August 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
September 2008 Theme
Citizen and Communicator
PACK AND DEN ACTIVITIES
Alice, Golden Empire Council
Check out the Ethics in
Action activities about “Friendship” for some great ideas that can
help boys understand friendship and overcome bias, gaining a new regard for how
alike, different, and unique they are. Other Ethics in Action themes cover
disabilities and being different.
Invite parents to come
to den meetings and share stories about their countries or origin, cultures and
what friends do together.
Assign different boys each
week from within the den or pack to team up and find out about each other, then
share what they learned about different boys at the next meeting. After being
paired with a different boy each week, the boys will know a lot more about each
other – and that’s the basis for friendship.
Have the boys vote on their
favorite things to do with a friend, then try different favorites each week at
the den meeting.
Have a Scavenger Hunt for
Friends: give each boy, family or den a list of people to find – someone
who collects stamps, has initials that spell a word, has been to Disney World,
has had a broken arm, traveled to five states, etc. This could be a month-long
game or a Gathering Game for the pack meeting.
Have treats that must be
shared – one long length of licorice for example. The boys must agree how
the treat will be divided, then come to Akela and explain BEFORE they can eat
Another great food to share –
make a giant sandwich that everyone contributes to, a fruit salad, a soup
that everyone brings a veggie for, or, most fun of all, a giant ice cream
sundae. Use a raingutter lined with foil, then add ice cream and toppings.
Each person gets a bowl and spoon and takes their pick!
Make cookies, then
divide them into small baggies – give two to each person, but tell them to share
one with a buddy.
Prepare a “community” trail
mix – have each person bring an item to add, then mix them all together
while you talk about why that item is good to have. Then everyone gets to fill
a snack bag with some trail mix and the den can go on a hike. OR Have everyone
bring a snack to share on a den hike – two cookies, two boxes of raisins. Let
the boys share or mix and match.
Try the “Funny Feet” game
at your Pack meeting. Arrange to have five or six people go to another
room and remove their socks and shoes, sit on the floor, and hide behind a sheet
or curtain. Only the soles of their feet should show, no clothing. Have the
rest of the group come in and try to guess who the feet belong to. Person with
the most correct guesses wins.
Have a “Snowball Fight”
– Give each person a paper with questions on it, like “What is your favorite
sport?” When everyone has filled out the answers to the questions, have them
scrunch up their paper. When you yell “Snowball Fight” everyone throws their
paper – after a few minutes, everyone has just one paper – they read about the
friend who filled out the page and everyone tries to guess who it is!
Another “oldie but goodie”
game to make friends is to bring out a roll or yarn or string and a pair
of scissors. Ask everyone to cut off a length – BUT don’t tell them why! Now
each person must take a turn to talk about themselves while they wind the string
around their finger – whether that takes ten seconds or ten minutes!
Decorate your Pack meeting
with life-size silhouettes or paper figures made by having each boy lay down
on large paper or cardboard in some fun pose, while someone draws around his
body – if boys are going to fill in clothes and features, guide them to really
look at how far down their eyes begin on their faces – have them look at a photo
of themselves to make a more accurate drawing. A boy could be “flying a kite”
and you could even add a real kite attached to the wall above his silhouette –
or have every boy pose doing a different thing that friends like to do together.
If you make silhouettes,
have a parent’s contest to see if they recognize the boys – some are obvious,
but parent’s often have trouble picking out their own sons!
For your pack meeting, set
up different activities and games that “take a friend” to do – anything from
board games to marbles. Give everyone time to choose and try an activity before
giving out the awards.
Send secret code messages
throughout the den and pack – Try all kinds of different codes, from the string
code to the telephone code. Lots of ideas in the Wolf book also.
Memories make friends –
make a den or pack scrapbook – solicit photos and memorabilia about past den
or pack events. Let each den do a section about their den and the boys. Show
off the scrapbook at pack meetings, Roundtable, district and council events.
Make a special den flag
or create a special den activity t-shirt. One simple way to do it – choose
cut-outs representing den activities, such as a hammer, music note representing
a performance the den attended, a flamingo representing a visit to the zoo – lay
the cut-outs on a plain t-shirt, then color the surrounding area of the shirt
using a spray bottle with a small amount of acrylic paint and some water. The
finished shirt will look like spatter painting. Make a stencil and add your
Pack and den numbers by over spraying with a second darker color.
Find some pen pals for
your den – especially fun when you choose another country or part of the USA –
check under Websites for links.
Bubbles and friends go
together – Furnish various kinds of bubble “wands” for everyone. Pour
bubbles into a shallow bowl or plate, then mix in food coloring (I used this
with a Wolf den as a fun way to make primary/secondary colors for the Artist
elective). Everyone gets a large sheet of white paper, then blow the bubbles
and “capture” them on your paper. Show off your Bubble Art at the Pack meeting.
