Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Friendly/Friends Near and Far





For January's Round Table We Shared Ideas For
February's Scout Law Point and Theme
Scout Law Point: Friendly
Theme: Friends Near and Far

Opening Brain Teaser - This would be a great thing to write on the chalk or white board for boys and parents to have something to think about while they wait for everyone to arrive at a Pack or Den Meeting.  (An idea you could use would be to reward the cub scouts a piece of candy if they get it right).
 
How many squares can you find in the diagram above? *Answer is at the end of this section. (scroll down)
(Brain Teaser taken from: The Little Black Book of Mindbenders by John Samson and Elsie Samson; pg. 13)
Gathering Activity

SILLY SALLY
This is a fun game to play with Cub Scouts as they arrive. Give them hints about things that Silly Sally likes and things she doesn’t like. There’s a simple rule for figuring out what her likes and dislikes are. The object of the game is for the boys to figure out what that rule is. Here are some sample hints.
• Silly Sally likes the moon but she hates the sun.
• Silly Sally likes doors but she hates windows.
• Silly Sally likes butter but she hates margarine.
• Silly Sally likes maroon but she hates red.
• Silly Sally likes geese but she hates ducks.
• Silly Sally likes jelly but she hates jam.
• Silly Sally likes tennis but she hates badminton.
• Silly Sally likes the Yankees but she hates the Orioles.
• Silly Sally likes Mississippi but she hates Maryland.
• Silly Sally likes glass but she hates plastic.
• Silly Sally likes the piccolo but she hates the flute.
Can you figure out the rule for her likes and dislikes?
(Answer: Silly Sally likes words with double letters!)
- At Round table another idea was given to post the clues on the walls around the den/pack meeting room so the cub scouts could be doing something while figuring out the the clues.

Flag Ceremony

FLAG AND CANDLE
Materials: U.S. flag; pack flag (optional); three candles—red, white, and blue; five-pointed star The flags are posted in their stands before the pack meeting starts. Five Cub Scouts walk to the front of the room carrying their unlit candles. (Candle-shaped lamps with batteries may be used in place of wax candles. Also, if you do not have colored candles, you can wrap them with tissue paper as shown in the picture above).
Cub #1: Practically from the beginning of time, man has used symbols to express hope, ideals, and love of his own nation. Our flag represents the ideals of science, commerce, and agriculture. It symbolizes the sacrifices made by men and women for the future of America. It stands for your home and everything and everyone you hold dear. I light the red candle, which represents the red in our flag, and stands for hardiness and valor. It reminds us of the lifeblood of brave men and women shed in our defense.
Cub #2: I light the white candle, which is the symbol of purity and innocence, and which represents the white of our flag.
Cub #3: I light the blue candle, which symbolizes perseverance and justice. The blue in our flag directs our view toward the heavens. It reminds us of a power greater than our own.
Cub #4: The stars in our flag represent the individual states. They indicate that the height of achievement for our nation is as limitless as the heavens above us.
Cub #5: Will the audience please stand and join me as we pledge our allegiance to the flag?
-Each Cub Scout places his candle on a table in the center of the meeting room, situated between the American flag and the pack flag. The candles remain lit until the end of the meeting.
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Wolf Adventure: Council Fire - Requirement 1
Participate in a flag ceremony, and learn how to properly care for and fold the flag.
 Webelos Arrow of Light Adventure: Building a Better World - Requirement 1
Explain the history of the United States flag. show how to properly display the flag in public, and help lead a flag ceremony.
 Webelos Arrow of Light Adventure: Building a Better World - Requirement 2
Learn about and describe your rights and duties as a citizen, and explain what it means to be loyal to your country.


Get To Know You Beach Ball

Materials: a blow up beach ball and a black marker. 

 
1)Blow up the ball.  Then with a black marker, write some questions in each color section that can be answered by the boys.

