Heart of America
Sports are high on the list of favorites of
Webelos-age boys. Most members of your den will show real interest
in the Sportsman 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 rules,
scoring, and techniques of play for several sports and can pass
those requirements immediately.
But that's not really enough. One
of the prime purposes of the Scouting program is encouraging good
sportsmanship and pride in growing strong mind and body. If the boys
learn all the skills and rules involved in every sport this month,
but don't get an inkling of what good sportsmanship means, then
everyone has wasted their time, including the den leader.
on the importance of learning sportsmanship. What does it mean in
practice? It means the least skilled gets just as much instruction
and encouragement as the best athlete. It means the better athletes
lean not just to tolerate the awkward boy, but to help him. It means
all boys can win and lose with grace and good sportsmanship.
leaders example will help to achieve these goals. Put stress on the
fun of the game, not on winning. During competition in the den,
choose the teams so that ability is equally divided. If boys choose
teammates, there is a good chance that most of the best players will
wind up on one team. Encourage the less skillful players. Discourage
others from belittling them. Sports in a Webelos den should be fun
- Go roller skating or ice skating
- Visit an archery range and receive instructions
on safety and procedures.
- Have a den outing to a sports event.
- Hike around a golf course. Explain rules of
etiquette and play to boys first so as not to disturb
- Invite a referee or official to your den
meeting to teach signals and talk about teamwork, fair play and
- Hold a parent/son sports tournament, such as
bowling, tennis, volleyball, archery, etc.
- Have a den board game marathon. Provide treats
and boys bring their favorite board games to play. Allow time
for rotation to different games.
- Teach a card game to the boys and set up a
couple of stations for playing.
- Make it easy on yourself and use the ready-made
Cub Scout Sports Program. The guides explain the rules,
principles, and equipment for each sport, and the boys learn
earning the belt loops and sports pin.
- Have Webelos figure out a football play or a
basketball play and diagram it. Local high school or little
league coaches are sources of assistance.
- Give Webelos a list of famous sports figures
and have them name the sport involved.
A real sportsman follows these rules in each game,
but also in his life. Good sportsmanship is part of good
citizenship. For example, to lose a class election gracefully. The
following is the code of sportsmanship of the Sportsmanship
The "Spirit of Good Sportsmanship" means
being modest in victory as well as accepting defeat gracefully after
trying your best.
Keep the rules.
Keep faith with your
Keep your temper.
Keep yourself physically
Keep a stout heart in defeat.
Keep your pride under
control in victory.
Keep a sound soul, a clean mind and a healthy
Play the game.
Match each sport with the appropriate
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What?!? You don't like Sports? You're not athletic
you say? No matter! You don't have to be a superstar athlete to have
fun. Try these activities and you are sure to have a good
Micro Hockey-use to cardboard boxes as the goals.
Supply chopsticks and a checker for the puck. Have fun!
Micro-Soccer-use the same boxes as you did for micro
hockey. Players use their fingers to "kick" the ball (a
ping pong ball) across the "field" (a table)
Micro Basketball-take two milk cartons and cut off
the tops. Then, cut a hole in two six-inch long pieces of cardboard
that are the same width as the milk carton. The hole in each should
be just large enough to catch the rim of a paper cup. Bend the
cardboard at 90 degrees, remove the bottom of the paper cup, and
drop the cup into the hole. Staple the cardboard to the milk carton.
Fill the milk cartons with sand or rocks, place at each end of your
"court", provide a ping pong ball and have a
What is the purpose of Webelos? It is the transition
between Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. While working on the Athlete and
Sportsman activity pins, think about this.
"On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty,
to God and my country, to obey the Scout Law, to keep myself
physically fit and morally straight." The Boy Scout Oath as it
was written more than 88 years ago. The Boy Scout Law, " A
Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and
Almost 90 years ago someone said that you have to be
good, strong and caring as a boy growing up in this country. They
knew that sports and sportsmanship go hand in hand.
John Wayne said it best at a dinner just before he
past away. (He was a Boy Scout when he was a boy.) He was talking
about Boy Scouts and knowing the Oath and Law, what it means and how
he explains it to his family as they grow up. BRAVE: "You don't
have to fight to be brave. Millions of good fine, decent folks show
more bravery than heavyweight champs just by getting out of bed
every morning going out to do a good day's work and living the best
life they know how against the law of odds." You must be
physically fit both inside and outside. You must use the Scout Law
every time you begin a sport, because it takes all twelve points to
do it right.
Sm Rich, Troop 50, Evergreen Boy Scout
Roundtable, Oregon Trail Council, Eugene, OR.