Popcorn Games for use at Unit Kickoffs

team_high_fiveIf you have not looked at Cub Scout Ideas, I highly recommend it.  Sherry has compiled an amazing amount of materials on the Cub Scout program including information on the new Cub Scout Program.

Sherry has an article “6 of the Most Exciting Cub Scout Popcorn Games” which is very good. There are several popcorn games listed Packs can use at their Popcorn Kickoffs.  Here are a few:

• Give each player a straw and have them  select a popped kernel of popcorn.
• Each player blows the popcorn with the straw to the end of a table.
• First one to reach the end is the winner!

• Split youth into two teams.
• Give each team a cup of popcorn.
• Have each player take turns walking with the cup of popcorn on their heads, across the room, around a chair and back to their team.
• Play for a specified amount of time such as 2 minutes or more. The team that has the most popcorn left in their cup wins!


• All it takes are two big bowls of popcorn and some small cups per team.
• Have kids run and get a cupful of popcorn and transfer it to the bowl across the room.
• The first team finished wins. Because of potential popcorn mess, this would be good played outside! The critters can eat what isn’t’ swept up! (Play in gym if you’re brave!)


You can use popped corn or popcorn kernels. Just count the corn as you put it in the jar so you will know the correct answer. (Have children  write their name and estimate on a slip of paper.) The player who guesses closest to the correct answer wins the jar!

In addition, a Pack can use popcorn in a Science Experiment as noted Home Training Tools:

Put a single kernel of popcorn in a dry test tube and cover the mouth of the test tube with aluminum foil. Hold the test tube over a flame, shaking it a little bit periodically to keep the kernel from burning. (Keep the test tube pointed away from you!) After a few seconds the kernel will pop, releasing the steam from inside. You’ll see the steam condense on the sides of the test tube. (If your kernel doesn’t pop, it might be because there was not enough water inside. If it doesn’t pop but you see steam condensing on the sides of the test tube, the kernel has a hole in the hull, so the pressure can’t build enough to make it pop.)

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