I've been a den leader for a bit over a year now, which means its time to recycle previous den meetings for the new bunch of boys. Yesterday it was time for the Cub Scout Carnival! It is my very favorite activity and I think the boys love it too.
Each boy is asked to come with a game or activity. They can take ideas from their Cub Scout books or do something totally original. We set up in the back lot of the church and once everyone is ready we walk around as a group, stopping at each game/station to let the boy who brought the game tell or demonstrate how to play it. Once that's through it is open play time! We invite the little (and older) siblings to come play as well . . . the more the merrier. :)
I put Conner in charge of the snack bar.
At the beginning each kid was given 10 tickets which they could use to purchase popcorn, Twizzlers, peanuts, and lemonade. It was perfect. Everyone got some of everything, without going overboard on the snacks.
Anna was in charge of the petting zoo.
This is the game Payton put together . . . marble sharp shooter
Lots of creative games were shared, including this one inspired by "Minute to Win It" . . .
How fun is this!
The water balloon launcher was a big hit . . .
here are the boys waiting to catch, or rather dodge, the water balloons
And my favorite of all . . . the pie eating contest! The rules are simple: try to find the gummi bear in the whipped cream without using your hands.
Love this victorious fist pump . . .
The younger siblings love playing too . . .
Everyone had such a great time. Most of the kids played 2 or 3 times. (Except for Payton -- he prefers to stay out of this one.)
Another successful carnival.
Now to plan next week's activity. I think we will learn how to fold a flag and perform an outdoor flag ceremony. That's just as fun, right?