Cub Scouts of America gather on a weekly basis all over the United States. Often, it becomes hard to find things to do that the boys love while keeping it fun and interactive. Below are a few Cub Scout ideas to add to the list of things to do.
Cub Scout Ideas
Cub Scouts love to fish. When weather is warm, plan a month of activities that have to do with a common theme. These Cub Scout ideas fall under the category of outdoors and worms. Two things that boys love. With four meetings scheduled every month, plan ahead. The first week in the month, begin a composting bin. The boys can build a bin or even two.
Perhaps the Cub Scout leader or a parent will be growing a garden this year. Meet at that parents home and build a large compost bin. If all boys want to have their own bin, make small compost bins for each to take home. If the bin was built at a parents home, have the boys visit the bin ever-so-often to check on its status. When the time comes to fertilize the garden, have the boys help spread it in the garden or even on a flower bed. Award badges. Explain how God has made a way for nature to decompose itself to make something wonderful we can use to grow flowers and gardens.
Sweet Treat for Cub Scouts
Week two needs to be done before week three and four because many children will not want to eat the gummy worms in this recipe after digging real worms and fishing. Begin by gathering these items:
Recipe for “Earth Worm Dirt Treats“
6 cups crispy rice cereal, chocolate flavored
4 cups mini-marshmallows
3 tablespoons butter
1 package gummy worms, regular and sour
3/4 cup Oreo cookie crumbs
Melt butter and marshmallows in a large cooker on medium-high heat. Stirring constantly as the marshmallows begin to melt. Continue melting until mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in chocolate crispy rice cereal until well coated. Spread mixture, while still warm, into a 9×13 inch cake pan. Press gently with back of buttered spatula. The pan needs to be sprayed with non-stick cooking spray prior to adding the mixture. Let cool and cut into squares.
At the Cub Scout gathering, the boys can help with the above process or you can have it done before the gathering. Give each boy a rice crispy square. On the table, have small cups of the cookie crumbs and worms ready for each boy to decorate his Earth Worm Dirt Treat. If the boys are good with their hands and time permits, melt chocolate candy melts for the boys to drizzle over their finished treats. These treats are delicious served with milk.
Things to Do at Cub Scouts
Fishing is always a wonderful idea if you have enough adults on hand to help. On week number three, have the Cub Scouts dig their own worms. Give each boy a small bucket and a shovel. Have a designated area ready to dig for worms. Have the boys dig enough worms for fishing the following week. There is always a feel of accomplishment when doing something yourself.
After the boys have finished digging their worms, have small Styrofoam containers on hand with lids for them to put their worms in. Fill with a small amount of dirt and make sure there are a few small pin-sized air holes in the top. Mark the outside of the container with the boy’s name. Be sure to let the boys see you write their name on their container, so next week while fishing they will know they are using the worms they dug themselves.
On week number four, take the boys fishing to a friend’s pond or a nearby lake. Be sure to take snacks and drinks. Some boys will tire of fishing earlier than others, so be prepared with fun games. Take along a football, a kite, a Frisbee, a jump rope, and so on. Be sure to talk to the boys about how God has given us worms and fish that we might be able to have food.