Tag Archives | Gathering Activities

Gathering activities are just program ideas for the Scouts to do while they are waiting for the meeting to start. These can be games, puzzles, crafts, or anything which only takes a few minutes.


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Picture Telephone Game  Picture Telephone is a visual version of the classic telephone game. Our Crew recently played this during the Communication section of the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews course.

 

Faith and Our Ancestors Game  The Faith and Our Ancestors Game is an icebreaker activity with a genealogy twist. Players ask each other questions about how they think their ancestors lived.

 

Photo of boysWhen I Was Young Gathering Activity  "When I Was Young" can be used as one of the gathering activities for any meeting centered around a history theme or a photography or cinema theme. This also works well for a Blue and Gold banquet.

 

Mixing BowlsHomemade Silly Putty Recipe  Having a science themed meeting with your Scouts? Instead of a craft, make up a batch of silly putty. This stuff is stretchy and fun to play with.

 

State Capitals Bingo CardsState 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.

 

This is great for Scout units, because you can pick up the book and know you are going to be able to find something within a reasonable driving distance.60 Hikes Within 60 Miles (Multiple Locations Available)  This is great for Scout units, because you can pick up the book and know you are going to be able to find something within a reasonable driving distance.

 

Clock Neckerchief SlideClock Neckerchief Slide  Cub Scouts can make this simple neckerchief on their own. Use it as a gathering activity with the Turn Back the Clock theme.

 

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.

 

Holiday Picture BingoChristmas Picture Bingo  Kids always enjoy playing bingo, so if you are having a den or pack Christmas party, use these Christmas picture bingo cards.

 

Donut SnowmenDonut Snowman Craft/Recipe  Today's Winter Wonderland idea for Cub Scouts is both a craft and a snack. Make snowmen out of powdered sugar donuts, some pretzels, and a few other easy to find ingredients.

 

Chess Terminology Scramble Puzzle  Earlier this month, I wrote about basic chess terms. So today I am presenting a word scramble puzzle to reinforce the meanings of some of those terms.

 

Jack O LanternHalloween 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.

 

Soccer Word Search Puzzle  If you are looking for a gathering activity to go with this month's soccer theme , try this word search puzzle. As I mentioned in my post a few days ago, when teaching a new skill one of the first things you need to do is develop a common terminology.

 

Boy and Soccer BallSoccer 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.

 

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.

 

Boy Riding BikeCycling Safety Crossword Puzzle  Puzzles are a fun way to reinforce concepts with Cub Scouts. This puzzle helps Cub Scouts think about some basic bike safety concepts. It would make a good gathering activity at a pack bicycling activity or a den meeting.

 

Craft Stick Picture Frame  This is one of those things which 99 percent of you probably already know how to do, so I am really posting this just to remind you that things like this make a good gathering activity, especially for Tigers and Wolves.

 

PaintingPool Tote Craft  If you are looking for a craft for your pack pool party or aquatics themed meeting, you could let the Scouts decorate their own pool totes. Then they can carry all of their squishy balls, goggles, dive sticks, and other pool accessories themselves.

 

Astronomy Terms Scramble Puzzle  This puzzle is to help your Cub Scouts meet requirement 3 for the belt loop: Explain the following terms: planet, star, solar system, galaxy, the Milky Way, blackhole, red giant, white dwarf, comet, meteor, moon, asteroid, star map, and universe.

 

Native American PatternHubbub - A Native American Dice Game  This is a traditional Native American game. The scoring systems seem to vary from one reference to another, so the system below is a simplified system which scouts should be able to follow.

 

Paper Bag Puppets  A den leader asked me recently about ideas for gathering activities. I suggested paper bag puppets.

 

Cub Scout Trading Cards  With baseball season right around the corner, let your Cub Scouts make their own trading cards with "Cub Scout stats". This Cub Scout craft works great with any sports themed den or pack meeting.

 

Respect Ourselves, Others, and Our WorldCub Scout Gathering Activity - Core Values Crossword Puzzle  This is a crossword puzzle I made for a gathering activity for a den meeting. It's purpose is just to familiarize the Cub Scout with the 12 core values

 

Webelos Cub Scout badgeWebelos Badge Scramble Puzzle  I am going to go over some of the requirements for the Webelos badge with my den at our next meeting. We'll use this word scramble puzzle as a gathering activity. It is based on the requirements for the Webelos badge.

 

Webelos Cub Scout badgeWebelos Activity Badges Matching Quiz  When Cub Scouts enter their Webelos year, a few things change. One of the things which is different is that they work on activity badges instead of achievements.

 

Craft Stick Pencil Holders  Now that school is starting up again, Cub Scouts might enjoy making craft stick pencil holders to keep some of their school supplies in. Or they can give it to somebody else as a gift. This craft is very easy.

 

Constitution Word Search Puzzle  In honor of Independance Day, here is a word search with vocabulary related to the United States Constitution.

 

Cub Scouts - Strong Values - Strong Leaders - Character CountsCub Scout Law of the Pack Letter Tile Puzzle  Cub Scouts should know the Law of the Pack, but unless they are reciting it all of the time, they aren't going to remember it. This puzzle will help reinforce the Law of the Pack.

 

Cub Scouts - Strong Values - Strong Leaders - Character CountsCub Scout Gathering Activity - Cub Scout Promise Puzzle  Cub Scouts should know things like the Law of the Pack and the Cub Scout Promise. A puzzle can also be a good way to help Cub Scouts remember these.

 

Boy Scouts of AmericaBoy Scout Basics Crossword for Webelos and Scouts  A crossword puzzle for Webelos working on their Arrow of Light award or for new Boy Scouts who are working toward their Scout rank. This puzzle has clues from the Boy Scout oath, law, motto, and slogan.

 

Egg Carton Caterpillar  This springtime craft could serve as a gathering activity at a den meeting. Use it to fulfill Tiger electives, Bear electives, a construction for the Artist activity badge, or for the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program Art pin.

 

Picaria - A Native American Game  Picaria is a Native American board game. It is like a cross between tic-tac-toe and checkers. It could be used with Tiger, Wolf, or Bear electives or with a group working on the Indian Lore merit badge.

 

Your Living World - Printable Match Puzzle and Key  This puzzle would make a good gathering activity for a meeting focused on Wolf Achievement 7 - Your Living World.