Do you remember cootie catchers? Some of you may know them as fortune tellers. I used to love those things! I remember playing with my oldest friend, Susan, when we attended Brandon Elementary School. So fun!
Back in the day (and I'm not going to say how long ago that day was! HA!), we used these for fun. Now, cootie catchers are being used as learning tools. If you search for “cootie catchers” on Pinterest, you'll find them for math, reading comprehension, an author's purpose, the Bill of Rights, the scientific method, writing prompts and more.
You can even find a few Cub Scout Bobcat cootie catchers on Pinterest. Unfortunately, most of the websites that had them have been shut down. The one or two that I found were based on the old Cub Scout program, so they had options like the Cub Scout Promise and the Law of the Pack.
So, I decided to create a new version to share with you! This Cub Scout Bobcat Cootie Catcher includes the latest requirements for the Bobcat rank. Here are the “tasks” that the boys will do to help them earn their Bobcat rank.
- Say any part of the Scout Oath that you remember
- Say two points of the Scout Law
- Say the Cub Scout Motto
- Show the Cub Scout Sign
- Show the Cub Scout Salute
- Show the Cub Scout Handshake
- Say your pack number
- Say your den number
At first, I couldn't quite figure out what tasks I should include regarding the Oath and Law because Cub Scouts don't have to memorize them until they're working on their Arrow of Light. I decided on “say any part of the Scout Oath that you remember” and “Say two points of the Scout Law.” If you have another suggestion for these, please leave me a comment below.
I added the instructions on how to fold the cootie catcher and how to play cootie catcher on the printable. You can also print a full page copy of the folding directions.
Boys can make the Cub Scout Bobcat cootie catchers together as a den activity or individually as a gathering activity. They can take them home and play with a parent or sibling to practice their Bobcat knowledge.
Make several of these to keep in your den bucket as a backup activity. It's always good to have a backup in case your den plans take less time than you expected.
What do you think? Will the Cub Scout Bobcat Cootie Catcher be helpful for your Cub Scouts?
Yours in Scouting,
P.S. If you looking for more activities that will help Cub Scouts learn the Bobcat requirements, you'll find them by clicking here.