CUB SCOUT INTEREST TOPIC

Summer Safety

Summer is a time for day camp, picnics, hiking, swimming, and playing games outside. It is also a time for bumps, bruises, scrapes, sunburn, and bug bites. With a little preparation, you can be prepared for anything summer has in store.

When headed out for a day of summer adventure, always remember to bring along your Cub Scout Six Essentials:

  1. Cub-Scout-EssentialsFilled water bottle—to prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke
  2. First-aid kit—a lifesaver, literally
  3. Flashlight—for finding your way in the dark
  4. Sun protection—includes sunblock, sunglasses, lip balm, a wide-brimmed hat, and sun-protective clothing
  5. Trail food—good for maintaining your energy
  6. Whistle—to signal for help, if needed

While some of these seem a bit “over the top” for a trip to the local pool, you might be surprised by what comes in handy.

Sun protection cannot be stressed enough. Wear a hat and plenty of sunscreen. Most of us do not wear enough sunscreen or reapply it as often as we should, especially after our skin is exposed to water or sweat. Directions on most sunscreen bottles recommend that you reapply every two hours and after swimming—so be sure to bring along a big bottle.

In some parts of the country, insect repellent is a must. Nothing can ruin a day outside faster than being “eaten alive” by mosquitoes and other pests.

Speaking of eating, don’t forget to pack your lunch in a safe manner. An ice chest or ice packs in your bag are two of the best ways to prevent spoilage and food poisoning. It is also a good idea to have a separate ice chest for drinks, so you don’t open the one with the food in it as often. Remember that food that has been out for two hours is not safe to eat, and if it’s over 90 degrees, food that has been out for one hour needs to be thrown away.

Monthly Pack Activity

PACK PICNIC: With the school year ending and the weather warming up, now is a good time to hold your pack meeting outside. A dessert potluck picnic or just popsicles make for a great end to the school year.

PACK SPORTS NIGHT: Get everyone involved, and choose up sides for your favorite sport or though it may be a few months early, you could hold a Cub Scout Olympics.

Monthly Scout Law Highlight: A Scout is Obedient

A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and pack. He obeys the laws of his community and country.

How Does “IT’S A HIT” Relate to this Point of the Scout Law?

It is easy to forget the importance of being honest when you are playing a game and you really want to win. However, a Cub Scout always tells the truth and is a person worthy of trust. This month, we will reinforce how important it is to be honest—notably when playing ball with friends.

Preopening Activity

WHICH SPORT AM I?
Materials:

  • Markers
  • Precut circles of appropriate colors (e.g., white, tan, light green) with the name of a sport
  • Scraps of paper and pens or pencils for groups to write down their den yells

As families arrive, give each person one of the precut circles and pin it to his or her back without letting them see the name of the sport. Family members then walk around and show the circle to others, asking questions to help them guess the sport. The questions must be answerable with “yes” or “no.” Questions might include:

  • Is a ball involved in this game?
  • Is the ball thrown or kicked?
  • Is a net used?
  • Is other equipment used?
  • Is a bat used?
  • Is a racket used?

When players guess their sport correctly, they take their circles off and tape them to an arm. Once most of the players have done this, they go around the room shouting things related to their sport. As an example, for basketball the person would shout out “hoop,” “dribble,” “free throw,” or “three-point shot.” They listen for someone else shouting similar words; the goal is to find all the others whose sport is basketball.

Once everyone has formed their groups, each group creates a short den yell. Here is an example for basketball:

Basketball, basketball,
That’s our game.
We play it every day
In search of fame.

Opening Ceremonies

PRAYER:  

Thank you, God, for our health and our families.
Thank you for our health so we can participate in activities.
Thank you for our families who support us every day.
We give our thanks to you for all these things.
AMEN.

OBEDIENT
Cubmaster: As we can see, our meeting place shows that we enjoy and appreciate sports. We all like to play sports and we like to win at sports, but we also learn from our losses. Sometimes the rules that are in place for a sport are hard to follow, but as good Cub Scouts, we know that we are obedient—and that means following all of the rules. There are rules for how many points are earned when a ball crosses a goal line. There are rules for how the game is set up, such as where the out-of-bounds lines are. There are rules for dealing with other players, such as not to push another player once the officials sound the whistle.

As Cub Scouts, we know that these rules are there for a reason. They are in place so that all players can follow them together. Some rules are intended to keep everyone safe while others show us how the game is to be played. It is our obligation and our privilege to follow those rules—that is being obedient. Cub Scouts, join with me now as we show our respect to our country’s flag. Join with me as we say the Pledge of Allegiance. (Say Pledge of Allegiance, or have one den present the colors and lead the ceremony.)

SPORTS
Cub Scout Olympics TorchA Cub Scout “runner” jogs in, carrying the Cub Scout Games “torch,” and hands it to the Cubmaster.

Cubmaster: Before the sports activities get underway, I would like to share with you the “ This bill of rights was created to ensure that all Cub Scout athletes have a positive experience while learning new skills and doing their best in some of our nation’s favorite sports activities.

The Cubmaster then hands the torch to Cub #1. After each line is spoken, the torch is handed to the next boy. Cub #10 hands it back to the Cubmaster.

