Fun Ideas for Activities and Callings

Activity ideas you can use.

Making Paper Journals

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I found a tutorial on A Beautiful Mess, for making paper journals that is fast and incredibly easy to make. You can make them to any size and with any amount of paper inside that you want/need. There are a lot of uses for making these paper journals, they can be made well within the hour time constraint of a Young Women, Activity Day, Cub Scout or Relief Society meeting. What is so great about these is all of the putting together is done first with decorating after, meaning people do not go home with a halfway completed project.

Currently I am working with the Bear Den in our local Cub Scout pack, and for one of their requirements they need to keep a daily record of their activities for two weeks. (Bear Book Pg. 142, requirement 18c.) We put in 7 half sheets of paper to make for 13 spreads. This way the boys had a spread for each day they needed to write down their daily activities, except the 14th day, and they had one sheet on the back of the 13th day to journal. Making journals was really fun for the boys and they really got into decorating them with stickers and colored pencils and picking out paper, though they did need help punching through 8 pieces of paper, but all in all, we as leaders could sit back and let them be creative. There was a lot of talking and laughing from the boys, which they enjoyed as did we.

As the boys worked on these journals the leaders and parents had a meeting about planning scouts for the summer, this was a great activity for the boys to do while leaders and parents had a discussion. If we were to do this again, I think I would have had an older sibling of one of the boys be there to answer questions and help boys punch holes in paper while parents and leaders had a meeting. All in all it was a very successful activity and I think the boys are excited to write in their journals.

 

 

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Writing Journals

I recently became a Cub Scout Den Leader, and I was trying to think of an activity for the boys to do while they arrived and I found some ideas for writing prompts and decided I would put together a journal for each boy. Every week I put a new writing prompt in the journal for the boys to do for the first 10 minutes of scouts. The first pages look like:

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Other Ideas:

What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

If you could be any animal which one would you be and why?

If you could eat lunch with anyone who would it be and why?

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If you are interested in doing journals for scouts, activity days or home school you can find a lot of writing ideas at Playful Learning.

What I really like about this activity is that you can use it for just about any age group and it can be as simple or complicated as you want to make it. We will be doing several different kinds of writing prompts including the boys writing their own stories to drawing their favorite knots once they have passed off “Tying it Up!”

The boys have really responded well to writing in their journals and they think it is fun, though sometimes a bit silly. The writing prompts really get them thinking and smiling, and it helps to bring out their fun personalities!

I found the bear image from this link, I just googled “bears” and found it.

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Cub Scout Year Plan

The more I learn about the Cub Scout Program the more I am driven to organize myself because I can’t bear the thought of one of my boys not earning a badge because I was disorganized! So I planned out a year of activities and I sent home this letter to the parents of my scouts, so they know what we are working on during den meetings and encourage them to work with their sons on their own time.

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Dear Cub Scout Parents,
Thank you so much for letting your boys participate in Cub Scouts! They are awesome and fun boys and we enjoy working with them! We wanted to give you a little outline of what you can expect from Bear Cub Scouts this year. Your son will pass off the following requirements if he comes to each den meeting and does the (infrequently) assigned homework.

Bear Badge
-Ways We Worship
-What Makes America Special?
-Tall Tales
-Sharing Your World with Wildlife
-The Past is Exciting and Fun
-What’s Cooking?
-Family Fun
-Be Ready
-Information, Please
-Jot it Down
-Shavings and Chips
-Tying it All Up

Golden Arrow Point
-Building Muscles, requirements A, B & C
-Art, requirement A
-Collecting Things, requirement B
-Maps, requirements A & B
-Let’s Go Camping, requirements A, B & F

Belt Loops
-Astronomy
-Collecting
-Heritage
-Good Manners

If your son wants to work on additional requirements that pique his interest, please encourage him to do so. For every 10 additional requirements he passes off he will be able to receive a Silver Arrow Point. (Please sign his book on the “Akela’s OK for the Arrow Point Trail” line and write the accomplished requirement on the back page of his Bear Handbook.)

Each quarter your son will come home with a detailed schedule of what we will be working on during that three month period. If your son misses a den meeting you are responsible for helping him to complete the activity he missed. We will have a den meeting April 29th for parents and boys to attend and share summer travel plans so we can be more effective with our summer activity planning.

Thank you,

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