Webelos and AoL Electives

This page lists the elective adventures that may be earned by either Webelos or Arrow of Light Scouts

After the Cub Scout has completed an Adventure, he is awarded the adventure's pin at the next Pack meeting.


    1. Complete 1–5 and any two from 6–10. State the safety precautions you need to take before doing any water activity.

    2. Recognize the purpose and the three classifications of swimming ability groups in Scouting.

    3. Discuss the importance of learning the skills you need to know before going boating.

    4. Explain the meaning of “order of rescue” and demonstrate the reach and throw rescue techniques from land.

    5. Attempt the BSA swimmer test.

    6. Demonstrate the precautions you must take before attempting to dive headfirst into the water, and attempt a front surface dive.

    7. Learn and demonstrate two of the following strokes: crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, or trudgen.

    8. Invite a member or former member of a lifeguard team, rescue squad, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, or other armed forces branch who has had swimming and rescue training to your den meeting. Find out what training and other experiences this person has had.

    9. Demonstrate how to correctly fasten a life jacket that is the right size for you. Jump into water over your head. Show how the life jacket keeps your head above water by swimming 25 feet. Get out of the water, remove the life jacket and hang it where it will dry.

    10. If you are a qualified swimmer, select a paddle of the proper size and paddle a canoe with an adult’s supervision.

Art Explosion

    1. Do all of these: Visit an art museum, gallery, or exhibit. Discuss with an adult the art you saw. What did you like?

    2. Create two self-portraits using two different techniques, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and computer illustration.

    3. Do two of the following:

      1. Draw or paint an original picture outdoors, using the art materials of your choice.

      2. Create an object using clay that can be fired, baked in the oven, or air-dried.

      3. Create a freestanding sculpture or mobile using wood, metal, paper-mâché, or found or recycled objects.

      4. Make a display of origami or kirigami projects.

      5. Use a computer illustration or painting program to create a work of art.

      6. Create an original logo or design. Transfer the design onto a T-shirt, hat, or other object.

      7. Using a camera or other electronic device, take at least 10 photos of your family, a pet, or scenery. Use photo-editing software to crop, lighten or darken, and change some of the photos.

      8. Create a comic strip with original characters. Include at least four panels to tell a story centered on one of the points of the Scout Law. Characters can be hand-drawn or computer-generated.

    4. Choose one of the following methods to show your artwork:

      1. Create a hard-copy or digital portfolio of your projects. Share it with your family and members of your den or pack.

      2. Display your artwork in a pack, school, or community art show.

Aware and Care

    1. Do all of these: Develop an awareness of the challenges of the blind through participation in an activity that simulates blindness.

    2. Participate in an activity that simulates severe visual impairment, but not blindness.

    3. Participate in an activity that simulates the challenges of being deaf or hard of hearing.

    4. Engage in an activity that simulates mobility impairment.

    5. Take part in an activity that simulates dexterity impairment.

    6. With your den, participate in an activity that focuses on the acceptance of differences in general.

    7. Do two of the following:

      1. Do a Good Turn for residents at a skilled nursing facility or retirement community.

      2. Invite an individual with a disability to visit your den, and discuss what activities he or she currently finds challenging or found challenging in the past.

      3. Attend a disabilities event such as a Special Olympics competition, an adaptive sports event, a performance with sign language interpretation, or an activity with service dogs. Tell your den what you thought about the experience.

      4. Talk to someone who works with people who have disabilities. Ask that person what they do and how he or she helps people with disabilities.

      5. Using American Sign Language, sign the Scout Oath.

      6. With the help of an adult, contact a service dog organization, and learn the entire process from pup training to assignment to a client.

      7. Participate in a service project that focuses on a specific disability.

      8. Participate in an activity with an organization whose members are disabled.

Build It

    1. Do all of these: Learn about some basic tools and the proper use of each tool. Learn about and understand the need for safety when you work with tools.

    2. With the guidance of your Webelos den leader, parent, or guardian, select a carpentry project and build it.

    3. List the tools that you use safely as you build your project; create a list of materials needed to build your project.

    4. Put a check mark next to the tools on your list that you used for the first time.

    5. Learn about a construction career. With your Webelos den leader, parent, or guardian, visit a construction site, and interview someone working in a construction career.