Make a den or pack
“Friendship Mural” or Scrapbook – have the boys think about things they have
done with friends, or friendly things that they have done or had done to them –
they can either use magazine cut-outs or draw pictures, or even just write a
short story. Share the mural or scrapbook at the Pack Meeting.
Buddy up the boys or
families and have them play Double Number Maze – on a piece of paper, write
numbers 1 through 20, scattering them randomly all over. Now write them all
over again, trying not to have matching numbers too close to each other. The
object is to make a line connecting two of the same number, without crossing
another line. Play till someone can’t connect any two of the same number. You
could also use letters instead of numbers, or if the boys get really good, mix
letters and numbers!
Make a list of some famous
buddies – like Mickey and Minnie, or Mutt and Jeff – put one of the names on
the back of each person, and have them find their Buddy by asking questions that
can be answered by a “yes” or “no”
Build A Den
Does your Den have a Den Doodle yet? I sure hope so for
your sake and the sake of the boys. The Cub Scout Leader's Book and the How To
Book cover the importance of the den flag and give lots of ideas for designing
and making a den doodle. These are great "team builders" and should be a part
of every den. They also provide some extra incentive to the less enthused to
keep up the good work (when they are recognized publicly through displaying the
den doodle). Then, make sure the pack is "on board" with the whole den doodle
operation as well. Does the pack give out doobies to hang on the colors each
month? Ask the Cubmaster to start providing a theme-related doobie when the den
does something neat at a Pack Meeting!
Friendship Survival Kit
be a great item to pass out to all your new Cubs this Fall. Use it as an
induction ceremony CD
Small bag (Ziploc® works well,
Labels for each item (small strips of paper or cardstock)
or a sheet telling what everything in the bag is and why it is there.
Materials to go in the bag
Band-aid stick of gum
cotton ball eraser
happy face sticker
small candle small
rock rubber band
roll of Lifesavers candy (or one of the individually
wrapped Lifesaver candy,
Labels (or information printed on a sheet)
Toothpick – “To pick out the good qualities in everyone”
Band-Aid – “To heal hurt feelings”
Gum – “A reminder that friends stick together”
Lifesavers – “A reminder that friends sometimes need our help”
Cotton Ball – “To cushion the bumpy roads ahead”
Eraser – “To remind you to always start each day clean”
Happy Face – “Smiling is contagious”
Candle – “Remember to share the light with others”
Rock – “To remind you of the stability of your friendship”
Rubber Band – “To remind you to be flexible when dealing with
With glue, attach the labels
to the objects.
Label the bag – “Friendship
Once items are dry, put them
all in the bag.
*Depending on the age group
the labeling could be done before meeting time and then the boys would just need
to assemble the survival kits and while doing that you could lead a discussion
about how to be a good friend.
Frame A Friend Or Family
Empty CD case,
various decorations – see list
below for ideas,
family picture or other photos,
Start by taping the family picture on the inside of the CD case
facing out. Some pictures may have to be trimmed in order to fit inside of the
CD case. If you still have one of the inserts that came with the CD originally,
it could be used as a pattern for sizing.
Cut a 3-4 inch piece of string.
Tape it to both sides of the opening of the case on the inside.
This keeps the case open in a standing position.
Decorate the front of the case around the edges of your picture
with any form of decoration. Some ideas or themes could be dependent upon your
Feathers, buttons, beads, felt cut outs, glitter (use cardboard
strips to glued to the case to glue the glitter to), wood die cut outs, cotton
balls (snow), stickers, etc
1 tablespoon liquid starch,
2 tablespoons white glue,
a plastic egg or small Ziploc bag
Mix glue and food coloring together in small bowl.
Pour liquid starch into a second bowl,
Then slowly pour the glue mixture on top of the starch.
Allow the concoction to stand for 5 minutes or until the glue
absorbs the starch.
Remove putty from bowl and knead. (At first, the mixture looks as
if it's a mistake, but it isn't. The more you knead the putty, the better the
consistency will be.)
Store funny putty in a plastic egg or Ziploc bag.
Press funny putty down on newspaper comics or pictures printed on
Slowly pull the funny putty off of the paper.
The picture will transfer BACKWARDS onto the putty.
You can also roll your funny putty into a ball and bounce it.
Friendship Bracelet – Simplified
Embroidery floss – many colors,
Cut three strands of floss long enough to go around the Cub
Scout’s wrist and be tied.
Lay the three strands side by side on a table.
At one end of the strands, tie all three strands together in an
Tape the knot to the table with a small piece of masking tape, so
that the other strands are able to be moved, but the knot is attached to the
Braid the three strands together, alternating between the three
stands, until about 2 inches from the end of the strands.
Tie off to keep the braiding together.
Wrap around your wrist and tie to secure.
Friendship Finger Paint
In large saucepan mix 1 cup all purpose flour with 1 cup cold
Stir until smooth.
Then add another 3 cups cold water.
Cook over medium heat, stirring till mixture thickens and bubbles.
Reduce heat and simmer 1 minute more while still stirring.
Divide into three heat-resistant bowls.
