name.
  8. Visit a restaurant that specializes in recipes from another country.
  9. Watch a TV show or movie in a foreign language. Tell how easy or difficult it was to understand what was happening.
  10. Interview an interpreter. Find out what his or her job is like.
  11. Make a list of 30 things around your home that were made in another country.
  12. Read a book or story about an immigrant to the United States.

If the Scout’s native language is not English, then English may be used to satisfy the appropriate requirements.


Cub Scout Pack 99 • Our Lady of Las Vegas • Roman Catholic Church • Las Vegas, Nevada