At times, even the best plans go awry. A kit packed as a leader “survival” kit comes in handy when chaos has erupted, all your planned activities for the meeting have been exhausted, or the den just needs a change of pace. Your survival kit will grow as you and your den work together and discover the things the boys like best—you will base your survival kit on those activities. The goal is to pack your kit with lightweight, multiple-use objects—and take it to every den meeting.

Here are some suggestions for your leader survival kit. Remember that each item should have multiple uses. Newspapers, for example, can be rolled and taped to become bats or batons to pass during a relay; left flat, they can become a “base” for use during a game; opened, they can act as a dropcloth for messy projects; folded, they can become hats. Newspapers can also be torn and taped and shaped into instant costumes. Your imagination is the only limit.

  • Balls—a couple of tennis balls and at least one
    soccer ball
  • Blindfolds—at least two
  • Safety pins
  • Duct tape
  • Newspapers
  • Markers, pens, pencils, chalk
  • Blank paper, various colors
  • Lightweight rope
  • Scissors
  • Balloons
  • Empty 16-oz. drink bottles with caps—at least six
  • Magic tricks
  • Puzzles
  • Cub Scout Leader How-To Book
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