    1. Do two of these:

      1. With the help of an adult, demonstrate one way to light a fire without using matches.

      2. On a campout with your den or family, cook two different recipes that do not require pots and pans. If your chartered organization does not permit Cub Scout camping, you may substitute a family campout or a daylong outdoor activity with your den or pack.

      3. Using tree limbs or branches that have already fallen or been cut, build a shelter that will protect you overnight.

    2. Do ALL of these:

      1. Learn what items should be in an outdoor survival kit that you can carry in a small bag or box that easily fits in a day pack. Assemble your own small survival kit, and explain to your den leader why the items you chose are important for survival.

      2. Show you can live “off the grid” by minimizing your use of electricity for one week. Keep a log of what you did. Discuss with your den members how you adjusted to this lifestyle.

      3. With your den, invent a game that can be played without using electricity and using minimal equipment or simple items.

      4. Name your game, write down the rules once you have decided on them, then play the game at two different den meetings or outings.

      5. Teach your game to the members of your pack or other Scouts.

      6. With your den, demonstrate two different ways to treat drinking water to remove impurities.

      7. Discuss what to do if you become lost in the woods. Tell what the letters “S-T-O-P” stand for. Tell what the universal emergency signal is. Describe three ways to signal for help. Demonstrate one of them. Describe what you can do you do to help rescuers find you.

      8. Make a list of four qualities you think a leader should have in an emergency and why they are important to have. Pick two of them, and act them out for your den. Describe how each relates to a point of the Scout Law. Describe how working on this adventure gave you a better understanding of the Boy Scout motto.

Earth Rocks!

    1. Do the following:

      1. Explain the meaning of the word “geology.”

      2. Explain why this kind of science is an important part of your world.

      3. Share with your family or with your den what you learned about the meaning of geology.

    2. Look for different kinds of rocks or minerals while on a rock hunt with your family or your den.

    3. Do the following:

      1. Identify the rocks you see on your rock hunt. Use the chart in your handbook that shows the three kinds of rocks and describes minerals to determine which types of rocks you have collected.

      2. With a magnifying glass, take a closer look at your collection. Determine any differences between your specimens.

      3. Share what you see with your family or den.

    1. Do the following:

      1. With your family or den, make a mineral test kit, and test rocks according to the Mohs scale of mineral hardness.

      2. Record the results in your handbook.

    1. With your family or den, identify on a road map of your state some geological features in your area.

    2. Do the following:

      1. Identify some of the geological building materials used in building your home.

      2. Identify some of the geological materials used around your community.

      3. Record the items you find.

    1. Do either 7a or 7b:

      1. Go on an outing with your family or den to one of the nearby locations you discovered on your state map, and record what you see as you look at the geographical surroundings. Share with your family or den while on this outing what you notice that might change this location in the future (wind, water, ice, drought, erosion).

      2. Do the following:

        1. With your family or your den, visit with a geologist or earth scientist and discover the many career fields that are included in the science of geology.

        2. Ask the geologist or earth scientist about the importance of fossils that are found.

        3. Ask the geologist or earth scientist what you can do to help preserve our natural resources.

    1. Do at least one earth science demonstration or investigation with your den or with adult supervision, and explore geology in action.


    1. Do all of these: Pick one type of engineer. With the help of the Internet, your local library, or a local engineer you may know or locate, discover and record in your book three things that describe what that engineer does. (Be sure to have your Webelos den leader, parent, or guardian’s permission to use the Internet.) Share your findings with your Webelos den.

    2. Learn to follow engineering design principles by doing the following:

      1. Examine a set of blueprints. Using these as a model, construct your own set of blueprints or plans to design a project.

      2. Using the blueprints or plans from your own design, construct your project. Your project may be something useful or something fun.

      3. Share your project with your Webelos den and your pack by displaying the project at a pack meeting.

    3. Explore other fields of engineering and how they have helped form our past, present, and future.

    4. Pick and do two projects using the engineering skills you have learned. Share your projects with your den, and also exhibit them at a pack meeting.

Game Design

    1. Do all of these: Decide on the elements for your game.

    2. List at least five of the online safety rules that you put into practice while using the Internet on your computer or smartphone. Skip this if your Cyber Chip is current.

