Cub Scout: Faith

Cub Scout: Faith

During your Walt Disney World vacation, your scout will have the opportunity to practice his faith as you plan for your vacation, while traveling to WDW, dining at the restaurants, and visiting the parks.

Throughout the Cub Scout ranks, there are many Faith goals built into the adventures including

  • Beginning to strengthen their faith together with other family members
  • Learning about individuals who have demonstrated fellowship, and creating plans to help us develop characteristics that will benefit our community
  • Learning about what duty to God means to you and your family.
  • Observing different ways a person can be reverent
  • Practicing one’s religion—walking the “footsteps”—shows reverence and duty to God.
  • Religious freedom is one of the founding principles of our country, and Scouting honors that freedom.
  • Showing our duty to God by participating in service projects designed to help a neighbor or community organization
  • We should show reverence for those of great faith who came before us.
  • With their adult partner, discovering their family’s faith
  • Worshipping together to strengthen our faith in God
A Scout is reverent.

Scouting WDW

Scouting with the mouse ideas – practice your faith while:

Planning for your Disney World Resort & Park Visit

Traveling to Walt Disney World

    Dining at Disney World Restaurants

      Visiting Disney World Parks


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      Related Cub Scout Adventure Electives:
      • Tiger Core Adventure: My Family’s Duty to God

      This adventure will help Tigers understand what duty to God means in Scouting, and also what it means for them and their families.

      • Wolf Core Adventure: Duty to God Footsteps

      This adventure will help each Wolf Scout develop a consistent awareness of his duty to God. He will also explore ways that he can practice his family’s beliefs as part of living out his duty to God.

      • Bear Core Adventure: Fellowship and Duty to God

      To practice their duty to God, Bear Scouts will have opportunities in this adventure to be good neighbors, reaching out in fellowship to people in their communities. They will experience the universal principle, common to many religions, that we should treat others the way we want to be treated.

      • Webelos Core Adventure: Duty to God and You

      A Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion. The BSA Statement of Religious Principle “maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God.” This adventure provides each Webelos Scout an opportunity to learn about and practice his religious faith.

      • AOL Core Adventure: Duty to God in Action

      A Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion.


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      Daily Flag Retreat Ceremony at the Magic Kingdom

      Daily Flag Retreat Ceremony at the Magic Kingdom

      At Walt Disney World, honoring America and it’s people are common themes. You’ll find the flag and other patriotic emblems throughout the parks.
      According to Disney, one of the longest traditions is the daily Flag Retreat in Town Square on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom.

      This patriotic ceremony is performed daily at 5pm in Town Square on MainStreet USA at the Magic Kingdom. The ceremony typically includes the Park Security Honor Guard, including a veteran choosen daily, The Dapper Dans barbershop quartet, The Main Street Philharmonic marching band and The Mayor of Main Street.

      In the video above, a daily flag ceremony at the Magic Kingdom Park includes an honor guard of Walt Disney World Security Officers, The Main Street Philharmonic marching band, The Dapper Dans barbershop quartet (singing “God Bless America”), and announcements by The Mayor of Main Street. As the Philharmonic marches down Main Street to John Philip Souza’s “The Liberty Bell,” a honored veteran carries the folded flag.

      Scouts will enjoy the daily Flag Retreat ceremony at the Magic Kingdom. | ScoutingWDW.com

      Religious Freedom and the American Adventure

      Religious Freedom and the American Adventure

      The American Adventure Pavilion and feature attraction takes guests on a trip through America’s history. The 30 minute show chronicles Americas illustrious past and promising future through audio-animatronics, film and music.

      Beginning with the landing of the Mayflower, watch and see how the American ideals ~ Freedom, Innovation, Independence, and Compassion precipitated more key events like the Boston Tea Party, the winter at Valley Forge, the penning of the Declaration of Independence, the Civil War, industrialization and the Great Depression. Along the way, you’ll also meet inspiring Americans:

      Susan B. Anthony
      Alexander Graham Bell
      Chief Joseph
      Frederick Douglass
      Thomas Jefferson
      John F. Kennedy
      Martin Luther King Jr.
      Will Rogers
      Teddy Roosevelt

      The American Adventure Pavilion also includes:

      • quotes from famous Americans
      • paintings of American life throughout history
      • the Hall of Flags exhibit, a display of the different flags throughout U.S. history 
      More Pilgrim references in the American Pavilion, Epcot

      The Pilgrims were among the first Americans to look for religious freedom.

      Seeds of Hope | Painting This painting portrays a Native American teaching the Plymouth Pilgrims how to plant corn.

      Freedom | Pilgrim Statue Statues personifying various American ideals are located throughout The American Adventure theatre.

