Citizenship Football Game

About Citizenship Football Game

Citizenship Football Game is a fun way to help Webelos and Scouts BSA work on citizenship requirements.

Purpose

This is a game I got from a fellow Scouter Mom. The purpose of the game is to reinforce the ideas which are discussed in meeting focused on the rights and duties of citizens. So you will need to instruct the Scouts first. Then play this game to help them retain what they have learned.

Origin

I think she got the idea at a PowWow or a Roundtable. As luck would have it, our Blue and Gold banquet that year had a sports theme and on each table there had been a poster decorated like a sports field. So she nabbed one of the football fields to use with this game. She has passed the field on to me and we played it several times at den meetings.

The printable copy is also provided below.

How to Play Citizenship Football Game

Materials

  • Green poster board with a football field drawn on it in chalk
  • Questions (see printable copy)
  • Extra point questions (see printable copy)
  • Yards tags (see printable copy)
  • Football markers (see printable copy)
  • Three paper bags labeled Questions, Extra Point, and Yards

Preparation

Cut apart the questions, extra point questions, yards tags, and football markers.

Place the questions in the Questions bag, the extra point questions in the Extra Point bag, and the yards tags in the Yards bag.

Instructions

  1. Divide the Scouts into two teams.- red team and blue team.
  2. Give each team one of the football markers.
  3. Place both football markers at the 50 yard line.
  4. Have a coin toss to see which team goes first.
  5. A member from the first team reaches in the Questions bag and draws a question.
  6. If he answers correctly, he draws a tag from the Yards bag and moves his team’s football forward that many yards. The next player on his team gets to draw a question.
  7. If he answers incorrectly, the other team gets a turn.
  8. When a team gets a touchdown, they get 6 points and they get to try to answer a question from the Extra Point bag for one or two more points. The points are indicated on the question cards.
  9. If the team is at the 10 or 20 yard line, they may try for a field goal instead of a touchdown. In this case, when they read the question, give them three or four multiple choice answers, with one of them being the correct answer. If the player selects the correct answer they get 3 points.
  10. After a team scores a touchdown or a field goal, they return their ball to the 50 yard line and the other team gets a turn.
  11. When a question is answered correctly, it is removed from play. If it is answered incorrectly, it goes back in the bag. If most of the questions have been answered correctly, put them back in the bag and continue playing.
  12. Play for a set amount of time. Or break the game into quarters and play this between other Citizen Activity badge requirements.
  13. The team with the most points at the end wins.

Notes

You should go over the information in the questions with your Scouts before playing the game. The purpose of the game is to reinforce the answers.

You are the referee. Your decision is always final.

Resources

First Aid Baseball

This is another game which uses a sports theme to make doing requirements fun.

Constitution Word Search Puzzle

This printable puzzle is a good gathering activity or take home activity for a citizenship themed meeting.

ICivics

This site has a number of online games to help teach civics lessons.

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Comments

9 responses to “Citizenship Football Game”

  1. Tracy Avatar
    Tracy

    I like the game. It’s exactly what I am looking for for this activity badge for our day camp. However, I don’t see the questions anywhere.

    1. Scouter Mom Avatar

      Click on the link in the middle which says “Printable copy of Citizenship Football Game”. The questions are in there.

  2. Carrie Avatar
    Carrie

    We did this game last night with our Webelos 1 den! The boys loved it! Thanks for the great ideas!

  3. Jackie Avatar
    Jackie

    I would love to use this game w/our boys, but everytime I click on printable copy it says internet explorer is down. Not able to pull it up for some reason. Please help !!

    Thanks, Jackie.

  4. Dot Avatar
    Dot

    We would like to get permission to reprint this game in our Pow Wow Book and display it on a Midway table at our Council’s Cub Pow Wow this November. I tried to send an email on the contact page, but it kept saying I had the security code incorrect. I typed it four different ways.
    Is is possible to get permission to reprint this game? Or who do I contact to discuss this?
    Thanks, Dot

    1. Scouter Mom Avatar

      Yes, you may reprint in. Just make sure it includes the website URL: http://scoutermom.com

  5. Karen Frye Avatar
    Karen Frye

    Thank you so much for posting all these great ideas. My den has so much fun thanks to your site! I’m not a crafty person, you have no idea what a life saver this site is!

  6. Heid Stevens Avatar
    Heid Stevens

    This was the boys’ favorite part of our meeting. We still have a ton more questions to go through, but such a fun way to do it.

  7. Webelo Akela Avatar
    Webelo Akela

    I’ve been nervous all year that the U.S. flag history and Rule of Law requirements would be dry topics and I’d lose the attention of my rowdy Webelo AoL Scouts. But, we reviewed all the material, then played this game and the boys loved it! They even asked to play again.

    Great game! Thank you!!!

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