Cub Scout Astronomy
Belt Loop and Pin
Astronomy Academics Belt Loop
| This article is about the Belt Loop and Pin for Cub Scouts|
for the Merit Badge for Boy Scouts, see Astronomy
The Cub Scout Astronomy belt loop and pin are a part of the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program. Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts may earn this award in a Family, Den, Pack, school, or community setting. Tiger Cubs must be always accompanied by their Adult partner.
Belt Loop Requirements
Complete these three requirements:
- Set up and demonstrate how to focus a simple telescope or binoculars.
- Draw a diagram of our solar system--identify the planets and other objects.
- Explain the following terms: planet, star, solar system, galaxy, the Milky Way, black hole, red giant, white dwarf, comet, meteor, moon, asteroid, and universe.
Academics Pin Requirements
Earn the Astronomy belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:
- Draw a diagram of a telescope and explain how it works.
- Locate and identify five constellations. You may use a telescope.
- Using a telescope, find at least one planet and identify it.
- Find the North Star. Explain its importance.
- Interview an astronomer. Learn about careers that relate to Astronomy. What school subjects will help you get a job in astronomy?
- Visit an observatory or a planetarium. Give a report on what you learned to your den.
- Make a poster illustrating the different kinds of stars. Include a diagram showing the life cycle of a star.
- Learn about some of the early space missions. Tell your den or family about one of them.
- Find a current event about a recent happening related to space. Tell your den or family about this event.
- Make a chart to show the phases of the moon over a two-month period. Define a blue moon.
- Write a report on two famous astronomers.
- Locate three major observatories on a map. Explain why these locations are good for astronomy.
| The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:|
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide, 2015 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 620714)
Help with these requirements
| A FREE workbook for Cub Scout Astronomy is available here! |
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
|meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of|
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
- Earning the Cub Scout Astronomy Belt Loop while a Webelos Scout is requirement 8 of the Webelos Scholar Activity Badge.
- Details on earning a Cub Scout Sports or Academic pin or belt loop multiple times
Related achievements, electives, or other awards
- Tiger Cub Scout
- Tiger Cub Electives
- Elective 14 could be met by completing Astronomy Pin requirement 8 or 9
- Achievement 10f could be met by attending an observatory or planetarium program
- Wolf Electives
- Elective 6b. Read a book (on astronauts or space missions, Astronomy Pin Requirements 8 and 11)
- Elective 12. Be an artist (Astronomy Belt Loop Requirement #2, Astronomy Pin requirements 1, 7 & 10)
- Scientist Activity Badge requirement 4 (earn the Astronomy Belt Loop while a Webelos Scout)
- Artist Activity Badge requirements 7, 8, or 9