Re: Den Mtg Gathering Activities
Jess Olonoff (jolonoff@GATE.NET)
Fri, 21 Jun 1996 12:05:37 -0400
To Barb and all Interested,
Things to do while Cub Scouts and/or Brownies etc. gather.
Taken from "Cub Scout Meeting Plans for Cub Scout Leaders" No.
34211. Still an excellent resource for Meeting Plans and ideas
for new leaders. There was a series of four but they appear to
be being discontinued in favor of the Program Helps booklets.
The book these are taken from 34211 is still available.
Besides the required items you may want to have a small reward
for the winner of each game or allow the winner to lead the Den
in the Pledge of Allegiance, Promise etc. Most all of these games would
be suitable for boys or girls. Some very slight modifications might be
needed if any.
This first group is indoor games.
Materials needed are a supply of marbles, an empty breakfast
Place an empty breakfast cereal box on the floor in the center of
the room. Each of the four narrow edges should have a 2" x 3/4"
hole cut out. Give each Cub Scout three marbles and tell him to
try rolling them into the box from the edges of the room. First
player to roll all three marbles into the box may keep his
marbles or may be declared the winner.
Materials needed are a bucket and a rubber ball.
Place an empty bucket in center of the room. Each boy gets five
tries to bounce a ball into the bucket from a spot six feet away.
The ball must stay in the bucket. Repeat if time allows.
Materials needed are a supply of rubber bands.
As boys arrive give each a rubber band. Tell them to stretch
them over their heads, placing them across the tip of the nose
and under the ears. On signal, boys are to work the bands from
their noses down around their necks without using their hands.
Materials needed are paper and pencils and suggested items
Play "Kim's Game": Before boys arrive place 12 small items under
a towel on a table. Give each boy a slip of paper and a pencil.
Expose items for one minute and cover again. Each boy then has 4
minutes to write down what hew saw. No talking is allowed from
the time of item exposure until all papers have been turned in.
Each boy marks another's paper. The winner gets a candy bar.
Suggested 12 items: penny, bobby pin, pencil, button, spoon,
nail, key, scissors, spool of thread, small book, bottle cap and
Material needed are "Who Am I?" slips.
Pin or tape "Who Am I?" slips on the backs of Cub Scouts as they
arrive. Don't let them see the name on their slip. They must
ask questions that can be answered "yes" or "no" to find out
whose name they have. Only tow questions may be asked of each
person. You may adjust the names used to be in keeping with the
month's theme etc. This would be the only hint.
Materials needed are "Jumbled Carnival Cards" made in
advance, paper and pencils for boys.
Give each boy a piece of paper and a pencil as he arrives. Tell
him he is to unscramble the letters of each card displayed around
the room. The words *when unscrambled) are names of carnival or
circus items. Here are ten "Jumbled Carnival" words: NOLWC
(clown), TOH DGOS (hot dogs), HSOW (show), TELPNEHA (elephant),
UMISC (music), LOBOLNA (balloon), ZRESIP (prizes), PRNOPCO
(popcorn), ETNT (tent), DYNAC (candy). Naturally the words may
be changed for different times of the year, holidays etc.
Materials needed are pie tin, five pennies.
Let each Cub Scout try to toss five pennies into a pie tin. The
tin should be placed on the floor. Boys toss pennies from about
5 feet away from the tin.
Materials needed are 3 marbles per boy and 3 soda pop
Stand three bottles in a triangle on the floor. The bottles
should have a space of 3" between them. From a distance of 4
feet each player gets the chance to roll three marbles to that
they go between the bottles without touching. Keep score.
This second group is outdoor type games and exercises. (don't
let the boys know their doing exercises!) ;-)
Materials needed are willing Cub Scouts
Have early arrivals practice "Dodge Springs." This is a good
exercise and may come in handy someday for quickly getting out of
the way of some danger - like a car. Cub Scouts stand still
until the leader calls a direction (left, right, forward, or
back). Quickly each Cub Scout should spring as far as he can in
the proper direction. Repeat and change direction rapidly. This
is a good outdoors activity.
Materials needed are willing Cub Scouts.
As Cub Scouts arrive have each do a front roll, a back roll, and
a falling forward roll. Have each Cub Scout practice these feats
until he has done them the best he can.
Materials needed are ball, chalk.
Outside, draw two chalk lines 20 feet apart and parallel to each
other. Select two Cub Scouts to be "basemen." These take
positions on the lines and throw a rubber ball back and forth to
each other. Other Cub Scouts stand behind both lines and become
"base runners." These try to run from one line to the other
without being tagged by a baseman with the ball. Each tag is an
out. At the third out, the runner and the tagging baseman switch
Materials needed are a Chart of sport signals with meanings
covered, paper & pencils.
Each Den member gets a piece of paper and a pencil when he
arrives. The chart of official sport signals is displayed for
everyone to see. Object is to have each person list the meanings
of the signals. Answers should be given during "business items"
section of your meeting.
There are a number of other ideas for easy, indoor games your den
can make and do together, as well as some other physical contact games
for the boys in the book also.
I'll post this file to my web page also and add the graphics asap.
Good Luck and Have fun.
Jess Olonoff, CM Pack-206 | Eagle - 1970, T-10 Tulsa, Okla.
Mary Help of Christians | Ta-Tsu-Hwa - Ordeal '69, Brthrhd '70
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