Cub Scout Chess

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

The Cub Scout Chess 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

  1. Identify the chess pieces and set up a chess board for play.
  2. Demonstrate the moves of each chess piece to your den leader or adult partner.
  3. Play a game of chess.

Academics Pin Requirements

  1. Demonstrate basic opening principles (such as development of pieces, control center, castle, don't bring queen out too early, don't move same piece twice).
  2. Visit a chess tournament and tell your den about it.
  3. Participate in a pack, school, or community chess tournament.
  4. Solve a pre-specified chess problem (e.g., "White to move and mate in three") given to you by your adult partner.
  5. Play five games of chess.
  6. Play 10 chess games via computer or on the Internet.
  7. Read about a famous chess player.
  8. Describe U.S. Chess Federation ratings for chess players.
  9. Learn to write chess notation and record a game with another Scout.
  10. Present a report about the history of chess to your den or family.


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 Chess is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
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Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.

Notes

  1. Earning the Cub Scout Chess 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

Wolf Cub Scout
  • Achievement 10g could be met by completing Belt Loop requirement 3 or Pin requirement 5
Bear Cub Scout
  • Achievements 15b. and 15c. could be met by completing Belt Loop requirement 3 or Pin requirement 5
Webelos Scout
  • Scholar Activity Badge requirement 8 (earn the Chess Belt Loop while a Webelos Scout)

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