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  • "Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate."

    Lions Family Cub ProgramActivity Guide

  • This special program just for kids will teach them thejoys of volunteering and guide them to a lifelong dedi-cation to helping those in need.

    This guide contains suggestions for integrating Cubsinto your club and is filled with activities for meetings,fundraisers and service projects.

    You have an amazing opportunity ahead of you tohelp shape these young peoples vision of what itmeans to be a responsible adult. Cubs are the futureLeos and Lions of our association.

    How the Program WorksLion Cubs are children of Lions club members in aFamily Lions club. The Family Cub Program ActivityGuide divides Cubs into three age groups:

    Age 3 and under Age 4-7 Age 8-12

    Each activity, whether for a meeting, fundraiser orservice project, has step-by step instructions, a mate-rial list and an indicator of the amount of supervisionneeded. There will be some activities that are appro-priate for all age groups (with some adaptations) andothers that are more suited to a specific age group.

    Keys to SuccessPlanningCareful planning of your Cub program will be thebiggest key to its success. There are many sugges-tions in this guide. Use it to structure your program sothat it best meets your particular situation.

    SupervisionThe Cubs will need to be supervised both duringmeetings and public outings. Be sure to have ade-quate supervision for the size of your group. Youngerchildren will require a higher adult-to-child ratio. If youare designating older children to help supervise duringmeetings, set your expectations with them. Whentraveling outside the meeting space, whether on afield trip or during a service activity or fundraiser,make sure that those supervising clearly understandthat the Cubs are his/her responsibility.

    Important NotesProper Supervision: Make sure that your Cubsare adequately supervised at all times. Neverleave Cubs alone with one adult, unless thatadult is the Cubs parent. There should alwaysbe at least three people together.

    Permission Slips: If a parent is unable toaccompany his/her child on a Cub outing oractivity, have him/her sign a permission slip.A reproducible copy is included in this guide.

    Congratulationson forming a Lions Family Cub Program for your club!

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  • ExpectationsSet expectations for behavior with your Cubs duringyour first meeting. Children thrive when they com-pletely understand what is expected of them both interms of behavior and commitment to the activity.

    Consider having the Cubs participate in the decision-making regarding expectations during the first meet-ing. Children often respond very well to boundariesthat they have helped to set. To do this activity, use adry erase board or large paper pad to record theirsuggestions and create a list. Then, make clear whathappens if they do not follow the rules for the group.Be sure to be consistent regarding the Cubs behavior praise them for a job well done and institute conse-quences if they do not follow the rules.

    ResponsibilityAn important component of the programs success isgiving participants the appropriate level of responsibil-ity. If you dont give children age appropriate activities,they will become bored and uninterested in volunteer-ing. On the other hand, if they are given too much re-sponsibility, the experience may end in frustration.

    Kids that are given the appropriate level of responsi-bility will learn, grow and thrive. You want to inspireand motivate them, as well as show them how funhelping those in need can be. Striking the right bal-ance in the amount of responsibility you give to yourCubs will go a long way in making your program asuccess.

    Following is a guideline of age-appropriate activitiesfor children. For additional ideas, consider asking thechildren for fundraiser and service event suggestions.However, you should take individual personalities andmaturity into consideration.

    Cubs Age 3 and UnderToddlers tend to be very eager to help with chores;however, their way of helping may not always bemuch help. The most important factor with kids thisage is not to crush their enthusiasm for wanting tohelp by becoming frustrated if their help creates setbacks for you. Be sure to praise kids for their efforts.This is an important period in their development whereyou can lay the groundwork to help them understandthat pitching in is a part of life.

    Tasks that children age 3 and under can help with in-clude:

    Picking up items Sorting items

    Making simple decisions when given a choicebetween two things

    Drawing and making simple gifts for otherpeople

    Carrying items from one place to another Setting a table Learning to share Conducting simple routines

    Cubs Age 4-7Children in this age bracket are developing a desire tobecome independent. They may or may not still pos-sess enthusiasm for helping. Give them more of anopportunity to make decisions and perform tasks in-dependently. Be sure to continue praising them for ajob well done!

