Volume 6 Issue 8
March 2000



Trapper Trails Council

See how many terms you can match the game it belongs to:


Shell Trap-shooting
Shuttlecock Boxing
Fairway Bowling
Slalom Polo
Double faultSkiing
Eight-ball Basketball
Chukker Archery
Clay pigeonBoating
Technical K. O. Football
Jump shot Baseball
PuckFigure Skating
Double play Tennis
Field goal Badminton
Headlock Pool
Quiver Golf
Oar Hunting
Figure Eight Fly Fishing

1 - 5 Amateur
5 - 10 Novice
10- 15 Semi-Pro
15 - 20 Pro

One of the prime purposes of Cub Scouting is "encouraging good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong in mind and body". If the boys learn all the skills and rules involved in every sport this month, but don't get an inkling of what good sportsmanship means, everyone has wasted his time.

The leaders example will help to achieve these goals. Put stress on the fun of the game, not on winning. During interden competition, choose the teams so that ability is equally divided. If boys choose teammates, there is a good chance that most of the best players will wind up on one team. Encourage the less skillful players. Discourage others from belittling them. Sports in a Webelos den should be fun for all.

Suggestions for Den Meetings

  • Explain and discuss football signals.
  • Invite a referee or umpire to talk with the den about signals
  • Dads and boys attend a high school or college football game.
  • Go bowling as a den or at a district tournament if possible
  • Have each boy list the sports in which he participated during the past year
  • Practice archery using a bale of hay behind paper targets. Decide on a demonstration for a pack meeting.

Heart Of America Council

Den Activities

  1. Invite a coach to talk about sportsmanship
  2. Attend a high school football/baseball game.
  3. Assign the scouts an Olympic event (gymnastics, swimming, luge, fencing, equestrian etc.). Have them find out the following:

a. How someone gets on the team.

  1. Rules for the event.
  2. How it is run
  3. The rules
  1. Go bowling (belt loop)
  2. Go fishing (Belt loop)

Good Sportsmanship
Heart of America Council

The ability to abide by the rules, to win without boasting and to lose without offering excuses is the essence of good sportsmanship. Sportsmanship requires honesty, fair play, cooperation, competitive spirit, respect for authority and rules, acceptance of responsibility and respect for others. A real sportsman follows these rules in each game, but also in his/her life. Good sportsmanship is part of good citizenship. For example, to lose a class election gracefully. The following is the code of sportsmanship of the Sportsmanship Brotherhood.

  1. Keep the rules
  2. Keep faith with your comrade.
  3. Keep your temper
  4. Keep yourself physically fit.
  5. Keep a stout heart in defeat.
  6. Keep your pride under control in victory.
  7. Keep a sound soul, a clean mind and a healthy body.
  8. Play the game.


Heart of America Council

Frisbee baseball

Played according to regular baseball rules. The pitcher throws the frisbee toward the "batter: who then catches it. If he misses it, it is a strike and if it is outside the strike zone, it is a ball. The "batter" who has made a good catch, then throws the frisbee and proceeds around the bases. If it is caught the "batter" is out. The rest of the game follows baseball rules.


Sports Cards

Make a set of 10 x 10 inch cards. On one side put a copy of the official signals for the game (football, basketball, hockey, baseball, soccer, etc.) of your choice. On the other side put an explanation of what the call means. The game can be played several ways.

  1. Hold up the picture and ask for the proper call.
  2. Read the explanation of the call and ask for its name.
  3. Execute the call and ask for it's name.
  4. The game can be played as a competition:
  1. Divide den(s) into two teams and give one point to the first person to guess the answer.
  2. Divide den(s) into two teams and assign each team a sport and show each team a card for its sport. Each team will have a different sport. The first team to get the answer gets a point.

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