JIGSAW PUZZLE BOARD (Program Helps, Jan. 98)
The Board: You will need a large drawing, painting, or photo of a Cub Scout or Cub Scout emblem. (Your local council might have suitable pictures from old recruiting materials.) Paste it on a large piece of cardboard or foam board. Cut the board into jigsaw pieces, with one piece for each boy who is to receive an award. Tape the awards to the back of the pieces. Just before the advancement ceremony starts, put a dot of glue on the back of each piece so that it will stick to the easel board. Double sided tape works well too.
The Ceremony: The Cubmaster calls forward all advancing boys with their parents. Cubmaster: In a way, our pack is like this jigsaw puzzle. It has many pieces–boys and parents–who work together to make the pack go and grow. As we give the awards, we will see how we work together to make the big picture of Cub Scouting. The Cubmaster or den leaders hand the boys’ parents their puzzle pieces. The parents remove the awards from the puzzle pieces and pin them on their sons’ shirts.The boys and parents then work together to put the pieces of the puzzle together. Cubmaster: There, they’ve finished the puzzle. All of them contributed to make the big picture. That is the story of our pack—people working together.
1st Scout: Hey George, look over there,
2nd Scout: Oh yes Mike, what do they say?
1st Scout: (pretending to look away
through binoculars and speaking slowly,)
“Help… My… Blanket’s… On… Fire.
I’M PLAYING IN THE SNOW (Tune: I’m Singing in the Rain)
I’m playing in the snow.
I’m playing in the snow.
What a glorious feeling
It’s snowing again.
Making a snowman tonight
For the whole world to see
I’m happy just playing
In the snow.
This one creates quite a mess, but it’s worth it. Divide into two teams and put a divider down the center of the room (like a couple of rows of chairs, back-to-back). The two teams are on opposite sides of the divider. Give each team a large stack of old newspapers, then give them five to ten
minutes to prepare their “snow” by wadding the paper into balls – the more, the better.
When the signal to begin is given, players start tossing their snow at the opposing team which really does look like a snowstorm. When the whistle blows, everyone must stop throwing. Judges determine the winner by deciding which team has the least amount of snow on its side of the divider. With larger groups, watch out for players who lose their eyeglasses or other personal belongings in the snow, which get quite deep. After the game is over, provide plastic garbage bags and have a race to see which side can stuff the snow into the bags first.
MILK JUG GAME (www.abcteach.com)
Two one gallon milk jugs
small ball or bean bag
craft or utility knife (adult use only)
This first part is for adults only. Cut the milk jugs in half horizontally with a utility or craft knife. You will be using the top portion with the handle. To make sure there are no rough edges, put masking tape around the cut edge.
How to Play:
Toss the ball or bean bag to your partner who will catch it with the milk jug and toss it back to you without handling the ball. You then catch the ball or bean bag in your milk jug. Variation: If you’re playing by yourself, poke a hole in the milk jug (again adults only should do this), tie a string through the hole, and tie a small ball to the other end of the string. Try to get the ball in the milk jug!
CUB SCOUT MONKEY BREAD
2 cans of biscuits
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cinnamon
4-6 oz. margarine (squeeze works great)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove biscuits from can and cut into quarters. Spread one layer of biscuit pieces in bottom of round 8-10″ cake pan. Spread 1/4th of the margarine over the layer of biscuits and sprinkle with 1/4th of the cinnamon and sugar. Repeat layers. Bake in oven for 12-15 minutes or until browned.
First person in row claps next person’s hand and so on down to the end of the row.
Author: Utah National Parks Council