August Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 6, Issue 12

Toughen Up (Webelos Naturalist & Forester)



This month's theme "Toughen Up" works not only with physical fitness, but also mental fitness. Here's a test for mental fitness.

1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

(Correct response: Open door, insert giraffe, close door.)
(This item tests whether you tend to do simple tasks in an overly-complicated manner.)

2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

(Incorrect response: Open door, insert elephant, close door.)
(Correct response: Open door, remove giraffe, insert elephant, close door.)
(This item tests your ability to recognize the consequences and repercussions of your previous actions.)

3. The Lion King hosts a meeting of all the animals. All attend except one. Which does not attend?

(Correct response: The Elephant, who is in the refrigerator.)
(This item tests your recall of essential data.)

4. There is a crocodile-infested river you must cross. How do you manage it?

(Correct response: Swim across, since all the crocodiles are at the Animal Meeting.)

(This item tests your ability to utilize risk assessment and strategic timing.)

Card Match
Greater St. Louis Area Council

(I added a few more names & sports)

Have half of the cards with the names of famous athletes and half of the card with the sport for which they are noted. Hand out the cards as the people walk in and have them find the person with the card the matches theirs.

Mark Spitz------------Swimming

Babe Ruth-------------Baseball

Fran Tarkington-------Football

Herb Brooks-----------Hockey Coach, Olympics

Phil Myer-------------Downhill Skier

Mark Hamill-----------Ice Skating

Wilt Chamberlain------Basketball

Muhammad Ali----------Boxing

Jesse Owens-----------Track

Pete Sampras----------Tennis

Mark Connors----------Gymnastics

Eric Hyden------------Speed Skating


Exercise Stations
York Adams Council

Make sure everyone knows ahead of time that there will be an opportunity to do a little bit of physical exercise before the Pack Meeting so they can dress appropriately. Then, identify some people in the Pack who can put together exercise stations as part of the Pre-Opening. These people should make sure they understand the concepts behind the different exercises and how to do them properly. (For example, the "old way" of doing sit ups is not the recommended way anymore. We don't need to teach them the wrong way to do the exercises.)

Get together exercise mats and posters that show how to properly do the exercises. Set up the stations around the Pack Meeting room with plenty of room to practice the exercises. Finally, have the "trainers" show people the proper techniques for the exercises and then let people practice them.

I don't think this should be a competition. There is too much risk of old fogies overdoing it and you don't need that situation on your hands. Just use it as an opportunity for people to learn and be encouraged to do proper exercise.


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