Bear Arrow Point Trail
with helpful links and ideas

1. SPACE (Page 182)

Beginner's Guide to Model Rockets

Easy US Space Shuttle

Free model kits

Free kits from NASA

Astronomy Beltloop/Pin

Build your own...
TERRIERS satellite
Yohkoh Satellite
ACE Satellite
Paper Rocket
Free satellite booklet

2. WEATHER (Page 184) This elective is also part of the Cub Scout World Conservation Award.

Make Your Own Weather Station

Energy Quest for Kids

Make your own thermometer

Weather Beltloop/Pin

3. RADIO (Page 190)
  • Build a crystal or diode radio. Check with your local craft or hobby shop or the nearest Scout shop that carries a crystal radio kit. It is all right to use a kit.
  • Make and operate a battery powered radio, following the directions with the kit
4. ELECTRICITY (Page 192)
5. BOATS (Page 196)
  • Help an adult rig and sail a real boat. (Wear your PFD, or "Personal Flotation Device".)
  • Help an adult repair a real boat or canoe.
  • Know the flag signals for storm warnings.
  • Help an adult repair a boat dock.
  • With an adult on board, and both wearing PFDs, row a boat around a 100-yard course that has two turns. Demonstrate forward strokes, turns to both sides, and backstrokes.

How to Row

How to Sail Away From a Dock

How to Sail up to a Dock

How to Rig a Dinghy

How to Right a Capsized Sailboat

How to Rig a Headsail

6. AIRCRAFT (Page 202)

Air Force's National Museum

Aircrafts from other countries

Navy Blue Angels

Build your own:

Paper airplanes

"The Best" Paper Airplane

Build Your Own Mars Pathfinder Spacecraft Model!

Pioneer 10 spacecraft

Make a Hot Air Ballon

7. THINGS THAT GO (Page 206)
  • With an adult's help, make a scooter or a Cubmobile. Know the safety rules (see book).
  • With an adult's help, make a windmill.
  • With an adult's help, make a waterwheel.
  • Make an invention of your own design that goes.
8. CUB SCOUT BAND (Page 210)
  • Make and play a homemade musical instrument - cigar-box banjo, washtub bull fiddle, a drum or rhythm set, tambourine. etc.
    (Faith in God Primary program related requirement: Developing Talents #5)

  • Learn to play two familiar tunes on any musical instrument.
    (Faith in God Primary program related requirement: Developing Talents #3)

  • Play in a den band using homemade or regular musical instruments. Play at a pack meeting.
  • Play two tunes on any recognized band or orchestra instrument.
    (Faith in God Primary program related requirement
    : Developing Talents #3)

Music beltloop/Pin

Free Online Guitar Lessons

Introduction to Reading Music

Empty Bottles Jingles

9. ART (Page 214)

Related activity: Webelo's Artist Activity Badge, Wolf Elective #12
(Faith in God Primary program related requirement: Developing Talents #6)

Make your own comic book

Art beltloop/Pin

Scouting Web Crafts Page 1
(Dye & Fabrics Jewelry & Beads Food & Flowers & Candy
String & Cloth & Gimp Misc & Kites & Wizards Coloring Pages & Crafts
Scrapbooking & Stamping Clay & Dough Paper Dolls & Masks)

Scouting Web Crafts Page 2
(Paper Crafts, Origami & Flowers, Balloons, Instruments
Recycled Foam & Shrink Art, Candles & Sand, Dolls & Native,
Cosmetics, Sit Upons & Camp, International)

10. MASKS (Page 218)

(Faith in God Primary program related requirement: Developing Talents #5)

Make a mask online:


Arthur (PBS)

Real People


Color a mask online

11. PHOTOGRAPHY (Page 222)
  • Practice holding a camera still in one position. Learn to push the shutter button without moving the camera. Do this without film in the camera until you have learned how. Look through the viewfinder and see what your picture will look like. Make sure that everything you want in your picture is in the frame of your viewfinder.
  • Take five pictures of the same subject in different kinds of light:
    • Subject in direct sun with direct light.
    • Subject in direct sun with side light.
    • Subject in direct sun with back light.
    • Subject in shade on a sunny day.
    • Subject on a cloudy day.
  • Put your pictures to use:
    • Mount a picture on cardboard for display.
    • Mount on cardboard and give it to a friend.
    • Make three pictures that show how something happened (tell a story) and write a one sentence explanation for each.
  • Take a picture in your house.
    • With available light.
    • Using a flash attachment or photoflood (bright light).

