Program Themes for Cub Scouts
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Why Use Program Themes for Cub Scouts?
Cub Scout themes are a way to add pizzazz to a meeting or a month. They can get your families motivated to be more involved and try new activities. Planning a pack meeting is easier with a theme.
These themes can also be used to come up with ideas for your Blue and Gold banquet or your Webelos crossover ceremony. Sometimes it is fun to have a unified Cub Scout program theme for an end of the year pack party too.
I’ve separated these themes into different categories. It is good to mix up ideas throughout the program year so you have topics which appeal to everyone.
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The Passport to Other Lands meeting plan features ideas for the core value of respect- games, group activities, songs, and more. These focus on the value of respect.
The Holiday Lights meeting plan features games, group activities, songs, and more to help Cub Scouts learn about other cultures and traditions.
The My Family Tree meeting plan features ideas for the value of faith- games, group activities, songs, and more includes a Raingutter Regatta as the featured activity.
Introducing Native American themes to Cub Scouts can be a way to teach our younger Scouts how to appreciate different cultures. It should be done in a respectful way which honors the traditions of the First Americans.
“When you look back in time, it is easy to find many examples of resourcefulness, using human and other resources to their fullest. Whether it is the Ice Age, the Wild West, the Space Age, or the 1950s, each time period had people with goals who used the resources available to them to make their lives better.”
“Perseverance is defined as sticking with something and not giving up, even if it is difficult. As the pioneers headed west across this great country, they met many difficulties, yet they did not give up. Instead, they kept going, overcame the adversities they met, and helped to develop our wonderful country.”
Looking for games or resources related to pirates, desert islands, or sea ships? Check out this Shipwrecked theme page for ideas.
“Honesty is paired with heroes because throughout history heroes have distinguished themselves as honest people. They gained the respect and admiration of others through their vision of how the future could be changed without using dishonest means to achieve their goals.”
“Scouts learn and experience the perseverance gold miners had long ago as they try to obtain treasures on their pack Go for the Gold Day!”
The Cubs in Shining Armor theme revolves around the ideas of honor and service. So organize a summer service project. Knights went on quests, so you could have some sort of fun “quest scavenger hunt”.
Health and Fitness
This is an older Cub Scout pack meeting plan related to health, nutrition, and fitness. “As Cub Scouts, we are personally committed to care for our minds and bodies.”
Riding a bike is a fun activity for all ages. Even younger Cub Scouts can have fun showing their skills by riding on a parking lot course. Training wheels optional!
Don’t forget to put the “outing” in Scouting. Cub Scouts enjoy going hiking. Remember to pick a trail of an appropriate difficulty level for your age group. Webelos have a lot more stamina than Lions and Tigers.
One of the Aims of Scouting is Fitness. According to the Cub Scout program helps health and fitness is: Being personally committed to keeping our minds and bodies clean and fit.
Nothing is as fun on a hot summer day as being with your friends at the pool. These ideas will help you plan a fun aquatics activity for your den or pack.
According to the program helps courage is being brave and doing what is right regardless of our fears, the difficulties, or the consequences. Cub Scouts can learn to take “courage steps” in a difficult situation.
One of the Cub Scout themes for the value of Perseverance is an Over the Horizon theme. This is a pack meeting focused on hiking.
BSA offers supplemental pack program ideas for each month. One of the older Cub Scout themes for the value of Health and Fitness is a Destination Parks theme.
Cub Scouts love science! It is almost like magic to them. You can spark and interest in science with these ideas, achievements, and activities which are related to science.
Chess is a fun way to engage young minds and to develop thinking skills. If the traditional method of chess seems too complicated, try a simpler variant of the game which will still teach basic strategy.
This is an older Cub Scout pack meeting plan related to the value of resourcefulness and the Scout Law point of Thrifty. “Close your eyes and dream. Cub Scouts will learn that the sky’s the limit when it comes to a great idea.”
Thinking about space can encourage the imagination and spark an interest in science and engineering. Cub Scouts find these topics fascinating.
“Part of being resourceful is learning not to be wasteful and to recycle items to make something new and wonderful from something old. Used items can also be repurposed, or used for something other than their original purpose.”
This meeting plan features ideas for the core value of courage which relates to Brave in the Scout Law. “It takes courage to explore a new frontier, to cast aside the comfort of the life we know to go forth and explore our universe. Our Cub Scouts show similar courage in exploring the options and challenges of their advancement in Scouting, which we know will help them grow up strong and courageous as they lead our complicated world and learn more about our universe.”
“A compassionate Scout imagines himself in the situation of others and feels sympathetic to their distress. As we become aware of the needs of all creatures on Earth, we gain compassion for everything that inhabits our world and the importance of understanding that we are all linked together.”
“It takes faith when we want to fly into the soaring skies. We need faith in the pilots, co-pilots, the engine and electrical system, the compass, and all of the airplane’s instruments. More importantly, it is faith that gives you the courage to board a plane, knowing that a higher power will make sure you take off, fly to your destination, and land safely.”
It doesn’t matter what you are doing—homework, Cub Scout advancement, or helping Mom set the table—doing your best with a Yes I Can attitude will make the job more fun and less stressful.
