Sunday, August 31, 2008

Wriggly Worms - 29 August 2008

Friday's meeting was all about having fun and more fun!

Our first game started by taking pictures of "wriggly worms", cutting them in half and hiding one half. The cubs were given the other half and asked to go and look all around the playground to find their partners!

Searching for their "wriggly worms"

Next, we did a bit of handcraft - and made our very own "wriggly worms"

Working hard and cutting out their apples!

We took a picture of an apple, cut a small, circular hole in it at the top of one side. (big enough for a cub's finger to fit through), pasted it onto cardboard - for strength - and once again cut a the hole out so their finger could fit through...... and as you can see, they all have wriggly worms in their apples!
We played a game where everyone stands in a circle and each cub is given a name - today we used the names "wriggly worms", "tape worms" "garden worms." When 1 of the names are called out, only those cubs run around the circle, back to their place and into the centre and see what awaits them! This very lucky, young cub managed to do very well and score 4 suckers! Well done!
Till next Time
Keep Cubbing
Akela Joy

Saturday, August 23, 2008


This is a photo especially for Michael de Sousa!

Michael, this is to say hello from all the cubs at 9th Benoni and we are all wishing you a speedy recovery from your heart operation. We want to see you back at cubs soon!

We had fun this week and this was our first relay game.

Each team was given 2 staves and a piece of rope. The task was to get 1 of their members across the field to a designated point.

They thought, chatted and finally came up with a plan!

.... which finally worked for them....

.... but most of all, they had fun!....

Balloons! which cub can resist playing with water balloons!

Standing opposite each other, balloons were thrown to a partner. On the blow of a whistle, each cub had to take a step backwards and continue throwing the balloon to their partner. If the balloon fell or burst, they were out.

We then went Island Hopping. Each cub was given 3 pieces of papter. On the word "go" they had to use the paper to step on, and walk across the field. This took quite a bit of time but eventually they all made it!

It was different and loads of fun!

.... and we invested another chum into our pack! Welcome.
Till next Time
Keep Cubbing
Akela Joy

Sunday, August 17, 2008

On Safari

It was my birthday on Saturday so while the Cubs were having great fun, my hubby and I decided to head off to the Kruger National Park to have our own "safari"!
a magnificent jumbo... only feet away from the car.

... a rhino grazing in the distance...

.... zebras in a row ....

a beautiful specimen...


and warthog grazing at the side of the road...
Till next Time
Keep Cubbing
Akela Joy

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Rietvlei Nature Reserve Hike

Thanks to all the cubs and parents that joined us on Saturday for the Hike at Rietvlei.

On the way to the Picnic Area.
Getting together and ready for the hike.

Ready, Steady, Go!
Our guide showed us many interesting items found in nature.

A grave of an early owner of the property.

A brave cub!
After our 5 km hike, we all stayed for a picnic lunch next to the dam.
Rietvlei Nature Reserve is well worth the trip and everyone had a great outing.
Till next time
Keep Cubbing
Akela Joy

Friday, August 08, 2008


Our programme this week was on how to be a great detective!

So we set about our detective work by playing our first game of "who am I".

An animal picture was pinned to the back of each cub. They paired up and could only "investigate" by asking questions as to what they were. Eg. Do I have fur? Do I fly? Do I bark? etc. etc.

Everyone had a good time trying to figure out who they were.
This was only the beginning of their detective work!

Next, they all listened to a yarn about a murder that had taken place in the jewellry store below where they lived. In his haste, the burglar / murderer had dropped his bag of stolen items - which of course, we had picked up the following morning!

So the next game was where all cubs were blindfolded while listening to the yarn and then they were handed the bag that the burglar had dropped. They had to feel inside and see what had been stolen.
Once everyone had had a chance, we asked what had been stolen and what was the murder weapon.

We then did wrote some "secret , invisible" letters.

..... and to see what what written or drawn, we used the hot iron to decipher a few!

Our next fun game was the Scavenger Hunt.
Everyone was racing around looking for clues!

This was a game done in Sixes and the first Six to the last clue was the winner!

The Leaping Wolf Group had to made a conservation stove. I had iced some water in these tins so that the cubs could hit nails into the sides without denting the tins.
Once the holes were in, they heated the ice and threw it away.
Candles were placed under the tin, and we made quick crumpets!
2 more chums were invested and here is Liam and Mom!

... and Quentin and his dad!
Welcome to both of you and we wish you a long and happy stay with us.
Till next Time
Keep Cubbing
Akela Joy

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Look Akela - no hands!

We ran our pack meeting and no-one was allowed to use their hands! Do you know how difficult this is?
We scattered the playing field with paper balls and the cubs, in relay formation, had to collect as many paper balls as possible, deposit them in their respective buckets - of course, without using their hands!

It is not as easy as it seems....

Go girl go...

Well done - keep going ...

.... and the winner was the Yellow Six (Girls Six) who collected the most.

Our next game was fun, fun, fun!

Plain doughnuts were strung up across the hall....

..... and the cubs were lined up in relay formation again and each cub had to come forward - hands behind their backs - and eat a doughnut until it was off the string.

They then ran back to their Six and the next cub came forward.

Ready for the next bite!

Mmmmm - delicious!

Too sweet for words!
Of course, they loved this game and wanted to do it again. Needless to say we did not have any more doughnuts!

Our next game was "pass the orange" which, I am sure you will agree with me, is not the easiest thing to do!

A few hands got in the way!

..... some managed to get it right.....

..... and did it pretty well .....

...... and some had a few mishaps!.....

The instruction for the Leaping Wolves was easy yet the cubs were quite reluctant to get going! They had to write an article.

...... nothing difficult ......

And then we had the opportunity to invest 2 new chums.

Welcome to them both.

Mom putting on Andrea's cap.

Saluting the Pack - afterwhich the Pack gave her a great big "woof"

Investing Liam.

Mom putting on his cap.

Saluting the Pack - and he was also given a welcome "woof"

I thought I would just add these as well. The Leaping Wolves have to do a Display of the knots they have learnt throughout their cubbing career.

Here is one of them.

...... and this is the other one.

Aren't they stunning?

See you all next week
Till then
Keep Cubbing
Akela Joy