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1998 Webelos Activity Badge
Requirements Changes

The following Requirements were revised in the
1998 edition of the Webelos Scout Book.

(New wording is shown in bold underlined type.
Deletions are shown struck through in red italics, like this text.

Changes made since the 1998 edition was printed are shown in Bold Green Underlined text, like this sentence.

Physical Skills Group:


There are minor wording changes to most of the items.

A new item 7 was added as follows:

Put on a personal Flotation device (PFD) that is the right size for you. Make sure it is properly fastened. Wearing the PFD, jump into water over your head. Show how the PFD keeps your head above water by swimming 25 feet.  Get out of the water, remove the PFD, and hang it where it will dry.

Old item 7 was renumbered as number 8.


There are minor wording changes to items 2, 3, and 6, and the requirement  for bent-knee sit-ups in item 3 was changed to curl-ups.


Instead of requiring the first two items, and three of the other four items, the requirement is now to do six of the items.

Item 1 has minor wording changes.

Old items 2 and 5 were deleted, items 3, 4, and 6 were renumbered to 4, 6, and 5.

New items 2, 3, and 7 were added as follows:

2. Read the meal planning information in this chapter. With a parent or other family member, plan a week of meals. Explain what kinds of meals are best for you and why.

3. Keep a record of your daily meals and snacks for a week.  Decide whether you have been eating foods that are good for you.

7. Read the booklet Don't Be Tricked by Drugs: A Deadly Game! Take A Stand Against Drugs! Discuss it with an adult and show that you understand the material.

NOTE:  The booklet "Don't Be Tricked by Drugs: A Deadly Game!" mentioned in Requirement 7 in the book has been replaced by a newer booklet, entitled "Take A Stand Against Drugs!". The booklet should be available from your local Boy Scout Council Office (NOT the Scout Shop™). If your Council Office does not have copies of this publication, they should call the National BSA Drug Prevention Task Force for additional copies.  Bulk orders by Scouters or other groups are also accepted, and may be made by sending a check for $20.00 for 100 copies, to:

IRVING, TEXAS, USA 75061-2049


There are minor wording changes to items 1, 2, and 4.

Mental Skills Group:


Items 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 had minor wording changes.

Item 3 was changed to require use of a computer:

Item 7 was replaced with the following:

  1. Make an art construction, using your choice of materials.
  2. Create a collage that expresses something about yourself.


Items 4, 5, and 7 had minor wording changes.


In the PUPPETRY option, each of the items had minor wording changes.

In the MUSIC option, items 3, 5, and 7 had minor wording changes.

In the DRAMA option, items 1, 7, and 8 had minor wording changes.


Items 1, 2, 5, and 7 had  minor wording changes.

Old item 3 was deleted, and replaced with old item 4, which had some minor wording changes.

New item 4 was added as follows:

  1. Figure out what it costs per mile for the trip you have taken in requirement 3.

Community Group:


Items 3, 4, 5, and 6 had minor wording changes.

Item 16 was moved to the required section as item 7, and changed to read as follows:

  1. Alone or with your Webelos den, do a special Good Turn. Help your church or other religious organization, school, neighborhood, or town. Tell what you did.

Items 7-15 were renumbered as 8-16, with minor wording changes to items 8, 12, 15, and 16.


Instead of requiring 4 of the first 7 items, and 2 of the other 4 items,  the requirement is now to do 7 out of the 14 items.

Item 2 now reads:

  1. Prepare and give a three-minute talk to your den on a subject of your choice.

Item 3 had a minor wording change and Item 4 now reads as follows:

  1. Identify and discuss with your den as many different methods of communication as you can (at least six different methods).

Old items 5 and 7 were deleted; items 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 were renumbered to 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 14; minor wording changes were made to new item 6; and item 10 was changed to read as follows:

  1. Use a personal computer to write a letter to a friend or relative. Create your letter, check it for grammar and spelling, and save it to either a hard drive or a diskette. Print it.

New items 8, 11, 12, and 13 were added, and read as follows:

  1. Write an article about a den activity for your pack newsletter or local newspaper.
  1. Under the supervision of a parent or adult, search the Internet and connect to five Web sites that interest you. Exchange e-mail with a friend or relative.
  2. Earn the academics belt loop for Computers.
  3. Earn the academics belt loop for Communicating.


Items 2 and 3 had minor wording changes.

The numbering of items 4 and 5 was reversed.

New Item 6 was added as follows:

  1. Plan your own budget for 30 days. Keep track of your daily expenses for seven days.

Items 6-11 were renumbered 7-12, and items 7 and 11 (old 6 and 10) had minor wording changes.

Item 12 (old 11) was revised to read as follows:

  1. Take part in at least four family meetings and help make decisions. The meetings might involve plans for family activities, or they might be about serious topics that your parent wants you to know about.


Items 1, 3, and 11 had minor wording changes.

