PLANNING AN ACTIVITY - POINTERS
|Use activities to achieve the aims of Scouting - citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness.|
|Remember the most important thing to Scouts is FUN!|
|Variety - Scouts enjoy all sorts of activities, but quickly become bored with a single type of activity.|
|Safety must be a primary consideration|
|Adult supervision is required|
|Don't overuse this one!|
|Can be to help on achievements and electives or just for fun.|
|Can be related to a monthly theme or in preparation for a special activity like the Blue and Gold Banquet. |
|Usually started at a meeting and finished at home. |
|Make sure the project is within the abilities and interests of your Scouts.|
|Show how it is done.|
|Offer encouragement, excite immagination and avoid criticism.|
|Allow freedom for creativity and individuality.|
|Crafts should be practical. Learning to braid is fine, but it would be better to braid an item that can be use used as a gift, part of costume. etc.|
|Use simple and safe tools. Remember that a dull tool is dangerous. Tools are replaceable - boys are not.|
|Power tools are dangerous, shouldn't be used by younger Scouts and never without one-to-one adult supervision.|
|Remind scouts that clean-up is part of the job.
|Den Chiefs can be very useful in leading games.
|Choose games based on space, time, and number of players.
|Choose game types that best fit the situation - some are good for letting off steam, while quiet games, requiring concentration, may help with a wild bunch.
|Games can involve families, Scouts only, multiple dens, etc.|
|Praise is important.|
|Keep it short - 3 to 5 minutes or less..|
|Avoid long dialogue or memorized lines - try pantomimes or adult narration.|
|Use simple props and costumes, if any are needed.|
|Make sure the audience can hear. Speak slowly, clearly and loudly.|
|Fit the scout to the part. Some parts may be too difficult for a particular boy.|
|Screen the skits before they are presented to the Pack for good taste and scouting values.|
|Give a congratulatory cheer afterwards, but avoid negative cheers; e.g., watermelon cheer.|
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