Photo tips for kids

How to Photograph Holiday Lights

How to Take Great
Halloween Photographs

Make a Ruler Picture Frame

Popsicle Stick Picture Frame

Refrigerator Picture Frame

CD Cases Picture frames

12. NATURE CRAFTS (Page 226)
This elective is also part of the Cub Scout World Conservation Award.
  • Make solar prints of three kinds of leaves.
  • Make a display of eight different animal tracks with an eraser print.
  • Collect, press, and label ten kinds of leaves.
  • Build a waterscope and identify five types of water life.
  • Collect eight kinds of plant seeds and label them.
  • Collect, mount, and label ten kinds of rocks or minerals.
  • Collect, mount, and label five kinds of shells.
  • Build and use a bird caller

(Faith in God Primary program related requirement: Developing Talents #5)

Art Beltloop/Pin

13. MAGIC (Page 230)
  • Learn and show three magic tricks.
  • With your den, put on a magic show for someone else.
  • Learn and show four puzzles.
  • Learn and show three rope tricks.
Magic Tricks for Cub Scouts
14. LANDSCAPING (Page 236)
  • With an adult, help take care of your lawn or flower beds or help take care of the lawn or flower beds of a public building, school, or church. Seed bare spots. Get rid of weeds. Pick up litter. Agree ahead of time on what you will do.
  • Make a sketch of a landscape plan for the area right around your home. Talk it over with a parent or den leader. Show which trees, shrubs and flowers you could plant to make the area look better.
  • Take part in a project with your family, den, or pack to make your neighborhood or community more beautiful. These might be having a cleanup party, painting, cleaning and painting trash barrels, and removing weeds. (Each time you do this differently, it counts as a completed project.)
  • Build a greenhouse and grow twenty plants from seed. You can use a package of garden seeds, or use beans, pumpkin seeds, or watermelon seeds.
Free Gardening Guide for kids
This elective is also part of the Cub Scout World Conservation Award.
  • Dig a hole or find an excavation project and describe the different layers of soil you see and feel. (Do not enter an excavation area alone or without permission.)
  • Explore three kinds of earth by conducting a soil experiment.
  • Visit a burned-out forest or prairie area, or a slide area, with your den or your family. Talk to a soil and water conservation officer or forest ranger about how the area will be planted and cared for so that it will grow to be the way it was before the fire or slide
  • What is erosion? Find out the kinds of grasses, trees, or ground cover you should plant in your area to help limit erosion.
  • As a den, visit a lake, stream, river, or ocean (whichever is nearest where you live). Plan and do a den project to help clean up this important source of water. Name four kinds of water pollution.

Wildlife Conservation Beltloop/Pin

Leave No Trace Award

Free water pollution booklet


16. FARM ANIMALS (Page 244)
  • Take care of a farm animal. Decide with your parent the things you will do and how long you will do them.
  • Name and describe six kinds of farm animals and tell their common uses.
  • Read a book about farm animals and tell your den about it.
  • With your family or den, visit a livestock exhibit at a county or state fair. (Faith in God Primary program related requirement: Serving Others #7)

Farm Animals/Farm Life

CyberSpace Farm

Dept of. Agriculture kids page

More cool links!

17. REPAIRS (Page 246)
  • With the help of an adult, fix an electric plug or appliance.
  • Use glue or epoxy to repair something.
  • Remove and clean a drain trap.
  • Refinish or repaint something.
  • Agree with an adult in your family on some repair job to be done and do it. (Each time you do this differently, it counts as a completed project.)

Related achievement: Webelo's Handyman.
(Faith in God Primary program related requirement: Developing Talents #8)

18. BACKYARD GYM (Page 250)
  • Build and use an outdoor gym with at least three items from this list.
    • Balance board
    • Trapeze
    • Tire walk
    • Tire swing
    • Tetherball
    • Climbing rope
    • Running long jump area.
  • Build three outdoor toss games.
    (Faith in God Primary program related requirement: Developing Talents #5)

  • Plan an outdoor game or gym day with your den. (This can be part of a pack activity). Put your plans on paper.
  • Hold an open house for your backyard gym.
19. SWIMMING (Page 254)
*There is something about this elective that is different from any other. That is this rule: whenever you are working on the Swimming elective, you must have an adult with you who can swim.
  • Jump feetfirst into water over your head, swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, and swim back.
  • Swim on your back, the elementary backstroke, for 30 feet.
  • Rest by floating on your back, using as little motion as possible for at least one minute.
  • Tell what is meant by the buddy system. Know the basic rules of safe swimming.
  • Do a racing dive from edge of pool and swim 60 feet, using a racing stroke. (You might need to make a turn.)

