Our February Pack meeting was just days after the winter Olympics closed. We felt this would be a fun pack meeting for the boys. it was extremely fun and simple to put together.
The cub master’s table was set up with a poster and simple colored plates in the Olympic colors. We set up those plates around the room to have more Olympic rings.
Close up of our poster
From past events- I kept our balloon sticks and used balloons in the Olympic colors for an easy decoration.
All the boys brought a snack to share. Covered the food tables in red plastic table cloth and the flags were primary colored flags in red/yellow/blue I got at Walmart for .97 cents. The country flags I printed off from Google Images and simply cut/punched same size circles and taped them on.
I love how all the country flags look so nice. Easy peasy!
Our cub master starting the pack meeting
The craft table was extremely simple- red/yellow/orange tissue paper cut to approx 8×11 size pieces. Then 1 piece of kraft colored card stock per kid and tape. We simply used packing tape since it is extra sticky and supportive.
The scouts & siblings rolled up the kraft paper and taped it to look similar to an empty paper towel tube. We didn’t have time to ask everyone to save them, and this was just as easy. If you have extra paper towel tubes you could use that as well. We then gave each boy 1 of each tissue paper of yellow/orange/blue to stuff into 1 end of the tube to make Olympic torches with. This was the GATHERING activity of the pack meeting. Quick and Easy.
All the kids wrote their names on their torches and put them at the front of the room till the pack meeting started.
After we started the pack meeting with the usual pledge and motto etc, we invited the kids to grab their torches and line up. We then played the Olympic song that we found on YouTube- and played it over the microphone off our iphone. The music started and we used the Olympic opening ceremony song to have them march around the entire meeting a few times holding their torches up high. They loved it. It was great!
We played 3 quick winter Olympic games. Our 1st game we split them in 3 equal teams and did a form of the BOB SLED. Each team was given a skate board. They took turns pushing the kid in front of them To the line and back. Once they got back, the rider was finished and went to the back of the line, the pusher then becomes the rider and the next guy in line would push. We did this till the entire team got a chance to ride and the 1st team done was the winner. We kept track of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
More bob sled fun!
Our next game was EXTREMELY simple. Staying in our teams- we had asked EVERY participant to wear socks prior to our meeting. We had them remove their shoes. Because the gym has a varnished surface, socks = ice skates. We had them relay 1 at a time down to the line (in a skating fashion, gliding not running or they had to start over) approached the line do an ice skate/figure skating spin and skate back. 1st team finished won. They loved this!
The final game they REALLY LOVED. Ice Hockey. They already had their socks aka ice skates on. We purchased PVC pipes and could get 3 make shift hockey sticks per long piece from Home Depot/Lowes. We cut them and used a heat gun to BEND the end like a hockey stick. Each stick cost us approx .50-.75 each. The hockey pucks were just plastic baseballs in a pack of 3 from the Dollar Tree. They had to carefully get the ball down to the end and back. They were not allowed to HIT it so hard it went out of control. They had to control the ball the entire way. Did this in a relay as well. They REALLY loved the hockey sticks. We originally were going to make 2 teams and have a hockey game however when our time was running up we just did it relay style. In reality you do not need to make so many hockey sticks. We could have gotten away with using just 1 stick per team and when the person in front finished they could pass on the stick. But when you are a scout leader often times you have to think quick and make changes sometimes. This was one of them- if we do this again we would only need 3 hockey sticks but honestly every kid loved having their own so it was still a winner
When all the games were finished we clearly knew which team came in 1st place, 2nd and 3rd. So we awarded Gold, Silver & Bronze metals. Easy to make. We used a rice crisp cereal treat and taped on curling ribbon for the part that goes around the neck and attached a graphic I created in the colors. They loved it! It was a cheap award and something yummy to take home to enjoy later to eat. (most didn’t make it home)
The last activity was awarding all the hard working scouts their awards they have earned. All their badges they worked hard on were put inside this blue cellophane bag found in the party area of Walmart. Tied with ribbon and curling ribbon to go around their necks to hang like a metal. Added a graphic to the front to make it look official. As our cub master Chad called up each boy to read off all their achievements he then put these awards around their necks Olympic style. Parents got a kick out of this
Then last but not least. After closing flag ceremony was snack time to enjoy all the snacks the boys brought to share. I enjoy making cupcakes and made some fun cupcakes and made Olympic Picks to go on the top of them. I love the print & cut feature in my Silhouette machine.
It was a great night!! The scouts and their family loved it. Wasn’t too hard to put together and was a great night of memories and team work – which is what Scouting is about!