Disney Marinas and Boats

Disney Marinas and Boats

Boats at the Grand Floridian

During a visit to Walt Disney World, scouts will be able to complete these elective requirements:

  • Identify five different types of boats.
  • Explain the safety rules that you need to follow before participating in boating.
  • Identify the equipment needed when going boating.
  • Discuss the importance of learning the skills you need to know before going boating.

Water Recreation – Scouts families will be able to pilot their own adventure aboard an array of boats around lakes, lagoons and bays throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels with Marinas:

  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Transportation – Walt Disney World Transportation includes motorcoaches, the monorail and ferry boats.

Learn about the different types of ferry boats and their routes here.

Attractions & Activities – From a leisurely jaunt around Tom Sawyer Island in the Magic Kingdom’s paddle-wheel riverboat to a kids only treasure hunt for pirate booty, Walt Disney World offers a variety of boating activities.

  • Liberty Square River Boat
  • Pirate Adventure Cruises
  • Ferrytale Wishes Dessert Cruise
  • Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage
  • Guided Fishing Excursions

Want a little more Disney magic?  Ask the boat captains/crew for a Transportation Card. These collectible, numbered cards feature the various modes of transportation around the Walt Disney World Resorts & Parks, including motorcoaches, the monorail and ferries.

Want to know more about the Walt Disney World water recreation and activities? Click here.

Disney Pools

Disney Pools

Kidani (11)

During a visit to Walt Disney World, scouts will be able to complete these elective requirements while swimming at the resort pool:

  • Show that you can put on and fasten a life jacket the correct way.
  • Show how to enter the water safely, blow your breath out under the water, and do a prone glide.
  • Visit a local pool or public swimming area with your family.
  • Explain to your den leader/parent why swimming is good exercise.
  • With qualified supervision, jump into water that is at least chest-high, and swim 25 feet or more.
  • Demonstrate the front crawl swim stroke to your den or family.
  • Demonstrate the precautions you must take before attempting to dive headfirst into the water, and attempt a front surface dive.
  • Learn and demonstrate two of the following strokes: crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, or elementary backstroke.
  • 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 helps keep your head above water by swimming 25 feet. Get out of the water, remove the life jacket, and hang it where it will dry.

LifeJackets at AOA


Want a little more Disney magic?  Experience the ultimate in Disney World swimming at one of the Disney Water Parks: Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach.

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Cub Scout: Home & Family

Cub Scout: Home & Family

During your Walt Disney World vacation, your scout will have the opportunity to practice his home & family skills 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 Home & Family goals built into the adventures including:

  • Appreciating diversity and each Scout’s unique family heritage
  • Being observant
  • Building skills
  • Developing confidence, and encouraging bravery and patience
  • Developing patience and perseverance as they train their pets
  • Following directions
  • Home repair knowledge and skills
  • Learning some basics about project planning (selecting a project, evaluating what is needed, choosing the proper type of wood, etc.)
  • Learning the benefits of having loyal pets and being loyal to them in return
  • Motor skills
  • Showing creativity and artistic skills with the final project
  • Showing respect and kindness for animals
  • Understanding basic tools and tool safety
  • Using math skills while measuring
  • Working with wood to create a project
A Scout is trustworthy, helpful, courteous, obedient, and kind while practicing home & family skills.


Plan a family or scout pack/troop camping trip to Walt Disney World.

Scouting WDW

Scouting with the mouse ideas – practice home & family goals while:

Planning for your Disney World Resort & Park Visit

Traveling to Walt Disney World

Dining at Disney World Restaurants

Visiting Disney World Parks


Related Cub Scout Adventure Electives:
• Tiger Core Adventure: Team Tiger

• Tiger Elective Adventure: Family Stories

This adventure will help Tigers learn about their families and their heritage.

• Bear Elective Adventure: Baloo the Builder

Learning to work with wood to create fun and useful items is a good skill for anyone to have. This adventure will expose the Bear Scout to the safe and proper use of hand tools, how to determine the correct type of wood for a project, and how to construct an item. The adventure also offers a good opportunity to bring parents of the Scouts or other adults with woodworking skills into the den setting, asking them to help with some of the technical aspects. This adventure can also serve as an introduction to the Boy Scout Woodworking merit badge offered.

• Bear Elective Adventure: Critter Care

Bear Scouts will learn how caring for a pet fosters responsibility and offers a sense of companionship that they can nurture and cherish throughout their lives. This adventure also gives them an opportunity to learn about the many ways animals return the favor and assist people in need.

• Webelos / AOL Elective Adventure: Build It

This adventure can assist Webelos Scouts as they develop building and motor skills, tool knowledge, and good safety practices. It also helps them gain appreciation for several forms of craftsmanship.

• Webelos / AOL Elective Adventure: Fix It

This adventure will help Scouts develop their motor skills and increase their knowledge of tools and safety procedures. Each boy will gain the confidence he needs to react properly and help out if certain home or auto repairs are needed.

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Sum of All Thrills

Sum of All Thrills

Scouts can build their own theme park ride!

Visit Epcots Innovention building and stop by Sum of All Thrills.  This is where scouts and their ride partner will take a turn in the Designer Lab creating their one-of-a-kind ride experience. Using an interactive touchscreen design panel, scouts can add drops, barrel rolls, twists and turns using their math, science and engineering know how. During the testing phase, adjust height, velocity and follow other recommendations to modify your ride experience based on mild to wild settings.

Once your ride design has been locked into the system, head up a short flight of stairs while your ride specifications are programmed into a 4-D robotic simulator. Buckle-up and get ready to feel every bump, twist and drop of the ultimate ride you just created – complete with the realism of high-definition video, audio and motion.

Want a little more Disney magic? After your ride, you’ll receive a card with your one-of-a-kind ride experience program. Visit MathMovesU to replay your ride on your home pc. Not visiting the parks soon enough? The MathMovesU site also has an online Design Your Own Ride and Game experience scouts may want to check out.

Disney Family Tree & Crest

Disney Family Tree & Crest

Scouts who need to complete a family tree for an adventure elective requirement or a Merit Badge requirement should start with their name and include at least two additional generations. While completing a family tree, parents and scouts can discuss the history, traditions, and culture of their family heritage.

My Family Tree for the Core Value: Faith

Faith means having inner strength and confidence based on trust in a higher power. Understanding one’s family tree, ancestors, and heritage brings stories to life of the strength and confidence of our family members. It also tells of their belief and trust in a higher power to help bring them safely to the United States. In years past, many immigrants traveled by boat. What faith they had in that boat that would change their lives!  Courtesy April 2013 Cub Scout Meeting Guide


Want a little more Disney magic?  Use the Disney coat of arms found above Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Disneyland as inspiration for creating your own coat of arms.

Would your scout like a copy of the Disney inspired Family Tree ? Request a PDF copy here:

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.

Church Services at Disney?

Church Services at Disney?


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


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: