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Webelos Scout Activity Badges
Mental Skills Group

As revised in the 1998 edition of the Webelos Scout Book.

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Do Five of These:

  1. Draw or paint an original picture, using the art materials you prefer. Use watercolors, crayons, or acrylic paints. Frame the picture it for your room or home.
  2. List the primary and secondary colors. Tell how to Explain what happens when you combine colors.
  3. Using a computer, make Make six original designs using straight lines, curved lines, or both.
  4. Draw Make a profile of a member of your family.
  5. Use plastic or clay and to sculpt a simple object.
  6. Make a mobile, using your choice of materials.
  7. Make an art construction, using your choice of materials. Make a construction. Use your choice of materials. Examples are dowels, screen wire, cellophane, and string.
  8. Create a collage that expresses something about yourself.


Do Three of These:

  1. Have a good record in attendance, behavior, and grades at school.
  2. Take an active part in a school activity or service.
  3. Discuss with your teacher or principal the value of having an education.
  4. List in writing some important things you can do now because of what you've learned in  you are going to school.

And Do Three of These:

  1. Trace back through history the different kinds of schools. Tell how our present public school system grew out of these early schools.
  2. Make a chart showing how your school system is run.
  3. Ask a parent your parents and five other grown-ups these questions:
    • What do you think are the best things about my school?
    • What are its main problems?

    What do you think were the best answers? Why?

  4. List and explain some of the full-time positions in the education field.
  5. Help another student with schoolwork. Tell what you did to help.


Choose one set of requirements for this badge:
PUPPETRY(page 119), MUSIC(page 127), OR DRAMA(page 132)


Do Four of These:

  1. Write a puppet play about one of your Webelos den activities or a subject of your choice.
  2. Make a set of fist puppets or marionettes for the play you have written or for another play.
  3. Build a simple stage for fist puppets, shadow puppets or marionettes.
  4. Alone or with the help of others, put on a puppet show for your den or pack.
  5. Make a set of four paper bag puppets for a singing group barbershop quartet. With the help of three others, harmonize. other den members, sing a song with the puppets as the performers.
  6. There are fist, shadow, sock, stick and finger puppets. There are paper bag puppets, stick puppets, and marionettes. Show Explain their differences and show any puppets using ones you have made for this badge.


Do Four of These:

  1. Play four tunes on any band or orchestra instrument. Read these from music.
  2. Sing two songs alone or with a group.
  3. Make a collection of three or more records, tapes, or compact discs. Tell what you like about each one.
  4. Tell what folk music is. Hum, sing, or play a folk tune on a musical instrument.
  5. Name three American composers. Name a the most famous work by of each.
  6. Draw a staff. Draw on it a clef, sharp, flat, natural, note, and rest. Tell what each is used for.
  7. Show by beating or playing the difference between 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time by beating time or playing an instrument.


Do Four of These:

  1. Give a monologue (a talk) on a patriotic, humorous, or holiday subject, or another subject of your choice.
  2. Attend a play. Describe the story. Tell what you liked about it.
  3. Read a play. Make a model stage setting for one of the acts.
  4. Write, put on, and take part in a one-act play.
  5. Make a list of stage directions. Tell what they mean.
  6. Describe a theater-in-the-round. What are its good and bad points?
  7. Tell Explain the difference between an a grand opera and a light opera. Tell how Explain the difference between a musical and a dramatic play are different.
  8. Read a story about William Shakespeare. Draw a picture of his Globe Theater. theater.


Do Five of These:

  1. Get a map or timetable from a railroad, bus line, or airline, subway, or light rail. The line should serve the place where you live or where you live. Look up some places it goes.
  2. Use a timetable timetables to plan a trip from your home to a city in another state by railroad, bus, or  airline, or ferry.
  3. Find out what it costs per mile to travel by bus, railroad, or plane.
      With your parents parent or guardian, take a trip to a place someplace that interests you. Go by car, bus, boat, train, or plane.
  4. Figure out what it costs per mile for the trip you have taken in requirement 3.
  5. List four nearby trips you would like to take with your parents or guardian. Lay out the trips on a highway map. Using the map, act as navigator on one of these trips. It should start at your home, be at least 25 miles long, and have six or more turns.
  6. Pack a suitcase for a trip.
  7. Check the first aid kit in the family car to see if it contains what it needs.

Page updated on: August 28, 2022

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