Scout Law index card games are a versatile way to help teach and reinforce the points of the Law to Cub Scouts. They're great for gathering activities!
I love it when we can use everyday items for super fun Cub Scout activities! Remember the paper plate shuffle? Today, I want to tell you about 6 games that you can play with index cards that will help your Cub Scouts learn the Scout Law. Plus, they're just plain fun!
Better yet, have each of your Cub Scouts make their own set of index cards! Take them up at the end of the meeting so you can reuse them.
Now, on to the games!
Scout Law Scramble
To play scramble, all you do is lay out the cards word side up and scramble them around. The boys need to arrange the cards in the correct order of the points of the scout law.
For the younger boys, you can have them work in teams or as a group. If they are a little older, they can work individually on this.
If you have a set of cards for each boy, you can have them race to see who can get them sorted correctly the fastest.
Scout Law Slapjack
Slapjack is probably better for the older boys. This would be a good gathering activity as a review for them. The objective of the game is to collect a complete set of cards with all of the Scout Law points on them.
You'll need three people to play this game: two competitors and one dealer. It's also better to have at least three sets of cards.
Start by having the dealer shuffle the cards. The dealer will then start dealing the cards one at a time face up between the two players. When the first point of the Scout Law is dealt, the players will attempt to be the first to slap that card. The Cub Scout will keep the card if he's the first.
The dealer will then continue to deal the cards one at a time. When the second point of the Scout Law is dealt, the boys will try to slap it first.
Unlike regular slapjack, the boys will only take the top card that is the second point of the scout law.
Play continues with each point of the Scout Law. The boy who collects the most points of the Scout Law wins.
For younger boys, you can just put the Scout Law nearby so that they can see it. You can also announce which point of the law they should try to get before the cards are dealt.
To make the game a bit more challenging for older boys, have them keep up with which point of the Scout Law they're going for.
Scout Law Vanishing Card
Vanishing card is a great gathering activity because the boys can join at any time. For this game, have all of the cards placed face up with the points of the Scout Law showing. They should be scrambled up on the table.
Give the boys a few seconds to look at all of the cards then have the boys close their eyes. A den chief or parent will then remove one of the cards. Instruct the boys to open their eyes and try to figure out which card was removed.
This can be done over and over again. To make it a little more difficult, you can move the cards around while the boys have their eyes closed.
Scout Law Fill the Grid
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Shuffle the deck of index cards with the points of the Scout Law. Have the boys lay the cards out on the grid in the correct order.
If any are not in the right place, remove them from the grid and hand them back to the boy so that he can continue until all of the cards are in the correct order.
You can change this game up several ways.
- Add music.
- Have the boys go as fast as they can and time each one.
- Make two grids, and divide the boys into teams so they can see which team finishes first.
- Have the teams stand behind a starting line. They'll run to where the grids are, complete the grid, run back, and tag the next Cub Scout in line.
For the younger boys, have a copy of the Scout Law nearby to help them out.
Scout Law Beanbag Toss
Use your grid again for this game.
Prepare for the game by placing the cards number side up on the grid in the correct order. The boys will take turns tossing a small bean bag onto the grid.
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The Cub Scout must say the point of the law that he landed on. For example, if he lands on number 8, the correct response would be “cheerful.” If he answers correctly, turn the card over so that the word is showing.
If he doesn't know the answer, the next boy in line will answer. The boys continue taking turns until all of the points of the Scout Law are uncovered.
As the cards are turned over, it will become harder for the boys to land on a square that hasn't been guessed yet. You could either let the boy continue tossing the bag until he lands on one, or you could let the next boy in line take a turn.
This game is a bit more difficult because the boys will need to be able to figure out what number corresponds to each point of the Law. It's probably best for the older boys.
I can't think of a way to change this up so that it'll work well for younger boys. If you have an idea, leave a comment and let me know!
Scout Law Baseball
Scout Law baseball is more complex than the other games. You'll need to decide if it will work for your boys or not.
In addition, this game works better with a group of 10 or more boys. Think about it for a pack meeting or even as a campout game.
For this game, you'll need 14 index cards. One card will remain blank, one card will be marked with an X, and the remaining cards will be numbered 1 through 12.
Some of the cards have special designations.
- Number 2 is a double.
- Number 6 is a triple.
- Number 12 is a home run.
- X is a strikeout.
- Blank is a base on balls.
- Remaining cards are singles.
To prepare, set up a small baseball diamond. You can use extra index cards as bases.
Divide the boys into two teams. Have the first team line up behind home plate. The leader will hold all the cards in his hand so that the boys can't see the numbers.
Each player will draw a card and say the point of the Law that corresponds to the number on it. If he answers correctly, he “runs” the number of bases indicated by his card.
For example, if he gets number 6 and responds “Kind,” he proceeds to third base. If he gets number 10 and answers “Brave,” he goes to first base.
If the base is already occupied by a Scout, that Scout will move enough bases so that the second boy can get to his base.
For example, if there is a boy on first base and the second boy gets a double, the first boy moves two bases to third base.
If he doesn't know the correct answer or if he draws the X card, the Cub Scout is out.
Just like in baseball, the second team comes up to bat when the first team gets three outs. You can play as many innings as you like. Three is usually a good number. The team with the most runs wins the game.
Learning the Scout Law is easy for our Cub Scouts with repetition. Have your den work on it at every meeting. If you incorporate these Scout Law index card games, it won't seem like “work” at all!
What kinds of games do you use to help your boys learn the Scout Law? Comment below to let us know.
Yours in Scouting,