One of the key
elements in having a successful pack is keeping the cub scouts
interested. The Raingutter Regatta and Pinewood Derby are great,
but only occur once a year. Boring pack meetings will only lead to
bored scouts. Here are several ideas to bring some excitement to
your next den meeting or pack meeting!
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- Have the cub scouts build a "race car" at home. Tell them to use a
cardboard box for the car and decorate it with whatever they want.
They can make holes in the sides for their arms or make straps to go over
their shoulders to keep the car on. Any materials are allowed, such as
pie pan wheels and paper towel roll exhaust pipes. The next pack
meeting will be the big race. All scouts should bring their car, a
water bottle, a towel and an extra set of "tie" shoes. Set cones in a
grassy area to map out the oval track (not too big so the Tigers will
physically make the whole race!) Each scout has one person as
their "pit crew" who will stand on the inside of the track at the start
line. Begin with the Tigers. Have the scouts race in their cars
around the track one time and stop at their pit. The pit crew takes
off their shoes and replaces them with ties shoes. This is "changing
the tires." One more circle around and then a stop at the pit crew for
a "fill up." For the fill-up, each scout eats two saltine crackers and
washes it down with water before running the final lap. And of course,
at the end of the final lap, cheer everyone on for a job well done! This
event is exciting, has spills, thrills and fallen car parts after each race
- fun for the parents too!
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Cheering - Any time it is appropriate for clapping, use a special
cheer! Bring an empty Cheer bottle and have the scout master lift the
lid. Every time the lid is off, everyone cheers loudly. You can
also use a neckerchief for cheering. The Pack Leader throws it in the
air and people cheer while it is in the air. They have to stop when
the leader grabs it. Do this several times, grabbing it quickly or
pretending to throw it but not.
Cubstruction! - Create a package of the same items for every
scout. Place all items in a large paper grocery bag, again for each
scout. Items to include can be straws, paper plates, washers, paper
clips, pinecones, string, yarn, pipe cleaners, plastic utensils, foam
peanuts, paper clips, feathers, egg cartons and so forth. Each bag has
to contain the same items. Pass these bags out and tell each scout
that for the next meeting, they need to bring in an invention created with
the items in the bag. They do not have to use every item, and they are
allowed to use any form of glue or tape. Just wait until you see the
amazing things the scouts come up with! Some will use the bag too,
others will create games, some will create robots. If you like, you
can tie this project into a theme such as Space Stations or Conservation.
Have a long table set up at the next meeting to display all the wonderful
projects. Each scout can get in front of the group and describe his
project. This is a lot of fun for both the cub scouts and the parents.
Skits - What is a scout meeting without a
meeting should have one skit prepared by a different den. The skit can
be elaborate or only last a moment. These are fun to watch and help
prepare the scout for speaking in public.
Halloween - The Halloween meeting can be most fun of all.
Scouts can dress in costumes and have a parade around the room. The
month before, ask each den to create a Halloween display for the October
meeting. They can create a "haunted house," a game with a Halloween
theme - anything they want! The display can have candy for each
visitor. Then have a time during the meeting for everyone to walk
around the room enjoying the displays.
The Amazing Shrinking Arm - One of the keys to a good meeting is
keeping it fresh. Ask the boys to get up and go to the nearest wall.
Have them close enough to the wall to extend one arm and touch the wall with
their fingertips. Now, tell them to rub the inside of their arm
briskly for 10 to 20 seconds. Tell them to hold out their arm
towards the wall. Surprise! Their fingers will not touch the
wall - their arms have shrunk!
Balloon Game - Need a break in the pack meeting? Have
balloons already blown up with a string tied to each. Tell the scouts
to tie one balloon on one of their ankles. When the Pack Leader says
go, everyone should run around trying to stomp on everyone else's balloon.
The last person to have a balloon un-popped wins.
Toilet Paper Mummies - Another good break for a meeting!
Each scout has a partner. One will be the mummy, one will be the
wrapper. Each wrapper has one roll of toilet paper. When the
leader yells, "Go," the wrapper must wrap the mummy with as much toilet
paper as they can. When time is called, the winner is most wrapped.
Now comes the "clean up" lesson! Make sure you have a big trashcan,
and see how fast the group can clean up all that toilet paper!
Scout Recruitment - Do you want to recruit more boys for scouts?
Here is a wonderful incentive for your current cub scouts to recruit their
friends. Have the leader tell them that for each person the scout
recruits, they can throw a whipped cream pie at the leader. The rule
is, the recruit has to come to a meeting with their form filled out IN
UNIFORM before the recruiter can throw the pie. The leader can lay
down a sheet, put a chair over it, sit in the chair and wrap a sheet or tarp
around their body - then get ready for a yummy blast of whipped cream in an
aluminum pie pan - and LOTS of screams of laughter!