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On Your Mark – Lion

Elective Adventure

Play active games with your family and den, including a box derby race.

Requirements

Play a game with your den.
Lion Red Light Green Light
LocationOutdoor
Energy 5
Supply List2
Prep Time1

Play a game of Red Light Green Light. 

  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, back cover with the Scout Oath and Scout Law 

Before the meeting: 

  1. Become familiar with how to play Red Light Green Light.  
    • Start with everyone along the starting line, with the game leader at the finish line about 60 ft away. 
    • When the game leader says ‘Green Light’ everyone will move towards the finish line. 
    • When the game leader says ‘Red Light’ everyone must immediately stop. 
    • If players are still moving when you call ‘Red Light’, they must go back to the starting line. 
    • The game leader may call “Green Light” or “Red Light” multiple times in a row. 
    • Start a new round when everyone gets across the finish line or when most players make it across the finish line. 
  2. Identify a safe area free of obstacles to play Red Light Green Light. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and share with them that this activity is about practicing the Scout Oath and Scout Law as we play. 
  2. Ask Cub Scouts and adult partners to look at the back of the Lion handbook and by raising their hand share a point of the Scout Law that they feel is important to follow when playing a game. 
  3. Inform the den and adult partners that they will play Red Light Green Light. 
  4. Explain the rules of how to play Red Light Green Light. 
  5. Play several rounds as time permits.  When finished gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and have them share examples of when they were following the Scout Oath and Scout Law. 
Roll the Dice
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List3
Prep Time1

Play a game of Yahtzee.

  • Yahtzee or Yahtzee Jr. game, one for every 8 members of the den 
  • Cub Scouts will need their Lion handbook, back cover with the Scout Oath and Law 

Before the meeting: 

  1. Become familiar with how to play Yahtzee or Yahtzee Jr. by reading the directions in the game box. 
  2. Set up the meeting location so groups of four can easily play together. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and share with them that this activity is about taking turns and practicing the Scout Oath and Scout Law as we play. 
  2. Ask Cub Scouts and adult partners to look at the back of the Lion handbook and by raising their hand share a point of the Scout Law that they feel is important to follow when playing a game. 
  3. Explain the game you are going to play is called Yahtzee and that it is a matching game.  Cub Scouts are paired with their adult partners as a team. 
  4. Set up the teams that will play with each other.  Ask adult partners to point out when a Cub Scout is following the Scout Oath and Law. 
Speed Gaming
LocationIndoor
Energy 2
Supply List3
Prep Time3

Cub Scouts will sample different board games by playing them in a round-robin speed format. 

Below are just suggested board games based on age appropriateness and the ability to play the games quickly. 

  • Chutes and Ladders board game 
  • Candy Land board game 
  • Checkers board game 
  • Operation board game 
  • 4 – 4” x 4” folding card tables 
  • 16 – folding chairs 
  • Stopwatch  

Before the meeting: 

  1. Contact parents, legal guardians, and adult partners to see who already has the following board games. Other age-appropriate board games and quick play may be substituted.  
    • Chutes and Ladders™ 
    • Candy Land™ 
    • Checkers 
    • Operation™ 
  2. Confirm they will bring the games to the den meeting. 
  3. Set up the meeting space with the four folding tables in four different corners of the room.  Set up the chairs around the table and place each board game on the table. 

 During the meeting: 

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and share with them that this activity is about taking turns and practicing the Scout Oath and Scout Law as we play. 
  2. Ask Cub Scouts and adult partners to look at the back of the Lion handbook and by raising their hand share a point of the Scout Law that they feel is important to follow when playing a game. 
  3. Explain that they will get a chance to sample different board games with their adult partners.  They may not be able to finish each game, the idea is to see if you like it but also to follow the Scout Oath and Law. 
  4. Set up the teams that will play with each other.  Ask adult partners to point out when a Cub Scout is following the Scout Oath and Law. 
  5. Assign teams to a table to start.  After 10 minutes the groups then rotate clockwise to the next table to play the next game. 
  6. At the end of the meeting ask Cub Scouts what game they liked the best. 
Participate in an obstacle course relay.
Lion Obstacle Course
LocationOutdoor
Energy 5
Supply List5
Prep Time4

Create and run an obstacle course.

Once the items for this obstacle course are built, they can be used by other dens or the pack for years to come.   

