When working with Cub Scouts, remember KISMIF – Keep It Simple. Make It Fun. Sometimes we come up with elaborate or complicated plans when our young Scouts would really be just as happy with something simple. Red Light Green Light is a great example of this. It is simple and requires no preparation or materials. My Cub Scouts always enjoy these “classic” playground games.
The Fish and Chips and Vinegar song fits in well with a Backyard Fun theme. It includes a reminder to keep our backyards free of trash! It would also fit in well with a conservation theme.
Capture the Flag is a great game for a large group. Our Scouts BSA Troop plays it often as an interpatrol activity during meetings. Cub Scouts can play it also. We had a joint Pack/Troop flag retirement ceremony at a local park in the spring. When the ceremony was over, the Scouts BSA organized a game of capture the flag, putting some Cub Scouts on each team. They used most of the park as their play area. It was legendary. 🙂
BSA has a Cub Scout pack meeting plan called Backyard Fun related to the goals of health and fitness. The Backyard Fun meeting plan features ideas – games, group activities, songs, and more.
This fitness ceremony is based on a poem found in the the Backyard Fun Cub Scout theme. I changed some of the words to make it easier for the younger Cub Scouts to say.
Steal the Bacon is a good game for a large group of Scouts. This is fun for all age levels – from Cub Scouts to Scouts BSA to Venturers. Your older Scouts might try to employ some strategy when playing this game