Want More Productive Scout Meetings? Add a Little Action

April 24, 2016
Cub Scouts playing football

Productive Scout Meetings Are Here!

No buts about it, Cub Scouts can often be a wiggly bunch. That youthful energy, curiosity and endless need to explore is simply what makes a Cub Scout a Cub Scout. But sometimes there are moments where sitting still long enough to learn something, to show respect or to embrace order and discipline are important parts of being a Cub Scout as well.

“Boys have a thousand muscles to wiggle with and only one dozen to sit still with”

Whether there are a lot of things to do or go-over in a den or pack meeting in preparation of bigger Scouting activities, service projects or outings, it’s in these moments when it’s important to be able to get Cub Scouts to quiet down and listen-up. But how?

Well, this article from Scouting magazine says the trick is to infuse a little action, movement and energy into those Cub Scouts for more productive pack meetings. From the article:

““Boys have a thousand muscles to wiggle with and only one dozen to sit still with,” legendary Scouting writer Bill Hillcourt wrote back in 1947. “That dozen gets mighty tired mighty quickly.” “Green Bar” Bill might have had his physiology wrong, but his grasp of child psychology was spot-on. Boys of all ages aren’t very good at sitting still, but that’s what they’re expected to do at too many den and pack meetings. As a result, those meetings can become exercises in frustration — and little else — for boys and leaders alike. The situation only gets worse in the spring as days grow longer and the end of school draws near.

Pack 621 in Longview, Texas, has its share of fidgety boys, but Cubmaster Chris Peurifoy, a physical education teacher by day, knows how to harness and redirect their energy.”

His first tip is to include activity. Again, from the article:

“Peurifoy’s first tactic is to build activity into every den meeting, whether it’s a game, hike around the block or search for grasshoppers on the front lawn. “That could possibly be the only other time the kids are active,” he says.”

Want to know what the other tips are? Be sure to check out the article in Scouting magazine at home or right here online


Do you have tips for keeping the the fidgeting to a minimum while still encouraging fun during Cub Scout activities and meetings? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below. 

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