50+ Riddles For Scouts (Plus Knock-Knock Jokes & Brain Teasers)

Whether you’re around the campfire, hiking, or just hanging out, brain-teasing riddles and funny knock-knock jokes can make every Scouting moment more memorable. Plus, being able to cheer up your fellow Scouts is a sure sign of leadership! So, in this article, I’ll be sharing my favorite riddles and jokes that you can tell your troop!

Remember, a good joke can light up a room, but it also needs the right delivery. That’s why practice makes perfect! Be sure to tell these to your buddies, and watch for my delivery tips throughout the article. Now, it’s time to learn over 50 hilarious riddles and jokes that are funny, clever, and Scout-appropriate. Get ready to think and laugh. 😀

Funny and Age-Appropriate Riddles for Scouts

  1. Give me food, and I will live. Give me water, and I will die. What am I?
    • A fire.
  2. How do you start a fire using two pieces of wood?
    • Make sure one is a matchstick.
  3. Four men went camping. They decided to go for a hike. They brought one umbrella, but when they came back to the camp, their clothes were not wet. How is that possible?
    • It wasn’t raining.
  4. I need no sound for a perfect pitch. My canopy is closer to you than forest trees. I have no stories, but I use a plot. I can be put in a bag, but I’m not a sandwich. What am I?
    • A tent.
  5. What always runs, but never walks, often murmurs but never talks, has a bed but never sleeps, has a mouth but doesn’t eat?
    • A river.
  6. What has cities, but no people; forests, but no trees; seas, but no fish?
    • A map.
  7. You are out camping in the wilderness. You are awakened by a rustling noise. You go outside and see a bear outside your tent. You run 1 mile south, 1 mile west, and 1 mile north to return to your camp, which has been destroyed.  What color is the bear?
    • The bear is white, because the only place where you can run 1 mile south, one mile west, and one mile north and return to the same location is the North Pole.
  8. When you buy me, I am black. When you use me, I am red. When you’re finished with me, I am gray. What am I?
    • Charcoal.
  9. What do octopuses take on camping trips?
    • Tent-acles.
  10. What is small, green, and goes camping?
    • A boy sprout!

When it comes to telling a riddle, delivery is key! First and foremost, maintain a confident and engaging tone. A clear voice and good eye contact with your fellow Scouts will capture their attention. Remember to set the stage with a brief introduction, creating an atmosphere of mystery and excitement!

  1. Why are socks just like Scouts?
    • Because they always come pre-paired!
  2. Why do Scouts always get coal from Santa?
    • Because they’re always on the knotty list!
  3. How can you tell when a Scout has the Cooking Merit Badge?
    • They make great use of their thyme!
  4. What did the quarterback say to the Scout?
    • Hike!
  5. What do you call a bear that is missing his ears?
    • B.
  6. What do you call a dog that is cold?
    • A chili dog!
  7. Why can’t Monday lift Saturday?
    • Because Monday is a weak day.
  8. Where do most outstanding hamburgers end up?
    • In the Hall of Flame!
  9. What does a horse say when he’s finished eating his hay?
    • “Well, that’s the last straw!”
  10. What kind of room has no door or windows? 
    • A mushroom.
  11. What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in an hour?
    • The letter M. 
  12. What question can you never truthfully answer “yes”? 
    • “Are you asleep?”
  13. What is faster — heat or cold? 
    • Heat — you can catch a cold. 

When telling a joke, be mindful of the timing. Don’t rush through the riddle; let it sink in for a moment before revealing the answer. I always liked to count for 3 seconds, observing everyone’s faces, before spilling the beans! Also, don’t forget to use appropriate gestures and facial expressions to emphasize crucial parts of the riddle.

