South Metropolitan Scouts
ANZAC THEME NIGHT - Endeavour
Opening : Normal opening but tell cubs they are soldiers not cubs tonight so will be Sergeant Smith, Corporal Wong etc not Sixer/ Tom
Incl practicing “ At ease” and “ Attention”
Visitor : a returned service person or current soldier etc – Usually can find one or the other among families / alternatively ask at local RSL. Talks for about 10-15 mins re what they did/do shows pictures etc. Then 5 mins or so cubs can ask questions. Then cubs thank visitor who can leave if wants to.
Bootcamp: Tell the cubs we will be pretending they are training to be commandos in the jungle.
Start with 12 push ups and running on the spot for a minute then so they have to tackle the commando course. Divide into 2 platoons – Alpha and Bravo (talk about how military uses words like these to spell out a message or name so don’t misspell and go to the wrong town etc )
Obstacle course just rows of 3 or 4 chairs they have to crawl under (tunnel), rope to walk along (Pretending they are crossing a stream on a narrow log), tyres or hoops to tip toe thru etc. Apart from rope/tyres rest of time have to be on elbows, knees and or tummy and carrying a cricket bat or the like (pretend gun). Platoons compete in relay over course.
Mine field; Spread sheets of paper or the like over 2/3rds of hall with only small spaces between. Cubs have to get to other end of hall & back without standing on a mine. If step on mine have to stand still for 5 count.
Spies: Helps if have done codes badge recently but can be done even if haven’t or as part of doing it.
Cubs divide into either pairs or fours. Each group decides on a code they are going to use. One person (or 2 if in 4’s) goes to other end of hall to wait while the other is given a message they have to put into code and then get to other end but not by going (have to throw or roll tied around ball etc- they have to thing how). Waiting cub(s) have to solve. Messages to have suitable theme eg All soldiers try to be brave, soldiers take care of each other.
Simpson saves the day: Discuss Simpson and his donkey at Gallipoli and how there weren’t ambulances etc if a soldier was hurt so his friends or soldiers called orderlies had to evacuate him. Teach / practice fireman’s carry, 2 person “chair” etc. If time do as a relay race.
Closing ceremony ( incl attention /at ease).
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