If the Scouts in your den are anything like the ones in mine, they tend to be a little wild when they first start arriving.
It can become chaotic very quickly. I discovered this fun gathering activity that can help the meeting start off in an orderly manner.
I use a penny, but you can use any small object. Hide it somewhere in your meeting room where it can be seen, but easily overlooked.
When most of the Scouts arrive, I tell them what was hidden and ask that they quietly look for the item. As they find it, they sit down at the table without giving away the location to the other Scouts.
If some of the Scouts are having trouble locating the penny, I'll tell them “hotter” or “colder” to help them.
Because this is a quiet activity, it gives the Scouts an opportunity to calm down so that we can begin the meeting more easily. While I use this as a gathering activity, this is also a great Cub Scout game to play at any time during your den meeting.
Do you have any special activities that you use to help the Scouts get ready to start the meeting?
Yours in Scouting,
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