  • 7 – 10ft. long 1” PVC pipes cut into the following lengths 
    • 9   – 3 ft. long 1” PVC pipes 
    • 6 – 2 ft. long 1” PVC pipes 
    • 10 – 1 ft. long 1” PVC pipes
  • 10 – 1” PVC 90-degree elbow connectors 
  • 10 – 1” PVC Schedule 40 S x S x S Tee  
  • 2   –  8 ft. long pressure treated 2”x4” 
  • 6   –  Hula Hoops 
  • Smartphone or stopwatch  

Before the meeting:

  1. Construct 3 low hurdles for Cub Scouts to jump over.
    • Connect a 90-degree elbow connector to each end of a 3ft. long pipe.
    • Connect 2 ft. long pipes to each end of the 90-degree elbow connector of the 3ft. long pipe, forming three sides of a rectangle.
    • Connect PVC schedule 40 S x S x S Tee to the bottom of the 2ft. long pipes.
    • Insert the 1 ft. long pipes into the PVC schedule 40 S x S x S Tee to create a hurdle.
  2. Construct 2 high bars for Cub Scouts to duck under.
    • Connect a 90-degree elbow connector to each end of a 3 ft. long pipe.
    • Connect 3 ft. long pipes to each end of the 90-degree elbow connector of the 3 ft. long pipe, forming three sides of a rectangle.
    • Connect PVC schedule 40 S x S x S Tee to the bottom of the 2 ft. long pipes.
    • Insert the 1 ft. long pipes into the PVC schedule 40 S x S x S Tee to create a hurdle.
  3. Layout the obstacle course.
    • Find a location that is level and free of tripping hazards to lay out obstacles.
    • The layout of the course may be in a single line, or you may add turns to accommodate the space available.
    • From the starting line place a low hurdle 10 ft. away, next place a high bar 10 ft. away, next place a low hurdle 10 ft. away, next place a high bar 10 ft. away, next place a low hurdle 10 ft. away.
    • Place one of the 2”x4” on the ground 10 ft. away from the last low hurdle.
    • Place the 6 Hula Hoops in a straight-line end to end 10 ft. away from the 2”x4”.
    • Place the other 2”x4” on the ground 10 ft. away from the Hula Hoops.
    • Create a finish line 10ft. away from the 2”x4”.

During the meeting:

  1. Have Cub Scouts gather at the obstacle course.
  2. Demonstrate how to run the course. Jump over the low hurdle, duck under the high bar, jump over the low hurdle, duck under the high bar, jump over the low hurdle, walk across the 2”x4”, go through the Hula Hoops by jumping from one to the next, walk across the 2”x4”, then to the finish line.
  3. Give each Cub Scout a turn to run the obstacle course and record how fast they did it.
  4. Allow each Cub Scout to run the course at least twice to see if they can improve their time.
Playground Obstacle Course
LocationOutdoor with Travel
Energy 5
Supply List1
Prep Time4

Use a local playground to create an obstacle course.

  • Local playground 
  • Stopwatch  

Before the meeting: 

  1. Identify a local playground that has a variety of equipment.   
  2. Go to the playground and develop ideas for making an obstacle course. Here are some examples: 
    • Determine a starting line and a finish line 
    • Slide down the slide 
    • Go around the merry-go-round three times 
    • Cross the monkey bars 
  3. Do not create obstacles that use the playground equipment in any other manner other than designed.  
  4. The day before the meeting confirm with the Cub Scouts, parents, legal guardians, and adult partners of the time, date, and location of the den meeting. 

During the meeting: 

  1. Have Cub Scouts gather at the obstacle course. 
  2. Demonstrate how to run the course. 
  3. Give each Cub Scout a turn to run the obstacle course and record how fast they did it. 
  4. Allow each Cub Scout to run the course at least twice to see if they can improve their time.
Portal Obstacle Course
LocationIndoor
Energy 5
Supply List2
Prep Time3

Make a portal-type obstacle course with painter’s tape.

  • Roll of 1” wide blue painter’s tape 
  • Roll of 1” wide green painter’s tape 
  • Clean 3-gallon trash can without lid 
  • 2-gallon bowl to hold three tennis balls 
  • 3 tennis balls 

Before the meeting: 

  1. Identify a safe area free of obstacles where you can safely put painter’s tape on the floor. 
  2. Create a portal obstacle course. 
  3. Place a strip of blue painter’s tape to mark the starting point. 
  4. The rule is that you can only step on the painter’s tape or in a designated square on the floor to get from one side to the other. Use the green tape to designate the direction they have to go in by making arrows on the floor. 
  5. Create obstacles and challenges: 
    • Make 1’ x 1’ squares on the floor that get further apart from each other, so Cub Scouts have to jump from square to square.  To add to the challenge, designate that blue boxes mean you have to have both feet in the box and green boxes mean you can only have one foot in the box. 
    • Lay two parallel strips of tape down to designate they have to walk on the tape like a balance beam.  You can add to the challenge by creating curves. 
    • Make 6” x 3” rectangles on the floor.  Green rectangles mean you have to place your hands on the rectangle, blue rectangles mean you have to use your feet.  Make rectangles running parallel with each other alternating green and blue so Cub Scouts have to “crawl” to complete the obstacle.  
    • Make a 6’ circle on the floor with the painter’s tape, you cannot step in the circle you must move around the circle staying on the painter’s tape. 
    • Make a 1’ x 1’ square with an X in the middle.  Place a 3 gal. trash can 5 feet away.  Place the tennis balls in the bowl and place the bowl in the square.  The object is to throw the three balls into the trash can before moving to the next obstacle. 
  6. Place a strip of blue painter’s tape to mark the finish line 

