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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. Make a poster that shows and explains the water cycle.
  2. Set up a simple weather station to record rainfall, temperature, air pressure, or evaporation for one week.
  3. Watch the weather forecast on a local television station.


Earn the Weather belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:
  1. Define the following terms: weather, humidity, precipitation, temperature, and wind.
  2. Explain how clouds are made. Describe the different kinds of clouds-stratus, cumulus, cumulonimbus, and cirrus-and what kind of weather can be associated with these cloud types.
  3. Describe the climate in your state. Compare its climate with that in another state.
  4. Describe a potentially dangerous weather condition in your community. Discuss safety precautions and procedures for dealing with this condition.
  5. Define what is meant by acid rain. Explain the greenhouse effect.
  6. Talk to a meteorologist about his or her job. Learn about careers in meteorology.
  7. Make a weather map of your state or country, using several weather symbols.
  8. Explain the differences between tornadoes and hurricanes.
  9. Make a simple weather vane. Make a list of other weather instruments and describe what they do.
  10. Explain how weather can affect agriculture and the growing of food.
  11. Make a report to your den or family on a book about weather.
  12. Explain how rainbows are formed and then draw and color a rainbow.


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.


  1. Atmospheric Optical Effects - explains visual effects we see in the sky, such as rainbows, silver linings in clouds, and sunsets.
  2. Bay Kids Weather Page - fantastic ThinkQuest site where you can learn all about weather terms, myths, stories, jokes, recipes, and much more.
  3. Fall Foliage - the Weather Channel gives you the scoop on where the leaves are.
  4. Franklin's Forecast - build your own weather station, learn about today's weather technologies, or check the weather right now at this fun site!
  5. International Research Institute for Climate Prediction - IRI - here's how weathermen make those predictions.
  6. Kids' Lightning Information and Safety - tips from a girl who was struck by lightning.
  7. Mount Washington Observatory - this New Hampshire mountain is home to the worst weather in the world! Check out their recent weather data, live views from the summit, and educational programs.
  8. NASA Earth Observatory - monitor regional and global changes on our planet almost as they happen! This neat site lets you use real satellite data to explore the causes and effects of environmental change.
  9. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - governmental organization that describes and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, and conserves and wisely manages the Nation's coastal and marine resources.
  10. Oklahoma Climatological Survey Educational Outreach - learn about meteorology and meteorologists, see how other students use weather data, and have fun learning about the weather.
  11. On-line Meteorology Guide - find information on storms, hurricanes, El Nino, and much more!
  12. Our Weather Page - includes poems about clouds and a book about weather written by 1st graders!
  13. Safety Guide to Severe Weather - safety tips for any storm!
  14. Storm Spotter's Guide - all about thunderstorms, tornadoes and other severe weather.
  15. Thunder - learn how thunder and lightning are related and listen to sounds of a storm.
  16. Thunderstorms and Lightning - learn all about thunderstorms and how to be safe when lightning strikes, from the Oahu Civil Defense Agency.
  17. Weather - explore the forces behind the weather. Try your hand at tornado chasing or discover how wind chill works.
  18. Weather - Thinkquest - designed by 6th grade students from Akers School, Lemoore, CA for the 1999 ThinkQuest competition. Learn about El Nino, storms, the Greenhouse Effect, and much more!
  19. Weather Almanac - check temperatures, learn about different weather-related subjects, and find out how forecasters predict weather on this site from Channel 7 News in Boston.
  20. Weather Dude, The - Activities and links.
  21. Weather Glossary - reference for all weather terms.
  22. Weather Gone Wild - explore the wonders of wild weather on this ThinkQuest site. You can learn about thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, and winds, or check out a weather glossary.
  23. Weather Instructional Material - activities for elementary students to learn about the weather.
  24. Weather or Not - try to predict the weather!
  25. Weather Wonder - get answers to your weather questions from the Jersey Weather Service.
  26. World Meteorological Organization - coordinates global scientific activity to allow increasingly prompt and accurate weather information and other services.
  27. World Temperature Extremes - find out what the highest and lowest documented temperatures were in different countries and each of the United States.

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