Webelos/Arrow of Light Elective Adventures

Webelos/Arrow of Light Elective Adventures

After he has earned the Webelos badge, a Webelos Scout can work on the remaining 18 shared Webelos and Arrow of Light electives until he finishes fourth grade (or turns 11 years old). He can choose elective adventures that may show him new hobbies and teach him skills that will be useful during his Boy Scout years. When he completes an elective adventure, he receives an additional adventure loop to wear on his belt.

The highest rank in Cub Scouting is the Arrow of Light. Earning this rank prepares a Webelos Scout to become a Boy Scout. Scouts must complete four required adventures and three elective adventures to earn the Arrow of Light rank. For each adventure a boy completes, he receives a pin to wear on the Webelos colors or on his hat.

The Arrow of Light badge is the only Cub Scout badge that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform when a boy graduates into a troop. Adult leaders who earned the Arrow of Light rank when they were young may also show their achievement by wearing a special square knot on their adult uniform.

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Adventures in Science

Do all of these:

1. An experiment is a “fair test” to compare possible explanations. Draw a picture of a

fair test that shows what you need to do to test a fertilizer’s effects on plant


2. Visit a museum, a college, a laboratory, an observatory, a zoo, an aquarium, or other facility that

employs scientists. Prepare three questions ahead of time, and talk to a scientist about his or

her work.

3. Complete any four of the following:

a. Carry out the experiment you designed for requirement 1, above. Report what you

learned about the effect of fertilizer on the plants that you grew.

b. Carry out the experiment you designed for requirement 1, but change the independent

variable. Report what you learned about the effect of changing the variable on the

plants that you grew.

c. Build a model solar system. Chart the distances between the planets so that the model

is to scale. Use what you learn from this requirement to explain the value of making a

model in science.

d. With adult supervision, build and launch a model rocket. Use the rocket to design a fair

test to answer a question about force or motion.

e. Create two circuits of three light bulbs and a battery. Construct one as a series circuit

and the other as a parallel circuit.

f. Study the night sky. Sketch the appearance of the North Star (Polaris) and the Big Dipper

(part of the Ursa Major constellation) over at least six hours. Describe what you

observed, and explain the meaning of your observations.

g. With adult assistance, explore safe chemical reactions with household materials.

Using two substances, observe what happens when the amounts of the reactants

are increased.

h. Explore properties of motion on a playground. How does the weight of a person affect

how fast they slide down a slide or how fast a swing moves? Design a fair test to answer

one of those questions.

i. Read a biography of a scientist. Tell your den leader or the other members of your den

what the scientist was famous for and why his or her work is important.

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Aquanaut

Complete 1–5 and any two from 6–10.

1. State the safety precautions you need to take before doing any water activity.

2. Recognize the purpose and the three classifications of swimming ability groups in


3. Discuss the importance of learning the skills you need to know before going boating.

4. Explain the meaning of “order of rescue” and demonstrate the reach and throw rescue

techniques from land.

5. Attempt the BSA swimmer test.

6. Demonstrate the precautions you must take before attempting to dive headfirst into the water,

and attempt a front surface dive.

7. Learn and demonstrate two of the following strokes: crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, or


8. Invite a member or former member of a lifeguard team, rescue squad, the U.S. Coast Guard,

U.S. Navy, or other armed forces branch who has had swimming and rescue training to your den

meeting. Find out what training and other experiences this person has had.

9. Demonstrate how to correctly fasten a life jacket that is the right size for you. Jump into water

over your head. Show how the life jacket keeps your head above water by swimming 25

feet. Get out of the water, remove the life jacket and hang it where it will dry.

10. If you are a qualified swimmer, select a paddle of the proper size and paddle a canoe with an

adult’s supervision.

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Art Explosion

Do all of these:

1. Visit an art museum, gallery, or exhibit. Discuss with an adult the art you saw. What

did you like?

2. Create two self-portraits using two different techniques, such as drawing, painting,

printmaking, sculpture, and computer illustration.

3. Do two of the following:

a. Draw or paint an original picture outdoors, using the art materials of your choice.

b. Use clay to sculpt a simple form.

c. Create an object using clay that can be fired, baked in the oven, or air-dried.

d. Create a freestanding sculpture or mobile using wood, metal, papier-mâché, or found or

recycled objects.

e. Make a display of origami or kirigami projects.

f. Use a computer illustration or painting program to create a work of art.

g. Create an original logo or design. Transfer the design onto a T-shirt, hat, or other object.

Using a camera or other electronic device, take at least 10 photos of your family, a pet,

or scenery. Use photo-editing software to crop, lighten or darken, and change some of

the photos.

i. Create a comic strip with original characters. Include at least four panels to tell a story

centered on one of the points of the Scout Law. Characters can be hand-drawn or


4. Choose one of the following methods to show your artwork:

a. Create a hard-copy or digital portfolio of your projects. Share it with your family and

members of your den or pack.

b. Display your artwork in a pack, school, or community art show.

