The key to hopefully controlling or attempting to control Cub Scouts before a meeting, is to play a Game.
Where our Pack meets is at the school gym. In that gym there is a door. In that door is a room. Within that room there are balls, scooters, hoops , hockey sticks and other things that bounce. Every meeting, each Scout runs to that room and pulls out something and plays with it. To me, it’s really not gym class and they are not in school so they should not be in there. It also bothers me that the boys do not respect the School’s property and think that “we are not in school, so rules do not apply to us” type of thinking.
It’s one thing that I am going to bring up at the Annual Pack Planning Meeting. Boys don’t go into the room.
Suffice to say, having a gathering activity is what is needed. In the past, I have been somewhat successful. paper airplane flying the farthest contests, throwing paper balls towards a mouse trap area and setting them off and other ideas .
I recently found a website that has a lot of ideas for Skits, Songs & Games. I have picked the Ah Soh Gi game for maybe Join Night. But, it’s now in the rotation. I will also use the Ring of Fire game that was played at our Disc Golf Summertime Activity Event. Ring of Fire is basically the boys standing in a circle around a Disc Golf Hole and trying to get their Disc’s into it. Those who accomplish it, get to take a step or three back and try again. This is repeated until the last Scout gets their Disc in. They win. It’s an elimination game. It’s a skills game.
While Mike Rowe will tell you that he learned a lot from British Bulldog, we need to have safer games in general. Many of the boys in the Pack do not like things flying towards them and others have a medical condition that if hit would cause serious injury. Hence, my cause for worry.
Also, the boys like to play Tag a lot. Usually it’s Toliet Tag or something not very Scouty. I generally stop these because of the non-scouty part, but also I had one boy fall flat on his face and smack his teeth on the ground. It resulted in a lot of pain and I thought he chipped a tooth. He was fine afterwards, but it has stuck with me.
So, here is another game that is a game that they need to pay attention to, but is a lot of fun. Ah Soh Gi Game. There is a video on the website that shows how to play.
Everyone sits in a circle, and learns the 3 commands and their movements.
1) Ah! – the person says “Ah” loudly, and puts their left or right hand across their forehead in a saluting motion, with fingers pointing at the person next to them.
2) So! – the person says “So” loudly, and puts their left or right hand across their chin in a saluting motion, with fingers pointing at the person next to them.
3) Gi!– the person puts both arms together in front of them in a clapping motion and points to someone else, anywhere in the circle.
The phrases must always go in that order, and each phrase needs its correct hand motion. You go when you are pointed at by someone next to you using “Ah” or “So,” or by someone across from you using “Gi.” When you are “Gi”ed at by someone you start the sequence over again.
When someone makes a mistake (ie, goes out of order, uses the wrong hand motion, hesitates in confusion for too long) they are out.
When someone gets out, each member of the group puts a hands in the middle with thumbs up, and calls “You’re outta here!” – like a baseball umpire.
That person leaves the circle and the group closes in the space. The person who was on right side of the exited person starts the sequence again, by saying “Ah!” and pointing to the left or right.
The game continues until there are two people left.