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.
EACH SPORT WITH THE APPROPRIATE
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.
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.
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