Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program
This optional part of the Cub Scout program has been discontinued as of June 1, 2015.
See Cub Scout Program for the current program details.
The Cub Scout Academics and Sports program complements the scouting program by providing opportunities for scouts to improve scholarship, develop sportsmanship, and explore new games while collecting Cub Scout belt loops and pins. The emphasis of the program is to try new things and to put forth a best effort, not of achieving proficiency or winning. This program is one method of addressing the third aim of Scouting: the development of physical, mental and emotional fitness. Fitness includes the body (well-tuned and healthy), the mind (able to think and solve problems), and the emotions (self-control, courage, and self-respect).
Where do the pins go on the uniform? - the pins are not worn on the uniform. Read More
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Cub Scouts of all ages from Tiger Cubs to Webelos can participate in the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program and earn a belt loop or pin for each activity. Activities can be done individually, in the Den, or as a Pack. ( Archery and BB-Gun Shooting can only be earned through a certified instructor, not at a den or pack level. ) A scout participating on school teams or other organized teams may use those activities to fulfill requirements of this scouting program.
Activities are divided into two categories: Academics and Sports. Each category has many skills and activities from which Scouts may choose. The Cub Scout belt loop and pin program encourages a boy to do his best while learning skills and promoting good sportsmanship.
There are currently 28 sports activity areas: Archery, BB Gun Shooting, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Bicycling, Bowling, Fishing, Flag Football, Physical Fitness, Golf, Gymnastics, Hiking, Hockey, Horseback Riding, Ice Skating, Kickball, Marbles, Roller Skating, Skateboarding, Snow Ski and Board Sports, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Ultimate, Volleyball
And, 25 academics activity areas: Art, Astronomy, Chess, Citizenship, Collecting, Communicating, Computers, Disabilities Awareness, Family Travel, Geography, Geology, Good Manners, Heritages, Language & Culture, Map & Compass, Mathematics, Music, Nutrition, Pet Care, Photography, Reading and Writing, Science, Video Games, Weather, Wildlife Conservation
Use the Den Recognition Report to track scouts earning belt loops or pins.
A variety of recognition items are available for the scouts participating in this program.
- Belt loops are awarded to scouts completing the three belt loop requirements in an academic subject or sport. Academic belt loops are gold, and Sports belt loops are silver, except for the Archery and BB-gun Shooting belt loops, which are brass colored. Belt loops are worn on the Cub Scout belt.
- Pins are awarded to scouts that continue participating in an academics or sports area and meet the specific requirements for each pin. Pins typically require completion of the corresponding belt loop requirements plus 5 or 6 more challenging requirements.
- The Academic and Sports letter can be used to display pins on a sweater, jacket, or patch vest. These Academics and Sports pins are NOT attached to the cub scout uniforms. The letter is simply a display device and is not earned. It can be acquired through the local Scout Shop.
- At the discretion of the Pack, Pocket Certificates, Activity Medals, Trophies, and the Participation Emblem can be awarded to participating scouts.
Request New Belt Loops and Pins Topics
If you feel another topic or activity should be added, you need to tell the Boy Scouts of America directly.
For any advancement idea, send your request to:
Innovation Engine Team
Boy Scouts of America
1325 West Walnut Hill Lane
P.O. Box 152079
Irving, TX 75015-2079
Or, send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
See this page for more info.
Feb 15, 2012 - Kim Spaniel
YIS, Nora L
Here you can find out what changed and what didn't; also all the requirements for every level.
There has been lots of changes including the discontinuation of the sports and academics program, arrow points, immediate recognition emblem, Scout oath and law, etc..
Some things didn't, like the handshake, salute, and the concept of Akela.
They will have the ability to tell you if there are anymore of the belt loops that you seek are left in their system. If there are, then they can get them sent to their store for you to purchase.
Do this sooner than later, they will have them to the end of the year or until they run out, which ever comes first.
If by chance they are out of they one you need, then you'll have to search it out through trading or sites like Ebay.
I had originally purchased the astronomy belt loop hoping to give it to den members as a souvenir of an observatory visit we are going on, then I wondered if official program rules apply to an award for a program that has been d/c.
What are your thoughts, program rules apply? Are belt loops officially awarded and processed via the awards chair, or can they be used for other purposes?
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