      Cars-inspired Tracking Chart

      Cars-inspired Tracking Chart

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      Use this Cars-inspired weekly calendar as a checklist or tracking chart when completing weekly or monthly activities.

      Download the PDF chart from the Disney Family website here.

      Materials & Instructions
      • Regular paper or cardstock
      • 3-hole punch
      • Pen or pencil
      1. Print out the chart on regular paper or cardstock.
      2. Fill in your topics on the left and enter each day’s assignment/goal under the corresponding day of the week.
      3. Check off each day as you complete the assignment or meet the goal.
      This tracking chart may be helpful for these adventures:

      Church Services at Disney?

      Church Services at Disney?

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      Would your family like to incorporate family worship and church services into your vacation planning? While Disney does not regularly offer on property church services, there are a variety of ways your scouting family may worship while on vacation.

      Attend a local church service

      An excellent choice would be Trinity Christian Center, a non-denominational, Bible believing fellowship of Christians, which meets in the Theater of Life (inside the Temple building) in the center of the park. Services begin at 10:30 AM.  Please note: The Holy Land Experience exhibits are closed on Sundays.

      A list of area churches and denominations is available here.

      Private family worship

      While on vacation, consider having private family worship time. A simple private service may include reading from the Bible, singing a favorite family hymn and prayer.

      In your Disney resort room, you will find a Bible placed by Gideons International, each member of the family could take turns sharing their favorite Bible verses.

      If your vacation time happens while your scout is completing their faith core adventure, consider using this workbook to plan a simple service with a scouting twist. Please note the size of the workbook and only print pages as needed.

      Faith Core Adventure requirements:

      During the Holidays

      Disney traditionally offers church services in the Fantasia Ballroom at Disney’s Contemporary Resort for Easter and Christmas.

      There are usually three services, a Catholic Mass at 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m and a Protestant service at 9:00 a.m. Please check with your resort concierge to verify times and locations.

      Wild About Safety

      Wild About Safety

      Wild About Safety

      Have you heard? Timon and Pumbaa are Wild About Safety. Safety is part of their problem-free philosophy and they want it to be part of yours too.

      Safety is an important part of the Scouting experience. The best way to stay safe in the outdoors is to avoid getting into trouble in the first place. That requires planning, training, leadership, good judgment, and accepting responsibility.


      Timon & Pumbaa teach kids how to demonstrate good character traits, such as honesty, kindness, and taking responsibility for one’s actions!

      Disney’s Wild About Safety: Timon and Pumbaa Safety Smart® On the Go! Timon & Pumbaa teach kids about the four Safety Smart® points of safe travel–slow down, pay attention, use proper equipment, don’t distract–and how to apply these points to everyday transportation!


      Disney’s Wild About Safety website shares tips and hints to help your vacation be a safe and magical experience. With games, videos, coloring sheets and more, Timon and Pumbaa are fun to learn with at home and while visiting the parks.

      Here are a few of their THEME PARK SAFETY TIPS
      The Disney Parks are filled with fun rides and attractions, and proper planning and research can help make sure your visit is as safe as can be.

      • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Light-colored clothes are best to help reflect the sun’s rays during warmer weather, and layers are best during those cooler months.
      • Wear UV protective sunglasses and a hat with a wide brim for blocking the sun.
      • Have fun in the sun, don’t get overdone. Don’t forget to apply sun block every two hours.
      • Apply sunscreen that protects against both UVA & UVB rays whenever you’re outdoors:
        • Adults should use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher
        • Children should use SPF 30 or higher
      • Don’t wait too late to hydrate. Hydrate before you get going and before you get thirsty. It’s a good idea to drink 4-6 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes.
      • Test your child to make sure he/she knows how to contact you if they get lost. Put a note in his/her pocket with phone numbers and names to contact.
      • Designate a meeting place and time, just in case the group gets separated for any reason.

      Want a little more Disney magic? Take the Timon and Pumbaa Safety Challenge at Animal Kingdom Park, stop in at guest services and ask for your copy. Safety Cards are also available to collect throughout the park. And if you visit Animal Kingdom Lodge and ask for a Wild About Safety Fun Book, with word searches, scrambles, and coloring pages, this book is a perfect for filling time while waiting in lines.


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      Identifying Animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

      Identifying Animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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      Wildlife Field Guides are available at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. As you enter the expansive lobby of the Jambo House, there is a gigantic picture window with a view to 30 acres on the Savannah, enjoy the African animals from the elevated viewing area, Arusha Rock.   

      All three Savannahs were specially built for the lodge animals, which are cared for separately from the Animal Kingdom Park animals. Alcoves in the hallways and additional viewing spots are available througout the resort. To find the largest variety of animals, search at both Jambo House and Kidani Village.

