Chess - Cub Scout Academics & Sports Guide
Academics - XXX

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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.  


Complete these three 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.


Earn the Chess belt loop, and complete five of the following 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.


Following are the requirements for earning the Academics belts loops and pins.


  • Belt loops and pins are earned only by Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts (not adults).
  • Requirements may be adjusted to accommodate the special needs of boys with disabilities.
  • Webelos Scouts may earn a belt loop or pin a second time to qualify for Webelos activity badges.
  • Boys may earn belt loops more than once; however, leaders should encourage boys to try different requirements and earn the pin. Packs should have a clear policy in place about whether the pack or the boy's family is responsible for the cost of awards earned more than once.


  • Beginner's Chess Page - want to learn to play Chess? Check out this page.
  • Chess for Kids - learn how to play chess with this ThinkQuest site! It includes basic tactics, more advanced strategies, and hints on tournament play.
  • Chess in the Schools - this foundation provides chess instruction and materials to children in New York public schools.
  • Chess is Fun - learn about chess tactics and openings, or view some of the greatest chess games ever played.
  • Chess Lover's Paradise - meet this young chess player and learn about the siamese and triamese versions of the game.
  • Chess Mentor - the Kasparov-Deep Blue Rematch: Put yourself in the players' seats and try moves for yourself!
  • Chess Tutorial - let teach you all about chess! Learn phrases of the game, how each piece moves and captures other pieces, combinations, and much more.
  • Chess Variant Pages - all the different versions of the game.
  • Club Kasparov - virtual home of the world's greatest chess player.
  • Duif's Place: Chess for Fans and Tournament Players - meet today's young chess superstars and find out how you can get started playing in tournaments.
  • Learn2 Play Chess - if you've always wanted to learn to play chess but were worried about all the rules, this site has clear explanations of the rules and how to play.
  • U.S. Chess Center - everything you want to know about chess.

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