Cub Scout hiking games are a fun way to get the kids outside. The games encourage them to explore their surroundings while they're hiking.
Although we want our kids to simply enjoy nature, that often doesn't happen without some type of entertainment–especially in today's “there's an app for that” society. Cub Scout hiking games can solve that problem!
Hiking games are a great way to entertain your Scouts while getting (and keeping) them outside.
Recently, I gave you a list of hikes you can take with your Cub Scouts. The list was too long for one article, so here's more.
Color Hike – Give the Scouts a list of colors before the hike starts. Their goal is to write down as many different items of that color as possible. How many red or orange or brown things can they find?
Stop, Look and Listen Hike – Hike for 10 minutes then stop. For 1 minute, the Scouts should write down everything they see. Hike for 10 more minutes and stop again. This time, the Scouts should write down everything they hear. During the third stop, they write down everything they smell.
Square Foot Hike – Bring along a 4′ piece of string and a magnifying glass for each pair of kids. Stop along your hike and have them lay out the string to form a square foot. Give them 5 minutes to examine their square foot with the magnifying glass. They then share what they found with the rest of the group.
Paint Chip Hike – Ask your nearby hardware store for a few paint chip strips. Give each Scout one and have them find items that match each color on the strip.
Cookout Hike – This is just like it sounds. Hike to a location, and have a cookout.
Pass It Back Hike – In this hike, the leader picks up something from the ground. She passes it back for each kid to see. The last person puts it back on the ground.
Egg Carton Walk – Have each Scout bring an empty egg carton. In the bottom of each cup, write a description such as hard, smooth, rough, prickly, etc. The Scouts should look for something on the ground to put in each cup.
Unnatural Walk – For this hike, the leader should arrive early and place 15-20 man-made items along the trail. Pair the Scouts up.
Every few minutes, stop along the trail and have the Scouts look for the man-made things they see. They shouldn't disturb the items–just write them down.
After the hike, see which pair found the most item. And don't forget to pick them up!
What Cub Scout hiking games do you use?
Yours in Scouting,
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