Our November pack meeting last year was about citizenship, and we had a mock election. I hope you'll think it's one of the cool Cub Scout pack meeting ideas! I know I've had a lot of fun planning it.
The new Cub Scout pack meeting plan themes are the 12 points of the Scout Law, so we can add the mock election to the Loyal meeting. A Scout is true to his nation.
As the boys are completing their word searches, there may be words they don't know–especially the Tigers. Leaders and parents can talk to them about what they mean. Love it when a fun activity becomes a teaching moment!
I got a wonderful mock election idea from Arlen Ward. On his old website, he had a post about electing your favorite candy bar. This was one of the boys' favorite Cub Scout games for pack meetings.
After our opening ceremony, our Cubmaster used this introduction:
The right to vote is a duty as well as a privilege. It is important for all citizens to vote in every election to make sure that we keep our democratic system of government. People who do not vote lose their voice in the government. You want to make sure that you are informed about the issues and the candidates before you vote. Tonight, we are going to have an important election. We're going to vote on your favorite candy bar! Throughout the meeting, you'll hear from our two candidates. But first, everyone must register as a voter. If you're not registered, you can't vote! Den chiefs, will you please pass out the voter registration forms? After you've completed your form, we'll call each rank to come forward to turn in your registration form. You'll get your voter registration card and the awards you've earned.
Feel free to use these Voter Registration Forms that I created. After the boys have filled these out, each rank was called forward. The Cubmaster called each boy's name and announced the awards he had earned. The boy received his Voter Registration Card and a Vote banner that contained his awards. You can find the instructions for these in this post.
Next, we introduced our two campaign managers who had a couple of minutes to kick off their campaigns. Their campaigns were pretty funny!
I love how Arlen used four different voting methods:
1) Each den gets one vote
2) Each den gets votes based on the number of members (one vote for every two boys)
3) Each den selects a boy representative to vote for them
4) Each boy gets a vote.
I made a ballot box and polling place. The ballot box was a simple shoe box with a square hole cut in the top. The polling place is a trifold presentation board that you can get through my Amazon affiliate link. I covered the back with solid red wrapping paper and put a “polling place” sign on it. This gave the boys some privacy as they vote.
We enlisted the help of our den chiefs to run the election. They checked the boys' registered voter cards and counted our ballots. While they counted the votes, our campaign managers had a “commercial” for their candidate. Then we'll show the results using a laptop and overhead projector. If you don't have access to that equipment, you can use a flip chart or poster board.
To add to the excitement, I ordered these campaign hats for the boys. Did you know they're called “skimmer hats?” I didn't.
We finished off the night with the boys getting one of the winning candy bars! Don't forget to find out if any of your boys have allergies! Oh, and I think I'll grab a candy bar for myself too. 😉
Of all the Cub Scout pack meeting themes we've done, this one was the most exciting for me. And I think the boys loved it too!
What activities have you done to teach boys about elections? Share them in the comments.
Yours in Scouting,
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