Academics - Maps/Compass

Maps and Compass Loop and Pin

Tiger, Wolfs, Bears and Webelos Scouts may complete these requirements in a family, den, pack, school, or community environment.

Tiger Cubs must work with their parents or adult partners. Parents and partners do not earn loops or pins.

Requirements for the Map & Compass Belt Loop

  1. Show how to orient a map. Find three landmarks on the map.

  2. Explain how a compass works.

  3. Draw a map of your neighborhood. Label the streets and plot the route you take to get to a place that you often visit.

Requirements for the Map & Compass Pin

Earn the Map & Compass belt loop, and complete six of the following requirements:

  1. Explain to your den or an adult family member what cartography means.

  2. Make a poster showing 10 map symbols and their meaning.

  3. Read a book or story about a famous explorer or navigator. Tell your den or family what you learned.

  4. Make a simple compass with a magnet and pin.

  5. Explain the difference between latitude and longitude and show them on a map or globe.

  6. Draw a compass rose for a map. Label north, south, east, and west.

  7. Study a blank map of the United States of America. Label your state, and the states that share its boundary lines.

  8. In the field, show how to take a compass bearing and how to follow it.

  9. Show how to measure distances, using a scale on a map legend.

  10. Measure your pace. Then layout a simple compass course for your den to try.

  11. Using a road map, determine how many miles it is between two major cities or familiar destinations.

  12. Explain what the different map colors can mean on a map.

Map & Compass Online Resources

  1. Compass Dude

Steps to Follow:

  1. Download and Print Worksheet at bottom of page

  2. Scout completes Worksheet

  3. Turn completed Worksheet into your Den Leader

  4. Den Leader may have questions for your Scout

  5. Den Leader will enter completion date into Tracking Software

  6. Scout will be awarded Loop a/o Pin at the next Pack Meeting

  7. Limit of Two Loops and Two Pins per Month

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