This is a simple game which can be adjusted for any meeting theme. Substitute different words spelled out on the bags. For example, use “SPACE” for a spaced-themed meeting or “RAINDROP” for a weather themed meeting. You could also try to have the items in the bag match the theme.
Use this game as an activity at a den meeting. Since most ages will be able to understand the concept, it could also be used at a pack meeting. It would make a nice gathering activity or something fun to do at the end of a meeting.
- Paper bags
- One object for each letter
- One card or sheet of paper for each scout
- On eight paper bags, print one letter of the words BE PREPARED. (Or use a different word or phrase and adjust the number of bags.
- In each bag, place an object which begins with the letter written on the bag.
- Seal the bags with tape or staples.
- Line up the bags on a table so they spell out the word or phrase written on the bag.
- Give each scout a card or sheet of paper and a pencil.
- Have each scout write BE PREPARED (or the word or phrase you used) vertically on the card so he has a place to write something for each letter. (You might want to have a sample card to show them.)
- Let the scouts feel and shake the bags, but not look inside.
- Have them write down next to each letter what they think is in the bag marked with the letter.
- After a set amount of time, reveal what is in each bag so they can see how many they guessed correctly.