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CUB SCOUT CORNER Good Find Secrets to teaching the Webelos activity badges.


EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN grand opera and light opera. Demonstrate Bernoulli’s Principle. Trace the history of different kinds of schools. Build a catapult. These are just a few of the require-


ments for the 20 Webelos Scout activity badges. And they’re just a few reasons many Webelos den leaders panic when they first crack open the Cub ScoutWebelos Handbook. Jeff Giacomi of Cypress, Calif., remembers this moment well. “You look at it, and you’re overwhelmed,” he says. “Oh my gosh, how am I supposed to present all these things and do them justice?” The answer, Giacomi discovered,


was to get help. Early on, his co- leader in Pack 660 recruited a friend in the healthcare industry to teach Readyman, so their boys got to prac- tice first aid with fake blood and simulated wounds. The Scouts learned a lot that day—and so did Giacomi. “You really need to go out and find people who have a passion for what- ever activity badge it is and let them do it,” he says. “They’ll make it a lot more exciting for the kids.”


All in the Family So where can you find teachers for activity badges? John Hanks, who has led two dens in Connecticut, suggests starting with your den’s families. Begin with family talent surveys—


these can reveal hidden talents. Giacomi once found a dad who could teach Craftsman. He’d known the man for a couple of years but didn’t realize he had hobbies that matched the Craftsman requirements. “Talent surveys from past years would be a good resource as well,”


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Giacomi says, as would past pack leaders. “Our former Cubmaster sings in our parish choir and in another choir. We’ll have him come and do Showman.”


Support Network Once you’ve exhausted your pack resources, look to your chartered organization, which probably has at least one member who could explain Bernoulli’s Principle. Start by sharing the activity badge list with your char- tered organization representative. When she was a Webelos leader


with Pack 1051 in Allen Park, Mich., Michelle Matowski leaned heavily on her chartered organization representa- tive, who she says, “was a really good resource for me.”


If your chartered organization also has a Boy Scout troop, recruit its members to help with badges such as Readyman, Outdoorsman, and Sportsman. “Ask for the senior Scouts—First Class and above—who have a couple of years and summer camp under their belt,” Hanks says. Giacomi agrees. “The Cub Scouts


in my experience always seem to pay attention better when it’s a Boy Scout,” he says. “These kids are Webelos. They know Boy Scouting is coming. It kind of takes on that aura of ‘this is what I’m going to get to do in another year or two.’”


SHARE ACTIVITY IDEAS with other leaders at scoutingmagazine. org/webelos.


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