What’s the goal of Cub Scouts. It’s not to do the requirements. The goal is all the life skills the Scouts learn while doing requirements.
We did Marble Madness this week. It was badly designed to meet the goals of the program of belonging to a den
My three Bears picked to do a marble maze as their fourth requirement. I didn’t tell them how to do this. The exact requirement is “make a marble maze”
Nowhere in it is there a requirement to actually play a game with marbles. Nowhere does it say you can’t do this activity alone.
They went and got supplies on their own. They came back to where they were working and together came up with a combined maze as a team.
I don’t know about you, but to me that they did nothing that a marble could have gone through was besides the point. I’m signing them off because of how they did the work. They showed maturity for their age.
And that’s the problem with the cub scout requirements today. It’s too focused on the subject of the requirement and not the act of learning as a den.
How do we turn these requirements into one that meets the goals of Scouting
- Learn about the history of marbles and terms used to describe marbles
- Play one game of marbles as a den, as described in a book or online.
- Make up one game of your own design as a den and then play it
- Design a marble maze or obstacle course as a den and run marbles through it.
It fills more time and it creates an experience with marbles as a den.
I’m going to show two in the same adventure from Wolf.
- Tell what the buddy system is and why we always use it in Cub Scouting. Describe what you should do if you get separated from your group while hiking.
What is missing from that? If you’ve been in enough years it already came to you.
It talks about the buddy system and doesn’t have them learn how to stick with a buddy by picking one on an activity.
That’s a huge hole in their growth.
The requirement should be
Tell what the buddy system is and why we always use it in Cub Scouting. Describe what you should do if you get separated from your group while hiking. Go on an activity with your den or family and choose a buddy to do this activity with. Stay with your buddy throughout the activity.
It also naturally expands the topic outside of Scouting, like going on a bike ride with a friend and not alone in 2nd grade.