Item 2 was changed to read as follows:

  1. Explain how you can get help quickly if there is an emergency in your home. Make a "help list" of people or agencies that can help you if you need it. Post it near a phone or other place with easy access.

Technology Group:


The requirement to do items 1-3 and 1 of the other 5 items was removed. The Webelos Scout must do all 4 items which remain.

Item 3 was renumbered as item 1, with a minor wording change.

Although the list of projects is unchanged, the instructions for item 2 were changed to read as follows:

  1. With adult supervision and using hand tools, construct two different wooden objects you and your Webelos den leader agree on, Cut out four different things from wood, such as the items listed below. Use a coping saw or jigsaw for at least two of these projects. Put them together with glue, nails, or screws. Paint, and paint or stain them. Or do any similar projects that you and your Webelos den leader agree upon.

Old items 1, 4, 5, and 7 were deleted.  Old items 6 and 8 were renumbered as 3 and 4, and changed to read as follows:

  1. 6. Make a display stand, frame, or box to be used to display for a photo, a model or an award. Or make a frame for a photo or painting. Use suitable material. you or someone else has received. Use wood or other suitable material.
  2. 8. Make four useful items of some other material using materials other than wood that you and your Webelos den leader agree on upon, such as clay, plastic, leather, metal, glass, paper, rubber, or rope. These should be challenging items and must involve several operations.


Items 3 and 4 were revised to read as follows:

  1. Visit a civil engineer to understand how to measure Measure the length of a property line. Explain how property lines are determined.
  2. Tell about Make a drawing of how electricity is generated and then gets to your home. house.

New items 5 and 10 were added, and read as follows:

  1. Construct a simple working electrical circuit using a flashlight battery, a switch, and a light.
  1. Explain how engineers use computers.

Items 5-8 were renumbered as 6-9. New Items 7 and 8 had minor wording changes.   New item 6 was changed to read:

  1. Make drawings of three kinds of bridges and explain their differences. Explain   them. Construct a model bridge of your choice.


Items 1, 3, 4, 5, and 9 had minor wording changes, including the addition of a requirement for adult supervision in items 3, 4, and 9.

Item was changed to read as follows:

  1. Help take care of the lawn.


Items 2, 3, and 6 were changed to read as follows:

  1. Read Pascal's Law. Tell about some inventions that use Pascal's law. Show how it works.
  2. Read Newton's first law of motion. Show in three different ways how inertia works.
  1. Show the effects of water and air pressure. This may be combined with atmospheric pressure or with air pressure.

New item 7 was added, and reads as follows:

  1. Build and launch a model rocket with adult supervision. (NOTE: You must be at least 10 years old to work with a model rocket kit sold in hobby stores.)

Item 12 was removed, items 7-11 were renumbered 8-12 and new item 10 was changed to read as follows:

  1. 9. Explain how you use your center of gravity to keep your Define balance. Show three different balancing tricks.

Outdoor Group:


Item 1 was replaced with the following

  1. Make a map of the United States. Show the types of forests growing in different parts of the country. Name some kinds of trees that grow in these forests. For each type of forest, give one or more examples of uses for the wood of its trees.

New items 2, 3, 5, and 10 were added, as follows:

  1. Draw a picture to show the plant and tree layers of a forest in your area. Label the different layers. (If you don't live in an area that has  forests, choose an area that does and draw a picture of that forest.)
  2. Identify six forest trees common to the area where you live. Tell how both wildlife and humans use them. (If you don't live in a region that has  forests, read about one type of forest and name six of its trees and their uses.)
  1. Draw a picture showing
    • how water and minerals in the soil help a tree grow
    • how the tree uses sunlight to help it grow
  1. Draw your own urban forestry plan for adding trees to a street, yard, or park near your home. Show what types of trees you would like to see planted.

Items 2 and 3 were renumbered as items 4 and 6, and had some minor wording changes.

Item 4 was deleted.

Items 5, 6, and 7 were renumbered as items 7, 8, and 9, and had some minor wording changes.


Items 1 and 2 were renumbered 2 and 1, and the last sentence of new item 1 was changed to read:

Give examples of minerals used in these products.

Item 3 had a minor wording change.

New item 7 was added, and reads:

  1. Describe what a fossil is. How is it used to tell how old a formation is? Find two examples of fossils in your area.


In item 1, the following was added:

Study them for a while then release them.

In item 2, the following was DELETED:

Put plants and animals that you have collected in it.

Minor wording changes were made to items 5 and 6.

New item 8 was added as follows:

  1. Give examples of
    • A producer, a consumer, and a decomposer in the food chain of an ecosystem
    • One way humans have changed the balance of nature
    • How you can help protect the balance of nature


There are minor wording changes to items 2, 4, 6, and 8, and the requirement to sleep on a ground bed was removed from item 2.

Page updated on: August 28, 2022

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