Boy Scout and Girl Scout Meeting ideasTim Ahern | June 11, 2019
Keeping the attention of a roomful of busy young people isn’t easy, as you probably know all too well. For troop leaders, it’s important to have meetings that members look forward to attending, which means packing it full of fun activities. Sure, you’ll have to spend time on troop business, but your audience will be much more attentive if you break up that business with some games or projects.
The key is not just to pepper some fun in between serious talk, but to plan the perfect activities for your own audience. Both Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops can enjoy some of the following activities, which you can feel free to customize to fit the unique personality of your own troop.
This type of activity is not only fun and competitive, but it’s also great for physical fitness. You’ll need a baton, but you can substitute that for a prize that goes to the winner. One person on each team starts the race, handing off the object to the next team member, who then has to hand it off to the next team member upon completion. The first team to finish the race wins!
Large-Scale DIY Project
There are plenty of craft projects you can complete during one meeting, but don’t feel limited to tasks that can be done quickly. Come up with projects that everyone can do together, over the course of multiple meetings. Members will have something to look forward to from one meeting to the next, as well as the great sense of accomplishment that comes from finishing something complex. Building a signal tower or swing set, for instance, will take a while and require plenty of teamwork.
Everyone loves a good scavenger hunt. You don’t have to spread your hunt over an entire city. Instead, you can contain your items to the area surrounding the meeting place or inside the building itself. You can either require they bring items back or allow them to just provide photographic proof that they found each thing on the list.
One way to spread your activity throughout the meeting is to launch a mystery at the start, with a deadline to solve it by the time you adjourn. Maybe a troop member disappears or items from the room disappear. This helps strengthen members’ observation skills, while at the same time keeping things lively.
The Pay Attention Competition
If you have difficulty getting your troop to focus, why not make a game out of it? Let troop members know there will be a competition at the end of the meeting and the person who gets the most answers correct wins a prize. You can even carry it over from one meeting to the next by issuing a grand prize at the end of the school year for the member who won the most games.
Troop leaders will always compete to engage their members. With the right mix of business and games, you’ll be able to create a meeting that is fun for everyone involved. You’ll also find that members are excited to attend your meetings and participate enthusiastically.