Looking for a game to put some pep in your next virtual meeting? I’ve pulled together a collection of Look Wider Still games that can be played over your favorite online conferencing platform. Keep it simple – make it fun. That’s the Scouting way.
Scouts BSA Patrol Activities: JEOPARDY! Scouting Showdown
“I think what makes ‘Jeopardy!’ special is that, among all the quiz and game shows out there, ours tends to encourage learning.”-Alex Trebek
Like pretty much every PL at the helm of a virtual patrol, my son and his Scouts are starting to burn out with the virtual format. It’s hard to make it more exciting than school, especially for a teenager, and they’re all looking for a Tuesday night “off,” so to speak. My son and I talked about it at length and he tasked me with trying to make a review game that they could play via Zoom but that looked and felt different from his other meetings. Jeopardy! Scouting Showdown was born, and after a week of testing, we think we have it ready to roll out for other Scouters to use.
Scouts BSA Patrol Activities: 2nd Class Rank BINGO Game
It’s hard to find fresh ideas to bring life to the Scouting program over Zoom, so when my son (a PL) asks to reinvent a tried and true game, we do it and we share. Back in May, he and I worked together to create a series of S.C.O.U.T. game boards to cover Scout Rank materials. His patrol is moving up in the ranks and many are ready to earn 2nd Class. Accordingly, some new game boards were required. If your Scouts are moving up and are ready to earn their 2nd Class Rank, this BINGO Game is a great review of the materials.
If you find yourself in a slump or in need of a last-minute game, try my Scout-Themed Pictionary Zoom Game! Complete with a free printable Pictionary Word Cards and links to a number randomizer and timer, this post has everything you need for a fun game of Scouting Pictionary.
>> Scouting-Themed Pictionary
Do you remember family game night growing up? Some games made for a fun evening, like Candy Land and Life while others turned typically sweet family members into wild-eyed logophiles, like Scattergories. Why not find a way to play Scattergories for Scouts… SCOUTERGORIES! Complete with a list of rules, links to an online letter generator and official Scattergories letter die (with timer), and printable game lists, this makes for a fun break during your next Zoom meeting.
Virtual Whisper Game
The Scouts Whisper Game is a great opportunity to encourage Scout Spirit and practice the trustworthy, friendly, courteous, kind, and cheerful points of our Scout Law. Much like the Whisper Challenge played on the Tonight Show, this game offers up funny phrases that Scouts try to guess by reading lips, all over Zoom, Skype, or any other virtual meeting program. Complete with game rules and a printable set of whisper phrases, you can’t go wrong with this simple Scouting game.
Scout Rank Bingo Game
There are a LOT of great Scouting Bingo games out there that have been shared in the last several months, many of which help your Scouts continue on the advancement trail. We worked together to pull a series of six individual S.C.O.U.T. game boards that specifically review the Scout Rank materials. This post has everything you need to help your new Scouts earn their very first rank.
Survival Situation Game
Make the most of your platform and use breakout rooms to get your den or patrol working together. With four full survival situations and all of the materials you need to lead your Scouts through a deserted island, the zombie apocalypse, the wilderness, and an extreme adventure injury, you’ve got the makings of a great meeting game.
More Games to Come
As my son continues thinking up ways to convert games to suit his virtual meetings, I’ll update the Look Wider Still Game Zone! Keep your eyes peeled here for updates.
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Yours in Scouting,