How To Tie A Double Half Hitch

How To Tie A Double Half Hitch

The two half-hitches is a type of knot, specifically a binding knot or hitch knot. It consists of an overhand knot tied around a post, followed by a half-hitch. Equivalently, it consists of a half-turn around a post followed by a clove hitch of the running end around the standing part.

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The Law of the Pack

This last weekend we went to the theater and watched the new Disney live action movie The Jungle Book.  During multiple scenes involving Mowgli and the wolf pack, they remind each other what their duty to the pack is and how the pack protects the individual by reciting "The Law of the Jungle" led by Akela. 

"Now this is the Law of the Jungle. As old and true as the sky; And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die... For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack..."

 During the first scene that this happens, my wife leaned over and whispered, "It's just like Cub Scouts!"  Cub Scouting was created based off of this wonderful story told by Rudyard Kipling. The Law of the Pack was recently replaced by the Scout Law, but still rings true throughout the dens and packs even though we do not recite it anymore.

Law of the Pack - The Cub Scout follows Akela. The Cub Scout helps the Pack go. The Pack helps the Cub Scout Grow. The Cub Scout gives goodwill.

Just like Mowgli, each Cub Scout is going through their own "jungles" and challenges. Along the journey each man cub comes in contact with some strange creatures (leaders) who help the young man cub become the best that he can. Let us as leaders, choose to be those individuals that help our man cubs grow and become the great leaders of the future when they eventually leave the pack in life's journey.

Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award

With summer in full swing, this is a great time of the year to work on the outdoor activity award. The following is the requirements form all ages of Cub Scouts.

Tigers, Wolfs, Bears Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts have the opportunity to earn the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award. Boys may earn the award in each of the program years as long as the requirements are completed each year. The first time the award is earned, the boy will receive the pocket flap award, which is to be worn on the right pocket flap of the uniform shirt. Each successive year the award is earned, a wolf track pin may be added to the flap. Leaders should encourage boys to build on skills and experiences from previous years when working on the award for a successive year.


  •  Complete the Backyard Jungle adventure, and complete four of the outdoor activities listed below 


  • Complete the Paws on the Path adventure, and complete five of the outdoor activities listed below.


  • Complete the Bear Necessities adventure, and complete six of the outdoor activities listed below.


  • Complete the Webelos Walkabout adventure, and complete seven of the outdoor activities listed below.

Outdoor Activities

With your den, pack, or family:

  1. Participate in a nature hike in your local area. This can be on an organized, marked trail, or just a hike to observe nature in your area.

  2. Participate in an outdoor activity such as a picnic or fun day in a park.

  3. Explain the buddy system and tell what to do if lost. Explain the importance of cooperation.

  4. Attend a pack overnighter. Be responsible by being prepared for the event.

  5. Complete an outdoor service project in your community.

  6. Complete a nature/conservation project in your area. This project should involve improving, beautifying, or supporting natural habitats. Discuss how this project helped you to respect nature.

  7. Participate in your pack's earning the Summertime Pack Award.

  8. Participate in a nature observation activity. Describe or illustrate and display your observations at a den or pack meeting.

  9. Participate in an outdoor aquatics activity. This can be an organized swim meet or just a den, pack, or family swim.

  10. Participate in an outdoor campfire program. Perform in a skit, sing a song, or take part in a ceremony.

  11. Participate in an outdoor sporting event.

  12. Participate in an outdoor Scout's Own or other worship service.

  13. Explore a local city, county, state, or national park. Discuss with your den how a good citizen obeys park rules.

  14. As of June 1st, there is a new option, "Invent an outside game, and play it outside with friends for 30 minutes.

Things You Can Do As A Parent To Help Your Cub Scout

As a parent, especially if it is your first time experiencing Cub Scouts, the question always come up... "What do I need to do?" There are a ton of things involved with Cub Scouts. From all the requirements for Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Activity Badges, Arrow of Light, and not to mention Sports and Academic belt loops and pins... it can get a little overwhelming.  Just remember the Cub Scout Motto - "DO YOUR BEST!"

The following are some items that you as a parent can do to "help the pack go"

  1. Be sure your boy attends weekly Den Meetings. Remind him to be on his best behavior while he is there. He is a guest in the Den Leader's Home.
  2. Remind him to wear his uniform to school on Den Meeting days, or at least have it laid out and ready to go so he can change quickly.  Have his uniform clean and all appropriate patches sewn on so he looks great at all scout function.
  3. Be willing to help out with transportation for Den Meetings, field trips, etc. Help him to provide den treats when it is his turn.
  4. HELP HIM TO ACHIEVE! Read his handbook, familiarize yourself with his requirements, many of them are done with the family, and at home. Read the parents supplement at the front of his book.
  5. Make sure that you Cub is doing his very best. Don't sign off achievements unless he has really earned each part of it. Don't count things he did as a wolf toward his bear. He needs to do each item during that year.
  6. ATTEND PACK MEETING with your son. Be alert to his behavior during the meeting, the Den Leader is not solely responsible for him, or his actions during pack meeting.
  7. Be willing to assist with costumes, skits, crafts, outings, refreshments, Scout-O-Ramma, etc.
  8. Always remember that Cub Scouting is Family Oriented. It is designed to help parents with their boys. The Den and Pack CANNOT help your boy grow without your help.
As the Law of the Pack states...
"The Cub Scout helps the Pack go,
The Pack helps the Cub Scout grow"