Cub #1: I have the right to participate in sports.
Cub #2: I have the right to participate at my own ability.
Cub #3: I have the right to qualified adult leadership.
Cub #4: I have the right to a safe and healthy environment.
Cub #5: I have the right to share in leadership and decision-making.
Cub #6: I have the right to play as a child, not as an adult.
Cub #7: I have the right to proper preparation.
Cub #8: I have the right to equal opportunity to strive for success.
Cub #9: I have the right to be treated with dignity.
Cub #10: I have the right to have fun.
Cubmaster: Let the games begin! (Hands the torch back to the Cub Scout runner).

MY FAVORITE SPORT

The boys are dressed in appropriate sports outfits, holding props or posters that represent each sport with their lines written on the back in large print.

athletic clothing boysCub #1: Baseball is the game for me: mitts and gum and batting tees.
Cub #2: Soccer to me is really neat: shin guards, goals, and wearing my cleats.
Cub #3: Swimming is my priority: backstroke, butterfly, and swimming the free.
Cub #4: Football is a game renowned: kickoffs, field goals, and touchdowns.
Cub #5: Now basketball most definitely has it: dribbling, guarding, and sinking that basket.
Cub #6: Volleyball is what I like: serving, rotating, and doing the spike.
Cub #7: Tennis is a game for all: serving, faults, and very close calls.
Cub #8: Golfing on the course is fun, especially a stroke that’s a hole-in-one.
All: These games have two things about which we can brag: good sportsmanship and our pledge to the flag.
Cub #1: Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Song

I LIKE SPORTS
Tune: “Alouette”

Base-a ball-a, I like base-a ball-a.
Base-a ball-a, it’s so much fun to play.
First you hit the ball so hard,
Then you run around the yard.
Ball so hard, round the yard,
O-o-o-o-h-h-h!
Base-a ball-a, I like base-a ball-a.
Base-a ball-a, it’s so much fun to play.

Volley ball-a, I like volley ball-a.
Volley ball-a, it’s so much fun to play.
Hit the ball across the net,
If you served, a point you get.
Cross the net, point you get,
Ball so hard, round the yard,
O-o-o-o-h-h-h!
Volley ball-a, I like volley ball-a.
Volley ball-a, it’s so much fun to play.

After singing these two verses, challenge the dens to create verses for additional sports. Perhaps they could include some of the rules for each sport

Cheer or Applause

THE BALL:  Hold any kind of ball in your hands. When you are holding the ball, everyone is quiet. When the ball leaves your hands, everyone goes wild and cheers. Try bouncing the ball, faking a throw, or tossing it to another person.

BASEBALL:  Pretend to throw a ball up and pretend to hit it with the bat. After you hit the ball, shout, “Home run!”

BASEBALL CHEER:  “Hey, batter-batter-batter! Hey, batter-batter-batter! Swwwwiiiinggg, batter!”

BOWLING:  Pretend to hold a ball, start swing while taking three steps, roll ball down the lane, and wait for a count of five. Jump and cheer for a strike. Yell, “Strike!”

GOLF:  Yell, “Fore!” and pretend to swing a golf club. Place hand above eyes to follow where the ball went.

POLE VAULT: Stand two fingers of one hand on your arm like legs. Have them run down the arm to the wrist and then leap into the air. As you bring your hand down, clap loudly.

RELAY APPLAUSE: Start at one end of each row or section. The leader claps the hand of the person next to him and so on.

Advancement Ceremonies

PLAY BALL
Materials: Prepare the awards by purchasing balls from a dollar store and securing the rank badges to the balls.

The Cubmaster stands at a “pitcher’s mound” drawn on the floor or ground and says, “Cub Scouts, many of you have worked hard this month to earn your first Cub Scout rank, the Bobcat badge.”

When all Bobcat badges are presented, follow with additional rank advancement. A committee member dressed in black and white gear to look like an umpire calls up the first boy, places him at “home plate” and steps back. The committee member shouts out, “Play ball!” The Cubmaster then tosses the ball to the Cub Scout and runs forward to congratulate him with the Cub Scout handshake.

sports-themed designer paper.After all awards have been presented in each rank, the Cubmaster should pause so that families who want to take pictures of their son being congratulated can easily do so. Cubmaster will then return to pitcher’s mound and continue through the ranks.

PAPER CERTIFICATE

An “It’s a Hit” certificate can be printed on sports-themed designer paper. Paper like this is available at office stores and print shops, or you can design your own using computer clip art.

Games

LINE ’EM UP
Materials: Ball to toss or, if outside, water balloons.

Divide the group into two teams of equal ability. Line up each team parallel to the other, with each player standing 2 feet from the player beside him. A player on one side tosses a ball to the matching player on the other side, who then tosses it to the next player in line on the first side. Continue until a player misses. That player retires from the game, and the game continues.

For an added challenge, when one round is complete, both teams move back one step and start the game again.

FROZEN T-SHIRT RACE
Materials: Fold or roll up several large T-shirts and place each one inside a 1-gallon zipper bag. Pour enough water into each bag to cover the shirt, and put all the bags in a freezer for two days. Prepare one frozen shirt for every three or four boys.