The Dollars and Sense theme can be used with the value of responsibility. Use this theme to reinforce the idea of using money responsibly with youth.
The Cub Scouts Give Thanks related to Scout Law point of Reverent. See ideas to use with this Cub Scout program theme.
The Gives Goodwill meeting plan features ideas for the value of citizenship – games, group activities, songs, and more. This theme has an emphasis on the importance of serving others in need.
This crime prevention based theme focuses on the value of honesty. “Crime is often an act of dishonesty. Honesty is all about telling the truth and being a person worthy of trust.”
“Create a very special red carpet event at this pack meeting, and every Cub Scout will feel like a star.”
The Abracadabra theme focuses on magic and positive attitude. There is an older pack meeting plan for this theme and I have some other ideas to go along with it.
Cooperation is an important concept for children to understand. “At the circus all of the workers must work together to put on a safe and exciting show. They must cooperate. Just as the circus workers work together, Cub Scouts will work together this month to create their show.”
This is an older Cub Scout pack meeting plan related to citizenship. The Fifty Great States meeting plan features games, group activities, songs, and more. “Cub Scouts develop good citizenship skills when they learn about respecting the flag and providing service to the community.”
“We don’t often think about teaching our Cub Scouts about voting because of their age and the fact that it will be many years before they can vote. We can, however, explain the importance of voting. If we mentor them by our actions, then the responsibility of good citizenship by voting will become more meaningful as they grow”
Teaching citizenship is one of the Aims of Scouting. So here are some ideas for promoting knowledge of the United States of America and encouraging participatory citizenship.
Hometown heroes are those who see a need, bring others together to cooperate in achieving a common goal, and solve problems to keep us safe in our community by working together as a team. Firefighters, police officers, members of the military, and other leaders cooperate to make our lives better.
” The flag of our country is more than a something. The flag is a symbol of our living country and itself is considered a living thing. When you show respect for the flag, you are showing respect for all it represents.”
One of the Aims of Scouting is to teach Cub Scouts about citizenship. “Contributing service and showing responsibility to local, state, and national communities. Cub Scouts develop good citizenship when they are learning about respecting the flag and providing service to the community.”
A Citizenship-themed Pack meeting need not be boring. Add a little fun to your teaching, and good luck!
The Amazing Games pack meeting plan focuses on how playing games together can encourage teamwork and cooperation.
Most Cub Scouts know all about their favorite baseball team. Why not have a baseball themed meeting then? Cub Scouts can learn about honesty while doing activities related to America’s pastime.
Some games never go out of style. Add some fun and physical activity to your den or pack program with these classic outdoor games. Your Cub Scouts will have fun and your parents will appreciate the opportunity to release some energy.
Through Cub Scouting, we encourage families to be more physically fit and to enjoy the outdoors at the same time in their own backyards. By staging this month’s pack meeting outside, we encourage our Scouts to turn off the television, computer, and video game and help keep the “Outing” in “Scouting.”
This theme focuses on Duty to God, Duty to Country, and Duty to Self. “The job of a farmer is filled with responsibilities. If the farmer does not properly tend his or her crops and animals, they will not thrive. A farmer is an example of someone we would like our Cub Scouts to know as the model of a person who shows responsibility”
“The oceans are the last unexplored frontiers on Earth. It takes courage to venture into undiscovered territory. Courage is also doing what is right regardless of the consequences. This month let us take our Cub Scouts under the oceans to explore and do what is right in caring for our last earthly frontier.”
Compassion is having care and concern for the well-being of others. Others do not have to be people. This month we focus on having compassion for animals, especially our pets.
The Jungle of Fun meeting plan will help Cub Scouts become responsible members of their Packs. This theme focuses on following the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Outdoor Code, and other codes related to the Law of the Pack.
This theme focuses on compassion. Cub Scouts learn about being kind to others. A pack meeting plan is provided along with other ideas.
Talking about respect with Cub Scouts will help them understand the Scout Law points of “courteous” and “reverent”. Here are some pack meeting ideas which helps Cub Scouts practice respect for others.
“Using human resources and other resources to their fullest. Cub Scouts will gain the knowledge and the means to meet situations effectively whether they are working on a service project or completing a den activity.”
Cub Scouts can benefit from learning how to hang in there when things aren’t going our way. According to the program helps perseverance is: “Sticking with something and not giving up, even if it is difficult.”
A Cub Scout is Reverent. According to the program helps, faith is “Having inner strength and confidence based on our trust in God.”
In the old Cub Scout program, one of the core values for Cub Scouts was Honesty. This relates closely to Trustworthy in the Scout Law. “Telling the truth and being worthy of trust. A Scout is honest. As Scouts have fun and interact in their den and pack, they learn that honesty can simply be defined as a refusal to lie, cheat, or steal in any way. Honesty is simply the truth.”
Cub Scouts can learn to be kind and compassionate. The program helps give this explanation of compassion: “Being kind and considerate, and showing concern for the well-being of others.”
Cub Scouts enjoy working together. According to the program helps cooperation is: “Being helpful and working together with others toward a common goal. Cooperation is a key element in teamwork.”