Invite a schoolteacher to your den meeting. Maybe one the boys know, to talk about the importance of school.
Let the boys talk about what's going on in school. Don't try to change any of their ideas, but guide the discussion in such a way that they will see the value of an education.
Learn about the history of education, how schools developed in America.
Prepare a chart of the school system and explain and discuss with boys.
Discuss & do a den service project for the school.
Invite the parents of Webelos to come to a den meeting dressed in the type of clothes they wore to school. Have them bring along such things as class pictures, yearbooks, report cards, etc. and allow each ample time to share his/ her school days with the den.
Have a panel of parents with various jobs explain their schooling and training for these jobs
Invite an educator to talk with the den about some of the scholar requirements.
As a den, talk about good study habits.
Have someone from the public library talk about the local literacy project.
Tour a local high school or visit a local college campus.
Play a Newspaper Search game looking for articles about education.
Encourage boys to find out all they can about schools in your community ... the different types and how they work... the problems and opportunities. Discuss these at a den meeting. Have the boys make a list of the things they like about school and another list of the things they don't like about school. Give these lists to the principal.
Have the boys make a daily time schedule and use it to determine if they are making the best use of their time.
Invite a grandparent to your den meeting to talk about how school was when they were children. If not a grandparent try a retirement home.
Have boys make a list of the things they like about school. And another list of the things they don’t like. Discuss them.
Plan a trip to the library to have the librarian demonstrate the use of a microfilm or microfiche viewer.
Briefly visit a school board meeting. Let them know you are coming. They may be interested to know the boys are working on the Scholar Activities Badge.
Seven Hints for Studying
Studying is work, but so is football practice or putting together a model rocket. It’s the right mental attitude that can make the difference in your study habits. On the football field, the coach has planned your workout systematically. So much time for drill, so much for tackling, and so on. And a good way to achieve better grades is to plan a study system that’s just right for you.
Here are seven study hints:
Do You Know Your Alphabet?
What letter is:
Three Men in a Boat
What to do:
Rules of Play:
Tips on How to Talk To Your Teacher
A good conversation with your teacher can increase your chances of making better grades, participating in clubs, working on new projects or earning school awards.
Teachers are people too; they respond to genuine interest and enthusiasm. They want you to be a success.
Scout Badge Quiz
Scout Law Dart Board
Using a dart board with the numbers one through twelve, have each boy, in turn, throw a dart at the dart board and score a point if he can recite the point of the Scout Law that relates to that number. If he is correct he gets one point and may continue throwing. The first boy to score 12 points wins. (The twelve points necessary may be any twelve points of the twelve different points.)
This test is to see if you can follow directions. Just concentrate, but remember, you have only 2 minutes.
If two cars start from Denver to drive to Colorado Springs, a distance of approximately 80 miles, if they are both the same make of car, and if both are being driven at the same rate of speed, and yet, while one of the cars makes the distance in 80 minutes, it takes the other one one hour and 20 minutes. Can you explain the reason?
Answer : 80 minutes and one hour and 20 minutes are the same.
I walked up the street to the top of the hill and counted 50 windows on my right, I turned around and walked back and counted 50 windows on my left. How many windows did I count?
Answer : Fifty. The windows on my right going up were the same 50 that were on my left going back.
Papa Duck, Mama Duck and Baby Duck went for a swim. Baby Duck said, “Aren’t we all four having a lot of fun? Why did Baby Duck say four instead of three?
Answer: Baby Duck was too young to count.
Suppose you are a cab driver. A lady with two suitcases hails you and asks to be driven to the railway station in a hurry. On the way there is an accident which results in a traffic jam. The lady gets impatient, jumps out of the cab, and runs to the depot. She had forgotten the suitcases.
She missed the train and now she starts looking for the cab driver. She does not know his name. What was the cab driver’s name?
Answer : His name is the same as yours, for “You are the cab driver.”
Take the number of pennies in a dollar. Multiply by the number of thirds in a circle. Divide by the number of inches in a foot of string. Subtract the number of nickels in a quarter.