Looking for a way to make the Arrow of Light adventure, Building a Better World, more fun? Look no further than these Jeopardy-type games!
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, our Scouts need to learn more about how our form of government works.
Building a Better World asks the Scouts 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 into a fun activity and competition.
What is a Good Citizen?
Start by asking the Scouts to describe the actions of someone who is a good citizen. Then ask them to name something they've done that make them good citizens.
Here are some of the answers you might hear.
- I was friendly to a new Scout who just joined our pack
- I helped clean up the park
- I collected used toys and clothes for needy children
- I walked away from a fight
- I helped my mom put away the groceries
- I said “no” when a friend asked me to steal money from another child.
- I wear my bike helmet and follow other bike safety rules.
- I follow the rules at our Cub Scout campouts
What are Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens?
Before you begin these activities, take a few minutes and ask the Scouts what they think rights and responsibilities are.
The Good Citizen Scout activity would be a great way to do this activity.
Create a Scouts' Bill of Rights
Tell your Scouts that they're going to create a Cub Scouts Bill of Rights where they can share what they think their rights are as Cub Scouts.
They must think up one responsibility that goes along with each right.
The point of this is to help your Scouts understand that rights have responsibilities too.
This activity can be done as a den, but if you have more than 10 Scouts in your den, you might want to divide them up into small groups.
Ask the Scouts to name some rights that they think they have as Cub Scouts. After they name one, ask them to name a responsibility that goes with that right.
Record their answers onto a white board or a flip chart. I love these flip charts because they have their own “easel” built in.
Here are some examples.
|Right to have a safe place to meet||Responsibility to leave it better than we found it|
|Right to participate in all activities||Responsibility to follow all the rules for the activity|
|Right to have leaders who will help you on our Cub Scouting journey||Responsibility to respect those leaders|
|Right to ask questions and share your thoughts at the appropriate times||Responsibility to listen to others when they share|
|Right to have fun in Cub Scouting||Responsibility to do your best|
Play Building a Better World Jeopardy
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 thought it would be fun to create a Building a Better World Jeopardy game.
There are three versions of the game.
- Google Slides
The Scouts 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 Scouts read pages 117-120 in their handbooks. Most of the questions were from those pages.
I did include some questions specific to the Scouts' schools, but you can easily change them in all three 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 Google Slides version of the game can be played either online or offline.
To edit it, please make a copy by clicking on File then Make a Copy.
The last 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!