During the meeting: 

  1. Have Cub Scouts gather at the obstacle course. 
  2. Demonstrate how to run the course. The course does not have to be completed in a specific order.  
    • Blue boxes mean you have to have both feet in the box and green boxes mean you can only have one foot in the box. 
    • Side by side tape means walk on the tape like a balance beam. 
    • Green rectangles mean you have to place your hands on the rectangle. 
    • Blue rectangles mean you have to use your feet.   
    • You cannot step in the circle; you must move around the circle while staying on the tape. 
    • At the “X,” throw the three tennis balls into the trash can. 
    • If an obstacle is missed, you are put in a portal that brings you back to the starting line and you start over.  
  3. Give each Cub Scout a turn to run the obstacle course and record how fast they did it. 
  4. Allow each Cub Scout to run the course at least twice to see if they can improve their time.  
Build a box derby and participate in a race.
Lion Box Derby
LocationOutdoor
Energy 5
Supply List3
Prep Time4

Conduct a Lion Box Derby. 

  • 18” x 14” x 12” cardboard box, one for each Cub Scout 
  • Magic markers various colors, enough to share 
  • 2 – 36” long paracords, a set for each Cub Scout 
  • Scissors, enough to share 
  • Roll of 1” wide blue painter’s tape  
  • Glue sticks, enough to share 
  • Construction paper, in assorted colors, enough to share 
  • Bottle of water, one for each Cub Scout 
  • Wash cloths, one for each Cub Scout

Before the Meeting 

  1. Identify a safe area free of obstacles to conduct the derby such as a running track.  The total length should be no more than 100 yards. 
  2. The day before, remind Cub Scouts, parents, legal guardians, and adult partners of the date, time, and location of the meeting. 
  3. Become familiar with how to make a cardboard box car. 
    • Cut the top and flaps of the box off. 
    • Use scissors to cut two holes in the top front left and right corners and top back left and right corners. The holes should be two feet apart.  Make the hole just large enough for the paracord to run through. 
    • Tie a figure eight knot at the end of one of the paracords then run the other end of the paracord from the front left to the back left holes with the figure eight knot keeping the paracord from slipping through the hole.  Tie another figure-eight knot on the other end of the paracord.  Repeat for the right front and back holes.  This will serve as the harness that goes over the Cub Scout shoulders like suspenders.  
  4. Make and decorate a cardboard box car to use as an example.  
  5. Set up the racetrack with the starting line,  three areas for the “pit crew”, and finish line. 

During the Meeting 

  1. Gather the Cub Scouts and adult partners and share with them that it is race day and they will make their own box car to decorate and race.  
  2. Demonstrate how to make the cardboard box car. 
  3. Have adult partners work with their Cub Scouts to make and decorate their cars. 
  4. Go over the rules of the box car race. The Lions will run around the track stopping three times along the way. The adult partners will be the “pit crew.” The three stops will consist of the following: 
    • Tire change: At this stop, each Lion will turn one of their socks inside out and put it back on. 
    • Pit stop: At this stop, the Lion will take a drink of water. 
    • Windshield washing: At this stop, the Lion will get their face washed with a wet towel. 
  5. Run the race. 
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Safety Moment

Prior to any activity, use the BSA SAFE Checklist to ensure the safety of all those involved.  

All participants in official BSA Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scoutingand applicable program literature or manuals.   

Be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede BSA practices, policies, and guidelines.  

To assist in the safe delivery of the program you may find specific safety items that are related to requirements for the Adventure. 

Before starting this Adventure complete the following:  

  • Review Age Appropriate Guidelines for Scouting Activities before starting a project. 
  • Cub Scouts are allowed to use common craft tools, such as paintbrushes, scissors, hammers, and screw drivers.  
  • Know the proper  use of the tools that will be used for the project, by any youth or adult. 

During the Adventure 

  • Give time for proper training on the use of the tools that will be used to complete the project to all youth and adults. 
  • Provide continuous, qualified adult supervision and discipline during the project.  
  • Following all manufacturer’s literature and age and skill restrictions shall supersede the recommendations in the publication. If there is a conflict, leaders shall follow the most restrictive guidelines. 

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