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Aware and Care

Do all of these:

1. Develop an awareness of the challenges of the blind through participation in an

activity that simulates blindness.

2. Participate in an activity that simulates severe visual impairment, but not blindness.

3. Participate in an activity that simulates the challenges of being deaf or hard of hearing.

4. Engage in an activity that simulates mobility impairment.

5. Take part in an activity that simulates dexterity impairment.

6. With your den, participate in an activity that focuses on the acceptance of differences in


7. Do two of the following:

a. Do a Good Turn for residents at a skilled nursing facility or retirement community.

b. Invite an individual with a disability to visit your den, and discuss what activities he or

she currently finds challenging or found challenging in the past.

c. Attend a disabilities event such as a Special Olympics competition, an adaptive sports

event, a performance with sign language interpretation, or an activity with service dogs.

Tell your den what you thought about the experience.

d. Talk to someone who works with people who have disabilities. Ask that person what

they do and how he or she helps people with disabilities.

e. Using American Sign Language, sign the Scout Oath.

f. With the help of an adult, contact a service dog organization, and learn the entire

process from pup training to assignment to a client.

g. Participate in a service project that focuses on a specific disability.

h. Participate in an activity with an organization whose members are disabled.

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Build It

Do all of these:

1. Learn about some basic tools and the proper use of each tool. Learn about and

understand the need for safety when you work with tools.

2. With the guidance of your Webelos den leader, parent, or guardian, select a

carpentry project and build it.

3. List the tools that you use safely as you build your project; create a list of materials needed to

build your project.

4. Put a check mark next to the tools on your list that you used for the first time.

5. Learn about a construction career. With your Webelos den leader, parent, or guardian, visit a

construction site, and interview someone working in a construction career.

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Build My Own Hero

Do all of these:

1. Discover what it means to be a hero. Invite a local hero to meet with your den.

2. Identify how citizens can be heroes in their communities.

3. Recognize a hero in your community by presenting him or her with a “My Hero


4. Learn about a real-life hero from another part of the world who has helped the world be a

better place.

5. Learn about a Scout hero.

6. Create your own superhero.

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Castaway

1. Do two of these:

a. With the help of an adult, demonstrate one way to light a fire without using


b. On a campout with your den or family, cook two different recipes that do

not require pots and pans. If your chartered organization does not permit Cub Scout

camping, you may substitute a family campout or a daylong outdoor activity with your

den or pack.

c. Using tree limbs or branches that have already fallen or been cut, build a shelter that

will protect you overnight.

2. Do ALL of these:

a. Learn what items should be in an outdoor survival kit that you can carry in a small bag or

box that easily fits in a day pack. Assemble your own small survival kit, and explain to

your den leader why the items you chose are important for survival.

b. Show you can live “off the grid” by minimizing your use of electricity for one week. Keep

a log of what you did. Discuss with your den members how you adjusted to this lifestyle.

With your den, invent a game that can be played without using electricity and using

minimal equipment or simple items.

d. Name your game, write down the rules once you have decided on them, then play the

game at two different den meetings or outings.

e. Teach your game to the members of your pack or other Scouts.

f. With your den, demonstrate two different ways to treat drinking water to

remove impurities.

g. Discuss what to do if you become lost in the woods. Tell what the letters “S-T-O-P”

stand for. Tell what the universal emergency signal is. Describe three ways to signal for

help. Demonstrate one of them. Describe what you can do you do to help rescuers

find you.

h. Make a list of four qualities you think a leader should have in an emergency and why

they are important to have. Pick two of them, and act them out for your den. Describe

how each relates to a point of the Scout Law. Describe how working on this adventure

gave you a better understanding of the Boy Scout motto.

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Earth Rocks!

1. Do the following:

a. Explain the meaning of the word “geology.”

b. Explain why this kind of science is an important part of your world.

c. Share with your family or with your den what you learned about the

meaning of geology.

2. Look for different kinds of rocks or minerals while on a rock hunt with your family or your den.

3. Do the following:

a. Identify the rocks you see on your rock hunt. Use the chart in your handbook that shows

the three kinds of rocks and describes minerals to determine which types of rocks you

have collected.

b. With a magnifying glass, take a closer look at your collection. Determine any differences

between your specimens.

c. Share what you see with your family or den.

4. Do the following:

a. With your family or den, make a mineral test kit, and test rocks according to the Mohs

scale of mineral hardness.

b. Record the results in your handbook.

5. With your family or den, identify on a road map of your state some geological features in your


6. Do the following:

a. Identify some of the geological building materials used in building your home.

b. Identify some of the geological materials used around your community.

c.  Record the items you find.

