Archive for the ‘Cub Scouting’ Category

BALOO stands for Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation. It’s designed to introduce Cub Scout leaders to the newly expanded opportunities for pack overnight camping. It’s more than just camping-it includes ideas for outdoor activities, games and ceremonies; information on selecting and using camping equipment; how to run a campfire program; and hands-on Cub Scout cooking demonstrations! In short, everything you need to know to make your pack overnighter a fun, successful event!.

Every Cub Scout Unit must have at least One BALOO trained adult leader on a pack-levl campout or overnighter.

Link to event registration:


The Columbus Zoo has always been a “scout friendly” place for youth of all ages and BSA ranks.

The zoo offers a variety of programs tailored to help scouts work toward advancement requirements in a combination of indoor and outdoor settings. Programs are already in place to help:

Cub Scouts
* Tigers: Achievement #5 “Let’s Go Outdoors (5D and 5G) and electives 30, 31, 34, and 42 ($12.00)
* Wolves: Achievement #7 and select either the Outdoor Adventures or the Birds Arrow Points and work towards your “World Conservation Award!” ($12.00)
* Bears: Achievement #5 requirements A, C, D, and E. ($12.00)

* Naturalist requirement #1 and at least five of the following requirements: #4, #6, #7, #8, #9, and #11. ($18.00

Boy Scouts:
* Oceanography Merit Badge: The workshop will cover eight of ten requirements. Requirement eight can be done as a post requirement once the program is completed. The tenth requirement is a short take-home quiz to be completed by the scout after the program. Upon completion of these last two requirements, the scouts will be eligible for their Oceanography Merit Badge. ($36.00)
* Mammal Study Merit Badge: Covers requirements #1, #2, #3C, and #4C. Requirement #5 is a take-home requirement to be completed.The workshop will cover four of five requirements. Upon completion of the last requirement, the scouts will be eligible for their Mammal Study Merit Badge. ($18.00)

A link to the overall program:

Scouting embraces all faiths. The NJCOS supports scouting at the local and national levels. It offers many forms of recognition for scouts and leaders practicing their faith through scouting and encouraging others to do the same.

The Shofar Award – The NJCOS established the Shofar Award to recognize outstanding service by adults in the promotion of Scouting among Jewish youth. Just as the Shofar (Ram’s Horn) calls people to service, the Shofar Award is a recognition of the individual who has answered the call to serve Jewish youth in Scouting. ( )

Cub Scouting
The Maccabee Religious Emblem – Intended for a Tiger Cub or Cub Scout who is Jewish, learns more about Judaism. It also will help you earn the Aleph emblem as a Cub Scout or Webelos Scout, the Ner Tamid emblem as a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer, and the Etz Chaim award as a Boy Scout or Venturer. ( )

The Aleph Religious Emblem – The National Jewish Committee on Scouting developed the Aleph emblem to help you, a Cub Scout or Webelos Scout who is Jewish, learn more about Judaism. Just as Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the activities you are about to start working on are among your first steps as a Scout that will lead you to understanding more about your religion. Working on the Aleph emblem also will help you get to know better your rabbi or religious school teacher. One of them will be your counselor and will help you along the way. ( )

Boy Scouting and Venturing
The Ner Tamid Religious Emblem – As a Scout, you may work on the Ner Tamid program whether your unit is connected with your own synagogue, community center, school, or with some other organization. You carry on your Scout program in your troop while you fulfill the Ner Tamid requirements under the guidance of your rabbi or Ner Tamid counselor. If you live in a small or isolated Jewish community, contact the National Jewish Committee on Scouting for assistance. ( )

The Etz Chaim Religious Emblem – The Etz Chaim (Tree of Life) religious emblem is designed for Boy Scouts in high school, ages 14 to 17, and registered Venturers ages 14 to 20. The purpose of the emblem is to encourage the young adult to explore adult Jewish roles in the context of family, community, and Jewish people. The requirements can be completed in six months and with a counselor’s assistance. ( )

A link to the home site of the NJCOS may be found at:

Scouting embraces all faiths. The Catholic Committee on Scouting is conducting its annual Religious Emblem Counselor Training. The Catholic Committee on Scouting offers an annual Religious Emblem Counselor Training and Religious Emblem Coordinator Training. In order to serve as a Religious Emblem Counselor for the Ad Altare Dei, Pope Pius XII or any Diocesan Religious Emblem Program, in the Diocese of Columbus, you must complete this training and be approved as a trained Religious Emblems Counselor. The two Cub Scout national Religious Emblems use parents as the primary Emblem Counselors, and they are not required to attend this training.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the program will start at 9:00 a.m. Cost is $10 if pre-registered, $15 the day of the program.

A link to information and registration may be found at:

Open to scouts of all ranks and their siblings, this is a family oriented event conducted on two Saturdays at Camp Lazarus. Admission cost is $5 per person. This year the event will be held on March 1st and again on March 8th.

Everyone is welcome to see how sap is collected from trees on Camp Lazarus and visit “maple syrup cooking” at the cabin also located at the camp. I am sure you are asking what becomes of the maple syrup? It is used on the pancakes and sausage breakfasts on sale in the camp’s chow hall from 9 AM through 4 PM. Camp-wide events will also include tomahawk throwing, rope making, hot iron branding, the BB-gun range, fried bread making and bean soup sampling.

More information may be found at:

Based on the inclement weather on the original date, the Belt Loop Bonanza has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2014. Each Scout that participates gets the opportunity to attend three classes to earn three belt loops!!! Choose the three you would like to take that day!!! Make sure to register early to get the class you want. We will close out classes as they fill up!!! Registration will close on February 15, 2014.

If your Cub Scout was registered for the original date, you do not need to re-register. His information and registration are carried over automatically.

A link to the revised event may be found at:

One comment I often hear from local units is their frustration over a lack of BSA-sponsored events within a reasonable commuting distance of Hilliard. What is your opinion on this matter?