RATIONALE FOR ADVENTURE

Sports are all about honesty, respect, fair play, and being physically fit. Playing a sport will build a Webelos Scout’s body and improve his skills—and learning to play more than one sport will help develop a lifelong habit of physical activity.

TAKEAWAYS FOR CUB SCOUTS

  • Experiencing new sports individually and in teams
  • Practicing good sportsmanship and learning its importance
  • A Scout is clean. [Webelos Character Compass]

ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Webelos Handbook, page 516)

Do all of these:

  1. Show the signals used by officials in one of these sports: football, basketball, baseball, soccer, or hockey.
  2. While you are a Webelos Scout, participate in two individual sports.
  3. While you are a Webelos Scout, play two team sports.
  4. Complete the following requirements:
    a. Explain what good sportsmanship means.
    b. Role-play a situation that demonstrates good sportsmanship.
    c. Give an example of a time when you experienced or saw someone showing good sportsmanship.

NOTES TO DEN LEADER

Before starting this adventure, discuss and try to get a consensus on sports the Scouts would like to participate in as individuals (e.g., bicycling, disc golf, fishing, skating, skateboarding, and swimming) and sports they would like to play in teams (e.g., badminton, basketball, bowling, doubles tennis, kickball, ultimate, or volleyball). Be sure to check the Guide to Safe Scouting to find approved sports for Webelos Scouts, and highlight those options for the den.

Many team sports can work well with small groups, even if the rules need to be adjusted somewhat (example: two three-man teams for basketball). If two dens wish to combine for team sports, baseball, flag football, soccer, or softball could be added to the list. This discussion should help you decide whether requirements 2 and 3 will be completed at the regular meeting site or during den outings to one or more locations. The sports selected will depend upon interest and available resources, including space and equipment.

If Meeting 2 and/or Meeting 3 will be outings, the leader will need to make arrangements with the outing location(s) and confirm the plans with families, including transportation and any additional items they need to bring. If desired, a fourth den meeting can be planned as an outing to watch a local sports event.

Invite parents to participate at each meeting. Make sure a tour and activity plan has been submitted, if required, and activity consent forms are distributed, signed, and collected.

See the Appendix for optional den meeting activities, including openings, gatherings, and closings.

MeetingPlans

To get you started in delivering fun and engaging meetings, complete Den Meeting Plans are available here on the Learning Library for the Backyard Jungle and Games Tigers Play adventures. To obtain Den Meeting Plans for all other adventures, Den Leader Guides are available at your local Scout Shop, online at scoutstuff.org, or as an eBook through Amazon.

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