    Tasks that children age 4-7 can help with include: Carrying in the flag Leading the pledge Preparing meals Setting the table Taking out trash Following a schedule Sharing with others Helping with yard work Making more complicated decisions Assisting younger children Greeting and helping with registration at events

    Cubs Age 8-12Kids in this age group can handle increasing responsi-bility. They thrive with continuity and appreciate know-ing what to expect. At this age, it is good for childrento understand that just as there is praise for doingsomething well, there are also consequences whenthey dont complete their responsibilities.

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  • Tasks that children age 8-12 can help with include: Helping supervise younger children Conducting simple money transactions Preparing meals Leading others Making decisions Planning projects

    MotivationFor most Cubs, the desire to do a job well and helpthose in need will be motivation enough. Your enthusi-asm, as well as consistently praising the Cubs for theirparticipation, will help keep the group positive.

    However, there are children that respond more favor-ably to visual praise. If your group members need thisextra motivation, you could try creating a participationsticker chart. For the younger members, it can be assimple as awarding stickers when praise is merited.For the older kids, logging time spent helping those inneed on a chart would be a nice visual representationof the impact they are having in others lives.

    Making ConnectionsHelping children connect their experiences to theirown lives increases their ability to retain and under-stand what is learned and cultivate empathy. When-ever appropriate, ask them how an activity made themfeel or if they have a connection to what they are ex-periencing. Some of the answers you receive mayseem a bit off-topic, but let him/her explain. If theconnection is there for him/her, then your goal hasbeen met.

    MaterialsEach activity lists the materials needed, however,there are some staples that will be used quite oftenand you should have on hand, including:

    Paper Pencils Pens Crayons Markers Large pad of paper or dry erase board Dry erase markers

    It is also a good idea to have some basic toys avail-able for the younger Cubs whose attention spans areshorter than the older kids. Consider items such as:

    Assortment of books Blocks or building toys Puzzles Coloring books or puzzle books

    You can also ask Lions club members to donate itemsfor arts and crafts activities. Items that you will useoften include:

    Glue and glue sticks Wooden craft sticks Stickers Yarn Paint pens Medium to large sized beads Paper plates Brown paper bags Glitter glue

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  • Meeting ActivitiesMost activities are designed (with appropri-ate adaptations) for all ages and some aremore suited to a specific age group. Youwill be able to determine what activitiesyour Cubs will respond to best. Feel free tocustomize the activities to fit the needs andrealities of your Cub group. There may beactivities that your Cubs respond to thatyou will end up spending more time doing.Others might not work as well for yourgroup. Make feedback notes regardingthese activities for next time.

    Keep in mind that younger Cubs will havemuch shorter attention spans than the olderones. Have additional activities ready tokeep them busy so they dont distract theothers.

    Who Am I?Age Group: Cubs age 4-7

    Materials:PaperPens

    Time Needed: 20-30 minutes

    Supervision: One adult to explain activity; others asneeded

    Have Cubs write a fact about themselves on a pieceof paper and fold it up. Put the paper strips in a bas-ket and go around the room letting each Cub drawone and read it. The others have to guess who theclue is about. If no one guesses correctly, the personwho wrote the clue stands up. Older Cubs or adultswill need to help the younger ones with writing andreading the clues.

    Helping OthersAge group: All

    Materials:Paper, cut to fit a wooden stick frameWriting utensilsCrayons and markersStickersWooden craft sticksGlueYarn

    Time: 20 minutes

    Supervision: One adult to facilitate discussion; othersto help with project

    Talk to the Cubs about helping others. Remind themthat Lions help people in their communities and alsoaround the world.

    Begin a discussion with the Cubs about how theyhelp others. It might be at school, home or with theirfriends. All of the Cubs can participate. Ask them howthey intend to be helpful during the upcoming week.Have them write down a list of at least three waysthey will help someone this week.

    Have them decorate the list so they can post it athome where everyone can see what the

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