Having a secret code can be fun. There are several simple methods of coding communication so that only those who know the “secret” know what is being said.
Can a troop place requirements on how a Board of Review must be requested? For example, can a troop require that the Scout request the BOR by phone rather than in person?
Sleeping Guard is a fun game for a den. The object of the game is for the Scouts to be quiet enough to sneak up on a blindfolded guard and steal an object. Perfect for a bunch of noisy Cub Scouts!
I can’t say there is any lesson to be learned from this skit other than don’t forget to bring your tent. And no, this is not my impression of bikers, so don’t write. Nor is a particularly good example of leadership. It’s just boy humor!
Every now and then people will contact me with a question about how I did this requirement or that. One question I have received a few times is “What are the rules for Tell It Like It Isn’t for Tiger Achievement 4?” The instructions can be found in the Tiger handbook, but I think sometimes as den leaders we look at something and think it must be more complicated. Tell It Like It Isn’t is the game most of us know as Telephone. Yes, it really is that simple.
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.
This weekend our Venturing Crew did the Introduction to Youth Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC). This course teaches Crew members basic leadership skills. There is a corresponding course for Scouts BSA Troops (ILST).
If you want to add some fun to your meeting, perform a simple magic trick. Cub Scouts will love it.
A few years back we had a Cubmaster who really enjoyed audience participation segments. The cornier the better! This is a classic along those lines. This would also work to help demonstrate the importance of clear communication when giving instructions.
This short video from Leap Frog shows the different parts of a map including the compass rose, legend, and scale. It describes how these parts are used to read the map.
Hand Speak provides an American Sign Language Translator. Just type in a word and you will see a video of the sign for the word.
Run ons are the little brothers of skits. They are very brief intermission in a campfire program. Sometimes it is just a single interruption to the program, sometimes they are in series.
The Boy Scouts of America offers a special Morse Code interpreter strip for any youth or adult who demonstrates proficiency in Morse Code. The strip may be worn on the uniform.
BSA has a set of troop programs which can help PLCs plan activities around a theme. This communication program feature offers the opportunity to plan a month’s worth of troop activities which focus on giving and receiving information.
Wolf Cub Scouts learn about numbers, measuring, shapes, and math for the Code of the Wolf adventure. They also get to try sending a message using code.
Tiger Cub Scouts learn about magic, science, secret codes, and other “mysteries” while working on the Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries adventure.
Association with adults is one of the methods used in both Scouts BSA and Venturing. While these programs are youth-led, there are still adults present to mentor and help the youth leaders.
Scouts learn about oral, written, visual, and digital methods of sharing information while working on the Communication merit badge. They share stories and information, participate in an interview, attend a public meeting, and plan a Court of Honor or campfire program. They also explore careers in the field of communication.
While working on the Salesmanship merit badge, Scouts will learn about different types of sales and effective communications skills. They learn about presentations and put their skills into action by selling a product or service.
Scouts BSA learn about books, libraries, and card catalogs while working on the Reading merit badge. They read some books. They also perform service related to reading, such as reading to children or people with disabilities.
Every campfire program should have plenty of skits. They also make a great intermission in a meeting. Sometimes they teach a lesson, sometimes they don’t, but they are always fun.
What’s your favorite skit? Do you have a video of it? Contact me and I’ll share it here.
Tigers learn about some creative ways to communicate for the Tiger Theater Adventure. The Cub Scouts learn about puppet shows, reader’s theater, and pantomime. They also put on a little show of their own and watch a play or attend a story time at a library.
Puzzles make learning new concepts more fun. They are also a good way to reinforce ideas which Scouts might be starting to forget.
Have you created a puzzle or printable which you would like to share? Contact me and I’ll share it here.
Scouts learn to understand and appreciate our differences while working on the Disabilities Awareness merit badge. They explore the experiences of people with differing abilities and how providing accessibility can help improve fairness. They also investigate careers which support people with disabilities.
Scouts learn about the skills they need to succeed at school while working on the Scholarship merit badge. They explore different types of study skills and the importance of extracurricular activities. Scouts also investigate how their current education can impact their future career.
Songs are a fun way to add some fun to a meeting or to get everyone involved in a campfire program.
What’s your favorite song? Do you have the lyrics or a video of it? Contact me and I’ll share it here.
Howling at the Moon is one of the Wolf required adventures. For this adventure, Wolves practice their communication skills by creating a skit and performing it at a pack campfire program.
While working on the Journalism merit badge, Scouts learn about freedom of the press and ethics issues for reporters. They investigate print and live journalism. They also conduct an interview and explore careers related to this field.
July 24 is Tall an Old Joke Day. Bear Cub Scouts can work on their Roaring Laughter adventure, and all Scouts can incorporate some laughs into their program.
Whether in a meeting or sitting around a campfire, stories bring us together. They connect us with the past also.
Do you have a campfire story which you would like to share? Contact me and I’ll share it here.