Keeping Cub Scouts active is a key element of the scouting program. Virtually every meeting includes either structured and unstructured games or activities to keep the boys engaged and moving. Gear your game selection to the age of your Cub Scouts, the time available for games and what works best in your meeting location. Vary the games so all the boys can participate. Make sure adult leaders supervise all Cub Scout games.
When the weather and your meeting location permit, let the boys go outside for a 10 to 20 minute game session. Explain before you go outside exactly what they will be doing, so they don't just start running around randomly. Play the old standards, Freeze Tag or Simon Says. Tug-of-war games are also excellent for outdoors. For smaller groups, Kickball is a great choice. If your group is large, be sure to rotate the boys frequently so all of them stay involved in the activity.
Games in the Gym
Many Cub Scouts meet in a school or church gym. This allows you to have the boys play games at one end while adults set up for the meeting at the other. Basketball competitions are an obvious choice. Relay-type games are fun and help the boys learn about working together to successfully complete a contest. Young Cub Scouts also enjoy games that let them get wild and silly: Sponge Ball is a variation on Dodge Ball where teams throw small Nerf balls at each other until one team gets the other team's players out.
Traditional Scout Games
Some Cub Scout games can help teach the boys scouting skills or help them meet requirements for their belt loops and pins. This category includes map-reading and compass games that require the boys to locate items by following simple directions. The boys can practice locating a lost scout by being blindfolded and following the sound of a whistle blown intermittently by a Cub Scout standing still in one place, much as they would have to do on a hike or camp-out.
Involve the Adults
Young Cub couts enjoy it when adults participate in some of these games, especially the silly ones. Pair a boy with a parent or adult leader in relay games like sack races or the three-legged race. Let the parents play along in sports, but require them to bat or shoot the basketball with the hand they don't normally use. Play communications games like Charades or Pictionary, pitting the Cub Scouts against the adults, or let the boys quiz the parents on Cub Scout trivia.
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