      Want a little more Disney magic? Chat with an Animal Kingdom Lodge Cast Member, ask them questions about their country and their traditions. Many are on a cultural exchange program and it is like having your own personal guide into African life and the land. Cast Members are usually available on the overlooks and trails, especially at sunset on the overlook near the pool where a number of night vision goggles are shared for viewing the animals.

      Would your scout like a preview of the AKL Wildlife Field Guide? Request a PDF copy here:

      Disney Campfires

      Disney Campfires

      Disney Campfires are a great way to unwind after a busy park day. Enjoy a crackling campfire and many activities including stories, sing-alongs, and marshmallows.

      Campfire activities available at:

      • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
      • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
      • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
      • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
      • Disney’s Boardwalk Inn
      • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
      • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
      • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
      • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
      • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
      • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
      • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
      • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
      • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
      • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
      • The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort
      • The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort

      Come for the Campfire – Stay for a Movie!
      Disney invites guests to cozy up for outdoor screenings of their favorite Disney films immediately following the campfire activities, at select resorts.

      Want a little more Disney magic?  Experience the ultimate Disney campfire at Chip ‘n Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-long. Bring your own marshmallows and sticks, or purchase a s’mores kit from the Chuckwagon Snack Bar.


       

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      Earning Merit Badges at Disney

      Earning Merit Badges at Disney

      Disney offers a series of education classes for individuals and groups at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

      Learn how to earn Merit Badges by attending the Disney Youth Education Series program.

      The Disney Youth Education Series (YES) programs give students –and their teachers– a hands-on, educational adventure. This collection of guided field studies, available in Applied Sciences, Environmental Studies, Liberal Arts and Leadership Development, is accredited, standards-based and designed to reinforce classroom lessons. Many are also complementary to the requirements of several Boy Scout Merit Badges.

      YES classes are 

      • guided, in-park educational field studies
      • offered year round, seven days a week
      • available to elementary, middle, junior and senior high school students

      Boy Scout Troops may participate in the YES programs by scheduling a group trip or individual Boy Scouts may register for available Disney sponsored classes offered at various times throughout the year. Disney Cast Members are not Merit Badge counselors, therefore, arrangements for blue card sign off must be arranged by the troop independently.

      These Merit Badges may be partially or fully completed by attending one or more classes in the Disney Youth Education Series program:

      Other Merit Badges to consider while in the Orlando area:

      To request more information on coordinating a troop camping trip, earning Merit Badges at Disney or planning a family trip to Disney contact your travel agent.

      or submit a request here:

      Read more about incorporating Disney YES classes into your family vacation plans here.

      Geocaching at Walt Disney World

      Geocaching at Walt Disney World

      Finding a hidden treasure is right up Disney’s alley…it’s magical! The anticipation of the hunt, the excitement of the journey, and the jubilee of discovery combine to create a thrilling game-like adventure for scouts. Geocaching at Walt Disney World is a fun activity to reinforce the Geocaching Merit Badge and Camping scouting requirements.

      When the Geocaching Merit Badge requirements were first released in 2010, Bryan on Scouting highlighted these learning points:

      • Precautions necessary to have a safe time while searching for geocaches
      • Geocaching etiquette and how the principles of Leave No Trace apply
      • Geocaching terms
      • How GPS technology works
      • Steps for finding and logging a cache
      • How to use geocaching.com, the official online home of geocaching

      Traditionally, geocaching involves using GPS technology and other clues to find hidden cache boxes and physically logging in your find. There are a few physical caches in the Orlando area, some very near Disney property.

      Geocaching at Walt Disney World and nearby Orlando
      An off property geocache location may be found near this grove of trees.

      However, because of security precautions, on property geocaching is limited to virtual hunts only. Virtual hunts are also available on geocaching.com, they still use GPS reference points and may include other ‘criteria’ to complete the hunt. Bookmarked Disney hunts are available here and here.

      As an alternative to traditional geocaching, scouts may also enjoy looking for Hidden Mickeys or Waymarking Disney Benchmarks.

      Hidden Mickeys is a fun variation of geocaching at Walt Disney World.
      Hidden Mickeys App

      Hidden Mickey hunts involve finding Mickey shaped heads or Mickey shaped profiles hidden in plain site. Disney Imagineers have incorporated these shapes into the landscape, buildings, attraction ques, signs and more. Hidden Mickeys are located throughout the Disney Resorts & Parks and clues may be found using this app or in the book Hidden Mickey’s.

      Geocaching at Walt Disney World with Disney Benchmarking & Waymarks
      Located in Fantasyland near Ariel’s Grotto.

      Waymarking is similar to geocaching as you use posted coordinates to find interesting places. Disney Benchmarks are survey markers, placed by surveyors commissioned by Walt Disney World during the land development surveys.

      Read more about Geocaching at Walt Disney World here.

      Read more about Waymarking at Walt Disney World here.

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