The Arrow of Light required adventure, Building a Better World, helps teach our Cub Scouts about participatory citizenship. But before they can contribute to their communities and our country, the boys need to learn more about how our form of government works.
Building a Better World asks the boys to “learn” about the rights and duties of citizens and to “discuss” the concept of rule of law. That sounds a bit like school, doesn't it?
Instead of a boring lecture or a discussion with only blank stares, turn these activities into a fun competition.
Most of us know about the popular TV game show, Jeopardy, where you're asked trivia questions and your answer has to be in the form of a question. I've created two versions of a Building a Better World Jeopardy game.
The boys in my son's den played it recently, and they had a blast. Instead of individuals playing, we divided them up into teams. Before the meeting, I emailed the parents asking them to have their sons read pages 128-131 in their handbooks. Most of the questions were from those pages.
I did include some questions specific to the boys' schools, but you can easily change them in both versions.
The first game is played online, so you will need an internet connection. The pro about this version is that you can set the number of teams that will be playing. By clicking on the green plus sign or red minus sign below the team numbers, this game will keep score for you.
The second version is played offline. Simply download the file, and open it in PowerPoint on your computer. After you open a question and the team has answered, click on the screen to see the correct answer.
There is no scorekeeper in this game, but you do have a Final Jeopardy question.
Do you think your Arrows of Light will enjoy this way of learning the material in Building a Better World?
Yours in Scouting,
P.S. Find more Arrow of Light ideas here!