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SOS - Summer of Sleuthing
Children's Family History Summer Challenges

(ages 5-11 years)

Do at least three (3) projects to earn your
Summer Of Sleuthing Challenges Award

You can work on these projects as an individual,
or with your Primary or Cub Scout group.

Visiting the Family History Library meets Cub Scout requirements for the Wolf and the Bear. It fills the ‘f’ part of achievement #4 for the Wolf and part ‘d’ for achievement #3 for the Bear. This also fills part ‘a’ of #8 for the Bear.  Girls Scouts can do activity #6 of their ‘Religious Diversity’ patch requirements. Primary Girls can use some of these projects for Achievement Days. Check with your leader to see what you should work on.


We suggest that you DO THIS ONE plus 2 more:

C-1   Keep or start a journal.  Write in it about how the challenges you are choosing to work on.   Keeping a journal also fills part ‘f’ of Cub Scouts Bear achievement #8. Bring your journal with you when you receive your certificate.


C-2    You can get your Primary Faith in God, Learning and Living the Gospel, by completing this challenge:

Prepare a pedigree chart with your name and your parents’ and grandparents’ names. Prepare a family group record for your family and share a family story. Discuss how performing temple work blesses families. (This also fulfills part of requirement ‘d’ for Bear Cub achievement #8.)  Write about this experience in your journal.  


C-3  Create a project about yourself, your family, or a grandparent. Here are ideas:

  • Create a collage

  • Create a picture book

  • Create a mobile

  • Create a home video

  • Create a diorama

  • Create a doll house of yours or your grandparent’s home.

Your project should illustrate something about you or your family. Share your completed project with your family. Write about this challenge in your journal and, if possible, include a picture of your finished project.

C-4  Do a service project for an older relative. Suggestions are help clean up their yard or a room in their home. Ask them what you can do to help them. Treat them as you would the Savior. Write your feelings about this challenge in your journal.

C-5   Interview one of your grandparents or great-grandparents about their life. Pick up a copy of the handout “Suggested Ideas for Interviewing Relatives” from your FH consultant, or CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD SOME SAMPLE QUESTIONS.  

If you are a Cub Scout, interviewing a grandparent fulfills the Bear part ‘d’ of achievement #8. If you talk to your grandfather, asking him about his Cub Scouting experiences fulfills part ‘b’ of #8.

Write down or tape-record their story and make copies to share with your grandparent and your family. Be sure to write your feelings about this challenge in your journal.


C-6  Take a family history class at the Family History Library and write in your journal about what you learned and how it can help you learn more about your ancestors.   


C-7    With the help of an adult if needed, look for a deceased relative in the index to ‘Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956’ (with images).  The Utah death certificates can be searched through the ‘Record Search’ feature at: Print copies of any you find.  Write in your journal about this challenge and what you learned about your relative(s).

C-8   Find a book in the Family History Library about the history of your community. Write at least a page about what you found interesting in the book. (Also meets part ‘e’ of achievement #8 for Bear Cub Scouts.) Write about this book in your journal.

C-9    Go to a cemetery and help clean an area. If you have family members buried there, clean around their graves, and copy the information on their markers. Write your feelings about this challenge in your journal

C-10   [This fulfills activity #6 in the requirements for earning the Girl Scouts ‘Religious Diversity’ Patch.] Have a family discussion about any of your ancestors who moved to the United States because of religious persecution or in search of religious freedom. Why did they feel it was important to come to the United States? What sacrifices did they make to come to the United States? What was it like in their former country? Write about what you learned in your journal. Share what you learned with your troop.

C-11    With your Achievement Day group or your Cub Scout group, call the Tremonton / Garland Family History Library (257-7015)  and schedule the "Tigger Activity".  This is about a 1 hour activity.  Your leader will need to pick up a Tigger Pedigree chart from the library, in advance, and make copies for each of you to use during the activity.   What is a family tree?  How do we look for our family?  Explain what "ancestors" are.  Who are your ancestors?

Remember to bring project C-3 (if you chose that one) to the concluding ceremony at the Ward FALL Social. Your journal can be a lasting record of what you accomplished in your challenges

Certificate of Completion