Tint with food coloring.
Cover and cool.
This makes a very good washable paint for finger painting or window painting!
How To Make The Magic Candle
Use a tall white candle.
Drill quarter inch diameter holes every two inches down opposite
sides of the candle.
Place scrapings of blue and gold crayons in the holes.
Melt paraffin and whip with egg beater.
Cover candle with whipped paraffin using a fork and give the
candles a rough texture.
As the white candle burns, it will drip blue and gold wax
decoratively down the side of the candle.
Supplies: Posterboard, yarn or brad fasteners, crayons, and hole punch
Cut posterboard slightly
larger (1/2 inch) than notebook paper, or construction paper.
Give each boy a front cover
Let your scouts decorate the
front of their Memory Books.
Now your scouts have their own
scrapbooks for their Cub Scouting memories.
Anything your Cubs do that
will fit it here can now be kept and given to them when they graduate from the
Pack or even passed on the Troop for when your Cubs become Eagles.
Simon Kenton Council
Take a Brazil nut and paint to
look like a watermelon. After the paint has dried, hot glue a drink tab or PVC
pipe to the back of the nut.
As Mike sez, "Don't toss 'em. Save 'em!"
Make a Clock - At many
craft stores you can by a clock movement that will fit right in the hole in the
center. Paint a few numbers on the shiny side and you've got a fairly
Make a Holiday Tree -
Save a bunch of them and towards the year end holiday season you can hot glue
them together to form a triangle with about five or six across at the bottom.
Insert flashing holiday lights and you have an instant holiday tree with the
shiny CD surface acting as a big reflector. Great gift item to give from a den
to a retirement home or to add to a church's festive decorations.
Make a Pyramid - On the
other hand if you have loads of them, you could do three of them and make a
pyramid with flashing lights on all three sides. Don't know what you'd use if
for, but I suspect somebody imaginative can come up with a use. ;-)
Orienteering - Use 'em
for a set of trail markers or orienteering checkpoints - portable and reusable.
Just paint them different colors. Collect them when you are done and use again.
Relay Race - Quick game
- have a rolling contest to see who can roll one the farthest on its edge.
Trail Lights - Use the
CD's for trail lights at night. Fill a number ten can about a third full of
water. Put a candle through the hole in the CD. Place the CD/candle on the
surface of the water inside the can. Light candle. When done blow out candle
and turn upside down.
Night Trail Markers.
Paint outside edge about an inch all the way around with a color to denote the
trail. Place each CD on ground within view of the next. Scouts with a
flashlight aimed downward see the bright reflection from the shiny side
Toss in the Bucket Game.
Mark a line. Place a wash bucket or wastebasket at a reasonable distance. Have
Scouts try to fling the CD into the bucket for points.
Use the CD's for signaling
(same way you used to use mirrors)
Tent Markers. Each
Scout's first name is on a CD. Run twine through hole and hang from tent pole.
Is said to help Scout remember which tent is home for a week at camp.
Cowboy Hat Decorations.
Cut off bottom half of medium paper cup. Invert and tape to center of CD.
Paint light brown with dark brown hatband from ribbon glued on. Instant wild
Safety kit. One
disposable luminescent tube and CD for each family car. You can buy the tubes
at camping and auto stores. When you bend the tube the glass inside breaks and
the chemical reaction produces light. By inserting the tube through the CD, you
get a reflective surface making it easier to see the light. Apparently you can
also take this idea a little farther - leave a few inches of the tube on one
side and put that and the edge of the CD on the ground pointed where you want
people to see it. Put several of these on the sides of a trail from a campfire
area at camp leading toward the parking lot for visitors to help them find their
way back to their cars. Another use is as an ornamental sun-catcher. Use
silicon sealer to glue two of them together label to label. Drill a small hole
near the rim and suspend with string.
Pinewood Derby Center piece.
Run short sections of dowel through two evenly spaced CDs to form axle and wheel
Use cardboard and masking tape
to form the body of the car (use your imagination). Decide what shape you want
and make a template for the side of each car. Cut out separate pieces for the
sides. Cut out pieces for the front, hood, seat area, and back. Tape together.
Spray paint the wheels black before assembly. Spray paint the body red, yellow
or whatever before assembly. Sit the body on the dowels and you have a very
large "derby car" center piece. Additional suggestion is to paint several cars
blue and several gold. Use them for Blue & Gold table centerpieces. How's that
for a very cheap project?
CD Farm Animals -
Materials: Old CDs, felt or foam board, thin cardboard, markers, glue,
Cover CD with appropriate
color felt for animal to be made. Cut out head, ears, legs for the animal and
glue to thin cardboard and then to CD. Decorate with markers
MORE GREAT STUFF
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From the Cub Scout Leader How-To Book –
Accentuate the Positive, Chapter 1, make everyone feel wanted and
positive about the group. Den Doodles to bring your dens together as teams
Razzle Dazzle, Chapter 5, really WOW! Them at the that first Pack
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