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CUB SCOUT CORNER The Big 12


Easy ways to help your guys learn the Scout Law.


MEMORIZING THE 12 WORDS OF THE Scout Law (16 if you count “A Scout is” and “and”), and getting them in the right order, can be tough for Webelos Scouts working on the Arrow of Light. To make it easier for boys, here are some learning strategies that work better than rote memorization.


Roll ’Em When Kevin Devin was a Webelos leader in Pack 584 in Bothell, Wash., he won a pair of large dice for placing first in the adult division of his pack’s pinewood derby. The dice didn’t go on Devin’s rearview mirror; instead, they went into his bag of tricks. He created a simple game with them to test his Scouts on the Scout Law. Here’s how it works: Roll one


die and have a volunteer (or the whole den in unison) recite the points of the Law up to the number that comes up. If you roll a one, they should say, “A Scout is trustworthy.” If you roll a five, they should go all the way through courteous. Once the boys master the first six points, add the second die.


Sing It Joyce Romito took a more musical approach as a Webelos leader in Pack 436 in Richmond, Va. She taught her Scouts “Trusty Tommy,” which is sung to the tune of “Yankee Doodle.” While the song has a lot more words than the Scout Law, she says her boys actu- ally found it easier to learn. “At least in our den we found that the boys pre- ferred singing than repeating,” she says. It also helps to challenge the boys


by making them sing without the printed lyrics.


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Divide and Conquer Another popular technique is to divide the Law into four triplets: trustworthy-loyal-helpful, friendly-cour- teous-kind, obedient-cheerful-thrifty, and brave-clean-reverent. Work on learning each triplet at a couple of den meetings. Once the boys have memorized all four, you can test them by calling out a letter from the acronym TFOB, comprised of the first letter of the first word in each triplet. The acronym helps boys remember the order of the triplets.


Relay It As Baden-Powell says, “A boy is not a sitting-down animal.” By turning the Law into a relay race, you can let Scouts burn off some energy while learning something in the process.


Here’s how: fMake two sets of 12 cards where each card displays one point of the Law.


fPut the cards in each set in random order and place them in two piles at the front of the room.


fDivide the den into two teams and have each team line up facing one pile of cards. When you say “go,” the first boy on each team runs to his team’s pile of cards, picks what he thinks is the first point of the Law and sticks it on the wall using masking tape. He then returns to tag the next player, who


READ MORE WAYS to help Scouts learn the Law and the lyrics to “Trusty Tommy” at scoutingmagazine.org/scoutlaw.


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