This month I am featuring a Thanksgiving theme. I’ll have some crafts and other ideas for the Cub Scouts, but there are also things which Scouts BSA and Venturers can do with this theme.
Add some pizazz to your October program with some Halloween themed ideas. Find recipes, games, songs, and activities for your Halloween Scout program here.
Thanksgiving is a good opportunity for Scouts to thing about gratitude and good manners. Here are some songs and activities for your Thanksgiving Scout meeting.
If your unit celebrates Christmas, here are a few ideas for gifts, activities, games, and songs for you.
On this day, all are encouraged to remember that washing hands with soap is a good way to prevent diseases. Another goal is to increase the awareness of the importance of the availability of hand washing facilities. Cub Scouts can work on their hygiene requirements. Scouts BSA and Venturers might want to learn about water challenges in some regions and think about how conservation efforts might help.
July 20 is Moon Day. It commemorates the day the first man walked on the lunar surface. Celebrate Moon Day with some fun space themed activities.
Here are a couple of ideas for Easter (and springtime in general). First of all, those Peeps are available in stores. So purchase them and then make some Toasted Peeps. If your Scouts are getting together with their families, make some Good Manners napkins.
August 31 is Trail Mix Day. So mix up a batch of trail mix with your Scouts. What do you like to put in your trail mix? Send me your favorite recipe and I’ll post it.
Celebrate April Fool’s Day with a fun trick or joke! Just make sure the joke is fun for everyone involved. A Scout is kind!
The Thursday before Christmas is national Re-gifting Day. This would be a fun day to play Rob Your Neighbor with your Scouts. When we have played it at troop or crew meetings we have had the rule that the gift must be a re-gift or less than $5. We had some crazy regifts and it was a lot of fun
August 6 is Wiggle Your Toes Day. Go barefoot. Put those toes in the pool. Wiggle those toes. Here are some suggestions for your Scouting program: Scouts of all ages can have fun playing Sharks and Minnows. Tigers can take their shoes off for their one foot hike in My Tiger Jungle or while swimming in Floats and Boats. Wolves can have some pool fun in Spirit of the Water. Bears can do their Salmon Run adventure. Webelos can work on Aquanaut. Scouts BSA have the Swimming merit badge.
International Bacon Day is observed on the Saturday before Labor day. It is a celebration of crispy bacon. So make a camp recipe with bacon or play Steal the Bacon. What are your favorite camp recipes containing bacon? Send them to me and I will post them.
Some Scouts might ask “Why do we want to save a spider?” I have to admit. Spiders creep me out. Too many legs! But they are very beneficial. For example, they eat insects, including those pesky mosquitoes which drive us crazy at camp. So instead of killing those spiders, try to relocate them if possible.
August 25 is the birthday of the National Park Service. It was created in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. Admission to national parks is free on this day!
August 15 is National Relaxation Day. So do something fun and relaxing for your Scouting program. Here are some idea.
August 23 is National Ride the Wind Day. This day celebrates human powered flight. So it is a good day to think about flight and the science that makes it possible. Here are some ways to celebrate the wind with your Scouts.
World Wildlife Day is held on March 3 of every year. It’s purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the world’s plant and animal life and to celebrate the natural diversity found on our planet.
The first Sunday in April is Geologist Day. This is day to learn about the field of geology and its impact on society and our daily lives. There are several Scouting achievements and activities related to geology. Dig in with these ideas.
January 20 is Cheese Lover’s Day. Enjoy a slice of cheese or include some cheese in a recipe. Scouts can work on their nutrition related achievements on this day.
January 24 is National Compliment Day. Do a good turn today by offering somebody a compliment. This could also lead Scouts into a conversation about etiquette and good manners.
February 19 of each year is International Tug of War Day. Tug of war is a fun way to have a little competition. Tug of war was played in ancient Greece, Egypt, and China. It is easy to set up and play. To be fair, ensure that the teams are set up so the weight of the players on each side is approximately the same.
St. Patrick’s Day is March 17 every year. On this one day of the year, everyone is at least a wee bit Irish! Channel your inner leprechaun with these ideas.
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.
On Memorial Day we remember those in the military who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our independence and liberty. Freedom isn’t free. So go decorate some graves or thank somebody whose loved one has passed away while serving in our United States armed forces.
National Nurses Day is held annually on May 6. This is a day to celebrate nurses and to raise awareness of their contributions and commitment to society. There are many ways Scouts can celebrate this day.
January 19 is Popcorn Day. Many Scouts sell popcorn to earn money for their units. Scouts BSA who sell popcorn can work on the Salesmanship merit badge. This is also a good day to make some popcorn. Tigers and their adult partners might want to cook up a batch for the Tiger Bites adventure.