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Question #92413 posted on 08/05/2019 7:07 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My spouse and I are the only cub scout leaders and we're running out of ideas fast. We have 4-7 boys coming each week. Any fun activities or experiences you've had? We only have three extra seats in our car, so if we don't meet at the church we'll need parental help getting the scouts places.

We've made cookies to give to ward members, toured a fire station, hiked the Y, done a talent show/show and tell, created an obstacle course, gone to a trampoline place, and done physical fitness to name a few activities.

-Mama Wolf in Provo

A:

Dear Mama Bear,

I asked my mom, who has been a cub scout leader at various times, and she gave me some good recommendations. However, I was a dummy and didn't write them down the first time around, and then way too much time passed before I asked her again. I'm sorry, Mama Wolf, and I hope you've managed to hold the fort down in the meantime. But, I finally got her recommendations (and wrote them down), and these were her most highly rated activities:

  • Teach basic first aid (get a guest presenter to teach CPR, or teach stuff like how to tie bandages and treat burns)
  • Have a presentation on different types of disabilities and how to treat people with special needs (my mom got a local special needs teacher to come talk to her cub scouts, and the following week they went to a play put on by a local special needs group, and the boys learned a lot and really liked it)
  • Go on hikes
  • Have each of the boys make up their own game (it could be a sport or a board game or a card game, it doesn't matter), complete with rules, and then play each game in the upcoming weeks
  • Program a LEGO robot (or a remote control car or something) to run an obstacle course that the boys set up
  • Make a stop motion movie (there are phone apps you can use for this)
  • Make your own music video (there are also phone apps for this)
  • Go geocaching
  • Have a picnic
  • Go bowling
  • Do laser tag
  • Make marshmallow guns with PVC pipes and have a marshmallow gun battle
  • Have the boys bring NERF guns and have a NERF battle somewhere
  • Play minute to win it games
  • Let the boys do different types of races against each other, and have small prizes for the winners
  • Do soap carving (maybe after a first aid presentation on cuts, haha)
  • As the days get shorter and it gets darker earlier, play night games at the church
  • Volunteer at the food bank
  • Do a photo scavenger hunt

-Alta

A:

Dear Mama Wolf,

  • Slip-n-slide kickball
  • Learning to cook simple meals
  • Writing notes to grandparents, missionaries, military servicemembers, new parents in the ward, etc. 
  • Fall crafts like dryer vent pumpkins
  • Racing boats down a creek, like the one by Heritage Halls
  • Balloon rockets
  • Outdoor scavenger hunts
  • Secret agent/spy activities like invisible ink and fingerprinting with graphite
  • Practicing with tools (just bring nails, screws, screwdrivers, hammers, and some wood, and teach them the tools... let them put something really basic together) 
  • Tying fleece blankets during Winter for the homeless
  • Birdhouses/feeders and learning about birdwatching
  • Learning to identify stars - you can make tin can constellation lamps

Cheers,

Guesthouse