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.

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.

Meteorologist Badge

Make a poster, video, model or presentation that will explain how each of these are measured: wind force and direction; cloud type and extent; temperature; pressure; rainfall; humidity.

If you make a poster, you can draw it by hand, cut out pictures and stick them on or use a computer – make it colourful.

You may be asked to show the rest of your Troop – so make sure you do your research and check your facts!

Map & Compass Skills

This week, we are completing a number of requirements for the Navigator staged badges (plus Hill Walker, Orienteer etc).  Many thanks to 1st Burnham on Sea Scout leaders and Young Leader for these super resources.

Preparation:

  • Everyone will need access to the internet via a smartphone or tablet and to be able to log in to a Zoom / video conferencing meeting.
  • The leader will need to share their screen to show a PowerPoint presentation (provided)
  • The leader should visit the Kahoot quiz page in advance and ensure that they are confident in how it will work. Most Scouts are familiar with Kahoot as they use this type of technology at school.
  • You will need to email each Scout with a Bingo card and the Map Symbol Key document the day before the meeting. There is a pdf supplied (with all the bingo cards). It is suggested that you send everyone all the bingo cards and let them pick a random card (or specify which each member should use). They will need to print these out, if possible (or draw their own bingo card, replicating one that you send)

How to participate:

  • Use the Map and Compass skills PowerPoint presentation to refresh basic knowledge for the first 10 minutes.
  • Play the Where’s Wally Game (created by a Moors and Coastal Explorer Scout Young Leader)
    • This is another PowerPoint presentation.  Show one slide at a time and ask the Scouts to find Wally and work out his map coordinates! There is an ‘answers document’ for leaders, to make things easy.
    • Ask the Scouts to write their answer in the comments / chat box. When everyone is ready, you can reveal the correct answer.  Beware though….. Mrs Wally also appears in some of the pictures, so make sure the Scouts are looking for the correct character.
    • There are 6 of these pictures – you may want to do 2 or 3 and save some for another time.
  • Play Map Symbol Bingo. Select one map symbol at random (from the Map Symbol Key) and call it out. The Scouts look it up on the Map Symbol Key (if they need to) and cross it off if they have it. You can play for one line, 2 lines and a full house.
  • Finish with a short Kahoot Quiz to test their knowledge. The link for that is here: https://create.kahoot.it/share/map-skills-quiz/b5e86595-b61c-4d7a-b2b2-f96cefe67322

The leader should share their screen on the online meeting and the Scouts will need to log in to Kahoot (with the game pin that is generated when you start the quiz).  The Scouts submit their answers via their mobile device. The Scouts need to be able to see both your shared screen and their answer screen (so will need to have access to two devices eg: PC  / mobile phone / laptop / tablet) or will need to ‘split’ their screen.

An additional challenge:

You may wish to email the Scouts the attached pdf of an OS Maps booklet, for further reading.

Age Range:                     Scouts

Time to Complete:         At least an hour!

Badge Requirements:   Navigator staged badges / Orienteer / Hill Walker

THANKS again to 1st Burnham on Sea for the resources

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.

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.

Preparation

  • 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

International Badge

Courtesy of Somerset Scouts

Scouts have an International challenge for the coming week.

Starting in London (England), you must ‘travel’ virtually from one capital city to the next capital, finding out a fact about each, until you have got all around the world and back to London.

The rules are:

  • You have 7 days to complete the challenge
  • Each subsequent capital city must be in an adjacent country (they may have water in between)
  • Write a list of your journey around the world (capital cities in order and one fact about each)
  • There is no correct order (but remember – capital cities in your list must be in adjacent countries)

So, for example, starting in London (fact:  Big Ben is in London).

Quick hop over the water and the next capital could be Paris (France, fact: the Eifel Tower is made out of iron).

The next capital could then be in Switzerland or Belgium or Germany (etc) but could NOT be the Netherlands, as Belgium is in between France and the Netherlands.

Age Range:                     Scouts

Time to Complete:         60 mins

Badge Requirements:   Scout International badge