Respect and Holiday Traditions
The Holiday Lights meeting plan features games, group activities, songs, and more to help Cub Scouts learn about other cultures and traditions.
Many of our holiday traditions this month involve lights—the star of Bethlehem, miracle of the lamps, the morning star that enlightened Buddha, the bonfires at yule. We show respect for the customs of others by sharing our holiday traditions with the pack and den: lights on a Christmas tree, candles on a menorah for Hanukkah, or on a Kwanzaa kinara. We can light the way this month by brightening someone’s holiday season while learning more about how others celebrate this season.
As a pack or den, visit a nursing home, preschool, or children’s ward, and sing holiday favorites. Conclude your outing by sharing cookies decorated by the boys. Help those less fortunate with a service project or toy drive. How about a holiday dessert pot luck? Each family can bring a traditional dessert to share at the pack meeting.
This might be a perfect time to ask pack families to donate to the World Friendship Fund of the Boy Scouts of America, which assists developing nations in providing Scouting to their youth.
Cub Scout Pack Meeting Plan for December: Holiday Lights
This Cub Scout pack meeting plan includes the following – all within a respect theme. See the meeting plan for details.
- Gathering activity – Peace Word Search and Peace Word Match
- Opening ceremony – Holiday Lights Opening Ceremony
- A prayer about holidays
- Cheers – Rudolph Cheer, Candle Cheer, Snow Globe Cheer
- Good Turn Run On
- Winter Jokes
- Mr. Boyce and the Good Turn Skit
- Song – Light the Night (To the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
- Activity – Den Demonstrations
- Fill Santa’s Sack Game
- Cubs Light the Way Recognition Ceremony
- “Lighting the way” Cubmaster Minute
- New Year of the Gold and Blue Closing Song (To the tune of Auld Lang Syne)
What are your ideas for teaching respect for different traditions? Comment below.
More Pack Meetings
These pack meeting plans also feature a similar theme:
- Stars and Stripes – This Pack program focuses on our flag.
- Passport to Other Lands – Take a trip around the world with these pack meeting ideas.
- Ideas for a Respect focused pack meeting – See a few more ways to help youth understand the concept of respect.
This ceremony relates the seven principles of Kwanzaa to the values of Cub Scouting.
This is a simple opening or closing ceremony for a meeting to go with this theme.
While we should all be courteous to each other, these five steps can help leaders earn the respect and trust of their group.