Do either 7a or 7b:

a. Go on an outing with your family or den to one of the nearby locations you discovered

on your state map, and record what you see as you look at the geographical

surroundings. Share with your family or den while on this outing what you notice that

might change this location in the future (wind, water, ice, drought, erosion).

b. Do the following:

i. With your family or your den, visit with a geologist or earth scientist and

discover the many career fields that are included in the science of


ii. Ask the geologist or earth scientist about the importance of fossils that

are found.

iii. Ask the geologist or earth scientist what you can do to help preserve

our natural resources.

8. Do at least one earth science demonstration or investigation with your den or with adult

supervision, and explore geology in action.

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Engineer

Do all of these:

1. Pick one type of engineer. With the help of the Internet, your local library, or a local

engineer you may know or locate, discover and record in your book three things

that describe what that engineer does. (Be sure to have your Webelos den leader,

parent, or guardian’s permission to use the Internet.) Share your findings with your Webelos


2. Learn to follow engineering design principles by doing the following:

a. Examine a set of blueprints. Using these as a model, construct your own set of

blueprints or plans to design a project.

b. Using the blueprints or plans from your own design, construct your project. Your project

may be something useful or something fun.

c. Share your project with your Webelos den and your pack by displaying the project at a

pack meeting.

3. Explore other fields of engineering and how they have helped form our past, present, and


4. Pick and do two projects using the engineering skills you have learned. Share your projects with

your den, and also exhibit them at a pack meeting.

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Fix It

Do all of these:

1. Put a Fix-It Toolbox together. Describe what each item in your toolbox can be used

for. Show how to use three of the tools safely.

2. Be ready. With the help of an adult in your family, do the following:

a. Locate the electrical panel in your home. Determine if the electrical panel has fuses or


b. Determine what sort of heat is used to heat your home.

c. Learn what you would do to shut off the water for a sink, a toilet, a washing machine, or

a water heater. If there is a main shut-off valve for your home, show where it is located.

3. Describe to your Webelos den leader how to fix or make safe the following circumstances with

help from an adult:

a. A toilet is overflowing.

b. The kitchen sink is clogged.

c. A circuit breaker tripped, causing some of the lights to go out.

4. Let’s Fix It. Select and do eight of the following. You will need an adult’s supervision for each of

these Fix-It projects:

a. Show how to change a light bulb in a lamp or fixture. Determine the type of light bulb

and how to properly dispose of it.

b. Fix a squeaky door or cabinet hinge.

c. Tighten a loose handle or knob on a cabinet or a piece of furniture.

d. Demonstrate how to stop a toilet from running.

e. Replace a furnace filter.

f. Wash a car.

g. Check the oil level and tire pressure in a car.

h. Show how to replace a bulb in a taillight, turn signal, or parking light, or replace a

headlight in a car.

i. Help an adult change a tire on a car.

j. Make a repair to a bicycle, such as adjusting or lubricating the chain, inflating the tires,

fixing a flat, or adjusting the seat or handlebars.

k. Replace the wheels on a skateboard, a scooter, or a pair of inline skates.

l. Help an adult prepare and paint a room.

m. Help an adult replace or repair a wall or floor tile.

n. Help an adult install or repair a window or door lock.

o. Help an adult fix a slow or clogged sink drain.

p. Help an adult install or repair a mailbox.

q. Change the battery in a smoke detector or a carbon monoxide detector, and test its


r. Help an adult fix a leaky faucet.

s. Find wall studs, and help an adult hang a curtain rod or a picture.

Take an old item, such as a small piece of furniture, a broken toy, or a picture frame, and

rebuild and/or refinish it. Show your work to an adult or your Webelos leader.

u. Do a Fix-It project agreed upon with your parent.

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Game Design

Do all of these:

1. Decide on the elements for your game.

2. List at least five of the online safety rules that you put into practice while using the

Internet on your computer or smartphone. Skip this if your Cyber Chip is current.

3. Create your game.

4. Teach an adult or another Scout how to play your game.

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Into the Wild

Do six from requirements 1 through 9.

1. Collect and care for an “insect, amphibian, or reptile zoo.” You might have crickets,

ants, grasshoppers, a lizard, or a toad. Study them for a while and then let them go.

Share your experience with your Webelos den.

2. Set up an aquarium or terrarium. Keep it for at least a month. Share your experience with your

Webelos den by showing them photos or drawings of your project or by having them visit to see

your project.

3. Watch for birds in your yard, neighborhood, or town for one week. Identify the birds you see,

and write down where and when you saw them.

4. Learn about the bird flyways closest to your home. Find out which birds use these flyways.

5. Watch at least four wild creatures (reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, fish, insects, or mammals) in

the wild. Describe the kind of place (forest, field, marsh, yard, or park) where you saw them. Tell

what they were doing.

