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Cub Scout Astronomy Belt Loop & Pin resources include the Cub Scout Astronomy Worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF
with cross-references for related Cub Scout Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos requirements.
Cub Scout Astronomy makes a great Astronomy night!   Prev  -  Next 

The Cub Scout Astronomy Belt Loop is an option for the Webelos Scientist activity badge.
The Cub Scout Astronomy belt loop and pin help prepare Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts for the Boy Scout Astronomy merit badge.


Astronomy
Belt Loop and Pin
Astronomy Academics Belt Loop
Image:a-Astronomy.gif
Astronomy Academics Pin
(line drawing, actual pins are color)

The Cub Scout Astronomy belt loop and pin are a part of the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program. Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts may earn this award in a Family, Den, Pack, school, or community setting. Tiger Cubs must be always accompanied by their Adult partner.


Contents



Cub Scout Astronomy requirements

Belt Loop Requirements

Complete these three requirements:

  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.

Academics Pin Requirements

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. Locate and identify five constellations. You may use a telescope.
  3. Using a telescope, find at least one planet and identify it.
  4. Find the North Star. Explain its importance.
  5. Interview an astronomer. Learn about careers that relate to Astronomy. What school subjects will help you get a job in astronomy?
  6. Visit an observatory or a planetarium. Give a report on what you learned to your den.
  7. Make a poster illustrating the different kinds of stars. Include a diagram showing the life cycle of a star.
  8. Learn about some of the early space missions. Tell your den or family about one of them.
  9. Find a current event about a recent happening related to space. Tell your den or family about this event.
  10. Make a chart to show the phases of the moon over a two-month period. Define a blue moon.
  11. Write a report on two famous astronomers.
  12. Locate three major observatories on a map. Explain why these locations are good for astronomy.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide, 2003 Edition (BSA Supply No. 34299)

The text of these requirements is locked and can only be edited
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Please note any errors found in the above requirements on this article's Talk Page.


Notes

  1. Details on earning a Cub Scout Sports or Academic pin or belt loop multiple times
  1. Earning the Cub Scout Astronomy Belt Loop while a Webelos Scout is requirement 8 of the Webelos Scholar Activity Badge.


Requirement resources

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Cub Scout Astronomy is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Cub Scout Astronomy requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.


Cub Scout Astronomy Belt Loop

1. Binoculars basics - Telescope types and instrumentsTelescopes & Types - Astronomy for kids
2. Planet location and visibility by month - Solar System with planet links - Details on the planets
3. Astronomy for Kids Glossary - Eclipses, moon phases, Milky Way, etc. - Caltech Space Glossary - Big Dipper - Milky Way - Moon phases, surface, moon phase video, etc. - Sun

Cub Scout Astronomy Pin

1. How a telescope works
2. ConstellationsZodiac Constellations - Constellation Chart for any date, time, and location
3. How to use a telescope
4. How to find the north star.
5. Career opportunities in astronomy - Careers in Astronomy
6. PlanetariumAstronomical Observatory
7. Kinds of Stars - Life cycles of a star
8. Early space missions
9. Space current events
10. All about the moon
11. Famous astronomers
12. See #6 above. See the Cub Scout Astronomy Workbook for a US map to use.

Related awards

Tiger Cub Scout
Tiger Cub Electives
  • Tiger Cub Elective 14 could be met by completing Cub Scout Astronomy Pin requirement 8 or 9
Wolf Cub Scout
  • Wolf Achievement 10f. could be met while completing Cub Scout Astronomy Pin Requirement 6
Wolf Electives
  • Wolf Elective 6b. could be met while completing Cub Scout Astronomy Pin Requirements 8 or 11
  • Wolf Elective 12f. could be met while completing Cub Scout Astronomy Belt Loop Requirement 2 or Cub Scout Astronomy Pin requirements 1, 7, or 10
Bear Cub Scout
Bear Electives
  • Bear Elective 1a. could be met while completing Cub Scout Astronomy Pin requirement 2
  • Bear Elective 1c. could be met by completing Cub Scout Astronomy Pin requirement 6
  • Bear Elective 9a. could be met while completing Cub Scout Astronomy Belt Loop Requirement 2 or Cub Scout Astronomy Pin requirements 1, 7, or 10
Webelos Scout
  • Scientist Activity Badge requirement 4 (earn the Astronomy Belt Loop while a Webelos Scout)
  • Artist Activity Badge requirements 7, 8, or 9
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program
  • Cub Scout Science Pin requirement 10 is similar to Cub Scout Astronomy Belt Loop requirement 2
Science Award Links
Science-related awards
Outdoor Skills Awards
Outdoor-related awards

See also

Cub Scout Leader portal
Webelos Den Leader portal


External links

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