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!


  • 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)

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 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…… Hunt (What 3 Words) Activity

THANKS to South Berkshire Explorer Scouts for another fab activity!

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:

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.

Global Issues Badge

Produce a blog, vlog or podcast (with permission from an adult) that compares youth issues in the UK with the same issues in another country.

Your project could look at issues such as voting age, access to education or youth services. You are required to discuss with your Unit so make sure you do your research, check your facts and use reputable resources.

Ask other Explorers to do the same and compare findings.

Escape Room Activity

All the Explorer Scouts have been locked in the (virtual) Scout Hall. They know there are keys kept inside but do not know where. There are many locks around, can they find the keys and escape?


A pen and paper will be handy to note down the information available (and the codes once the Explorers solve them)

Play the game:

  • The adult leading the activity will need to share the following hyperlink with the Explorers (maybe during an initial Zoom / video conference meeting)
  • The Escape room activity has been designed by South Berkshire Explorer Scouts, and is hosted on their website.
  • The Explorers will then log in individually at home, using the hyperlink above, and complete the challenge.
  • Give the Explorers a set amount of time (eg: 45 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. You may prefer to give your Explorer Scouts this alternative version of the game, which has no multiple choice answers, making it more of a challenge.

Have fun… and I do hope everyone gets out of the Scout Hut……

THANKS to South Berkshire Explorer Scouts for this fab activity!

Human Impact

Make a video about a science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) topic


Your members at home will need –

  • recording equipment, like a video camera or smartphone
  • editing software (free on some devices such as iPhones)
  • computer, tablet or smartphone for viewing videos

What to do

Have a discussion as a group about STEM. Ask your section if they know what it stands for – science, technology, engineering and maths – and to suggest ways that STEM can impact the future (for example, helping us to monitor climate change and to invent and build solutions).

Challenge the young people to each make a short video to raise awareness about a topic that is likely to affect people in the future. Examples could include climate change issues (such as extreme weather, air pollution or rising sea levels), or positive developments in science and technology (such as green energy, electric cars or smart homes).

In the midst of this current situation, which is causing us to participate in Scouting at Home, maybe some members may wish to investigate and discuss Covid-19 coronavirus and how science and technology may help us to overcome it.

Individual members at home can be tasked to find out and describe exactly how the topic will impact society and then present their findings in a video that’s between 3–5 minutes long.

Share the videos with the rest of the section and review. Maybe you would like to share some of your videos with us, so that we can broadcast them on Somerset Scouts Facebook page?

Age Range:                     Explorers

Badge Requirements:   Digital Citizen Staged badge

Long Distance Movie Night

Who doesn’t love a good binge!

Why not watch the same documentary, film or series as a group of friends all at the same whilst socially distancing yourselves; then include some time after viewing to have a conversation about what you watched over a web conference.

The movie you watch MUST meet the age rating for the youngest person watching (i.e. If you watch a 12A, everyone must be over 12).


  • When will you share this activity?
  • What streaming service do you all have? (Netflix, Prime, iPlayer, SkyGo,)
  • Where will you share your conversation after the programme? (Skype, Zoom or Google Hangout.)
  • What non-Scout friends could you invite to share in the viewing and conversation.
  • To make the conversation worthwhile, take some time to read up on the programme itself.


  • Watch the programme.


  • Share some respectful and engaged conversation about what you watched.
  • Talk about what Scouting values you could see was either there or absent in the programme.
  • Programmes have the potential to inspire all kinds of great new Adventures, from rewarding service projects to challenging outdoor expeditions. How could you respond to what happened in the programme as a group?


Movies, including documentaries, have the potential to include graphic or offensive material. As a group, agree on a movie that everyone is comfortable seeing.

Blackout Poetry

Anyone can be a poet (even if they don’t know it). Set your inner poet free with this alternative style of poetry.


  • Find old newspapers and magazines at home or photocopy pages from books.
  • You will also need coloured pens or pencils

What’s a Blackout Poem?

  1. Look at the blackout poetry examples which can be downloaded and printed out from the resources section below. Have you seen this type of poetry before?
  2. Blackout poems are made using pages from books, newspapers, or magazines. Blackout poets pick out single words or phrases from the existing text, then piece them together to make something new. This kind of poetry embraces randomness, and also gives people a chance to mix poetry and visual art.

How to become a Blackout Poet

  1. Find a pencil and a page of text.
  2. Scan the page looking for a ‘theme word’ to inspire possible topics for their poem. Choose any word for your theme word – it’s about choosing something that stands out to you. Words may stand out because they have meaning or significance, for example, because they link to a personal value, a favourite feeling, or a special event. The meaningful theme word decides the topic of the whole poem.
  3. Read the page more carefully. Lightly circle any words that connect to your theme word or resonate with you – it’s also OK to circle words just because they sound nice! This is all about self-expression! Don’t circle more than three words in a row. If possible, pick words that work on their own.
  4. Piece together the circled words in the same order that the appear on the page (so, in English, top to bottom and left to right). Aim for about eight lines of poem – it’s up to you where a line stops and a new one starts.
  5. Go back through their poem – do they want to remove any words? Are there any spaces where they need to add something? Experiment with a few different possibilities. If things aren’t working out, it’s OK to go back and repeat step three to find some more words.
  6. Once you’ve settled on a final poem, erase any circles around words you’re not using.
  7. Circle the words that you are using more obviously – you could use a pen or highlighter.
  8. Share their poem with the your family or other scouts (maybe by reading it out , or photographing and sharing). You could chat about what it means and how you pulled words together.

Age Range:                     Scouts, Explorers, Network

Time to Complete:         30 mins

Badge Requirements:   Scout Writer badge