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Curiosity, Intrigue, And Magical Mysteries

Elective Adventure

A fun Adventure where Tigers learn how to perform a magic trick and create a secret code.

For more magic tricks, check out the Cub Scout Magic Book available at www.scoutshop.org

Requirements

Learn a magic trick. Practice the trick. Share the trick with you den or family members.
Coin Through A Neckerchief
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Pass a coin magically though your Tiger neckerchief.

  • Each Cub Scout will need their Tiger neckerchief
  • A quarter for each Cub Scout
  • Access to Coin Through Neckerchief found in Additional Resources

Before the meeting:

  1. Review the directions on how to perform the “Coin Through a Neckerchief.”
  2. Practice the trick.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and Tiger adult partners and tell them that you are going to magically pass a quarter through a neckerchief.  As one of the Cub Scouts for their neckerchief so you can perform the trick.
  2. Perform the trick.
  3. Demonstrate how the trick is done.
  4. Distribute quarters to Cub Scouts and have them use their neckerchiefs.
  5. Have Tiger adult partners help their Cub Scout practice the trick, when ready have them each perform the trick to the den.

Coin Through Neckerchief directions

Cub Scout Magic Book
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List4
Prep Time2

Use the Cub Scout Magic book to identify a trick for Cub Scouts to learn and perform.

  • “Cub Scout Magic Book” available at www.scoutshop.org
  • The most common items used for tricks in the “Cub Scout Magic Book” are:
    • Matches
    • Coins
    • Neckerchief
    • Rope
    • Paper
    • Sugar Cubes
    • Playing Cards

Before the meeting:

  1. Review the Cub Scout Magic Book and identify a trick or several tricks to teach the Cub Scouts.
  2. Review the trick and practice performing the trick.
  3. Gather the materials needed so each Cub Scout can perform the trick you picked.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and perform the trick you selected.
  2. Demonstrate how the trick is done to the Cub Scouts.
  3. Distribute the supplies needed to complete the trick.
  4. Have Tiger adult partners help their Cub Scout practice the trick and when ready perform the trick to the rest of the den.

Tip: Discuss with the Cubmaster the possibility of the den conducting a magic show at an upcoming pack event.

The Disappearing Knot
LocationIndoor
Energy 3
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Tie a knot that disappears.

  • Each Cub Scout will need their Tiger Handbook, page 31
  • Each Cub Scout will need their Tiger handbook
  • 3-foot long paracord, one for each Cub Scout and Tiger adult partner

Before the meeting:

  1. Review the directions on how to make the disappearing knot and practice.
    • Take both parts with your right hand. Hold both ends of your three-foot rope in your left hand. Put your right hand under and through the bend.
    • Two loops are formed. Bring your right hand holding the two rope parts back through the bend to make the two loops.
    • Put the ends in your left hand through both loops. Let go with the left and take hold of one end.
    • Pull slowly. Take the other end in your right hand and pull ends apart. When small knot forms blow on it and pull the rope straight.
  2. Prepare paracord by cutting into 3-foot-long pieces

During the meeting:

  1. Have Cub Scouts open their Tiger handbook to page 31.
  2. Demonstrate the disappearing knot trick to the den.
  3. Hand out the paracord to each Cub Scout and one to each Tiger adult partner and demonstrate step by step how to tie the disappearing knot.
  4. Have Cub Scouts practice with their Tiger adult partner and then perform the trick.
Demonstrate how a magic trick works to your den, family or Tiger adult partner.
Magic Show
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time1

Using the magic trick learned in requirement 2, conduct a magic show.

  • Magic trick learned in requirement 1

Before the meeting:

  1. Set up meeting space with room for Cub Scouts to stand in front of an audience and demonstrate their trick.

During the meeting:

  1. Ask each Cub Scout and their Tiger adult partner to demonstrate their trick to their den.

Tip: This requirement can be completed as part of requirement 1.

Write your name in secret code.
Computer Name
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List3
Prep Time2

Use binary to spell your name.

