Belt Loopalooza returns to Jewel Cave


Cub Scouts throughout the Black Hills are preparing to embark on a day-long adventure at Jewel Cave National Monument on Saturday, July 21. The Belt Loopalooza event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and consists of 10 unique activity stations. Space is limited and reservations are required. Pack leaders and den leaders are encouraged to call and secure their space as soon as possible.

Participating Cub Scouts interact with resource professionals toward the completion of belt loop awards and related patches which complement the protection, preservation and conservation of public lands.

“The National Park Service has a long history of working with the Boy Scouts of America, engaging scouts to learn about their national treasures,” said Bradley Block, chief of interpretation. “The Black Hills are very fortunate to have a number of public land agencies, and the monument is thrilled to have their staff support with this Cub Scout event.” 

The event offers 10 belt loop topics, which include the following:

• Astronomy

• Geography

• Geology

• Heritages

• Hiking

• Maps and compass

• Physical fitness

• Science

• Weather

• Wildlife conservation

Participating Cub Scouts may select five of the 10 belt loops and accomplish the requirements through individual, 45-minute stations. Park rangers, naturalists, game officers and related public servants are the leaders of the stations. All Cub Scouts need a reservation to attend the program, and reservations are being taken through the Jewel Cave Visitor Center. 

“Although the original Cub Scout belt loop program has changed in recent years, the monument has been asked by numerous packs and dens to offer this special event each summer,” Block said.

All Cub Scouts must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the entire event. Participating families will also need to furnish their own lunch, water and snacks for the day; Scout families should dress for the weather and be prepared for a variety of conditions. 

To make a reservation for the Belt Loopalooza call the visitor center at 673-8300.