2) In the section they have printed the warning label, find some blank space and write the shortest question.
Some ideas of questions to write on the ball are: A)What is your favorite subject in school and why? B)What lunch hour do you have and who do you sit by?  C)What power would you like to have if you were a superhero?  Why?  D)If you could learn to cook something what would it be?  E)What are three songs you enjoy listening to?  F)Tell us something nice you have done for someone this past week. G)What are your parent's first names and what do they do as jobs?  H)What chores do you do at home? I)What is one tradition your family does at Christmas time that you enjoy?  J)Which sport do you enjoy playing and why?
3) PLAYING THE AVTIVITY: Have them toss the ball to each other. The person who catches the ball asks the question  in the section facing him to the person who tossed the ball to him.
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Arrow of Light Adventure: Aware and Care - Requirement 6
With your den, participate in an activity that focuses on the acceptance of differences in general.
YOU COULD FOCUS THE QUESTIONS ON THE BALL TO BE ABOUT HEROS TO HELP PASS OFF THE NEXT TWO REQUIREMENTS
Webelos/Arrow of Light Adventure: Build My Own Hero - Requirement 5
Learn about a Scout hero
Webelos/Arrow of Light Adventure: Build My Own Hero - Requirement 6
Create your own superhero.
FOR THE NEXT REQUREMENT YOU COULD WRITE A LEADERSHIP QUALITY ON EACH COLORED SECION ON THE BALL.  THEN WHEN THE CUB SCOUTS TOSS THE BALL TO EACH OTHER, THE PERSON WHO CATCHES THE BALL ACTS OUT THE LEADERSHIP QUALITY WRITTEN IN THE SPACE FACING HIM.
Webelos/Arrow of Light Adventure: Castaway - Requirement 2h
Make a list of four qualities you think a leader should have in an emergency and why they are important to have. Pick two of them, and act them out for your den.  Describe how each relates to a point of the Scout Law.  Describe how working on this adventure gave you a better understanding of the Boy Scout motto.


Friends R Fun Hat

Materials: you will need fabric writing paint (This has a small head tip for writing words), masking tape, a hat and a computer.  As far as the color of the hat and paint, you pick which ever colors you like.  I used Neon Green, and Neon Orange for my paint colors and bought a blue hat at a craft store.

1) Using your computer, print off the words "Friends R Fun."  Then cut the paper so the words end up on a strip of paper as seen.  Tape this to the hat above the area you will being writing the words with the fabric paint. (This will help you with your spacing of the letters.)
2) Write "Freinds R Fun" on the hat and let it dry.
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Webelos/Arrow of Light Elective Adventure: Art Explosion - Requirement 3g
Create an original logo or design. Transfer the design onto a T-shirt, hat, or other object.
HAVE THE DEN MEMEBERS MAKE A HAT FOR THEMSELVES AND THEN WORK ON THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS. 
Arrow of Light Adventure: Building a Better World - Requirement 10a
Learn about Scouting in another part of the world.  With the help of your parent or your den leader, pick one country where Scouting exists, and research its Scouting program.
Arrow of Light Adventure: Building a Better World - Requirement 10b
Set up an exhibit at a pack meeting to share information about the World Friendship Fund.
Arrow of Light Adventure: Building a Better World - Requirement 10c
Find a brother Scout unit in another country.
Arrow of Light Adventure: Building a Better World - Requirement 10d
Under the supervision of your parent, guardian, or den leader, connect with a Scout in another country during an event such as Jamboree on the Air or Jamboree on the Internet or by other means.

Audience Participation Idea
MY AUNT CAME BACK
The leader recites the words and, at the end of each stanza, he adds a motion that the audience must imitate. Have the audience stand and “fan” themselves, then “cut” with shears, etc., until at the end everyone is doing all six motions at the same time and laughing so hard they can hardly stand up. This is a great stunt to try at your pack meeting show.
My aunt came back from old Japan. She gave to me an old silk FAN. (Make fanning motion with right hand.)
 My aunt came back from old Tangiers. She gave to me a pair of SHEARS. (Make cutting motion with left hand.)
My aunt came back from the New York Fair. She gave to me a ROCKING CHAIR. (Rock back and forth on your heels.)
My aunt came back from Holland, too. She gave to me a WOODEN SHOE. (Stomp right foot repeatedly.)
My aunt came back from old Hong Kong. She gave to me the game of PING PONG. (Move head to right and then to left.)
My aunt came back from Kalamazoo. She gave to me some GUM TO CHEW. (Make chewing motion with mouth.)
My aunt came back from Timbuktu. She gave to me some (points to audience) NUTS LIKE YOU!
POSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS RELATED TO OR THAT CAN BE PASSED OFF
Wolf Adventure - Howling at the Moon - Requirement 3
Work together with your den to plan, prepare, and rehearse a campfire program to present to your families at a den meeting.
 Wolf Adventure - Howling at the Moon - Requirement 4
Practice and perform your role for a pack campfire program.
Bear Elective Adventure - Roaring Laughter - Requirement 4
With a partner, play a game that makes you laugh.

Cheers/Jokes
1) What travels around the world and stays in a corner?  A Stamp
2) What kind of snack do little monkeys have with their milk? Chocolate Chimp Cookies
3) What did the postcard say to the stamp? Stick with me kid, and we'll go places.
Cheerio Cheer: The right side of the audience says to the left side of the audience, "Cheerio over there."  Then the left side of the audience says it back.
Opening Brain Teaser Answer: Eight