Map & Compass - Cub Scout Academics & Sports Guide
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CUB SCOUT ACADEMICS: MAP & COMPASS

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 MAP & COMPASS ACADEMICS BELT LOOP

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Show how to orient a map. Find three landmarks on the map
  2. Explain how a compass works.
  3. Draw a map of your neighborhood. Label the streets and plot the route you take to get to a place that you often visit.


REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAP & COMPASS ACADEMICS PIN

Earn the Map & Compass belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Define cartography.
  2. Make a poster showing 10 map symbols and their meaning.
  3. Read a book or story about a famous explorer or navigator. Tell your den or family what you learned.
  4. Make a simple compass with a magnet and pin.
  5. Explain the difference between latitude and longitude and show them on a map or globe.
  6. Draw a compass rose for a map. Label north, south, east, and west.
  7. Study a blank map of the United States of America. Label your state, and the states that share its boundary lines.
  8. In the field, show how to take a compass bearing and how to follow it.
  9. Show how to measure distances, using a scale on a map legend.
  10. Measure your pace. Then layout a simple compass course for your den to try.
  11. Using a road map, determine how many miles it is between two major cities or familiar destinations.
  12. Explain what the different map colors can mean on a map.



    GENERAL ACADEMICS REQUIREMENTS

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

    Remember:

    • 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.


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