    3. Create your game.

    4. Teach an adult or another Scout how to play your game.

Into the Wild

    1. Do six from requirements 1 through 9. Collect and care for an “insect, amphibian, or reptile zoo.” You might have crickets, ants, grasshoppers, a lizard, or a toad. Study them for a while and then let them go. Share your experience with your Webelos den.

    2. Set up an aquarium or terrarium. Keep it for at least a month. Share your experience with your Webelos den by showing them photos or drawings of your project or by having them visit to see your project.

    3. Watch for birds in your yard, neighborhood, or town for one week. Identify the birds you see, and write down where and when you saw them.

    4. Learn about the bird flyways closest to your home. Find out which birds use these flyways.

    5. Watch at least four wild creatures (reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, fish, insects, or mammals) in the wild. Describe the kind of place (forest, field, marsh, yard, or park) where you saw them. Tell what they were doing.

    6. Identify an insect, reptile, bird, or wild animal that is found only in your area of the country. Tell why it survives in your area.

    7. Give examples of at least two of the following:

      1. A producer, a consumer, and a decomposer in the food chain of an ecosystem

      2. One way humans have changed the balance of nature

      3. ow you can help protect the balance of nature

    8. Learn about aquatic ecosystems and wetlands in your area. Talk with your Webelos den leader or family about the important role aquatic ecosystems and wetlands play in supporting life cycles of wildlife and humans, and list three ways you can help.

    9. Do ONE of the following:

      1. Visit a museum of natural history, a nature center, or a zoo with your family, Webelos den, or pack. Tell what you saw.

      2. Create a video of a wild creature doing something interesting, and share it with your family and den.

Into the Woods

    1. Do all of these: Identify two different groups of trees and the parts of a tree.

    2. Identify six trees common to the area where you live. Tell whether they are native to your area. Tell how both wildlife and humans use them.

    3. Identify six plants common to the area where you live. Tell which animals use them and for what purpose.

    4. Visit a nature center, nursery, tree farm, or park, and speak with someone knowledgeable about trees and plants that are native to your area. Explain how plants and trees are important to our ecosystem and how they improve our environment.

    5. Develop a plan to care for and then plant at least one plant or tree, either indoors in a pot or outdoors. Tell how this plant or tree helps the environment in which it is planted and what the plant or tree will be used for.

    6. Make a list of items in your home that are made from wood and share it with your den. Or with your den, take a walk and identify useful things made from wood.

    7. Explain how the growth rings of a tree trunk tell its life story. Describe different types of tree bark and explain what the bark does for the tree.


Complete the following Requirements.

    1. Do all of these: Show the signals used by officials in one of these sports: football, basketball, baseball, soccer, or hockey.

    2. While you are a Webelos Scout, participate in two individual sports.

    3. While you are a Webelos Scout, play two team sports.

    4. Complete the following requirements:

      1. Explain what good sportsmanship means.

      2. Role-play a situation that demonstrates good sportsmanship.

      3. Give an example of a time when you experienced or saw someone showing good sportsmanship.

Protect Yourself Rules

Complete the following Requirements.

  1. Watch the Protect Yourself video lessons for this adventure.

  2. Know the six Protect Yourself Rules.

  3. Describe what cyberbullying is and identify things you should never tell about yourself to others when online

  4. Explain what you would do if you or a friend felt unsafe at home

  5. List five safe adults you could tell if someone has made you feel unsafe

  6. Name two of Scouting's Barriers to Abuse that adults are to follow

Complete the following Requirements.


  1. Learn the safety rules of using a yo-yo and follow them at all times.

  2. Using a real yo-yo string, a regular string, or a piece of yarn, show how to find the proper yo-yo string length for you.

  3. Explain why it is important to have the correct string length and to be in the right location before throwing a yo-yo.

  4. Demonstrate how to properly string a yo-yo and how to create a slip knot.

  5. In an area where there are no hazards or other people, conduct the pendulum experiment with a yo-yo. Explain what happens to the yo-yo when the string is short compared to when the string is longer.

  6. Show that you can properly wind a yo-yo

  7. Demonstrate TWO of the following:

    1. Gravity pull

    2. Sleeper

    3. Breakaway

    4. Elevator

All resources required for this adventure can be found here.