Big Rig 18 Wheeler Kit

July 28, 2010 4:21 pm

Create your own PWD 18 wheeler big rig that comes complete with the Adventure Base 100 Tour graphics that will be on trucks traveling across the US in 2010.

Kit includes 1 trailer, 18 wheels, 2 axles, 8 long axles, trailer connector, 1 small wheel base, 1 large wheel base, 2 cab panels, 1 woos cab block, instructions with template for carving.

Truck races on existing Pinewood Derby track.

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BSA 2010 Anniversary Stamp

November 15, 2009 8:04 am

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BSA National and the U.S. Postal Service have announced a commemorative stamp for the 100th anniversary of Scouting. The new stamp should be available in July 2010.

In conjunction with the new stamp, a campaign has been announced to encourage Americans to send letters and care packages to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and veterans.

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2009 New Belt Loops List

November 4, 2009 7:20 am

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As noted previously, the 2009-2010 Insignia Guide refers to the following new additions to the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program:

1. Abilities Awareness (17861-Loop, 14700-Pin)
2. Family Travel (17862-Loop, 14701-Pin)
3. Good Manners (17863 – Loop, 14702-Pin)
4. Hiking (17865-Loop, 14707-Pin)
5. Hockey (17864-Loop, 14706-Pin)
6. Horseback Riding (17866 – Loop, 14708 Pin)
7. Pet Care (17869 – Loop, 14703-Pin
8. Photography (17870 – Loop, 14704-Pin)
9. Reading and Writing (17871-Loop, 14705-Pin)
10. Skateboarding (17867-Loop, 14709 – Pin)
11. Video Games (17868 – Loop, 14710-Pin)

In addition, I have received unofficial information that there will be belt loops and pins for Kickball and Nutrition.

Click the links above to see the requirements of the soon-to-be-released awards.

These should all be described in a forthcoming edition of the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide that is expected in scout shops in November or December.

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Top October 2009 Posts

November 2, 2009 5:47 am

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Here are the top 10 most viewed posts for October 2009 (other than those solely about monthly theme items):

And for those of you keeping score at home, October 2009 was the most viewed month yet for KISMIF.org with a total of 48,001 page views.


Photography Belt Loop Requirements

November 1, 2009 5:35 am

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Photography is one of the forthcoming new Cub Scout belt loops for the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program.

I have received from an unofficial source this set of requirements for the soon-to-be available award:

Requirements

Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may complete requirements in a family, den, pack, school, or community environment. A Tiger Cub must work with his parent or adult partner. Parents and partners do not earn loops or pins.

Belt Loop
Complete these three requirements:
1. Point out the major features of a camera to your den or family and explain the function of each part. Parts could include film, lens, shutter, power on and off, zoom, battery, flash, display panel, case, settings, etc.
2. Discuss with your den leader or adult partner, the benefits and contributions photography makes to modern life. Report what you learned to your den or family.
3. Using a camera, take at least 10 pictures of your family, pet, or scenery; show these to your den.

Academics Pin
Earn the Photography belt loop and complete five of the following requirements:
1. Using pictures, explain what photography is and how it relates to light and picture-taking.
2. Look at a book of published photos about a subject that interests you. Find out what makes these photos remarkable and why people want to look at these pictures. Learn whether the photographer used light or angles to make the photos interesting. Discuss what you learned with an adult.
3. Explain to an adult what “red eye” is and why it can happen in a picture. Show examples.
4. Make a short video of a friend, family member, or pet, and show it to your den or family.
5. With an adult’s help, use a photo-editing software feature to crop, lighten or darken, and change a photo.
6. Make a creative project using at least one photo.
7. Take three pictures of the same scene using different lens settings. Show these pictures to your den or family.
8. Visit an art exhibit that features photography. Write a list of some of the things you saw and felt during your visit.
9. Demonstrate how to use a light meter and manually set the aperture (lens opening) on a camera.
10. Print and develop a picture from a film negative.
11. Read about a famous photographer and tell his or her story to your den. Explain why he or she is famous or admired.


Pet Care Belt Loop Requirements

October 31, 2009 5:20 am

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Pet Care is one of the forthcoming new Cub Scout belt loops for the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program.

I have received from an unofficial source this set of requirements for the soon-to-be available award:

Requirements

Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may complete requirements in a family, den, pack, school, or community environment. A Tiger Cub must work with his parent or adult partner. Parents and partners do not earn loops or pins.

Belt Loop
Complete these three requirements:
1. Care for your pet for two weeks. Make a list of the tasks that you did to take care of your pet.
2. Read a book, explore the Internet (with your parent’s or partner’s permission), or acquire a pamphlet about your pet. List three new interesting facts that you learned about your pet.
3. Make a poster about your pet. Share your poster with your den, pack, or family.

Academics Pin
Earn the Pets belt loop and complete five of the following requirements:
1. With an adult, develop a plan for someone to care for your pet if you were to be away for one week.
2. Train your pet to do a trick or follow a simple command.
3. Describe how your pet communicates with you and other animals.
4. Observe or play with your pet for 15 minutes each day for one week. Keep a chart that shows your pet’s mood on each day.
5. Attend a pet show. Report to your den about the show.
6. Make a drawing of the cage or bed your pet requires. Describe the important parts of it.
7. Visit an animal shelter. Explain the reasons why pets are in the animal shelter to your den or family.
8. Visit a pet store. Make a list of the different animals in the store and the kinds of foods they eat.
9. Talk to a veterinarian about his or her career. Share what you learned with your den or family.
10. Tell three ways that animals can help people.
11. Do a service project for an animal shelter, exercise an elderly person’s pet, or help a friend with the care of his or her pet.
12. Find out about the pets of U.S. presidents while they lived at the White House. Tell your den about one president and his pet(s).


Reading and Writing Belt Loop Requirements

October 30, 2009 5:41 am

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Reading and Writing is one of the forthcoming new Cub Scout belt loops for the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program.

I have received from an unofficial source this set of requirements for the soon-to-be available award:

Requirements

Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may complete requirements in a family, den, pack, school, or community environment. A Tiger Cub must work with his parent or adult partner. Parents and partners do not earn loops or pins.

Belt Loop
Complete these three requirements:
1. Visit a library and get your own library card. Check out and return a book.
2. Write a letter or a short story. Read it to your den or family.
3. Keep a diary of your activities for one week. Read it to your den or family.

Academics Pin
Earn the Reading and Writing belt loop and complete five of the following requirements:
1. Locate and identify the following parts of a book: title, author, spine, cover, table of contents, and index.
2. Read a book to a child or group of children.
3. Participate in a school or community organized reading program.
4. Explain the differences in a biography, autobiography, fiction, and nonfiction books to your parent or den leader.
5. Create a bookmark that you can use, or design a book cover.
6. Read an article from a newspaper or magazine. This can be done on the computer. Report about what you read to an adult.
7. Write a poem and read it to a family member.
8. Write a short report about something of interest to you. Read your report to your den or family.
9. Read several jokes and riddles. Create two of your own and share them with your den or family.
10. Write a commercial, song, or jingle for some product. Perform it for your den or family
11. Create your own alphabet, writing system, or code and explain it to your den or pack.
12. Learn about another writing system such as petroglyphs or Egyptian hieroglyphs. Do your best to draw some of these symbols. Report what you learned to your den or family.