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!
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.
You can even buy Scout Skit books like this one!
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.
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.
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.
Update: In one of the Cub Scout Facebook groups, Mona Stotler shared how her pack used the skits on a stick. She color coded the ends of the sticks for each set of the prompts–characters, settings, challenges, points of the Scout Law. That was so smart! Here's a picture of how she did it.
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:
|Actor||Clown||Ice Cream Man||Nurse||Swimmer|
|Anteater||Circus Ringmaster||Ice Skater||Pizza Man||Tennis Player|
|Army Sergeant||Cook||Knight||Plumber||Tin man|
|Bank President||Drama Teacher||Lion||Package Delivery Person||TV Repairman|
|Barber||Fireman||Laboratory Assistant||Principal||US President|
|Batman||Football Player||Librarian||Quality Control Inspector||Veterinarian|
|Bear||Forest Ranger||Monkey||Race Car Driver||Weight Lifter|
|Boxer||Frog||Movie Star||Racquet Ball Player||Writer|
|Brain Surgeon||Gym Teacher||Music Teacher||Scarecrow|
|Bus Driver||Gymnast||News Reporter||Senator|
|Car Salesman||Goat Herder||Ninja||Spiderman|
|At a Baseball Game||At a Picnic||In an Elevator||In a Spaceship||On a Sailboat|
|At a Football Game||At the Circus||In a Cave||In a Swamp||On an Abandoned Island|
|At a Gas Station||At the Empire State Building||In a Classroom||In a Tree||On the Moon|
|At an Amusement Park||At the Ice Skating Rink||In a Closet||In the Desert||On the Top of a Mountain|
|At McDonald's||At the Police Station||In a Jungle||In a Tent||Under a Bridge|
|At School||At a Shoe Store||In a Pig Pen||On a Bus||Under Water|
|At the Beach||In the Park||In a Castle||On a Roller Coaster|
|Baseball||Cotton Candy||In a Stew||Newspaper||Shoes|
|Bat||Crowded||In the Dark||Old||Treasure Map|
|Bewitched||Ears of Corn||Luck||Onion||Twins|
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:
- Adult clothes (shirts, blazers, etc.)
- Lab coats
Props can include:
- A magnifying glass
- Receipt pad
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,
P.S. Check out these fun Cub Scout skits!