BSA has created updated versions of the Troop Program features for Scouts BSA. The Soccer program feature is available in digital format on the BSA website or can be purchased as a publication from you local Scout Shop.
The Soccer program feature helps Scouts learn how to enjoy the world’s most popular sport. While doing this, they learn about fitness, teamwork, and fun. The program feature includes some general information and some more specific ideas for meetings:
The rules of soccer
Suggested troop meeting ideas are grouped by essential, challenging, or advanced. Here are a few you can see in the guide.
Introduce the rules of soccer (essential)
Learn about passing and receiving (challenging)
Become familiar with the equipment (challenging)
Learn about the requirements for the field (advanced)
Learn about throw-ins (advanced)
Practice passing and receiving(essential)
Practice throw-ins also (challenging)
Learn to receive a ball in flight (advanced)
Practice basic goalkeeping skills (essential)
Practice kicking a ball in (advanced)
Learn how to dive and save safely (advanced)
Learn about goal kicks and corner kicks (advanced)
There are also several games suggested to keep things interesting at your troop meetings.
Dribble the Ball Relay
Throw-In for Accuracy
The plan even provides Scoutmaster’s minutes and ceremonies for meetings.
Then there is the “Main Event”. Once again, there are suggestions for essential, challenging, or advanced. Details and planning aids can be found in the online guide.
Play small sided games to practice and improve skills (essential)
Participate in a soccer tournament (challenging)
Put on a soccer festival (advanced)
Find some related helps and achievements for the Soccer Troop Program Feature below.
When my den meetings were immediately after school, I often did a physical activity during the gathering time. The Scouts needed to run around and burn off a little energy before they were ready to concentrate on the den activities.
Sports drinks like Gatorade or Power Aid are designed to replenish the water and salt your body loses when you are active or exercising. You can mix up your own powdered mix to accomplish this for a fraction of the cost of purchasing these drinks by the bottle.
This month I am featuring a soccer theme for Cub Scouts. A soccer drill can make a fun gathering activity or an end of the meeting game for a soccer themed meeting. This drill emphasizes teamwork, dribbling skills, and passing accuracy.
One suggestion I have when working with Cub Scouts is to draw up a large soccer field on poster board and use some Lego figures or something similar to be players. Then you can give a visual demonstration of these terms. Or make a game of it by showing them something and asking if anyone knows the term. For very young Scouts, simplify this list of terms even more.
If you want a craft with a soccer theme, try making soccer themed zipper pulls. I've outlined a basic idea below, but you can get creative and change it up however you want. They can use the colored beads at the bottom to represent their school colors or the colors for their favorite team.
When working with young Scouts, simpler is usually better. Every den has at least one or two boys who really find it unbearable to sit through lengthy instructions. Follow the Dribbler is a really simple soccer drill.
A few years back, one of our son's coaches had an end-of-season party for the soccer team. My husband likes to decorate cakes, so he made a soccer cake for the party. Since I am showcasing a soccer theme this month, I thought I'd share the idea with you.
While doing the requirements for the Sports merit badge, Scouts learn how playing sports can keep them physically fit. They find out about the importance of training and how to do it safely. Then they demonstrate what they have learned by playing competitive individual sports or team sports.
Scouts learn how to stay physically fit while working on the Athletics merit badge. They explore the importance of nutrition, warming up, and cooling down. They test their skills in selected areas such as sprinting, jumping, swimming, push ups, pull ups, basketball shooting, football kicking, soccer kicking, or weight training.