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How to DIY Fun and Creative Cub Scout Skits

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Cub Scout skits are a super fun part of den and pack meetings. But doing the same skits over and over can get boring. Let the Scouts' creativity shine with this fun activity where they create their own skit using prompts written on craft sticks!

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Cub Scout skits are a big part of their Scouting experience. According to Boy Scouts of America, “The main purpose of skits is for the boys—and the audience—to have fun. But as boys practice performing in these informal skits, their confidence and leadership skills begin to develop as well.”

One of the biggest fears that many people have is of public speaking. Participating in a Cub Scout skit can help kids start to overcome their fears.

But what skits should you do? A quick internet search will give you lots and lots to choose from. I have a few on my site including these simple campfire skits! ?

You can even buy Scout Skit books like this one!

 

 

This is a great book to have in the Kindle version. You don't even have to have a Kindle! Just download the free app. Read more about it here.

Cub Scouts Create Their Own Skits

Instead of searching for one online, why not let the Cub Scouts create their own skits?

When I attended the Fun with Dens and Packs training session at the Philmont Training Center, we were introduced to this super cool activity that will get the kids' imagination working.

Here's how it works:

The skits will be created based on prompts the Scouts choose. Those prompts are written on large craft sticks.

You do have a supply of big craft sticks, don't you?  There are so many things that you can use them for, so keep a supply on hand!

Cub Scout Skit Prompts

The prompt categories are settings, challenges, characters, and the Scout Law.

Below, you'll find lists of 57 characters, 34 settings, 29 problems or challenges, and the 12 points of the Scout Law.

Before the meeting, write each of these on one craft stick. Be sure that you keep the categories separate.

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Store the craft sticks in separate baggies. I would put all of the individual baggies into a larger one so they won't get separated.

Each group gets one setting, one challenge, and one point of the Scout Law. Each kid gets a character.

Without seeing what's on the stick, the Scouts will choose their prompts.

Using these conditions, the Scouts create their skit. Give them a set time, maybe 5 or 10 minutes, to come up with their skit and practice it.

At the end of the time, each group performs their skit in front of the other Scouts.

Here are the lists of prompts:

Characters

ActorClownIce Cream ManNurseSwimmer
AnteaterCircus RingmasterIce SkaterPizza ManTennis Player
Army SergeantCookKnightPlumberTin man
AstronautDoctorLeprechaunPolicemanTaxi Driver
Bank PresidentDrama TeacherLionPackage Delivery PersonTV Repairman
BarberFiremanLaboratory AssistantPrincipalUS President
BatmanFootball PlayerLibrarianQuality Control InspectorVeterinarian
BearForest RangerMonkeyRace Car DriverWeight Lifter
BoxerFrogMovie StarRacquet Ball PlayerWriter
Brain SurgeonGym TeacherMusic TeacherScarecrow
Bus DriverGymnastNews ReporterSenator
Car SalesmanGoat HerderNinjaSpiderman

Settings

At a Baseball GameAt a PicnicIn an ElevatorIn a SpaceshipOn a Sailboat
At a Football GameAt the CircusIn a CaveIn a SwampOn an Abandoned Island
At a Gas StationAt the Empire State BuildingIn a ClassroomIn a TreeOn the Moon
At an Amusement ParkAt the Ice Skating RinkIn a ClosetIn the DesertOn the Top of a Mountain
At McDonald'sAt the Police StationIn a JungleIn a TentUnder a Bridge
At SchoolAt a Shoe StoreIn a Pig PenOn a BusUnder Water
At the BeachIn the ParkIn a CastleOn a Roller Coaster

Challenge

ArrowCandyHeavyMudRubber Band
BaseballCotton CandyIn a StewNewspaperShoes
BatCrowdedIn the DarkOldTreasure Map
BewitchedEars of CornLuckOnionTwins
Bubble GumFortuneMagicPopcornWrecked
BugGoldMoneyRoller Skates

Scout Law

  • Trustworthy
  • Loyal
  • Helpful
  • Friendly
  • Courteous
  • Kind
  • Obedient
  • Cheerful
  • Thrifty
  • Brave
  • Clean
  • Reverent
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My Skit

I decided to come up with a skit of my own as an example for you. Here are the sticks that I drew.

  • Actor (Character)
  • Frog (Character)
  • Anteater (Character)
  • At a football game (Setting)
  • Crowded (Challenge)
  • Friendly (Point of the Scout Law)

The Anteater and the frog are both on all fours and are very close together.

They started pushing and shoving each other because they don't have enough room.

Anteater says, “Hey, get out of my way!”

Frog says, “I paid for my ticket to this football game just like you did, and I was here first! You move.”

Hot dog seller walks up.

Hot dog seller says, “Why are you two arguing?”

Anteater says, “These stands are very crowded, and this frog is taking up all the space!”

Hot dog seller says, “You two need to stop arguing!”

They both get mad at him and say, “Hey, why are you telling us what to do? You’re just the hot dog guy.!”

The hot dog seller says, “Because nobody can even watch the football game because you two are fighting so much over how crowded you are.”

“Besides, I’m not always a hot dog guy. I’m just an actor trying to make some extra money by selling hot dogs. You two need to stop fighting immediately. You aren't being very friendly toward each other.”

Anteater and frog look at each other.

Frog says, “I guess we aren't being very friendly.”

Anteater says, “No, we aren't. Let's see if we can figure out this problem.”

Hot dog seller says, “Frog, since you're so much smaller than Anteater, why don't you sit on his back to watch the game?”

Frog and Anteater say, “That's a great idea!”

Hot dog seller says, “Now, you're being friendly to each other!”

I'm sure the Scouts could come up with something much more clever than that, but I hope it gives you an idea of how the kids will come up with a skit using these prompts.

Scout Law in Cub Scout Skits

What I really love about this skit activity is that the Scouts are incorporating the Scout Law into their skits. They are practicing using the Scout Law in everyday life. We want them to live by the Scout Law, and the practice will help them understand how to do that.

Costumes & Props For Cub Scout Skits

Costumes and props are great additions to skits!

If you don't have one already, start a costumes and props collection. Some costume ideas are:

  • Hats
  • Masks
  • Capes
  • Glasses
  • Vests
  • Gloves
  • Ties
  • Adult clothes (shirts, blazers, etc.)
  • Lab coats

Props can include:

  • A magnifying glass
  • Stethoscope
  • Cane
  • Menu
  • Receipt pad
  • Telephone
  • Microphone
  • Briefcase
  • Toolbox
  • Badges
  • Bandana
  • Binoculars.

Let your pack know that you're collecting things for your collection so they can donate to it.

Garage sales and thrift stores are great places to find costumes and props for your Cub Scout skits. I have a Goodwill Outlet store close to me where you pay per pound. I find craft supplies there too!

I hope you'll try this activity the next time you need some Cub Scout skits. Leave a comment to let me know the most creative skit your Cub Scouts come up with!

Yours in Scouting,
Sherry

P.S. Check out these fun Cub Scout skits!

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