BSA provides Webelos den meeting plans for Cub Scout den leaders on the Scouting.org website. These meeting plans are full of Webelos den meeting ideas. The seventeenth Webelos den meeting plan covers the all of the requirements for Showman Activity Badge with a focus on music.
There are a lot of requirements for Showman. Consider doing this over two meetings in order to give the Webelos plenty of time to explore this badge and to allow time for some music related games.
If you don’t already have the BSA Webelos den meeting plans, download BSA Webelos Den Meeting Plan 17 to follow along with this article.
Webelos Den Meeting Ideas: BSA Plan #17 – Showman Music
Preparation and Before the Meeting
Most of the preparation for this meeting involves getting together the music for this meeting.
See my gathering activities page for some ideas.
Do a simple indoor flag ceremony. Say the Boy Scout Law.
Keep this part of the meeting short and sweet, but do take the time for recognitions.
You will be doing Showman requirements 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16. Here are some tips:
Showman 9: Sing one song indoors and one song outdoors, either alone or with a group. Tell what you need to do differently when singing outdoors.
See my songs page for some songs your Webelos will enjoy singing.
Showman 10: Make a collection of three or more records, tapes, or music CDs. Tell what you like about each one.
You could ask each Webelo to bring in an appropriate CD. And then you can discuss the different types.
Showman 11: Tell what folk music is. Hum, sing, or play a folk tune on a musical instrument.
Showman 12: Name three American composers. Name a famous work by each.
Showman 13: Draw a staff. Draw on it a clef, sharp, flat, natural, note, and rest. Tell what each is used for.
Showman 14: Show the difference between 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time by beating time or playing an instrument.
If you are not a musician, you can find help with all of these in the Webelos handbook. Chances are your Webelos have studied these in music class in school. One fun thing to do is to turn the tables and have them teach you.
Showman 15: While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Academics Belt Loop for Music.
See my Music Belt Loop and Pin page for ideas to help with this activity.
Showman 6: Make a set of four paper bag puppets for a singing group. With the help of three other den members, sing a song with the puppets as the performers.
See Meeting Plan 16 for help with puppetry.
Showman 16: Give a monologue (a talk) on a patriotic, humorous, or holiday subject, or another subject of your choice.
I never had Webelos who had a difficult time talking. Even the quiet ones liked to tell a story if it was something they were familiar with. Make sure they are comfortable in their environment and set some ground rules about respectful listening.
I like the idea of making time for some musical games. If the meeting is too much like music class at school, you might lose their interest.
Close with the Boy Scout Oath.
After the Meeting
Everyone should help clean up the meeting area. Don’t forget to recruit some adults to help at your next meeting.