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 eighteenth Webelos den meeting plan covers the all of the requirements for Showman Activity Badge with a focus on drama.
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 games.
If you don’t already have the BSA Webelos den meeting plans, download BSA Webelos Den Meeting Plan 18 to follow along with this article.
Webelos Den Meeting Ideas: BSA Plan #18 – Showman Drama
Preparation and Before the Meeting
You will need to arrange for a meeting space which allows for enough room for the drama activities.
See my gathering activities page for some ideas.
Do a simple indoor flag ceremony. Say the Boy Scout Law.
Hand out recognitions. Keep the rest of the business to a minimum.
You will be doing Showman requirements 3, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23. Here are some tips:
Showman 16: Give a monologue (a talk) on a patriotic, humorous, or holiday subject, or another subject of your choice.
They can talk about anything. Just have them relate something interesting which happened to them lately.
Showman 21: Describe a theater-in-the-round. What are its good and bad points?
Showman 22: Explain the difference between a grand opera and a light opera. Explain the difference between a musical and a play.
Showman 23: Read about William Shakespeare. Draw a picture of his Globe Theatre.
See the Webelos handbook for help with 21, 22, and 23.
Showman 18: Read a play. Make a model stage setting for one of the acts.
If they have read a play together in school, that makes this requirement easier. Otherwise, I recommend you have them all read the same play at home beforehand. Then they can make a model set.
Showman 20: Make a list of stage directions. Tell what they mean.
This one is pretty easy and can be turned into a game. Say a stage direction and have them move to it. If they go the wrong place they are out.
Showman 19: Write, put on, and take part in a one-act play.
A skit is a one-act play. Have them write their own skit.
Showman 17: Attend a play. Describe the story. Tell what you liked about it.
When I did this with my Webelos dens, they had all attended several plays together at school. So we just talked about what they had seen.
Showman 3: Make a set of puppets or marionettes for the play you have written or for another play.
See the Showman – Puppetry den meeting plan for some ideas.
Showman 11: Tell what folk music is. Hum, sing, or play a folk tune on a musical instrument.
See my songs page for some ideas.
Close with the Scout Law.
After the Meeting
The Webelos should help you put everything back as it was in the meeting area. Ask for some adults to help with your next meeting.