  • Pencils,  one for each Cub Scout and Tiger adult partner
  • 8 ½” x 11” paper, one sheet for each Cub Scout and Tiger adult partner
  • Binary Code worksheet found in Additional Resources
  • Printer

Before the meeting:

  1. Review Binary Code worksheet.
  2. Write your name as a demonstration using binary code.
  3. Print Binary Code worksheet, one for each Cub Scout plus one extra.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather Cub Scouts and inform them that they are going to learn a code that is used by computers.  Show them your name written in binary code. You may not be able to read this, but a computer can.  Computers use a code called binary.  Inside the computers there are tiny switches, and the switch is either on or off.  The binary code tells what switches to turn on and which ones to turn off.
  2. To make a secret code you first have to create what is called a key.  A key tells you how to break the code.
  3. Have Cub Scouts look at the Binary Code worksheet  Explain to them how to write a letter using the binary code then have them write “Do Your Best” on a sheet of paper using binary code.
  4. Next have the Cub Scout write their name using binary code.  When they are done ask them if they can now tell you what is written on your sheet of paper (Your name in binary code).  See who can break the code.
My Secret Code Part 1
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Cub Scouts will create their own unique secret code.

  • Secret Code worksheet found in Additional Resources
  • Pencils, one for each Cub Scout and Tiger adult partner
  • 3” x 5” index cards

Before the meeting:

  1. Print Secret Code worksheet, one for each Cub Scout and Tiger adult partner.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather Cub Scouts and inform them that they are going to create their own secret code.
  2. To make a secret code they must first create a key.  A key tells you how to break the code.
  3. Distribute the Secret Code worksheet to each Cub Scout and Tiger adult partner.  Instruct them to create a symbol below each letter to create their own secret code. No two symbols should be the same.
  4. Have Cub Scouts write their name on a 3” x 5” index card using their code.

Secret Code worksheet

Pig Pen Code
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time1

Using the Pig Pen Code write your name.

  • Each Cub Scout will need their Tiger handbook
  • Pencils, one for each Cub Scout and Tiger adult partner
  • 8 ½” x 11” paper, one sheet for each Cub Scout and Tiger adult partner

Before the meeting:

  1. Review the pig pen code on page 32 of the Tiger handbook.
  2. Write your name as a demonstration using the pig pen code.

During the meeting:

  1. Gather Cub Scouts and Tiger adult partners and inform them that they are going to learn a secret code.  Show them your name written in the pig pen code.
  2. Ask Cub Scouts if anyone knows what this code says.  Tell them that this code is called the Pig Pen Code.
  3. In order to make a secret code you first have to create what is called a key.  A key tells you how to break the code.
  4. Have Cub Scout look at the pig pen code on page 32.  Explain to them how to write a letter using the pig pen code then have Tiger adult partners help them write Do Your Best in the Tiger handbook in the space provided using the pig pen code.
  5. Distribute the paper and pencils and have Cub Scouts and Tiger adult partners write their name using the Pig Pen code.  When they are done ask them if they can now tell you what is written on your sheet of paper (Your name in pig pen code).  See who can break the code.
Write a message with the code. Challenge your den, family or Tiger adult partner to read your coded message.
My Secret Code Part 2
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List2
Prep Time2

Using the secret code created in the activity My Secret Code Part 1 write a message and have Tiger adult partners decode the message.

  • Secret Code worksheet created in the activity My Secret Code Part 1
  • Pencils, one for each Cub Scout and Tiger adult partner
  • 3” x 5” index cards

Before the meeting:

  1. Have the Secret Code worksheets Cub Scouts created in the activity My Secret Code Part 1.

During the meeting:

  1. Using their secret code, ask  Cub Scouts to write a short message to their Tiger adult partner.  Try to keep it to about 4 to 6 words.
  2. Have the Cub Scout pass the message to their Tiger adult partner and have Tiger adult partner decode the message using their Cub Scout’s secret code.
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