Related Achievement: Webelo's Aquanaut

How to teach a child to dive

Aquatics Safety

Safe Swim Defense

Swimming beltloop/pin

20. SPORTS (Page 260)

  • In archery, know the safety rules and how to shoot correctly. Put six arrows into a 4-foot target at a distance of 15 feet. Make an arrow holder. (This can be done only at a district/council day or resident or family camp.)
  • In skiing, know the Skier's Safety and Courtesy Code. Demonstrate walking and kick turn, climbing with a side step or herringbone, a snowplow stop, a stem turn, four linked snowplow or stem turns, straight running in a downhill position or cross-country position, and how to recover from a fall.
  • In ice skating, know the safety rules. From a standing start, skate forward 150 feet; and come to a complete stop within 20 feet. Skate around a corner clockwise and counterclockwise without coasting. Show a turn from forward to backward. Skate backward 50 feet.
  • In track, show how to make a sprint start. Run the 50-yard dash in 10 seconds or less. Show how to do the standing long jump, the running long jump, or high jump. (Be sure to have a soft landing area.)
  • In roller skating (with conventional or in-line skates), know the safety rules. From a standing start, skate forward 150 feet; and come to a complete stop within 20 feet. Skate around a corner clockwise and counterclockwise without coasting and show a turn from forward to backward. Skate backward 50 feet. Wear the proper protective clothing.
  • Earn a new Cub Scout Sports pin. (Repeat three times with different sports to earn up to three Arrow Points.)

Safety equipment

Beltloop/Pins requirements

Faith in God Primary program related requirement: Developing Talents #9

21. SALES (Page 266)
  • Take part in a council- or pack-sponsored, money-earning sales program. Keep track of the sales you make yourself. When the program is over, add up the sales you have made.
  • Help with a garage sale or rummage sale. This can be with your family or a neighbor, or it can be a church, school, or pack event. (Faith in God Primary program related requirement: Developing Talents #8)

Related Achievement: Bear # 13. Saving Well, Spending Well
(Faith in God Primary program related requirement: Developing Talents #1)

  • Start a stamp collection. You can get information about stamp collecting at any U.S. post office.
  • Mount and display a collection of emblems, coins, or other items to show at a pack meeting. This can be any kind of collection. Every time you show a different kind of collection, it counts as one requirement.
  • Start your own library. Keep your own books and pamphlets in order by subject. List the title, author, and subject of each on an index card and keep the cards in a file box, or use a computer program to store the information.

US Mint for kids

Stamp collecting for kids

Postage Stamps
Through the Years

Rocks for Kids

Collecting beltloop/Pin

23. MAPS (Page 270)
  • Look up your state on a U.S. map. What other states touch its borders?
  • Find your city or town on a map of your state. How far do you live from the state capital?
  • In which time zone do you live? How many time zones are there in the U.S.?
  • Make a map showing the route from your home to your school or den meeting place.
  • Mark a map showing the way to a place you would like to visit that is at least 50 miles from your home.

Flags and Maps of the World

Print large maps for free

World time zones

More on Time Zones

US Time Zones Label Me! Printout

Map and Compass beltloop/Pin


related elective:Wolf Elective #10

American Indian word pictures

musical instrument

Native American Crafts

Heritages beltloop/Pin

25. LET'S GO CAMPING (Page 276)
  • Learn about the ten essential items you need for a hike or campout. Assemble your own kit of essential items. Explain why each item is "essential."
  • Go on a short hike with your den, following the buddy system. Explain how the buddy system works and why it is important to you to follow it. Tell what to do if you are lost.
  • Participate with your den in front of the pack at a campfire.
  • Participate with your pack on an overnight campout. Help put up your tent and help set up the campsite.
  • Participate with your den in a religious service during an overnight campout or other Cub Scouting event.
  • Attend day camp in your area.
  • Attend resident camp in your area.
  • Earn the Cub Scout Leave No Trace Award.

Related achievements: Webelo's Outdoorsman.
Wolf Achievement #10c
Wolf Arrow Point elective #18 and #23

BSA Camp Directory

Right way to pack

Getting ready

Things that you need to take on a hike