6. Identify an insect, reptile, bird, or wild animal that is found only in your area of the country. Tell

why it survives in your area.

7. Give examples of at least two of the following:

a. A producer, a consumer, and a decomposer in the food chain of an ecosystem

b. One way humans have changed the balance of nature

c. How you can help protect the balance of nature

8. Learn about aquatic ecosystems and wetlands in your area. Talk with your Webelos den leader

or family about the important role aquatic ecosystems and wetlands play in supporting life

cycles of wildlife and humans, and list three ways you can help.

Do ONE of the following:

a. Visit a museum of natural history, a nature center, or a zoo with your family, Webelos

den, or pack. Tell what you saw.

b. Create a video of a wild creature doing something interesting, and share it with your

family and den.

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Into the Woods

Do all of these:

1. Identify two different groups of trees and the parts of a tree.

2. Identify six trees common to the area where you live. Tell whether they are native to

your area. Tell how both wildlife and humans use them.

3. Identify six plants common to the area where you live. Tell which animals use them and for what


4. Visit a nature center, nursery, tree farm, or park, and speak with someone knowledgeable about

trees and plants that are native to your area. Explain how plants and trees are important to our

ecosystem and how they improve our environment.

5. Develop a plan to care for and then plant at least one plant or tree, either indoors in a pot or

outdoors. Tell how this plant or tree helps the environment in which it is planted and what the

plant or tree will be used for.

6. Make a list of items in your home that are made from wood and share it with your den. Or with

your den, take a walk and identify useful things made from wood.

7. Explain how the growth rings of a tree trunk tell its life story. Describe different types of tree

bark and explain what the bark does for the tree.

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Do all of these:

1. Create a record of the history of Scouting and your place in that history.

2. With the help of your den leader, parent, or guardian and with your choice of media,

go on a virtual journey to the past and create a timeline.

3. Create your own time capsule.

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Maestro!

1. Do a or b:

a. Attend a live musical performance.

b. Visit a facility that uses a sound mixer, and learn how it is used.

2. Do two of the following:

a. Make a musical instrument. Play it for your family, den, or pack.

b. Form a “band” with your den. Each member creates his own homemade musical

instrument. Perform for your pack at a pack meeting.

c. Play two tunes on any band or orchestra instrument.

Do two of the following:

a. Teach your den the words and melody of a song. Perform the song with your den at

your den or pack meeting.

b. Create original words for a song. Perform it at your den or pack meeting.

c. Collaborate with your den to compose a den theme song. Perform it at your pack


d. Write a song with words and music that expresses your feelings about an issue, a

person, something you are learning, a point of the Scout Law, etc. Perform it at your den

or pack meeting, alone or with a group.

e. Perform a musical number by yourself or with your Webelos den in front of an audience.

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Moviemaking

Do all of these:

1. Write a story outline describing a real or imaginary Scouting adventure. Create a

pictured storyboard that shows your story.

2. Create either an animated or live action movie about yourself. Your movie should

depict how you live by the Scout Oath and Law.

3. Share your movie with your family, den, or pack.

Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Project Family

Do 1 through 5, then choose two of 6 through 8:

1. Interview a grandparent, another family elder, or a family friend about what life was

like when he or she was growing up. Share his or her story with another family


2. Talk with members of your family about your family name, history, traditions, and culture.

Create a family tree of three generations, or make a poster or Web page that shows the origins

of your ancestors. Or choose a special celebration or holiday that your family participates in, and

create either a poster, picture, or photo slideshow of it. Share this project with your den.

3. Show your understanding of your duty to family by creating a chart listing the jobs that you and

other family members have at home. Choose three of the jobs you are responsible for, and chart

them for two weeks.

4. Select ONE of the jobs below that belongs to another family member, and help that person

complete it:

a. Create a grocery shopping list for the week.

b. Complete the laundry for your family one time.

c. Help prepare meals for your family for one day.

5. Create a list of community service or conservation projects that you and your family can do

together, and present it to your family. Select one project, plan it, and complete it with

your family.

6. With the help of an adult, inspect your home and its surroundings. Make a list of hazards or

security problems you find. Correct one problem you found, and tell what you did.

Hold a family meeting to plan an exciting family activity. The activity could include:

a. A family reunion

b. A family night

c. A family outing

8. Have your family event. Afterward, tell your parent or guardian what you liked best about the


Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Sportsman

Do all of these:

1. Show the signals used by officials in one of these sports: football, basketball,

baseball, soccer, or hockey.

2. While you are a Webelos Scout, participate in two individual sports.

3. While you are a Webelos Scout, play two team sports.

4. Complete the following requirements:

a. Explain what good sportsmanship means.

b. Role-play a situation that demonstrates good sportsmanship.

c. Give an example of a time when you experienced or saw someone showing good