This is a great activity for a hot summer day. The goal is for each team of Cub Scouts to thaw out their T-shirt enough that one person can put it on. The first team to get the shirt on wins. It’s fun to watch the boys plot ways to get their T-shirt thawed; they can be very creative!

Note: Do not put too much water in the bags because it will take longer to thaw, and boys of Cub Scout age could become frustrated.

Audience Participation

DAY AT THE BALLPARK:  Divide the audience into four groups. Assign each group a part to perform when their designated word is read in the story:

  • Johnny: “Cheer, cheer!”
  • Umpire: “What an eye!”
  • Den leader: “Happy, happy!”
  • Barney (McGoogle): “Our hero!”

One fine day, JOHNNY’s DEN LEADER decided to take the den to a ball game. JOHNNY was excited because his idol, BARNEY McGOOGLE, was playing that day. The DEN LEADER and some of the parents loaded all the boys into their cars and headed for the ballpark.

On the way to the game, the DEN LEADER pointed to a man in another car and asked, “Why would a person put on such a dark suit on such a warm day?” JOHNNY looked at the man and exclaimed, “He’s an UMPIRE! I wonder if he’s going to the game, too.” Sure enough, when BARNEY McGOOGLE and the other players ran onto the field, out strolled the same UMPIRE that JOHNNY and his DEN LEADER had seen on the way to the game.

When BARNEY ran out to his position, JOHNNY and all the other people cheered, for they knew BARNEY was a great player. The UMPIRE called, “Play ball!” Everyone was on the edge of their seats as the pitcher took his sign, wound up, and delivered his first pitch. “Cr-rack” went the bat, and a towering fly ball headed toward BARNEY. Back BARNEY McGOOGLE ran, nearer and nearer to the fence, until he was right up against it. At the last second, he made a great leap into the air and the ball thudded into BARNEY’s glove. JOHNNY, his DEN LEADER, and all the fans cheered as the UMPIRE signaled, “He’s out!”

The pitcher then struck out the next two batters, with the UMPIRE calling the strikes very loudly. Now it was BARNEY’s team’s turn at bat. JOHNNY was hoping BARNEY would hit a home run. The first man up cracked a single. The next man also singled, and now, BARNEY McGOOGLE stepped up to the plate. JOHNNY, his DEN LEADER, and all the other fans were cheering for BARNEY to hit a good one. “Strike one,” called the UMPIRE, and JOHNNY’s heart sank. The pitcher took his sign, checked the runners, wound up, and delivered. “Crack!” went the bat and JOHNNY knew BARNEY had hit a long one.

Back, back, back went the fielder, clear to the wall. He leaped, but the ball hit the wall above him. BARNEY churned around first base, then around second, and headed for third. In came the ball, and BARNEY hit the dirt. “Safe!” yelled the UMPIRE. JOHNNY, his DEN LEADER, and all the fans in the stadium cheered. JOHNNY was happy because, although his idol had not hit a home run, he had hit a triple—the next best thing. JOHNNY, his DEN LEADER, and all the rest of the den and parents went home smiling.

Skit

PHYSICAL FITNESS
Materials:
Barbell prop made from a dowel rod and Styrofoam balls or boxes; jump rope; hand weights; bowl and spoo.

Each Cub Scout comes on stage and uses the equipment indicated while speaking his line.

Cub #1: (enters with barbells and starts to lift weight): To keep your body strong and healthy is more valuable than being wealthy.
Cub #2: (enters and starts jumping rope): When you are fit, you feel so good. You try to do the things you should.
Cub #3:(enters doing curls with hand weights): It helps when you lend a helping hand to needy folks across our land.
Cub #4:(enters eating from a bowl with a spoon): Eating the right food is always wise, and everyone needs some exercise.
Cub #5: (enters and starts “touching toes” exercise): Stand on your tip toes, one-two-three. Touch your toes, don’t bend a knee.
Cub #6:(enters and starts running in place): Run a while, then slow your pace. Practice will help you win the race.
Cub #7: (enters, stands at attention, and gives the Cub Scout salute): Cub Scouting builds young boys into men. This is where it all begins.

Cubmaster’s Minute

Cub Scouts, we have all watched you at the pack meeting. You have shown sportsmanship, you have shown friendship to your fellow Scouts, you have demonstrated obedience to the rules and requests provided by your leaders. You are truly living the Scout Law. Please join with me and repeat the Scout Law as we say good night.

Closing Ceremony

OLYMPIC ATHLETE

Just as all sports played in the great outdoors are a challenge to each individual competitor, so also the Cub Scout trail is a challenge to each individual Scout. Professional athletes and Olympic competitors don’t just become great overnight. It takes years of practice and dedication to achieve success. This is also true in Cub Scouting.

A boy who joins the pack does not immediately earn the Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos badge. He joins the pack to grow and be challenged. He must earn the ranks as he grows. The challenges become more difficult as each boy grows older; but through dedication and hard work he will reach the top, just like Olympic champions. Let us vow tonight, as we leave this place, to always do our best—in sports, in work, in school, in life! Good night!

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