I always go over terminology first when introducing something new to Cub Scouts. This is a good practice for Scouts BSA and Venturers to learn also whenever they are doing skill instruction. So if you are having a chess themed meeting or activity, make sure you are all speaking the same language first. These are some very basic definitions to get you started.
Strategy and Thinking
When you think of kids playing marbles, you are probably picturing Ringer in your mind – a circle on the ground and kids shooting at the marbles within.
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!
This month I am focusing on classic outdoor games. One game which is fun for kids to learn is marbles. My sons have marbles and they play against each other. All you need is a shooter, some marbles, and a piece of chalk to draw the ring on the driveway. If you are going to explain how to play marbles, you should know the terminology.
Qwirkle is one of our family’s favorite games. It really is one of those games anyone can enjoy. Even though our sons are older now, we still play this on family game nights.
The Tiger-iffic! elective adventure is all about games. Tiger Cub Scouts learn about board games, team games, video games, problem-solving games, team games, and more while working on this adventure.
Marble Madness is one of the Bear elective adventures. For the Marble Madness adventure, Bears learn all about marbles and play a variety of games with them, from ringer to marble mazes.
Scouts learn about the different components of games while working on the Game Design merit badge. They investigate thematic elements, game play elements, and game analysis. They analyze an existing game and design a new game. Finally, Scouts explore careers related to game design.
Scouts develop their critical thinking and strategy skills while doing the requirements for the Chess merit badge. They learn the history of chess, and chess notation. Scouts familiarize themselves with the tactics, board, pieces, and moves. Then they demonstrate their skills by playing some games of chess.
While working on the Game Design adventure, Webelos learn what elements are needed to design a game. They create their own game and teach others how to play.
January 29 is National Puzzle Day. So tease your brain with a crossword puzzle or a riddle or a jigsaw puzzle. Anything which needs to be solved can be a puzzle!
Trivia is fun for youth. At one summer camp we attended, the trading post manager shared a fun trivia fact before each meal. Sharing an oddball fact is a fun way to add some levity to a troop meeting too. Or you can have fun playing a trivia game as a gathering activity or in a long car ride to camp.
August 27 is Just Because Day. It is a day to do something for no reason. Scouts could do their Good Turn for the day by doing a random act of kindness. Or try something new. Or have breakfast for dinner.
Chess is a fun way to engage young minds. If the traditional method of chess seems too complicated, try a variant of the game which will still teach basic strategy. Here are some ideas for a chess Cub Scout theme.