Don't you just love those cute little Tigers? They are adorable! But then you try to teach them the Cub Scout Bobcat requirements. Between the boys asking when they're going home and if they're getting a snack, it's hard to keep their attention!
We do have to remember they're first graders, so it's up to us to find fun ways for them to learn the important Bobcat requirements such as the Scout Oath and the Scout Law.
One of the parents I met at our Cub Scout day camp suggested this Bobcat Balloon Bust game. And it is perfect for our little guys!
Prior to the meeting, write each of the Bobcat requirements on slips of paper. Insert one requirement into each balloon and blow them up. The requirements are:
- Say the Scout Oath with help
- Say the Scout Law with help
- Say the Cub Scout Motto
- Show the Cub Scout Sign
- Show the Cub Scout Handshake
- Show the Cub Scout Salute
During the meeting, have the boys take turns popping a balloon. Then they must do the requirement that's in the balloon. Hang these Bobcat Rank Review Pages where the boys can see them. Their friends (and parents) can also help them out.
If you have a large den, you may want to divide the boys into smaller groups for this activity so that they won't have to wait very long for their turn to pop a balloon. Remember, they are little guys, so patience isn't always a strength of theirs!
A word of caution. Let your parents know ahead of time that this will be the activity. Some of the little guys might be afraid of balloons or of the loud noise they'll make when they're popped. Also, you may have a boy in your den who has a latex allergy.
What activities have you used to help teach the Bobcat requirements? Leave us a comment to share your ideas.
Yours in Scouting,
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