The Great Indoors Weekender – July 2020

#TGIWeekender 11-12 July

From graduations to trips with friends, young people have missed out on all kinds of things this year. We think they deserve something really special – something for Scouts and non-Scouts, all around the globe – so we’re holding (cue big, boomy voice) The Great Indoors Weekender!

Join the UK’s biggest digital summer camp from your living room (or garden, anywhere at home – it’s up to you) on 11–12 July. With surprise celebrity guests, cooking, crafts, music and more, 6–18 year olds will get the chance to have fun while learning skills like giving stuff a go, thinking for themselves, and playing their part.

Get involved. Build a base camp (whether it’s a tent under the stars or a duvet dragged under the stairs), connect with us on a mobile, tablet, or computer, and you’re all set. There’ll be activities you can complete in your own time as well as live events, including a UK-wide campfire.

Worried about missing your favourite TV show or a Zoom quiz with friends? Don’t. Dip in and out of the weekend as much as you like.

If you’re a volunteer and would like to run an online session for your local group as part of The Great Indoors Weekender, you can also dip in and out of the programme, adding your own stuff.

The weekend’s completely free. Donations are (for obvious reasons) very welcome so we can keep helping young people gain #SkillsForLife.

More info: https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/the-great-indoors-weekender/

Come Dine with Me

Compete with friends for the title of… top ‘Social Distancing’ chef!

You might not have Dave Lamb’s tongue in cheek narrative but why not sit down to common meal with some friends remotely of ‘course’…

Plan:

Huck up with a few friends and agree on a regular time and day that you will all gather together and what chat software you will use such as Google Hangouts, FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom.

Agree either what dish OR same ingredients OR Country you have to start with for each week and think about how many courses you will cook.

Do:

Cook your dish, record yourselves prepping various parts of the dinner and send this on a group message or on wider social media. (wear you neckerchief and shout about #ScoutingAtHome while you do!) This is sure to give the others a laugh whilst they are getting ready their own meal!

Whist it is cooking set up your tripod and log in to your chosen software.

Sit down and enjoy each others company as you share a common meal.

Review:

Talk with each other and rate appearance and ingenuity.

Keep a score board over a number of weeks to see who comes out on top.

What new kitchen skill did you have to learn this week to complete the dish?

Decide what next weeks dish, ingredients or theme might be.
Come Dine With Me wouldn’t be the same without a bit of light entertainment mid evening. Dancers, fire blowers, fancy dress have always gone down well so think what you could do to improve your score next week!

Scavenger Hunt – What 3 Words

The Explorers will solve clues and use the What 3 Words app to find 20 cities, which are all linked by a theme!

Preparation:

  • A pen and paper will be handy to note down the answers and clues.
  • The adult leading the activity will need to share the following hyperlink with the Explorers (maybe during an initial Zoom / video conference meeting)

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1dR6trFA1PACOEKKyXlzpcjXnPjC5hydEQ2pGCL5N8Vo/edit#sli

The Scavenger Hunt activity has been designed by South Berkshire Explorer Scouts

Play the game:

  • The Explorers will start the hunt (at the hyperlink above) and will be required to open https://what3words.com/ on their PC or the app on their phone.
  • The presentation will give them 20 Clues. They must solve each set of clues (by matching a word to the pictures shown) and put their answers together in the format – clue1.clue2.clue3
  • This will give a location for what3words. The Explorers will each input the location. By zooming out, they will be able to identify the city they are in. This is the first answer and they should write down the name of the city.
  • When they have 20 cities identified, they can work out the connection between the locations (putting the answers into order is helpful).
  • Give the Explorers a set amount of time (eg: 45 – 60 mins) to complete the game and then re-convene in another Zoom meeting to see how everyone got on!

Try the game yourself in advance, so that you can be available to give clues and hints if needed.

This is the link for the answers……

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1LiQxOOwUftPya6JlzfIEG14d9JGPF9UMqGoPKUN9R8o/edit#gid=0Scavenger Hunt (What 3 Words) Activity

THANKS to South Berkshire Explorer Scouts for another fab activity!

Wildlife Warriors

Courtesy of Somerset Scouts & Kathryn Brant from Avon

Now we are all spending a lot more time at home, and the weather is improving, it is the perfect time to become Wildlife Warriors! This pack includes lots of activities that each section can do.

These activities will help work towards the Outdoors Challenge, World Challenge, Naturalist badge, Animal Carer, Gardener, Environmental Conservation and Forester badges. There is a checklist at the end so young people and parents can see how much they have done towards each badge.

Get your young people to record what they have done – maybe through photos to share with you via your group social media or Zoom session?

The Great Hogwarts Escape

Created by St. Michaels Scouts (16th Wyre)

They created this escape room experience during the Covid-19 lockdown in the UK as part of our virtual meetings. It proved a great hit with both the scouts and their families so they have decided to release it to the wider scouting community to play.

You can either play a solo game or you can play a team game where a group of people can play together in separate locations. During a team game each person can explore the rooms independently but items found are synchronised between all players.

To play a team game you will need a host who will set up and control the game. The host should ideally have played the game in advance so can offer hints if needed.

Play the Escape Room: https://www.saintmichaelsscouts.org.uk/escape/

Doing Your Best

This activity gets you thinking about how you fulfill the Scout Promise to do you best:

– Each young person draws a picture of themselves in the middle of a piece of paper
– They fold the paper in half and open it out again
– One one side of themselves they write down ways in which they do their best
– On the other side they write down ways in which they could try to do their best over the next week on a part of their body
– They take their picture home and as they complete one of their planned actions they colour that part of the body
– The following week they can bring their pictures back and talk about some of the things they have achieved.

Skills Challenge Badge – Being Healthy

To work towards this badge – we will be doing the following a few activities.

  1. Try out 2 new sports:
  • Join in with P.E with Joe Wick, 9am Mon-Fri LIVE on Youtube for 2 days in a row. You can also watch the previous PE sessions there too: https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
  1. Take part in some activities to help you to be healthy:
  • Take you pulse before and after you do PE: Learn why and how it changes
  • Use the healthy eating plate to help prepare a balanced dinner for you and your family – send us your leaders a photo.