  1. You throw away my outside, eat the middle, then throw away the inside. What am I?
    • Corn on the cob.
  2. What has 13 hearts, but no lungs or stomach?
    • A deck of cards.
  3. If you have it, you don’t share it. If you share it, you don’t have it. What is it?
    • A secret.
  4. Two fathers and two sons are in a car, yet there are only three people in the car. How?
    • They are a grandfather, father, and son.
  5. The person who makes it has no need of it, and neither does the person who buys it. But the person who uses it can neither see nor feel it. What is it?
    • A coffin.
  6. You are in a dark room with a box of matches. Nearby are three things: a candle, an oil lamp, and a log of firewood. Which do you light first?
    • The match.
  7. This vehicle is spelled the same from the front as well as from the back. What is it?
    • A racecar.
  8. A cowboy rode into town on Friday. He stayed in town for three days and rode out on Friday. How was that possible?
    • Friday was the name of his horse. 
  9. What is always in front of you but can’t be seen?
    • The future
  10. The more of this there is, the less you see. What is it?
    • Darkness

Comedic timing and a great delivery can help to make your audience laugh, but the most important thing is to enjoy the process! Your enthusiasm will be contagious, making the joking experience all the more enjoyable for everyone involved.

Hard Riddles for Scouts

Finished the riddles above and looking for a challenge? Check out some of these super hard brain teasers and put your mind to the test! 😀

  1. I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I have no body, but I come alive with wind. What am I?
    • An echo.
  2. You measure my life in hours and I serve you by expiring. I’m quick when I’m thin and slow when I’m fat. The wind is my enemy. What am I?
    • A candle.
  3. What English word has three consecutive double letters?
    • Bookkeeper.
  4. A woman shoots her husband, then holds him underwater for five minutes. Next, she hangs him. Right after, they enjoy a lovely dinner. Explain.
    • She took a picture of him and developed it in her darkroom. 
  5. What has only two words, but thousands of letters?
    • Post Office.
  6. There is a single-story blue house where everything is blue — the doors, windows, couch, television, kitchen, etc. are blue. What color is the carpet on the stairs in this house?
    • There are no stairs, it’s a one-story house.
  7. A barrel of water weighed 60 pounds. Someone put something in it and now it weighs 40 pounds. What did the person add?
    • A hole.
  8. I have many faces, expressions, and emotions, and I am usually right at your fingertips. What am I?
    • Emojis. 😜
  9. One day, a magician was boasting about how long he could hold his breath underwater. His record was 6 minutes. A kid that was listening said, “That’s nothing. I can stay underwater for 10 minutes using no equipment or air pockets!” The magician told the kid if he could do that, he’d give him $10,000. The kid did it and won the money. How? 
    • He filled a glass of water and held it above his head for 10 minutes.
  10. How can you drop a raw egg from a height onto a concrete floor without cracking it? 
    • Concrete floors are very hard to crack.
  11. Sometimes I shine, sometimes I’m dull; sometimes I am big, and sometimes I am small. I can be pointy, I can be curved, and don’t ask me questions, because even though I’m sharp, I’m not smart enough to answer you. What am I?
    • A knife.
  12. It was an especially hot day and a man was walking in the desert. In the distance, the man suddenly saw a restaurant. He rejoiced, ran to it, and immediately asked the waiter for a glass of water. Instead, the waiter pulled out a gun and pointed it at the man’s head. The man replied, “Thank you.” Why did the man thank the waiter?
    • It was a water gun!
  13. I come from a mine and am surrounded by wood always. Everyone uses me. What am I?
    • Pencil lead.
  14. Break it and it gets better; set it and it’s harder to break. 
    • A record.
  15. People make me, save me, change me, and raise me. What am I? 
    • Money.
  16. Four cars come to a four-way stop, each coming from a different direction. They can’t decide who got there first, so they all go forward at the same time. All four cars go, but none crashes into each other. How is this possible? 
    • They all made right-hand turns.
  17. With pointed fangs, I sit and wait. With piercing force, I crunch out fate. Grabbing victims, proclaiming might, physically joining with a single bite. What am I? 
    • A stapler.

Hilarious Knock-Knock Jokes for Scouts

Knock-knock jokes are a classic source of amusement, but nailing the delivery can make all the difference in getting laughs. First, make yourself sound playful and funny When starting the joke, clearly say, “Knock, knock,” with a smile, then pause for a moment to give the other person a chance to respond with, “Who’s there?” 🙂

Timing is crucial, so allow a second to pass before revealing the punchline. Emphasize the punchline with a hint of surprise or excitement to enhance the humor! For even better advice on speaking and communication, be sure to check out my guide to the Communication merit badge.

