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  • Best Pack Meeting Ideas

    Forgive me if this is a duplicate thread, but I cannot get the search to work... What was your best pack meeting? We are looking for ideas for next year. Thanks!

  • #2
    Pie in the face of cubs chosen leader for reach $150 in popcorn sold. (Pie was shaving cream)

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    • #3
      Originally posted by King Ding Dong View Post
      Pie in the face of cubs chosen leader for reach $150 in popcorn sold. (Pie was shaving cream)
      That is hilarious. We have so many jokers in our bunch, I wonder if they'd go for that since we didn't have much ideas on encouragement of sales. Great threat Jasper, hope to see more responses!

      I've attended 9 pack meets so far, the best for us was the popcorn catapults into bins. They made the catapults as the gathering activity. The winners got samples of popcorn and Cubby to keep for a month.

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      • King Ding Dong
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        All you need is a few rolls of plastic sheeting, a few pie tins and a couple dozen cans of Barbasol. Don't use whipped cream, to expensive and sticky.

    • #4
      This year our most popular pack meeting was the Sheriff's K-9 unit demonstration. Last year one of the favorites was an egg drop contest. You should have seen the creative packages the boys brought with them to protect their eggs. After each drop, we opened up the package and cracked the egg to make sure it wasn't hard-boiled. I liked the egg drop because, unlike Pinewood Derby, it was something the boys could build without an adult helping. The boys were so successful in their packaging that only one egg out of over 30 cracked. We'll have to drop from a bigger height next time. 10' wasn't enough.

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      • King Ding Dong
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        You don't need to crack the egg. Just spin it like a top. If it spins it is hardboiled, if it wobbles over it is uncooked.

      • dedkad
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        KDD, cracking is more fun.

    • #5
      The annual cardboard box vehicle derby is always a big hit. We do it in March, or April, after the big push to finish up the rank award requirements is over.

      It is a relay race where we pit den against den racing a cardboard vehicle thru various stations. The first den to have each member finish the race wins that race We usually race Tiger vs Wolf, Bear vs Webelos (usually only 4th grade are left at that point). If one den has less members they get to pick which of their Scouts runs a second lap so that both dens run the same number of laps. The two winning dens race against each other to determine the final winner.

      We pick a theme. Every den works during the race month to create a cardboard den vehicle to match that theme. The vehicle is "worn" by a Scout, and carried thru the race stations, so it can't be too big, or unwieldy.

      We set up stations (4-5) around our meeting space. The racing dens start at the front of the room, and go in opposite directions thu the stations. We have den parents at the start spot helping each Scout into, and out of, the den vehicle.

      Some themes we have done are -
      Space - Each den created a space ship of some kind. Some stations were refueling (drink a small cup of water), meteor maze (we made a mini maze out of tables, and tarps, and had parents/siblings toss wads of paper meteors over the top at the ships going thru), and black hole/time warp (alternated between "warping" them back to the previous station, and sucking them past the next one).
      Water - Boat type vehicle. Some stations were pit stop - get out of boat, go behind "bush", get back in boat. portage - get out of boat and carry it to the next station.
      Race Car - Race car type of vehicle. Stations - tire change (shoes get taken off and put on opposite feet), refuel (drink small cup water), clean windshield (drivers safety glasses get sprayed with water and wiped off)
      Air - Anything that can fly - Stations - inflight refuel (must bite off a hanging cookie), turbulence ( maze) .
      Construction - Any construction type of a vehicle - Stations - various moving things from one spot to another, refueling, knocking things over, detour.
      Armed Forces - Any type of Army/Navy/Air Force vehicle - Stations - target practice, refuel, transport (parents slide Scout/vehicle to next station on plastic tarp).

      The boys are all very proud of the den vehicle they have created together. A great team building experience. Lots of creativity, and imagination used to come up with a cool design that works (I will never forget the helicopter, or the tropical raft complete with palm tree).

      Everyone gets a participation certificate. The winning den members also each get a ribbon (Cub Scout, party store, $1 store, etc).

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      • #6
        sock wars is a favorite

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      • #7
        We did socks wars in December. Everyone who wanted to participate brought at least 6 pairs of white men's athletic socks.
        We balled them all up like snow balls. divided them up so each den had about the same number of socks in laundry baskets at their fort. used the cafeteria tables they fold in the middle and are on wheels so we could make forts. and the cubmaster would blow the whistle and everyone would throw socks like snowballs. After a few minutes, blow the whistle to stop, everyone grabs socks and goes at it again. the adults started grabbing socks. someone took extra socks and stuffed them in one sock and made one ginormous sock and kept throwing it at the cubmaster, but other than that nothing weird happened. Then we had cold drinks and cookies. For gathering before the sock wars the kids all made christmas cards while we waited for all the socks to arrive.
        A volunteer parent collected all the socks, washed them in scent free detergent, packaged them up in gallon sized ziplock bags, stapled a christmas card to the front and delivered them to a homeless shelter to distribute at christmas. I think we ended up with 150 pairs of socks donated. not a lot but for a small pack it sure looked like a lot of socks to the kids.

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        • King Ding Dong
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          Sounds like a lot of fun.

          Scouts throwing things at each other? GTSS surely has something to say about that.

          I pity the poor soul who had to match 150 pairs of socks from a dozen different brands.
          Last edited by King Ding Dong; 07-10-2013, 12:40 AM.

      • #8
        Recycle raingutter regatta for April - ties in with Earth Day. Google it. Lots of info online - our kids had fun. Goody bag assembly for the Troops was fun - they get lots of thank you notes with photos of the troops back too A neighboring pack made para cord bracelet jig, the kids made cancer survivor bracelets and passed them out at a relay for life race. Kids also got to make one for themselves. Pre-fishing season fishing skills clinic - helps if you have dads that are good fishermen and a place outside for the kids to cast bobbers into buckets. Have all that have rods bring them and get them ready for the big day. State troopers with K9 is always a big hit -

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