Each part of the Cub Scout free trial will offer a fun and exciting at-home activity, but also help you earn
your first Cub Scout Badge - the Bobcat Badge! You can complete each part of the free trial in an
afternoon or over time! As a reminder, you can sign up at any point in time to join a Cub Scout Pack
in your area. 

Below you will use your engineering skills to build a catapult....to launch marshmallows! Then you'll finish

the Cub Scout Free Trial by learning the Cub Scout motto and Cub Scout salute. You will then have completed

the free trial of Cub Scouts. Then it’s time to think about signing up and joining a local cub scout group! When you’re ready click the link below to learn how to take the next steps. And as a bonus, you’ve also completed almost everything needed to earn your first Cub Scout rank – the bobcat badge! 


Defense engineers develop items that assist in protecting our country. Around 400 BC, defense engineers in Greece developed catapults to shoot projectiles long distances. You can build a simple machine with craft sticks to launch marshmallows!

Every object on earth has potential energy. That means it COULD move even if it isn't right now. When an object IS moving it has kinetic energy. For this experiment, you are going to store energy in a spring. That spring will have the potential to move, but it won't move until you let it move. The catapult you make is going to transfer energy from the spring to a marshmallow. The marshmallow will have potential energy until the catapult releases, then the marshmallow will have kinetic energy as it flies through the air.

Projectile motion is the motion of an object thrown or projected into the air, subject to only the acceleration of gravity. The object is called a projectile, and its path is called its trajectory. The motion of falling objects is a simple one-dimensional type of projectile motion in which there is no horizontal movement. Today you can complete a two-dimensional projectile motion experiment, such as that of a football or other object for which air resistance is negligible. After creating your marshmallow catapult, design your own hands on experiment to demonstrate projectile motion!


Points to consider:

  • Keep track of your experimental data for every attempt. Include the angle of launch and the distance projected.

  • Make sure you apply the same force each time, perhaps by using a weight to launch the marshmallow.

  • Try launching items other than marshmallows, which fly the furthest? 

Materials Needed:

  • 9 craft sticks. Popsicle sticks may work, but wider sticks are much better.

  • 4-6 rubber bands

  • 1 plastic spoon

  • Marshmallows


  1. Take 7 of the craft sticks and tie a rubber band tightly around one end.

  2. Tie another rubber band tightly around the opposite end so all 7 sticks are bound together.

  3. Take the remaining 2 sticks and tie a rubber band on one of the ends. Try to tie the band close to the edge of the sticks.

  4. Insert the 7 sticks banded together through the 2 stick bundle.

  5. Tie a rubber band in a cross fashion joining the two pieces. The closer the 7 stick bundle gets to the edge, the more leverage the catapult will have.

  6. Use a few rubber bands and attach the plastic spoon on the end.

Watch Jenna Briggs, a Buckeye Council volunteer and parent show us how to make a marshmallow catapult! 

Other Cub Scouts making marshmallow catapults!

Share your free trial photos by tagging @BuckeyeCouncil on Facebook/Instagram or using #HomeScouting or #BuckeyeCouncil on Instagram! Find a collection of Cub Scouts participating in Buckeye Council's HomeScouting Adventures here


A motto is a guiding principle and a rule for living. Do Your Best means trying your hardest, not just a little bit. Do your best all the time. Do your best in school and at home. Do your best when you play a game and help your team. Do your best as you work on your rank adventures!


Do Your Best


Salute with your right hand. Hold your first two fingers close together. Touch your fingertips to your cap. If you aren’t wearing a cap, touch your right eyebrow. You salute the flag to show respect to our country. Always use the Cub Scout salute when you are in your Cub Scout uniform, both indoors and outdoors. If you are not in uniform, you salute the flag by placing your right hand over your heart.


Salute with your right hand. Hold your first two fingers close together. Touch your fingertips to your cap. If you aren’t wearing a cap, touch your right eyebrow.




The last requirement of the Bobcat Badge is learning about protecting children from child abuse. The Boy Scouts of America takes Youth Protection and child abuse very seriously and has a zero tolerance policy against child abuse. Understanding these principles could prevent your child or another child from being abused or may empower you to stop abuse as soon as possible and seek the necessary help.


Child abuse is something we would rather not talk about, or even think about, but we must. Every offender benefits from our ignorance. If we fail to do everything we can to keep our children safe, the consequences can be devastating, even deadly. This requirement cannot address all threats to personal safety your child may experience in and out of Scouting, but it will teach you how to identify and prevent numerous forms of abuse. It contains exercises, based on a set of personal safety rules, that will empower your child to better recognize, respond to, and report abuse. Go through the exercises together. Your child is that important. In fact, all children are that important. Youth Protection Begins With YOU.



If you completed Adventures 1-3 of the Free Trial and read the Protect Yourself Guide, your Scout completed the Bobcat Badge! This is the first badge your Scout will earn in the Cub Scouts. Your Bobcat Badge will be presented to you at an upcoming in-person meeting with your Cub Scout Pack that you join. 

Let us know that you completed the adventures, so we can inform your new Cub Scout Pack that you completed it. But first, make sure to Join Cub Scouts to get awarded!

Have you already joined Cub Scouts?

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