  1. Knock! Knock!
    1. Who’s there?
    2. Mikey.
    3. Mikey who?
    4. Mikey isn’t working, let me in!
  2. Knock! Knock!
    1. Who’s there?
    2. Weekend.
    3. Weekend who?
    4. Weekend do anything we want!
  3. Knock! Knock!
    1. Who’s there?
    2. Leash.
    3. Leash who?
    4. Leash you could do is answer the doorbell!
  4. Knock! Knock!
    1. Who’s there?
    2. Ashe.
    3. Ashe who?
    4. Bless you!
  5. Knock! Knock!
    1. Who’s there?
    2. Figs.
    3. Figs who?
    4. Figs the doorbell; it’s broken!
  6. Knock! Knock!
    1. Who’s there?
    2. Boo.
    3. Boo who?
    4. Well, you don’t have to cry about it. 
  7. Knock! Knock!
    1. Who’s there?
    2. I am.
    3. I am who?
    4. You don’t know who you are?
  8. Knock! Knock!
    1. Who’s there?
    2. Mustache.
    3. Mustache who?
    4. I mustache you a question, but I’ll shave it for later. 
  9. Knock! Knock!
    1. Who’s there?
    2. Spell.
    3. Spell who?
    4. Okay, okay: W. H. O.
  10. Knock! Knock!
    1. Who’s there?
    2. Europe.
    3. Europe who?
    4. Europe early this morning.
  11. Knock! Knock!
    1. Who’s there?
    2. Says.
    3. Says who?
    4. Says me, that’s who!
  12. Knock! Knock!
    1. Who’s there?
    2. Cash.
    3. Cash who?
    4. No thanks, but I’d love some peanuts.
  13. Knock! Knock!
    1. Who’s there?
    2. Haven.
    3. Haven who?
    4. Haven’ you heard enough of these knock-knock jokes?

A good laugh is contagious, so enjoy yourself and let the joy of the joke spread to those around you! Sometimes a little goofiness is all it takes to pick up someone who’s feeling down, or just make the most of your time with your troop. Now get out there and spread some joy within your troop!


I hope this collection of Scout knock-knock jokes and riddles has brought a smile to your face and brightened your day. Whether you’re a Scout trying to trick your friends, or a leader trying to keep things interesting, these jokes and riddles will definitely help make your troop a more fun place. So get out there and spread some cheer!

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Also, to give credit where credit is due, be sure to check out some of the awesome websites below which helped to supply these awesome riddles and jokes! 🙂

  1. Scout Life Magazine – This is a must-have subscription for every Scout! This monthly magazine delivers new jokes and laughs in every issue. 
  2. Scout Life Online – When you want thousands of jokes, this is the place to go. It has a seemingly endless supply of content to make you laugh, giggle, and groan. 
  3. Boy Scout Trail – This website is choc full of helpful advice, jokes, tips, games, and fun, all about Scouting. Looking for a new activity idea? You are certain to find it here. Perhaps a new recipe to try on a campout? Got ya covered!
  4. Cub Scout Ideas – Whether you are a Cub Scout or a Boy Scout, this site is a great resource for all. Full of facts, education, tips, tricks, jokes, riddles, activities, and more, you will never be lacking in material to shock and impress your fellow Scouts. 
  5. Scout Joke Book – Sometimes it is handy to have joke book on hand to sit around the campfire and read aloud.
  6. Easy Family Fun – When it comes to finding a clean, funny joke, this website won’t disappoint. You can search easily to find themed jokes, puns, riddles, games, trivia and more!
  7. Let’s Roam – This site is great for helping you come up with indoor activities and provides lots of material to share with your fellow Scouts. 
  8. Reader’s Digest – While probably not first in mind, this age-old booklet is brimming with jokes and riddles that are certain to stump even the most brainy Scout.

Hope to see you back here at ScoutSmarts again soon and, until next time, I’m wishing you some fun and exciting times with your troop! 🙂


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