Games

Games promote team building, cooperation, and friendly competition. Active games also promote the BSA aim of personal fitness.

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Jack Rabbit Posing Game

Our Crew president led this jack rabbit posing game at our last meeting. It is a fun game for teenagers, but would work for other age groups also. The idea of this game is to remember different poses and to strike the correct pose quickly.

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Christmas Stocking

Christmas Games: Stocking Surprise

Stocking Surprise is an easy game for your Christmas themed meeting or party. It works with almost any age group. When choosing items for the “stocking”, think of all of the senses. Include something with a scent, or something which makes noise. Include it in your Christmas games this year.

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Kid Doing Silence Gesture Over White Background

Sleeping Guard Game

Sleeping Guard is a fun game for a den. The object of the game is for the Scouts to be quiet enough to sneak up on a blindfolded guard and steal an object. Perfect for a bunch of noisy Cub Scouts!

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Boeing 747 Aircraft Taking Off

Forces of Flight Game

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.

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State Capitals Bingo Cards

State Capitals Bingo Cards

In this picture bingo game, the cards have images of the states with the capitals on them. As each state name is called, players must try to find the capital on their card and mark it.

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Treasure

Sleeping Pirate Game

This month I am featuring the Cultural Awareness Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts. The meeting plan for week two suggests playing Sleeping Pirate as a opening activity while the Scouts are gathering. This works well for this purpose since it doesn’t require much equipment and additional Scouts can join in as they arrive.

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My Story, Your Story, History

My Story Mystery Game

The My Story Mystery Game is a great way to get to know some “history” about a group of individuals. It makes a great icebreaker. It can also serve as an introduction to a discussion about oral history and storytelling.

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Teamwork

Shoot The Gap Game

This game is suggested as an interpatrol activity for one of the meeting plans in the Public Service troop program feature. This game would also work as a team building game or ice breaker, since the participants must know the names of the other players. So I think this could also be worked into a […]

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Jack O Lantern

Halloween Bingo Cards

If you are looking for a fun gathering activity for a den meeting or pack meeting around Halloween time, try these Halloween Picture Bingo Cards.

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wolf-tracks

Making a Plaster Print Mold

Plaster of Paris is messy, which means Scouts will enjoy it. You can use this versatile medium to make plaster molds and casts. This technique can be used to make shoe prints or tire track casts for Requirement 1 of Bear Achievement 7 – Law Enforcement Is a Big Job.

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Boy and Soccer Ball

Soccer Drill – Soccer Croquet

This month I am featuring a soccer theme for Cub Scouts. A soccer drill can make a fun gathering activity or an end of the meeting game for a soccer themed meeting. This drill emphasizes teamwork, dribbling skills, and passing accuracy.

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Boy and Soccer Ball

Soccer Marbles

If you are having a soccer or sports themed meeting, a soccer drill can be a fun way to burn of some energy. Soccer marbles is a three person soccer drill. It is simple enough for young Scouts.

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Soccer Ball

Soccer Tennis

When my den meetings were immediately after school, I often did a physical activity during the gathering time. The Scouts needed to run around and burn off a little energy before they were ready to concentrate on the den activities.

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Playground Ball

Spud Game

Here is a game which works well for a group of 8 to 10 Scouts. This goes with my Classic Outdoor Games theme for this month. I’m sure many of us played this as children. Playing games helps Cub Scouts run off energy. learn to cooperate, and understand sportsmanship.

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Marbles

Rules for Ringer (A Marbles Game)

One of the requirements for the Marbles Belt Loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program is to explain the rules of Ringer and play a game. When you think of kids playing marbles, you are probably picturing Ringer in your mind – a circle on the ground and kids shooting at the marbles […]

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Boys Running

Steal the Bacon

Here is another game for a large group of Scouts. This is fun for all age levels – from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts to Venturers. Your older Scouts might try to employ some strategy when playing this game.

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Tell It Like It Isn’t Game

Every now and then people will contact me with a question about how I did this requirement or that. One question I have received a few times is “What are the rules for Tell It Like It Isn’t for Tiger Achievement 4?” The instructions can be found in the Tiger handbook, but I think sometimes […]

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Boys Running

Capture the Flag

Capture the Flag is a great game for a large group. Our Boy Scout troop plays it often as an interpatrol activity during meetings. Cub Scouts can play it also. We had a joint Pack/Troop flag retirement ceremony at a local park in the spring. When the ceremony was over, the Boy Scouts organized a […]

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Boys Running

Kick the Can

Kick the can is a classic game which combines tag and hide and go seek. This is a great wide area game for a large group. Use it as an activity at a pack campout or to add some physical activity to a pack meeting.

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Fitness

Classic Outdoor Games

For this month’s theme, I am focusing on classic outdoor games. These are games which would have been played by the Scout’s parents or even grandparents. There are a few ideas listed on the right, and more will gradually be shown on the Classic Outdoor Games Theme page.

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Friends Swimming

Sharks and Minnows

Here is a game to go with this month’s aquatic theme. It can be used to fuflill requirement 2 for the Swimming belt loop from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program: “Play a recreational game in the water with your den, pack, or family.” This is a simple version of the game. There are […]

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Fitness

Red Light Green Light

When working with Cub Scouts, remember KISMIF – Keep It Simple. Make It Fun. Sometimes we come up with elaborite or complicated plans when our young Scouts would really be just as happy with something simple. Red Light Green Light is a great example of this. It is simple and requires no preparation or materials. […]

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Teenagers in Human Pyramid

Chicken on a Hut Game

This game makes a fun break in a meeting. It is a favorite with our Venture Crew. Because of the physical contact with the partners, when playing this game with our coed Crew, boys are partners with boys and girls are partners with girls.

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Teamwork

Human Knot Game

This is an icebreaker in which a group must work together to “untie” themselves from a knot. This is a cooperative rather than competitive game.

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Bucket

Hail Storm Game

This game doesn’t take much space, so it can be played indoors. If you think ahead and take the materials to camp with you, you can even play it under a fly on a rainy day.

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