By Julia Oldroyd
Dec 15, 2015

My Rainy-Day Box

The current Cub Scout literature advocates having a “rainy-day” box handy for when the weather isn’t compatible with your plans for the week’s den meeting. Seasoned Scouters have long known the value of this type of box, though they may call it by another name, such as “Den Leader Survival Kit” or simply “Plan B.”

Occasionally, even the best-laid plans can be derailed when someone forgets an assignment, falls ill, or the Cubs are out of sorts for one reason or another. At these times, the “rainy-day” box becomes a den leader’s best friend, filled with crafts, games, and fun that require little or no preparation.

My rainy-day box has the following items in it:

duct tape bubble solution tennis balls Skittles
dice dixie cups straws small bowl
craft sitcks rubber bands cotton balls paracord
short lengths of rope 3×5 cards markers masking tape
string Cub Scout Magic Book Cub Scout Song Book pillowcases
scissors craft foam plastic rings white glue
tissue paper paint & brushes crayons paper
feathers plastic spoons bandanas plasitc easter eggs

images-170At first glance, this random assortment of objects may seem like a mess waiting to happen. In actuality, however, these are the ingredients to a successful den meeting regardless of the stormy weather outside (or in the den meeting area).

Here are just a few of the games and activities that can be enjoyed with these simple items:
– Skittles game
– Cub Scout Magic Tricks (practice, then perform them for each other)
– Cub Scout Song Sing-A-Long
– Make catapults and shoot cotton balls
– Color an underwater scene with crayons and then paint a thin, watery layer of blue paint over the top
– Build creations with recyclable materials and duct tape
– Have a relay race where the boys must keep a feather on the end of a craft stick as they walk from start to finish
– Thin white glue with a little water and paint small, torn pieces of colored tissue paper to a mason jar, glass from the dollar store, or recycled condiment jar. Cover with another layer of watered-down glue.
– Make a den flag by having boys color a pillowcase and sign it
– Play the Zulu toss game with tennis balls
– Play games that require no equipment (fruit basket, who’s the leader, duck-duck-goose, etc.)
– Make neckerchief slides
– Learn to tie some knots and have a contest, all stand in circle and drop rope when their knot is tied, until all boys can tie the knots. The first ones done help the last ones.
– Play a game with bubbles
– Balloon-bop game
– Write simple items or famous names on 3×5 cards and tape them to the boys’ backs. They have to ask yes or no questions until they guess what word is on their backsnl1912
After your activity, it is important for you to REFLECT on what you have learned or discovered during the meeting. Ask the boys if they learned anything new. Ask how that new knowledge or skill can apply to their schoolwork, their family relationships, or their friendships. Ask how they could have done it differently. Ask which point(s) of the scout law they practiced (or should have practiced) while doing the activity. To keep your box filled with fun, add new items as you learn new games or activities at Roundtable, Akela’s Council, or other training sessions. Try not to use your rainy-day box too often—this will keep the boys’ interest high when you need their attention the very most.

What’s in YOUR rainy-day box?

IMG_0657Author: Julia Oldroyd | Julia is a long time Cub Scouter and a mother of multiple boys.  She is a member of the Provo Peaks District Cub Scout Roundtable staff and a recent Akela’s Council attendee.

 

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