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Academic Belt Loop & Pin [All Levels]

Cub Scout Academic and Sports ProgramCub Scout Collecting Belt Loop


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

All registered Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may participate in the Academics and Sports program.

Participation may take place at home, with the family, or within a den, a pack, or the community.

Adult participation by a parent or adult relative, if possible, is strongly recommended for Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts and is required for Tiger Cubs.

Cub Scouts who have disabilities may select their own activities and design their own academic program with the help of a physician, teacher, or parent.

Complete these three requirements:
  1. Begin a collection of at least 10 items that all have something in common.  Label the items and title your collection.
  2. Display your collection at a pack or den meeting.
  3. Visit a show or museum that displays different collections.
Earn the Collecting belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:
  1. Give a talk about your collection to someone other than your family.  Give a description of your collection, including a short history.  Explain how you got started and why you decided to collect what you do.
  2. Show how you preserve and display your collection.  Explain any special precautions you must take including handling, cleaning, and storage.  Note precautions for dampness, sunlight, or other weather conditions.
  3. Read a book about what you collect.
  4. Start a new collection of at least 20 items. Label the items, and title your collection.
  5. Define numismatics and philately.
  6. Join a club of collectors who share your hobby.  This club may be a group of your friends.
  7. Find out if there is a career that involves what you collect.  Find out what kind of subjects you need to study to prepare for such a career.
  8. If you collect coins or stamps, make a list of different countries in your collection.  Explain how to identify each country's issues.  Make a list of "clues" that help you identify the origin.
  9. With an adult partner, visit an online auction and look for items you collect.  What does it tell you about rarity and value of the things you collect?
  10. Use a computer to catalog, organize, and keep track of your collection.
  11. Help a friend get started on a collection of his or her own.

SOSSI Resources

The Wolf Cub Scout Book  (BSA #33106, 1998.)
The Big Bear Cub Scout Book  (BSA #33228, 1998.)
Cub Scout Leader Book  (BSA #33220, 2001.)
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide  (BSA #34299, 2002.)