HEALTH & FITNESS IDEAS
1. Value of Handwashing: Here’s a 55-minute handwashing science activity. You’ll need some germ-glowing agent. The least expensive I’ve found is GloGerm ($5.50 for 25 applications in a 2 oz bottle)
2. Figuring Out Food Labels: This is a place you can learn about it to teach kids.
3. First Aid Neckerchief Slide: Start with a plastic 35 mm film canister. Make a red cross with red electrical tape on the front of the canister. Glue a twist tie, aluminum ring, or piece of pvc pipe on the back. Put inside the canister: Self-adhesive bandages with first aid ointment. Alcohol pads.
4. Chicken Dinner Neckerchief Slide: Start with a plastic 35 mm film canister. Tape on the front “Complete Chicken Dinner”. Glue a twist tie, aluminum ring, or piece of pvc pip on the back. Put inside the canister: 2 dried corn kernels
5. Cub Olympics: It would be fun to coordinate with other dens within or outside of your own pack. Here’s one idea how to organize a Cub Olympics.
6. Silly Olympics: Here is another cub olympics, based on world olympic activities
7. Sports Belt Loops: Pick a sport, individual or team. All the belt loops have three requirements: Explain the rules, Practice the skills for 30 minutes, then play a game.
8. Go Hiking: In 2009 a Hiking Belt Loop was added -- earn it. Or, go on a Geocaching hike around your area. Or, simply go on a den hike. Two documents that give hike ideas are found at this link and this one.
*Anytime you take your cubs away from home for an outdoor activity, one of the attending leaders ought to have Hazardous Weather training first. Go to this page, scroll down to Hazardous Weather, then log into your MyScouting to take the course. http://scouting.org/training/adult.aspx
9. Fitness Center: Take a field trip to a Fitness Center. Ask an employee to give a tour of the fitness equipment, demonstrating the proper way to use them, then let the boys practice using the equipment correctly -- always under adult supervision.
10. Swimming: *Remember that any time you take cub scouts in water, one attending leader must get Safe Swim Defense trained first. Go to this page, scroll down to Safe Swim Defense, then log in to your MyScouting to take the course. http://scouting.org/training/adult.aspx *In addition, anytime you go away from home for an outdoor activity, one attending leader ought to have Hazardous Weather training, which can be found on the same page further down.