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Webelos
SPORTSMAN ACTIVITY BADGE

 Sportsman Requirements

Keep the rules.
Keep faith with your comrade.
Keep your temper.
Keep yourself physically fit.
Keep a stout heart in defeat.
Keep your pride under control in victory.
Keep a sound soul, a clean mind and a healthy body.
Play the game.

Sports are high on the list of favorites of Webelos age boys.  Most members of your den will show real interest in the Sportsman badge.  Chances are the boys spend much of their leisure time in organized sports and loosely organized neighborhood games.  Some of them probably already know enough about rules, scoring, and techniques of play for several sports and can pass those requirements immediately.

But that's not really enough.  One of the prime purposes of the Scouting program is encouraging good sportsmanship and pride in growing strong mind and body.  If the boys learn all the skills and rules involved in every sport this month, but don't get an inkling of what good sportsmanship means, then everyone has wasted their time, including the den leader.

Agree on the importance of learning sportsmanship.  What does it mean in practice?  It means the least skilled gets just as much instruction and encouragement as the best athlete.  It means the better athletes lean not just to tolerate the awkward boy, but to help him.  It means all boys can win and lose with grace and good sportsmanship.

The leaders example will help to achieve these goals.  Put stress on the fun of the game, not on winning.  During competition in the den, choose the teams so that ability is equally divided.  If boys choose teammates, there is a good chance that most of the best players will wind up on one team.  Encourage the less skillful players.  Discourage others from belittling them.  Sports in a Webelos den should be fun for all!

The Webelos Scout handbook is one of your best resources for this badge. Your responsibility is to conduct the den meetings so that every boy in the den becomes sufficiently skilled to meet all the requirements of the badge. Just participation is not enough, the boy should be able to demonstrate skill and knowledge in his four selected sports.

FIELD TRIPS

  • Go roller skating or ice skating
  • Visit an archery range and receive instructions on safety and procedures.
  • Have a den outing to a sports event.
  • Explain rules of etiquette and play to boys first so as not to disturb players.

MATCH EACH SPORT WITH THE APPROPRIATE TERM:

1.  Bowling A.  Grand Slam
2.  Ice Hockey  B.  Right Hook
3.  Archery C.  Slalom
4.  Baseball  D.  Gutter Ball
5.  Golf  E.  Love
6.  Basketball  F.  Place Kick
7.  Tennis  G.  Bull's-eye
8.  Skiing  H.  Bogey
9.  Football  I.   Icing
10.  Boxing  J.  Free Throw

DEN ACTIVITIES

      • Invite a referee or official to your den meeting to teach signals and talk about teamwork, fair play and sportsmanship.
      • Hold a parent/son sports tournament, such as bowling, tennis, volleyball, archery, etc.
      • Have a den board game marathon.  Provide treats and boys bring their favorite board games to play.  Allow time for rotation to different games.
      • Teach a card game to the boys and set up a couple of stations for playing.
      • Make it easy on yourself and use the ready-made Cub Scout Sports Program.  The guides explain the rules, principles, and equipment for each sport, and the boys learn earning the belt loops and sports pin.
      • Have Webelos figure out a football play or a basketball play and diagram it.  Local high school or little league coaches are sources of assistance.
      • Give Webelos a list of famous sports figures and have them name the sport involved.

SPORTSMANSHIP

A real sportsman follows these rules in each game, but also in his life.  Good sportsmanship is part of good citizenship.  For example, to lose a class election gracefully.  The following is the code of sportsmanship of the Sportsmanship Brotherhood.

The "Spirit of Good Sportsmanship" means being modest in victory as well as accepting defeat gracefully after trying your best. 

SPORTS

 What?!?  You don't like Sports?  You're not athletic you say?  No matter!  You don't have to be a superstar athlete to have fun.  
Try these activities and you are sure to have a good time.

Activity:

  • Micro Hockey - use to cardboard boxes as the goals.  Supply chopsticks and a checker for the puck.  Have fun!

  • Micro-Soccer - use the same boxes as you did for micro hockey.  Players use their fingers to "kick" the ball (a ping pong ball) across the "field" (a table)

  • Micro Basketball - take two milk cartons and cut off the tops.  Then, cut a hole in two six-inch long pieces of cardboard that are the same width as the milk carton.  The hole in each should be just large enough to catch the rim of a paper cup.  Bend the cardboard at 90 degrees, remove the bottom of the paper cup, and drop the cup into the hole.  Staple the cardboard to the milk carton.  Fill the milk cartons with sand or rocks, place at each end of your "court", provide a ping pong ball and have a game.

SPORTS INJURIES

Over a million children (ages 5-14) are seen in hospital emergency rooms each year for sport related injuries.  The sports with the largest number of injuries are bicycling, followed by football, playgrounds, baseball and basketball.

Be sure to include safety demonstrations and stress the use of proper protective equipment with all your den activities this month.
Invite a sports trainer or orthopedic doctor to visit your den and talk about the kinds of injuries that are common in the various sports.  How can they be prevented?

ACTIVITIES

  • Visit a sports shop and talk with the owner about selecting equipment.

  • Play some backyard games such as horseshoes, croquet, volleyball or badminton.

  • Have a parent/son game.

  • Visit a racquet club or tennis court.