Cub Scout Geology

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Belt Loop and Pin
Geology Academics Belt Loop
Geology Academics Pin
(line drawing, actual pins are color)
The Cub Scout Geology Belt Loop is an option for the Webelos Geologist activity badge.
The Cub Scout Geology belt loop and pin help prepare Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts for the Boy Scout Geology merit badge.

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Belt Loop Requirements

  1. Define geology.
  2. Collect a sample of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Explain how each was formed.
  3. Explain the difference between a rock and a mineral.

Academics Pin Requirements

Earn the Geology belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Make a plaster cast of a fossil.
  2. Make a special collection of rocks and minerals that illustrates the hardness scale.
  3. Give examples of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks.
  4. Gather several different types of rocks. Compare them and put them in groups according to physical properties such as color, texture, luster, hardness, or crystals.
  5. Describe the effects of wind, water, and ice on the landscape.
  6. Make "pet rocks" using rocks, paint, and glue-on eyes. Tell a creative story about your pet rocks.
  7. Draw a diagram showing different types of volcanoes or draw a diagram that labels the different parts of a volcano.
  8. Make a crystal garden.
  9. Make a collection of five different fossils and identify them to the best of your ability.
  10. Make a poster or display showing 10 everyday products that contain or use rocks or minerals.
  11. Visit a mine, oil or gas field, gravel pit, stone quarry, or similar area of special interest related to geology.
  12. Visit with a geologist. Find out how he or she prepared for the job. Discuss other careers related to geology.
  13. Draw the inside of a cave showing the difference between stalactites and stalagmites.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide, 2003 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #34299)

Help with these requirements

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Cub Scout Geology is available here! (PDF or Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the Cub Scout Geology requirements. has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.


  1. Earning the Cub Scout Geology Belt Loop while a Webelos Scout is requirement 9 of the Webelos Geologist Activity Badge.
  2. 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
  • Tiger Elective 2. Make pet rocks to use as decorations for Cub Scout Geography Pin requriement #6.
  • Tiger Elective 16. Make and show a rock collection for Cub Scout Geography Pin requriement #4 or fossils for Pin #9.
Wolf Cub Scout
  • Wolf Achievement 6b. could be partially met by Cub Scout Geology Belt Loop requirement 2
Bear Cub Scout
Bear Electives
  • Bear Elective 12f. could be met while completing Cub Scout Geology Pin requirement 2, 3, or 4
  • Bear Elective 15a. could be met by completing Cub Scout Geology Pin requirement 11
Webelos Scout
  • Geologist Activity Badge requirement 9. (earn the Cub Scout Geology Belt Loop while a Webelos Scout)
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program
  • Cub Scout Collecting Belt Loop requirement 1. could be partially met while completing Cub Scout Geology Belt Loop requirement 2 or Cub Scout Geology Pin requirements 4 or 9
  • Cub Scout Science Pin requirement 7 is similar to Cub Scout Geology Belt Loop requirement 1 and Cub Scout Geology Pin requirement 3
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