Circle 10 Council
One of the primary purposes of Cub Scouting is to
encourage and live good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong mind and
body. If the boys in your den learn all the skills and rules involved in
every sport this month, but don’t get an inkling of what good sportsmanship
means, then you and the den have wasted their time! Good sportsmanship means
the least skilled get the same instruction and encouragement as the best
athlete. It means that the better athletes learn to tolerate the awkward boy,
but also to help him. It means that all boys can win and lose with grace.
Discuss good sportsmanship with the boys in your den. Agree on the importance
of learning good sportsmanship. Set a good example.
The leader’s example will help to achieve these goals.
Put stress on the fun of the game, not on winning. During intra-competition,
choose the teams so that ability is equally divided. If boys choose
teammates, there is a good chance that of the best players will wind up on one
team. Encourage the less skillful players. Discourage others from belittling
Sports in the Webelos den should be fun for all. Boys
are naturally drawn to activities and Sportsman give them opportunities to
participate in both team and individual sports. This gives an opportunity to
introduce the various sports connected with the Sports Belt Loop and Pin
Requirements found in the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide. This
is also a great activity badge for field trips – to real fields, writing
organized professional teams, who often send back great letters or promotional
materials that are fun mail the Cub Scouts.
Getting a guest referee or umpire can be great fun.
Regulation signals can be made and shown for the sport. One unique way is to
mix the referee signals of the different sports and see if the boys can tell
from which sport each signal belongs.
One good inside sport that does not take up much room is
Marbles. The playing area can be marked off with white chalk, which will not
leave a permanent mark on the carpet. However, check in an inconspicuous spot
to make sure. Masking tape can also be used to mark off a playing area. The
boys might find an adult relative who played when he or she was young, to
bring a dimension of tradition they might not know they had. Perhaps the boys
can make a bag for carrying the marbles to and from the den meeting. This
could help pass off a Craftsman requirement.
Sports are high on the list of favorites of Webelos
Scout-age boys. Most members of the den will show real interest in this
badge. Chances are the boys spend much of their leisure time in organized
sports and loosely organized neighborhood games. Some of them probably
already know enough about the rules, scoring techniques for several sports and
can pass these requirements immediately.
Possible Den Activities
Invite a referee or umpire to talk with the den about
Dads and sons attend a high school or college sports
Hike around a golf course
Visit a bowling alley and bowl a few frames - or
challenge another Webelos den
Invite a team member to talk with the boys about
sportsmanship and fair play
Have each boy list the sports in which he participated
during the past year
Decide on a demonstration for the pack meeting
Practice archery, using a bale of hay behind paper
If you save cardboard Frozen Juice Cans you can play
You need two sizes of frozen juice cans to make a Tiddly-Croquet
game. Cut wickets of various lengths from the largest cans. Shoot the lids
from the small cans through the wickets. Place one upside down on a smooth
surface. Press hard on one edge with a “shooter” lid from a large can.
Circle 10 Council
Draw circles on the
floor. From a distance of six feet, player putts a potato with a cane or
stick with a curved handle. Score is recorded according to number in circles.
No score is made if the potato stops on a line. Each boy gets ten tries.
Soccer Ten Kicks
Circle 10 Council
Divide den into two
teams. Each tries to kick the ball between teammates ten consecutive times
while the opponents try to intercept and start their own sequence of ten
kicks. As he kicks the ball, each player calls out the appropriate number (1,
2, 3, etc.) Hand may not be used. The team making ten consecutive kicks
without interception wins.
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