The children have to write about 150 words about something they have achieved in life that they are proud of. Doesn’t have to be amazing, just something they are proud of. Send it off to Blue Peter (Unfortunately every one has to be sent individually) Then sit back and wait until they come back with letters and a badge.
Gets the children into hundreds of attractions free. A massive hit with the parents, and i have never seen children so excited as when they turned up at cubs with the badges.
It does take up to eight weeks for them to reply though.
It has to have their own addresses on too, so worth checking with parents it is ok.
Split the children into four groups and then give them an object, wooden spoon, tray, colander is a big success, any thing you want. They have to do a sales pitch for this object (like a tv ad), but they don’t sell it what it is, they have to pretend it is for something different. (this can be an interesting adult game too!)
They need a price, a place they can buy it from and any deals. Anything funny to get them sold.
Then you have a judge who decides which they would buy, based on the adverts, not the product. (Entertainers Badge!)
Give the children sellotape, newspaper, scissors and string and a normal egg (NOT BOILED).
They have to build a vessel of some sort to stop it breaking when dropped from a height of 8ft.
A third of the egg must be on show and can not be totally wrapped in sellotape.
A massive success this one with us.
Pets at home visit – They sponsor the cubs animal carer badge (maybe other sections) and do tours of the store
Halfords do a bike maintenance night. They teach the cubs how to change a tyre when it has a puncture, basic maintenance and other problems. (They also gave goodies to us when we went – as prizes)
Haven’t tried it yet but look like a fun activity
follow this link
On behalf of the Explorers Team from Canal and River Trust, which is the Education wing of the charity.
Based at Fradley Junction ( DE137DN), but have a group based near Stoke as well. They go into schools to take assemblies, hold regular family days at Fradley Junction and go into uniformed group meetings to lead activities. They also have uniformed groups come to the canal side when weather permits.
The main activities they would have are
Build a canal
Guided lock trail
Many other activities are linked directly to badges for uniformed groups and these can be found in full on their website
Visits from them or to the canal side can be booked through the website.
Activities are mostly designed for the 7 to 11 age group but most can be adapted.
Make a Jelly Baby table football as part of their creative activity badge.
Maltesers can be used as footballs & every time they score they got to eat the Malteser .
Rubbish teams can be eaten & replaced with new players. Lots of sweets required!
Challenge your Scouts to build a tower using only spaghetti and marshmallows.
Top tips :
To anchor the tower cut the bottom layer of marshmallows in half they will stick to the table.
Pyramids are more stable than squares
Use small marshmallows towards the top, the weight of large ones may collapse the tower.
For lots more shapes and sizes just Google, “marshmallow spaghetti towers”
The trading post game
Each team starts with 1 length of rope then buys and sells to earn as many credits as possible in the time limit. There is a list of “products” each team can make and also a list of equipment they may need to make the products. When a “product” is sold to the trading post it is kept, so new rope and poles etc. must be bought. Each item on the list can be made only once by each Cub, so some teaching may be required. At any point the trading post may decide to change some of their prices due to market conditions.
Stuff to “buy”:
- 1 length of rope – 1 credit
- 1 piece of paper – 1 credit
- 1 pen – 1 credits
- A bamboo cane – 2 credits
- A piece of string – 1 credit
- A triangular bandage – 4 credits
- A cup of water – 1 credit
- Instructions for any knot – 2 credits
- A map – 5 credits
- A compass – 3 credits
- Morse Code sheet – 5 credits
Stuff to “sell”:
- A poem (written down) – 2 credits
- A drawing – 2 credits
- A reef knot – 4 credits
- A bowline – 4 credits
- Perform a handstand for 30 seconds – 2 credits
- A verbal Cub Promise – 1 credit
- A written Cub law – 5 credits
- A written Cub Promise – 5 credits
- A sixteen point compass on paper – 4 credits
- A paper aeroplane that travels at least ¾ of the room – 4 credits
- A cross using a strong square lashing, 2 canes and string – 8 credits
- A correct demonstration of the recovery position – 4 credits
- A correctly positioned and tied arm sling – 6 credits
- A gargled (water) Christmas carol – 3 credits
- A team performance of the National Anthem – 8 credits
- The names, addresses and telephone numbers of every member of the team, written down – 10 credits
- 6 figure grid reference of a church on the map – 10 credits
- A cup out of a piece of paper that holds water – 2 credits
- Compass bearing from the door to the flag pole – 5 credits
- The Cub Motto in Morse Code – 10 credits
Leaders – Stuff to Pack
- Tiddlywinks (for money)
- 8 pieces of rope
- 16 bamboo canes
- Ball of string
- 6 triangular bandages
- 4 OS maps
- 8 plastic cubs
- Bottle of water
- 4 compasses
- Knot instructions – Reef knot , bowline