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?

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.

VE Day Bunting

Record what you have been up to for VE Day, by creating some bunting!

Print out the attached template or make your own A4 size if cant use the  template

Decorate the template and let us know how they have celebrated the day, by writing in the centre of the template in clear letters, what activity they have done.

Send it to your leaders – they can then display it/ share it with others.

Builder Activity Badge

Design a model of something you would like to build. Your model should be made from everyday objects you could recycle – washing up bottles, cardboard kitchen roll tubes, washed yoghurt pots – whatever you like.

Make sure you add notes onto your design to show what materials you are using. Don’t forget to use colour. You can create your design by drawing on paper, or use a computer to help you.

History of Scouting

How to play:

The leader reads a story and every time a particular word gets read, the beavers have to do a specific action.

Actions:

  • Baden-Powell – stand to attention
  • Scout- Salute
  • Nineteen – point upwards
  • Africa- pop a hat on
  • Boy – All boys point at themselves
  • Girl – All girls point at themselves
  • Seven – point downwards

The Story:

Scouting was started by Robert Baden-Powell, who was born on the 22nd of February 1857. As a boy, he enjoyed the outdoors and spent many hours pretending to be a hunter or an Indian scout. He also went on expeditions with his brothers, often exploring the coast by boat or hiking in the countryside carrying everything they needed on their backs.

When he left school, Baden-Powell joined the British Army. He travelled all over the world, serving in India and Africa where he led the defence of a small town called Mafeking in the Boer War. His men were outnumbered 9 to 1 as they fought for 7 months. As there were so few soldiers he asked local boys to be messengers.

When he came home from Africa, Baden-Powell saw that young people in Britain had very little to do except sports. He remembered what he had learnt in Africa and decided to teach those skills to British boys.

He organised a camp for 20 boys on Brownsea Island in 1907. Over a week, they learnt about exploring, camping, boating, life-saving and lots more – all of which Scouts still do today. Soon, the Scouts younger brothers wanted to join in too, so Baden-Powell started the Wolf Cubs in 1916. Their name changed to Cub Scouts in 1967. Beavers started in 1986 and girls were allowed to become Venture Scouts in 1976, then finally allowed to join the rest of the Scout Movement from 1991.

It all started in 1907 from an idea Robert Baden-Powell had after asking boys in Africa to act as messenger Scouts.

An additional way:

If you want, you can then play it again but ask the beavers to come up with the actions, which will keep them engaged (as its their actions) and get you repeating the story so they’re more likely to take it in.

Age Range:                     Beavers

Time to Complete:        20 mins

Badge Requirements:   Beaver Membership Badge

Thanks to Somerset Scouts for this activity.

Countryside code & Scavenger Hunt

Courtesy of 2nd Penrith Cubs

Preparation

  • Download and Print the countryside code, quiz and scavenger hunt sheet.

Instructions:

  • Look through the countryside code leaflet, and make a poster to encourage others to follow it.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt on one of you daily exercise walks – see how many you can find! You compete with your siblings or compare what you found with another cub (remotely)
  • Get your parents to quiz you on the countryside code to see how much you have learnt!

Age Range:                       Beavers, cubs

Time to Complete:         45-60mins

Badge Requirements: Our World, Naturalist

Easter Activities

Kindly borrowed from Somerset Scouts

The school holidays are going to be very different this year and will probably not feel very joyful or festive for most people.

If you are planning to have a (very well earned) break from your online / virtual / video Scouting over the coming fortnight, we have some ideas for activities that you could send to parents / members to keep them interested, busy and engaged at home.

We are suggesting that:

  • They could start to make a ‘Time Capsule’, with their family, documenting their Covid-19 lockdown experiences. We have supplied a framework to get them started.
  • They could complete their My Faith or World Faith badge at home

Documents to support both these activities can be downloaded below.

What to do in an emergency

Courtesy of Somerset Scouts

This week, we are completing a requirement of the emergency aid.

Preparation

  • Each young person can fold an A4 piece of paper into 3, and write the letters A, B and C – one on each folded section.
  • The parent/carer should print or download the quiz below.

How to participate

This is a Quiz about ‘what to do in an emergency’.

Each question has 3 possible answers, labelled A, B or C.

Simply ask the questions, and get your beaver(s) to hold up which letter they think the answer is.

Spend some time discussing the answers, then take a photo of their score to send to their leaders!

Time to Complete:        20 mins

Badge Requirements:   Beaver Emergency Aid Stage 1

Resources

Map Symbol Trail

Courtesy of Somerset Scouts

Preparation

  • Download and Print (or draw) the map symbols and the reference sheet below
  • There are 22 symbol cards, each with an attached clue.
  • Cut these out so you should have 22 pieces of paper, each with a map symbol and an instruction.
  • While the young person is not looking, set up a trail around your house and garden.

How to Play:

Starting at the railway station, show the young person the “railway station” on the reference sheet.

Next to the picture of the railway station there will be a written clue for the next location – “Take the Main Road”.

The young person should use the reference sheet to work out which map symbol represents the clue

The trail has 22 map symbols to find.

If they want to write down their trail as they find things, please use the blank ”The Trip” story sheet in this pack.

Age Range:                       Beavers

Time to Complete:         45-60mins

Badge Requirements:    

Resources: