Scouter Mom » A Game with a Purpose http://scoutermom.com A resource for adults and youth involved in Scouting Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:50:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 BSA Arrow of Light Den Meeting Plan 15 – Sportsman (Marbles) http://scoutermom.com/10531/bsa-arrow-light-den-meeting-plan-15-sportsman/ http://scoutermom.com/10531/bsa-arrow-light-den-meeting-plan-15-sportsman/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10531 Posted in A Game with a Purpose

This idea from the Webelos den meeting for the Sportsman Activity Badge, Cub Scouts learn about the game of marbles and earn their Marbles Belt Loop.]]>

BSA provides Webelos den meeting ideas for Cub Scout den leaders on the Scouting.org website.  The fifteenth in the Arrow of Light series of Webelos den meeting plans covers part of the Sportsman Activity Badge.  Webelos learn about the game of marbles, practice their skills, and earn their Marbles Belt Loop and Pin  during this meeting.

If you don’t already have the BSA Webelos den meeting plans, download BSA Arrow of Light Meeting Plan 15 to follow along with this article.

Webelos Den Meeting Plans: Sportsman (Marbles)

Preparation and Before the Meeting

This meeting does not require much preparation. You will need to gather the marbles to play your game.

Gathering

See my gathering activities page for some ideas.

Opening

Say the Scout Law and the Scout Oath . This fits in with Arrow of Light requirement 2.

Business

Hand out recognition items.

Activities

This meeting is all about earning the Marbles belt loop. There are three requirements:

1. Explain the rules of Ringer or another marbles game to your leader or adult partner.
2. Spend at least 30 minutes practicing skills to play a game of Ringer or another marbles game.
3. Participate in a game of marbles.

You might find my articles Marbles Terminology  and Rules for Ringer (A Marbles Game) helpful.

Closing

Close with the Scout Law and  Scout Oath again. Repetition will help them memorize these.

After the Meeting

Have the Webelos help you put all of the marbles away. Ask some of the parents to help you at the next meeting.

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Forces of Flight Game http://scoutermom.com/16220/forces-flight-game/ http://scoutermom.com/16220/forces-flight-game/#comments Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:00:00 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=16220 Posted in A Game with a PurposeScience

The Forces of Flight game would make a fun addition to a pack meeting for the Soaring the Skies Cub Scout theme. Use this game when the Cub Scouts have been sitting for too long and need to get up and move around.]]>

The Forces of Flight game would make a fun addition to a pack meeting for the Soaring the Skies Cub Scout theme.  Use this game when the Cub Scouts have been sitting for too long and need to get up and move around. You can also use it to teach a brief lesson in science. This game was featured in one of the older Cub Scout program themes.

Forces of Flight Game

First, briefly explain the forces involved in flying:

  • Thrust : The engines push the airplane forward
  • Drag : The resistance of the air which slows the plane down
  • Gravity:  The weight of the aircraft pulls it toward the ground
  • Lift: Air flowing over the wings moves the aircraft upward

Have the Scouts stand in a line facing the leader. The leader shouts out one of the four forces of flight. The Scouts must do the action for the force as follows:

  • Thrust: Run foward
  • Drag: Run backward
  • Gravity: Fall down
  • Lift: Jump

If you want to make this a competative game, you can have them be “out” if they don’t do the correct action or you can have them try to make progress toward a goal line. The winner is the leader for the next round.

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Cub Scout Awards http://scoutermom.com/16180/cub-scout-awards/ http://scoutermom.com/16180/cub-scout-awards/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:40:00 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=16180 Posted in A Game with a Purpose

Cub Scouts do not earn badges like Boy Scouts do, but there are a number of supplemental award programs they can work on. They should focus on rank achievements first, but these programs will provide an opportunity for some extra activities.]]>

Taira asked this question

Hi there. I am looking for a list of badges that cub scouts can earn. I can look all over the Internet and I find a few here and there but I can’t seem to find a current list of them. Our program is wanting to expand and include them in our meetings, including the summer. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you very much.

Cub Scouts do not earn badges like Boy Scouts do, but there are a number of supplemental award programs they can work on. They should focus on rank achievements first, but these programs will provide an opportunity for some extra activities.

If you have not looked at the beltloops and pins in the Academics and Sports program, check those out.  This program will be discontinued in May 2015, so this is a last chance to do some of those activities before the new Cub Scout program is rolled out.

If you are looking for a summertime program, I recommend working on the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award.  You could build a whole summertime program based on the requirements for this award.

Another way to fit an award in with summer activities is the appropriately named Summertime Pack Award. This program recognizes packs, dens, and Cub Scouts who participate in activities over the summer.

There is also a list which includes some other supplemental awards on scouting.org. This is not comprehensive either though. It does not include the Nova awards for example.

Readers, what are your favorite supplemental awards for Cub Scouts?

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Pizza Man Song http://scoutermom.com/14660/pizza-man-song/ http://scoutermom.com/14660/pizza-man-song/#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:07:17 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=14660 Posted in A Game with a Purpose

The Pizza Man song is a camp classic. This is one of those songs that has many different versions and they are all fun. All of the catch phrases rhyme (somewhat) with "man" and a lot of emphasis is usually put on the rhyme.]]>

The Pizza Man song is a camp classic. This is one of those songs that has many different versions and they are all fun.  All of the catch phrases rhyme (somewhat) with “man” and a lot of emphasis is usually put on the rhyme.

The leader sings each line and then the audience repeats it. Each verse has an action to go with it. At the end of the verse, the catch phrase and action for all of the previous verses are repeated. Some suggested actions are shown in brackets below, but the leader can make up anything appropriate.

If you don’t know the tune, just search it on YouTube.

Pizza Man Song

This is a repeat after me song. (This is a repeat after me song.)

Hey, Hey, Bo Diddly Bop
I’ve got to get back to my block.
with a Pizza in my hand [hold a pizza box palm up]
I’m gonna be a Pizza MAN!

Hey, Hey, Bo Diddly Bop
I’ve got to get back to my block.
With these wires in my hand [pull wires every which way]
I’m gonna be an electricIAN!
ElectricIAN! [pull wires every which way]
Pizza MAN! [hold a pizza box palm up] 

Hey, hey, Bo Diddly Bop
I’ve got to get back to my block.
With a basketball in my hand [shoot a ball]
I’m gonna be like Michael JordAN!
Michael JordAN!   [shoot the ball] 
ElectricIAN!  [pull wires every which way]
Pizza MAN! [hold a pizza box palm up] 

Hey, hey, Bo Diddly Bop
I’ve got to get back to my block.
With my car keys in my hand [pretend to drive]
I’m gonna drive my miniVAN!
My miniVAN!  [pretend to drive]
Michael JordAN!  [shoot a ball] 
ElectricIAN!  [pull wires every which way]
Pizza MAN! [hold a pizza box palm up] 

I have heard so many different verses. Here are a few. Add your own to the comments below.

With these nun-chuks in my hand – I’m gonna be like Jackie CHAN!
With these books in my hand – I’m gonna be a LibrarIAN
With a calculator in my hand – I’m gonna be a mathematicIAN
With a guitar in my hand – I’m gonna be a musicIAN
With a fire hose in my hand – I’m gonna be a FireMAN
With some bad guys in my hand, I’m gonna be a SuperMAN!
With a peace sign in my hand, I’m gonna be a humanitarIAN!

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Making a Film Skit http://scoutermom.com/14386/making-film-skit/ http://scoutermom.com/14386/making-film-skit/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=14386 Posted in A Game with a Purpose

The Making a Film skit is one of the most versatile skits in a Scout's arsenal. It can be adjusted to any theme or holiday. ]]>

The Making a Film skit is one of the most versatile skits in a Scout’s arsenal. It can be adjusted to any theme or holiday. I’m giving a description rather than a script for this one because it is different every time I see it.

Making a Film Skit

Players: Director, Camera Man and several actors

The director announces that he is making a film. It is usually a remake of a classic movie. So you can pick  a favorite movie or something related to your program theme. You can pick something silly. At Christmas time you could pick something like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer or Frosty the Snowman. I’ve even seen this done where the story was the I’ve Come to Marry the Princess skit, which made this a skit within a skit.

The director tells the actors what the subject is and then yells “Action”. The first time through, the actors act it out normally. They run through a brief version of the story being told. All the while the cameraman is “filming” it.

At the end, the director comes out and yells something like “No, no, no! That wasn’t how I imagined it at all. We need to do it differently. Do it like …” and he tells them to do it some style. Some examples of styles:

  • musical
  • Jackie Chan
  • ballerinas
  • mimes
  • western
  • zombies
  • Star Wars
  • with some silly props

You get the idea. So they act it out another time in a different style. It should be really over the top. At the end, the director comes out and says it still wasn’t right.  He tells them to do it again in another style. He can continue doing this as time allows.

The last time through he says “Finally! That was perfect!” Everyone except the cameraman celebrates. The camera man keeps looking at his camera. The director asks the cameraman to replay the film for everyone. The camera man looks guilty and says “Sorry, I ran out of film.”

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Gifts for Scout Christmas Celebration http://scoutermom.com/15707/gifts-scout-christmas-celebration/ http://scoutermom.com/15707/gifts-scout-christmas-celebration/#comments Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=15707 Posted in A Game with a Purpose

A Cub Scout leader asks "We plan to have a party before the winter break and wanted to get each boy a little gift. Do you have any suggestions?"]]>

Reader Amy sent in this question:

My husband and I are the leaders of a Cub Scout pack. We plan to have a party before the winter break and wanted to get each boy a little gift. The problem is the pack doesn’t have a lot of money (even spending $5 each is pushing it right now!) Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!!

Gift Ideas for Leaders to Give Scouts

Many packs give the Pinewood Derby kits as Christmas presents to their Cub Scouts. This depends on the timing of your Pinewood Derby, but if you wrap them up  then you have a great little gift for your Scouts.

If the Pinewood Derby kits are not an option, then I would recommend something homemade. You can make almost anything into a neckerchief slide by attaching a small loop with hot glue to the back of it. I’ve used sections of PVC,  chenille stems (pipecleaners), loops of fun foam or leather.  You could make some Christmas themed neckerchief slides without a lot of time or expense. Buy some Christmas shaped fun foam ornament kits and use those for a really quick solution. Or some small non-breakable ornaments or any inexpensive Christmas trinket would work. It wouldn’t even have to be Christmas themed. Something like these leather neckerchief slides would make a cute gift.

Scouters, what are your ideas for an inexpensive gift to pass out to a Cub Pack? Add them to the comments below.

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Information from New Scout Moms (or Dads) http://scoutermom.com/14704/information-new-scout-moms-dads/ http://scoutermom.com/14704/information-new-scout-moms-dads/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=14704 Posted in A Game with a Purpose

What do you which you knew when you started out in Scouting? What one piece of advice would you give to a new Scout parent?]]>

Reader Robin sent in this request:

I am working on a project to help get our new moms more involved. I would like to hear from new moms or even those who have been in scouting for a while (and wish they had this information) to see what information these moms (and dads) would like to know that no one has told them and not sure how to find out.

One of our parents once said that sometimes Scouting has a pretty large learning curve. There is lingo new parents might not understand, an unfamiliar program structure, and different rules about advancement. And this seems to apply to Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing.

One great resource is the book Beginning Boy Scouts - “An unofficial practical guide to Boy Scouting for parents and new leaders.” It has loads of great information for new Boy Scout parents.

So what do you which you knew when you started out in Scouting? What one piece of advice would you give to a new Scout parent?

Help Robin out with her project by leaving your suggestions in the comments below.

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BSA Wolf Supplemental Den Meeting Plan J – Machine Power http://scoutermom.com/10505/wolf-den-meeting-plans-machine-power/ http://scoutermom.com/10505/wolf-den-meeting-plans-machine-power/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/?p=10505 Posted in A Game with a Purpose

In this idea from the series of BSA Wolf den meeting plans, Wolf Cub Scouts learn about working smarter with machines. This plan covers part of Wolf Elective 8 - Machine Power.]]>

BSA provides Wolf den meeting plans for Cub Scout den leaders. Today’s plan is a supplemental den meeting plan in which Wolf Cub Scouts learn about working smarter with machines.  This plan covers part of Wolf Elective 8 – Machine Power.

If you don’t already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Supplemental Wolf Den Meeting Plan J  to follow along with this article.

Wolf Den Meeting Plans –  Machine Power

Preparation and Before the Meeting

The Wolf den meeting plan suggests that you visit a place where machines are in use so the Cub Scouts can see them up close. If you can visit a location which uses machinery, the Wolves will enjoy it. There is a local place which the Cub Scouts from our Pack often visit and they let them sit in the cabs of machinery and get their pictures taken.

If you can’t arrange a visit, you can still do this den meeting. You might want to have a game ready to fill in some extra time though. See my games page for some ideas.

Gathering, Opening, and Business

See my Gathering Activities page for ideas for the gathering time. Do an opening flag ceremony.

Activities

Do whichever parts of Wolf Elective 8 – Machine Power work for your meeting location and the supplies available to you.

Elective 8a

Name 10 kinds of trucks, construction machinery, or farm machinery and tell what each is used for.

If you don’t visit a place with machinery, you can look at some pictures in books.

Elective 8b involves a wheelbarrow or other tool that uses a wheel and axle:

Help an adult do a job using a wheel and axle.

Use a wheelbarrow to move something.

For Elective 8c

Show how to use a pulley.

Some types of blinds work on pulleys.

Elective 8d

Make and use a windlass.

There are directions in the Wolf handbook to make one with an empty milk carton, a pencil, paper clip, tread, and a cup.

Closing

Do a closing flag ceremony.

After the Meeting

If you did a visit, the Wolves should thank their hosts. And as always, they should make sure they clean up after themselves.

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Den Doodles http://scoutermom.com/15020/den-doodles/ http://scoutermom.com/15020/den-doodles/#comments Mon, 04 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=15020 Posted in A Game with a Purpose

Den doodles are used to recognize Cub Scouts for participation in activities and any other behavior which needs encouragement. ]]>

Brian sent this question:

I am looking for ideas for recognizing boys for attending any activity outside their den meetings and pack meeting. For instance, going camping with the pack, helping at a popcorn show-and-sell, a council activity, etc.
I’m hoping it will encourage other boys to attend more because they see everyone getting recognized but them. An incentive.
At 1st I thought a patch, but those are harder to find for every activity, plus those get expensive.
My thought now is to start belt totems with beads. Make a different color bead for each kind of event. But I’ve never heard of anyone else doing this, so I’m looking for advise. See if anyone else struggles with attendance at these activities and if they reward their boys for joining in and participating or helping. Or are we not supposed to reward for everything??

Den Doodles

Brian, I think what you are looking for is a den doodle. Many Cub Scouters use these to recognize Scouts for participation in activities and any other behavior which needs encouragement. Typically these involve each Cub Scout having a string of beads, with each bead representing something specific.

For ZM’s den, I had a den doodle made from a hoop with some leather stretched on the inside, sort of like a mandela. Then we hung beads from the lower side of the hoop. Unfortunately I can’t find any good pictures of it. We displayed it at den meetings, pack meetings, and campouts. By the time they crossed over to Boy Scouts it was pretty worn out, but they liked it because it was a record of sorts of everything they did.

We gave out beads for all sorts of things. Many of the ideas were suggested by the den members themselves. “Can we have a bead if we ….?” I also had a variety of colors and shapes of beads. For example I had some red, white, and blue star shaped beads. These were earned by participating in service projects. Here are some of the things they got beads for:

  • Den meeting attendance
  • Pack meeting attendance
  • Remembering their book  - we had some who needed encouragement in this area :-)
  • Have a parent come to a den meeting and do something special
  • Service projects (special bead)
  • Earning their rank badge (special bead)
  • Campouts (special bead – different for each campout)
  • Pack hikes and other events (special bead  - different for each event)

See the images from my Den Doodle Pinterest board below for some ideas. They don’t have to be fancy. I have even seen coat hangers decorated with feathers used as den doodles.

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Carve the Pumpkin Halloween Song http://scoutermom.com/15037/carve-pumpkin-halloween-song/ http://scoutermom.com/15037/carve-pumpkin-halloween-song/#comments Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=15037 Posted in A Game with a Purpose

If you have a den meeting or pack meeting near Halloween, then this song is a fun way to get everyone singing. And it is not just for Cub Scouts! This would be fun at any class party or Halloween party. It is not gory, so it is fine for very young children.]]>

If you have a den meeting or pack meeting near Halloween, then this song is a fun way to get everyone singing.  And it is not just for Cub Scouts! This would be fun at any class party or Halloween party. It is not gory, so it is fine for very young children.

Carve the Pumpkin Halloween Song

Sing to the tune of Yankee Doodle (both verses the same)

I’ll carve a fearful pumpkin face
As well as I am able,
And when it’s done I’ll light it up
And put on my table.

I’ll set it out where all my friends
Will see and get the quivers
For Halloween’s the time to scare
And give the shakes and shivers!

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Home Repairs Merit Badge for Boy Scouts http://scoutermom.com/6259/home-repairs-merit-badge-boy-scouts/ http://scoutermom.com/6259/home-repairs-merit-badge-boy-scouts/#comments Thu, 03 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/content/?p=6259 Posted in A Game with a Purpose

If you know a Boy Scout who likes to help out around the house, have him look at the requirements for the Home Repairs merit badge.]]>

If you know a Boy Scout who likes to help out around the house, have him look at the requirements for the Home Repairs merit badge.

Successfully completing this badge’s requirements can lead to a lifetime of personal and financial rewards: Doing basic home repairs provides a sense of personal pride in one’s achievements and increased self-confidence. In addition, safe and successful do-it-yourselfers can easily save a family thousands of dollars in repair bills over the years.

Home Repairs Merit Badge Requirements

  1. Discuss general precautions related to home repairs. Name at least 10 safe practices that every home repairer should exercise.
  2. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor, do FOUR of the following:
    1. Maintain or recondition a garden tool and show that you know how to clean up and properly store it and other tools.
    2. Install insulation in an attic, wall, or crawl space.
    3. Caulk cracks or joints open to the weather.
    4. Waterproof a basement.
    5. Repair a break in a concrete or asphalt surface.
    6. Repair the screen in a window or door.
    7. Replace a pane of glass.
    8. Solder a broken wire or metal object.
  3. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor, do THREE of the following:
    1. Install or build equipment for storing tools.
    2. Build a workbench.
    3. Repair a piece of furniture.
    4. Paint or varnish a piece of furniture, a door, or trim on a house.
    5. Repair a sagging door or gate.
    6. Repair a loose step.
    7. Repair a fence.
  4. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor, do TWO of the following:
    1. Locate a main electrical switch box and know how to replace a fuse or reset a circuit breaker.
    2. Replace an electrical cord or repair a plug or lamp socket.
    3. Install a single-pole light switch.
    4. Replace an electrical wall outlet.
  5. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor, do TWO of the following:
    1. Clear a clogged drain or trap.
    2. Repair a leaky water faucet.
    3. Repair a flush toilet.
    4.  Repair a leaky hose or connector.
    5. Clean or replace a sprinkler head.
  6. Under the supervision of your merit badge counselor, do THREE of the following:
    1. Paint a wall or ceiling.
    2. Repair or replace damaged tile or linoleum.
    3. Install drapery or curtain rods and then hang drapes or curtains.
    4. Replace window blind cords.
    5. Repair or replace a window sash cord.
    6. Reinforce a picture frame.
    7. Mend an object made of china, glass, or pottery.
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Pack Meeting Ideas http://scoutermom.com/14624/pack-meeting-ideas/ http://scoutermom.com/14624/pack-meeting-ideas/#comments Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:13:25 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=14624 Posted in A Game with a Purpose

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.]]>

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.

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Bicycle Rodeo Applause http://scoutermom.com/14623/bicycle-rodeo-applause/ http://scoutermom.com/14623/bicycle-rodeo-applause/#comments Mon, 24 Jun 2013 18:20:06 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=14623 Posted in A Game with a Purpose

A reader asked "Do you any applause that would work for the Bike Rodeo?" so here are an applause, a cheer, and a song you can use at your bicycle rodeo.]]>

Bob S asked

Do you any applause that would work for the Bike Rodeo?

Silly applauses and cheers are a great way to inject some fun and get your Scouts attention. I’m glad you are thinking about adding some to your bicycle rodeo. Here are a couple  which would work and reinforce some of the ideas being taught at your bike rodeo. And the bicycle version of the 911 song at the bottom was submitted by a reader on my 911 Song post and would also go with this theme.

For more ideas for your bicycle rodeo, see my  Cycling Cub Scout Theme page.

Bicycle Applause

Act like your getting on your bike and putting your helmet on. Then pretend you are pumping while saying “Pump pump pump up the hill”.  Try to look like you are going uphill.

Then stop pumping, face down a little like you are coasting downhill and say “Coast coast coast down the hill”.

Throw you hands up and yell “Look no hands!”

Bicycle Signal Cheer

Divide the audience into 4 sections. Four leaders stand in front and lead each section in their part of the cheer.

Section one shouts “Left Turn” while doing the hand signal for a left turn.

Section two shouts “Right Turn” while doing the hand signal for a right turn.

Section three shouts “Stop” while doing the hand signal for stop.

Section four shouts “Go” while pretending to pedal as fast as they can.

911 (Bicycle Version)

(To the tune of Jingle Bells)

Racing down my street
On a bike not fit to ride
Over the tires I flew
Landing on my side (ha ha ha)

The road is turning red
I think I’m almost dead
Will someone call an ambulance
I think I need a bed

Ohhhhh
911
911
Someone call the police
Take me to the hospital
And feed me some ice cree-eem

911
911
Someone call the police
Take me to the hospital
And feed me some ice cream!

 

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Video Games Pin for Cub Scouts http://scoutermom.com/6160/video-games-pin-cub-scouts/ http://scoutermom.com/6160/video-games-pin-cub-scouts/#comments Tue, 21 May 2013 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/content/?p=6160 Posted in A Game with a Purpose

I remember a couple of years ago when this recognition was introduced. There was a lot of buzz about an award for video gaming. Hopefully your Cub Scout will learn to use video games responsibly by earning the Video Games pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program. ]]>

I remember a couple of years ago when this recognition was introduced. There was a lot of buzz about an award for video gaming.  Hopefully your Cub Scout will learn to use video games responsibly by earning the Video Games pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program.

Video Games Pin Requirements

Earn the Video Games belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. With your parents, create a plan to buy a video game that is right for your age group.
  2. Compare two game systems (for example, Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo Wii, and so on). Explain some of the differences between the two. List good reasons to purchase or use a game system.
  3. Play a video game with family members in a family tournament.
  4. Teach an adult or a friend how to play a video game.
  5. List at least five tips that would help someone who was learning how to play your favorite video game.
  6. Play an appropriate video game with a friend for one hour.
  7. Play a video game that will help you practice your math, spelling, or another skill that helps you in your schoolwork.
  8. Choose a game you might like to purchase. Compare the price for this game at three different stores. Decide which store has the best deal. In your decision, be sure to consider things like the store return policy and manufacturer’s warranty.
  9. With an adult’s supervision, install a gaming system.
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Truck Transportation Merit Badge for Boy Scouts http://scoutermom.com/6237/truck-transportation-merit-badge-boy-scouts/ http://scoutermom.com/6237/truck-transportation-merit-badge-boy-scouts/#comments Thu, 04 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/content/?p=6237 Posted in A Game with a Purpose

A local trucking company offers Boy Scouts a skill center for the Truck Transportation merit badge every year. The last time our Scouts went, they said they learned a lot, but they were a little disappointed that they didn't get to learn to drive a truck. :-)]]>

A local trucking company offers Boy Scouts a skill center for the Truck Transportation merit badge every year. The last time our Scouts went, they said they learned a lot, but they were a little disappointed that they didn’t get to learn to drive a truck. :-)

Trucking is a large and important industry. No matter where you live, a day is unlikely to go by when you will not see a truck. We use these vehicles to deliver almost every material item we buy. Without trucks, our economy would not work efficiently.

Truck Transportation Merit Badge Requirements

  1. List the major truck lines serving your town.
  2. Do the following:
    1. Describe the role of truck transportation within commerce (the movement of goods, funds, and information).
    2. Describe how trucks fit into a company’s supply chain. This could be a manufacturer, importer, wholesaler, or retailer.
    3. On paper, map out how goods that are manufactured overseas are transported to a retailer in this country.
  3. Describe the difference between the gasoline engine and the diesel engine that power trucks. List the advantages of each.
  4. Visit a truck terminal and complete items 4a through 4e. After your visit, share what you have learned with your counselor.
    1. Find out what kind of maintenance program the company follows to help keep its fleet, drivers, and the roadway safe.
    2. Find out how dispatchers maintain communication with drivers on the road.
    3. Talk with a professional truck driver about safety. Learn about the truck driver’s rules of the road for safe driving. List five safe-driving rules every professional truck driver must follow.
    4. Review the driver’s log and find out what kind of information the log contains.
    5. Learn about important federal regulations that help ensure public safety.
  5. Do the following:
    1. Outline the general organization of a trucking company. Describe what each department does.
    2. List five positions with trucking companies and describe each one.
  6. Name five government agencies that work closely with the trucking industry. Describe their role.
  7. List five different kinds of trucks. Tell the service each provides.
  8. Assume that you are going to ship by truck 500 pounds of goods (freight class 65) from your town to another town 500 miles away. Your shipment must arrive within three days. Explain in writing:
    1. How to prepare the shipment
    2. How to compare at least three carriers for time in transit and rates
    3. How to choose which carrier to use
    4. How to insure the shipment for damages
  9. Define the following terms: bill of lading, ETA, logbook, intermodal, containers, tariff, shippers, carrier, consignee, drayage, cartage.
  10. Learn about opportunities in the field of truck transportation. Choose one career in which you are interested and discuss with your counselor the major responsibilities of that position and the qualifications, education, and training such a position requires.
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Marbles Belt Loop for Cub Scouts http://scoutermom.com/6152/marbles-belt-loop-cub-scouts/ http://scoutermom.com/6152/marbles-belt-loop-cub-scouts/#comments Tue, 26 Feb 2013 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/content/?p=6152 Posted in A Game with a Purpose

Marbles is a classic outdoor game which kids can still enjoy today. So have your Scouts grab a bag of marbles, draw a circle on the ground and earn the Marbles belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program. ]]>

Marbles is a classic outdoor game which kids can still enjoy today. So have your Scouts grab a bag of marbles, draw a circle on the ground and earn the Marbles belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program.

Webelos who earn the Marbles Belt Loop while a Webelos also complete part of requirement 3 for the Sportsman activity badge.

Marbles Belt Loop Requirements

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Explain the rules of Ringer or another marble game to your leader or adult partner
  2. Spend at least 30 minutes practicing skills to play the game of Ringer or another marble game.
  3. Participate in a game of marbles
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Pack Meeting Plan for January – Lights, Camera, Action (Positive Attitude) http://scoutermom.com/14347/pack-meeting-plan-for-january-lights-camera-action-positive-attitude/ http://scoutermom.com/14347/pack-meeting-plan-for-january-lights-camera-action-positive-attitude/#comments Tue, 08 Jan 2013 16:00:00 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=14347 Posted in A Game with a Purpose

The Cub Scout core value for the month of January is Positive Attitude. BSA has a Cub Scout pack meeting plan called Lights, Camera, Action related to this core value.]]>

The Cub Scout core value for the month of January is Positive Attitude. BSA has a Cub Scout pack meeting plan called Lights, Camera, Action related to this core value. The Lights, Camera, Action  meeting plan features ideas for the core value of positive attitude – games, group activities, songs, and more while Cub Scouts take center stage.

For more ideas for use with this program theme, see my Lights, Camera, Action! page.

The core value of Positive Attitude should still be the focus for the month.  Here is how the BSA plan suggests tying together this theme with January’s core value of  Positive Attitude:

Why Lights! Camera! Action! for the Core Value Positive Attitude. Let the spotlight shine on our Cub Scouts. Our Scouts spend many hours in front of the television set. Let’s put that to good use this month, and use it to promote positive values and a positive attitude. Create a very special red carpet event at this pack meeting, and every Cub Scout will feel like a star.

Cub Scout Pack Meeting Plan for January: Lights, Camera, Action (Positive Attitude)

This Cub Scout pack meeting plan includes the following – all within a respect theme. See the meeting plan for details.

  • Gathering activity – Red Carpet Interviews
  • Opening ceremony – “Be the Best at Whatever You Are” Opening Ceremony
  • Jungle Book Icebreaker
  • Astronaut Cheer, Tony the Tiger Cheer
  • Circle Applause, Barbeque Applause
  • Fortunately, Unfortunately Skit (Audience Participation)
  • Song – Cub Scouts Shine (To the tune of Three Blind Mice)
  • Activity – Den Skits
  • Awards Show Recognition Ceremony
  • “Shining Star” Cubmaster Minute
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Collections Merit Badge for Boy Scouts http://scoutermom.com/6221/collections-merit-badge-boy-scouts/ http://scoutermom.com/6221/collections-merit-badge-boy-scouts/#comments Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/content/?p=6221 Posted in A Game with a PurposeScholarship

If your Boy Scouts aren't interested in the Coin Collecting merit badge or Stamp Collecting merit badge, maybe they will like the more general Collections merit badge.]]>

If your Boy Scouts aren’t interested in the Coin Collecting merit badge or Stamp Collecting merit badge, maybe they will like the more general Collections merit badge.

Collecting can be an educational and financially rewarding pastime: a collector must educate himself about a specific subject, be able to tell which items are worth preserving, how to catalog and organize his collection, and how to evaluate the value of items.

Collections Merit Badge Requirements

Stamp and coin collecting are excluded from eligibility for this merit badge. There are separate merit badges for these.

  1. Prepare a short written report or outline for your counselor, giving a detailed description of your collection, including a short history. Be sure to include why you chose that particular type of collecting and what you enjoy and have learned from your collection.
  2. Explain the growth and development of your collection.
  3. Demonstrate your knowledge of preserving and displaying your collection.
    1. Explain the precautions you need to take to preserve your collection, including
      1. Handling
      2. Cleaning
      3. Storage
    2. Explain how best to display your collection, keeping in mind preserving as discussed above.
    3. Explain to your counselor the events available for a hobbyist of this collection, including shows, seminars, conventions, contests, and museum programs or exhibits.
  4. Demonstrate your knowledge of collecting and investing. Discuss with your counselor:
    1. How investing and speculation would apply to your collection
    2. What you would look for in purchasing other collections similar to yours
    3. What you would expect in return value if you decided to sell all or part of the collection
  5. Do the following:
    1. Discuss with your counselor at least 10 terms commonly used in your collection and be prepared to discuss the definition of each.
    2. Show your counselor any two groups from your collection. Explain how you organized your collection and why you chose that method. (Note: If your collection is too large to transport and your counselor is unable to view your collection directly, photographs should be available to share.)
    3. Explain how your collection is valued by other collectors, and display to your counselor any price guides that may be available.
    4. Explain how your collection is graded for value, physical defects, size, and age. Show the various classifications or ratings used in your collection.
    5. List the national, state, or local association responsive to your collection.
    6. Show the location of and explain to your counselor the identification number (if applicable), series, brand name (if any), and any other special identification marks.
  6. Discuss with your counselor the plans you have to continue with the collection in the future.
  7. Discuss with your counselor why and how collecting has changed and how this applies to your collection.
  8. Find out about career opportunities in collecting. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.
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Halloween Craft, Snack, and Game Ideas http://scoutermom.com/14259/halloween-craft-snack-and-game-ideas/ http://scoutermom.com/14259/halloween-craft-snack-and-game-ideas/#comments Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:00:00 +0000 http://scoutermom.com/?p=14259 Posted in A Game with a Purpose

Craft, game, and snack ideas for your Halloween party or meeting. While some work best for younger kids, others are also appropriate for the older Scouts.]]>

Some Halloween themed ideas might help you out at an upcoming Halloween party. Or they might just be a way to add some fun to an upcoming Scout meeting. Maybe you are going camping and you need some ideas to make your campsite “spooky”. Whatever the case, here are some of my favorite ideas for Scouts from other websites. You can also  find my Halloween ideas on my Halloween page.

A lot of these are best for Cub Scouts, but some would be fun for Boy Scouts and Venturers also.

Halloween Crafts

Paper Bag Fall Tree: Make a really great looking tree with falling leaves from a paper lunch back and some colored tissue paper. This would fit especially well with Webelos Artist activity badge. I would consider this a construction for that badge’s requirement 9: “Make an art construction, using your choice of materials.”.

Q-Tip Skeleton: This would make a wonderful gathering activity for this time of year for Cub Scouts. For Tigers and Wolves it might be best to do some of the cutting beforehand.  I’d also recommend you have one made up as an example.

Egg Carton Bats and Leaf Ghosts: I like this craft because the bats are made of egg cartons, which emphasises the Reuse part of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. And the ghosts are made from leaves, which makes them a nature craft.

Halloween Snacks

Halloween Worms: I love these gross looking worms. They are made by making geletin and putting it in straws. Awesome!

Easy Halloween Preztel Rod Ideas: This site has a collection of pretzel rod recipes. These include ghostly pretzel sticks, pretzel stick bones, witches fingers, candy corn pretzel rods, mummy pretzel sticks, and witches’ broomsticks.

Jack O Lantern Oranges:  So easy and a healthy alternative if the kids have already had too much candy! Just take some oranges, tangerines,  or clementines and draw jack-o-lantern faces on them with a marker.

Halloween Games

15 Indoor Halloween Games: Just what it sounds like – 15 games which can be played indoors. These are best for younger kids and would be perfect for your classroom party or den meeting.

Pop Goes the Pumpkin: Popping balloons placed on the wall in a pumpkin formation. Scouts seem to enjoy any game which involves popping balloons.

Pumpkin Bowling (look in the middle of the page): The “ball” is a pumpkin with the stem cut off and some holes bored in it for the fingers. The “pins” are rolls of toilet paper decorated like ghosts. The only thing Cub Scouts probably like more in a game than balloon popping is throwing things. You might want to do this one outside so you don’t have to worry about the mess if the pumpkin breaks.

More Halloween Party Ideas

You can see pictures of some of these and more ideas on my Halloween Ideas Pinterest Board

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Railroading Merit Badge for Boy Scouts http://scoutermom.com/6212/railroading-merit-badge-boy-scouts/ http://scoutermom.com/6212/railroading-merit-badge-boy-scouts/#comments Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.scoutermom.com/content/?p=6212 Posted in A Game with a Purpose

Boy Scouts who are fascinated by trains can earn the Railroading merit badge. Our local Museum of Transportation offers several skill centers for this badge.]]>

Boy Scouts who are fascinated by trains can earn the Railroading merit badge. Our local Museum of  Transportation offers several skill centers for this badge.

By earning this badge, Scouts can learn about the history of railroading, its place in modern society, careers in railroading, and hobbies related to railroading.

Railroading Merit Badge Requirements

  1. Do THREE of the following:
    1. Name three types of modern freight trains. Explain why unit trains are more efficient than mixed freight trains.
    2. Name one class I or regional railroad. Explain what major cities it serves, the locations of major terminals, service facilities and crew change points, and the major commodities it carries.
    3.  Using models or pictures, identify 10 types of railroad freight or passenger cars. Explain the purpose of each type of car.
    4. Explain how a modern diesel or electric locomotive develops power. Explain the terms dynamic braking and radial steering trucks.
  2. Do the following:
    1. Explain the purpose and formation of Amtrak. Explain, by the use of a timetable, a plan for making a trip by rail between two cities at least 500 miles apart. List the times of departure and arrival at your destination, the train number and name, and the type of service you want.
    2. List and explain the various forms of public/mass transit using rail as the fixed-guide path.
  3. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Name four departments of a railroad company. Describe what each department does.
    2. Tell about the opportunities in railroading that interest you most and why.
    3. Name four rail support industries. Describe the function of each one.
    4. With your parent’s and counselor’s approval, interview someone employed in the rail industry. Learn what that person does and how this person became interested in railroading. Find out what type of schooling and training are required for this position.
  4. Explain the purpose of Operation Lifesaver and its mission.
  5. Do THREE of the following:
    1. List five safety precautions that help make trains safer for workers and passengers.
    2. Explain to your merit badge counselor why railroad rights-of-way are important for safety.
    3. List 10 safety tips to remember when you are near a railroad track (either on the ground or on a station platform) or aboard a train.
    4. Tell your counselor about the guidelines for conduct that should be followed when you are near or on railroad property. Explain the dangers of trespassing on railroad property.
    5. Tell what an automobile driver can do to safely operate a car at grade crossings, and list three things an automobile driver should never do at a grade crossing.
    6. Tell how to report a malfunction of grade crossing warning devices.
    7. List safety precautions a pedestrian should follow at a public crossing.
  6. Explain the appearance and meaning of the following warning signs and devices: advance warning sign, pavement markings, crossbucks, flashing red lights, crossing gates.
  7. Do EACH of the following:
    1. Explain how railroad signals operate and show two basic signal types using color or configuration.
    2. Explain the meaning of three whistle signals.
    3. Describe a way to signal a train for an emergency stop.
    4. Explain the use and function of the EOTD (end-of-train device) or FRED (flashing rear end device) used on the last car of most trains.
  8. Select ONE of the following special-interest areas and complete the requirements.
    1. Model Railroading – With your parent’s and counselor’s approval, do TWO of the following:
      1. Draw a layout of your own model railroad or one that could be built in your home. Design a point-to-point track or loop with different routings. Include one of the following: turnaround or terminal or yard or siding.
      2. Build one model railroad car kit or one locomotive kit.
      3. Name the scale of four popular model railroad gauges. Identify the scale of four model cars or locomotives.
      4. Locate the Web site of four model railroad-related manufacturers or magazine publishers. Print information on their products and services and discuss the information with your counselor.
      5. Build one railroad structure (from scratch or using a kit), paint and weather the structure, mount it on your layout or diorama, and make the surrounding area on the diorama scenic.
      6. Alone or with others, build a model railroad or modular layout including ballast and scenery. Make electrical connections and operate a train. Describe what you enjoyed most.
      7. Participate in a switching contest on a timesaver layout and record your time.
    2. Railfanning – With your parent’s and counselor’s approval, do TWO of the following:
      1. Visit a railroad museum, historical display, or a prototype railroad-sponsored public event. With permission, photograph, videotape, or sketch items of interest. Explain what you saw and describe your photos, sketches, or videotape.
      2. Purchase tickets and ride a scenic or historic railroad. Under supervision, photograph the equipment and discuss with your counselor the historic significance of the operation.
      3. Locate the Web site of four rail historical groups, then find information on the history of the rail preservation operations and purpose of each group. Talk with a member of one of the groups and find out how you might help.
      4. Plan a trip by rail between two points. Obtain a schedule and explain when the train should arrive at two intermediate points. Purchase the tickets and make the trip. Explain to your counselor what you saw.
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