Language & Culture Belt Loop Requirements

Cub Scouts Language & Culture Academics Belt Loop and Pin

Cub Scouts Language & Culture Academics Belt Loop and Pin

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

Requirements for the Language & Culture Belt Loop

  1. With your parent's or adult partner's permission, talk with someone who grew up in a different country than you did. Find out what it was like and how it is different from your experience.
  2. Learn 10 words that are in a different language than your own.
  3. Play two games that originated in another country or culture.

Requirements for the Language & Culture Pin

Earn the Language & Culture belt loop, and complete six of the following requirements:
  1. Earn the BSA Interpreter Strip.
  2. Write the numbers 1-10 in Chinese or another number system other than the one we normally use (we use the Arabic system).
  3. Visit an embassy, consulate, or charge d'affairs for another country.
  4. Make a display of stamps or postcards of another country. Explain the importance or symbolism of the things depicted to that country's culture.
  5. Learn 30 words in a language other than your own. Practice saying these words with your den or an adult family member.
  6. Learn a song in another country's language. Sing the song for your den or an adult family member, and then tell what the words mean.
  7. Say five words in American Sign Language. One of these words could be your first name.
  8. Visit a restaurant that specializes in recipes from another country.
  9. Watch a TV show or movie in a foreign language. Tell how easy or difficult it was to understand what was happening.
  10. With your parent's or adult partner's permission, interview an interpreter. Find out what his or her job is like.
  11. Make a list of 30 things around your home that were made in another country.
  12. Read a book or story about an immigrant to the United States.

Language and Culture Worksheet

 Oct 14, 2012 - John McFarland
We should expand this belt loop and pin to include studying Native American cultures.  For those of us not descended from native peoples, their cultures are vastly different from our own, yet have made significant contributions to the development of American culture and society.  Their language, art, culture, beliefs, and religions are all different experiences to those of us of European, African, or Asian descent, and our Cubs would broaden their knowledge base by learning about them.
Oct 14, 2012 - Scouter Paul
John -  I don't believe this belt loop precludes Native American study.  I would consider Native American culture to be 'another country' from the USA since tribes are considered sovereign nations.  I'd say it was a great idea for the Language & Culture belt loop.  Someone that grew up on Native American land would work for requirement #1.
Oct 18, 2012 - Amber Dennison
My oldest son just started scouts and I am reviewing all the information so I can get him started on his belt loops. My youngest child uses sign language because he does not communicate like he should. My oldest son has learned all the signs in order to communicate with his brother. I can understand the three requirements for the language belt loop if it was a foreign language. How do I apply step one using for Sign language? Communicating with his brother would not count would it?
Oct 19, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Amber - You are correct that your son's efforts would not fulfill the requirements for this belt loop.  You might want to check out the Disabilities Awareness belt loop rather than Language and Culture.

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