Cub Scout Astronomy

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Astronomy
Belt Loop and Pin
Astronomy Academics Belt Loop
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Astronomy Academics Pin
(line drawing, actual pins are color)
The Cub Scout Astronomy Belt Loop and Pin help

prepare Scouts for the Boy Scout Astronomy Merit Badge.

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

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)


Help with these requirements

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.

Notes

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

Related achievements, electives, or other 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

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