I just received this from Doug:
Great web site. This will be very useful to me as a new Cubmaster. Do you have information on what activities can be done for pack meetings? Thanks.
Yes, there are lots of ideas for pack meetings available. It’s important not to keep repeating the same meetings with Cub Scouts over and over again. By the time they reach the end of their Cub Scouting career they will have been in your pack for over four years. Young kids need variety to keep their interest level.
First of all, BSA provides a full set of pack meeting plans. These are a great resource for busy Cub Scouters. You can print one out and your whole pack meeting is planned. They tie into the monthly Cub Scout core value.
I have lots of Cub Scout pack themes on my site as well. These include some of the BSA themes which I am promoting and adding links to resources to. The list also includes a number of other “themes” we have done with our pack in the past. Some of the most popular ones for this time of year are the aquatics theme, the classic outdoor games theme, the hiking theme, and the cycling theme. Be sure to look at the full list.
Also, consider including events and resources from your community into your pack program. A few years ago the suggested theme for the month was a Knights in Shining Armor theme. Our committee chair contacted the fencing club at a local university to see if they would come out and do a demonstration. As it turned out, the instructor for the club was involved in a medieval reenactment group and actually had armor, real swords, and foam padded practice weapons which he brought to our meeting. He was happy to share his craft with us and talk about battle tactics and the science behind making the items. It was a tremendous hit with the Cub Scouts.
Ask your parents if they have an idea for a meeting. We have had basketball coaches come in and do the Basketball belt loop with our Cubs. Our current Cubmaster is a veterinarian with a farm and has brought some of his animals to a meeting. Find out what businesses and hobbies your parents are involved in and then go from there.
I hope that is helpful. Reader, please share some of your best pack meeting ideas in the comments below.