If you don’t already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Wolf Den Meeting Plan 15 to follow along with this article.
Wolf Den Meeting Ideas: BSA Den Meeting Plan 15 – Marbles
Preparation and Before the Meeting
The preparation for this meeting is just to gather the materials. You’ll need a several sets of marbles and either some chalk (if playing outside) or a marble mat. You will also need some bottles for playing Marble Sharpshooter.
See my gathering activities page for some ideas.
Keep business to a short and sweet.
The first activity is to play Marbles Sharpshooter. The rules are simple. Just set up a row of glass bottles. The Cub Scouts practice shooting skills by shooting marbles between the bottles. This fulfills Elective 4e: “Play a game of marbles.”
Next, do the requirements for the Marbles belt loop. Requirement 1 is “Explain the rules of Ringer or another marble game to your leader or adult partner.” See my post Rules for Ringer (A Marbles Game) for the rules. You might also find Marbles Terminology helpful.
For requirement 2 for the belt loop ”Spend at least 30 minutes practicing skills to play the game of Ringer or another marble game.” You can include the time spent playing Marble Sharpshooter.
Requirement 3 is “Participate in a game of marbles.” Pair them up and let them play Ringer.
Do a simple closing like the Law of the Pack or the Cub Scout Promise.
After the Meeting
Have them all help clean up and chase down any stray marbles. This is a good time to ask some parents to help at the next meeting.