Programme

 Keep On Scouting

To allow members to “Keep on Scouting” during the current COVID-19 situation The Scouts have developed a number of Programme ideas. In addition, leaders across the UK, including those in South East Scotland have posted some great activities to keep our young people engaged during the lock-down. We have collated them together here. Most are “ready to use” but in some cases you might need to adapt for your particular circumstances.

Note from Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner

During this difficult period, we have been continuing to communicate with you, via our Regional Commissioner’s emails, our Regional Newsletter, our website and other means. These messages are designed to help adult volunteers remain connected with Scouting during the current situation and so why we use them to share positive stories and support for leaders to continue providing Scouting via virtual means. We recognise that many volunteers are facing challenges outside of Scouting and thus we have also focused on leaders’ wellbeing in our communications.

We must emphasise that we do not want any of our adult volunteers to feel pressurised into having to continue with Scouting. We do understand if you do not have the capacity, given your other priorities, or if you do not feel confident in terms of using the various technology platforms and/or in developing programme activities. In a similar vein, we understand if parents and carers or our young people do not want to be involved

If you do want support with the technology and /or putting together activities to engage young people, please let us know.  Mike Treanor, our Scouting Support Officer, will be able either to assist you himself or locate someone to do so. Mike’s email is  michael.treanor@sesscouts.org.uk and he would be very happy to work with you, or to have an initial chat with you. Mike is a Scout leader who now runs troop meetings via Zoom so he is completely comfortable with discussing any queries you may have.

Running Activities

Activities for All

Activities for Beavers and Cubs

Activities for Scouts and Explorers

Running Activities

Safeguarding

Keeping everyone safe in Scouting activities is our main concern. The Scouts have provided some useful advice on how to keep young people safe while Scouting online. Our Safeguarding Awareness Coordinator, Russell Shoulder can be contacted at any time for advice, assistance or queries about safeguarding. 

Delivering a Flexible Programme during COVID-19

Young people can still work toward badges and award while at home. This is Gilwell’s guidance on making the rules more flexible. 

What Platforms can you use?

There are many different platforms you can use to communicate with young people and families online. They’re all slightly different and most importantly, have different levels of security and privacy. Have a look at some of the most popular platforms you can use

Tips for holding meetings

Cheryl, Scout Leader at Cardrona Group in the Borders has been hosting virtual meetings. This article provides some great tips on how to engage our young people.

Flag Break

You can use this simple powerpoint slide to support “flag up” and “flag break”.

Flag Break

Sharing Ideas for Keep on Scouting

We have received some great examples of how our Groups/Sections are engaging our young people to “Keep on Scouting”. Please keep sending us your ideas/activities to our Scouting Support Officer, Mike Treanor at michael.treanor@sesscouts.org.uk

Activities For All

Scouts UK – for all sections

Scouts UK have provided lots of information and advice about providing Scouting at home
Scouts UK Scout at home resources

The Great Indoors – for all sections

The Scouts have developed ‘The Great Indoors’, which features lots of activities for you to try at home.
Take a look here.

Activity Badges – for all sections

There are many badges that young people can do at home, this keeps them active and also keeps them working towards badges.

The Scout Association – Activity Badges

Online Scout Manager

OSM provides some good Programme ideas:

OSM guide for leaders

OSM guide for YP

Facebook (you may need to “join” some pages to access the resources)

Facebook is a great source of material

First Virtual Scout Group has a wealth of ideas from leaders sharing and asking questions

First Facebook is slightly more general page, but receives lots of ideas on virtual Scouting

Activities/Games to play via Zoom

This YouTube link provides details of 10 Games/Activities you can play on Zoom

Starter Activities

Start your Virtual Meets with something a bit silly – this is a list from the 1st Virtual Scout Facebook site – some are more appropriate for different Sections

Activities For Beavers and Cubs

Programme Ideas – for Beavers

Beaver Leader Andrew at 122nd Craigalmond has put together a couple of ready-made programmes, along with guidance on how technology can be used to run virtual Beavers successfully. As you’ll see in this article,  feedback from both young people and parents has been hugely positive.  Definitely worth having a bash!

Beaver Programme

Another example of a Beaver programme over a number of weeks

Programme of Activities Workbook – for Cubs

Cubs Virtual Meeting Activities Book

Activity Badges

Air Activities Badge – Beavers and Cubs

Air Activities Stage 1&2

Communicator Badges – Cubs

Communicator – Cubs

Cub Leader Colin at the 114th Braid Castlelaw Cubs used Zoom to engage his Pack on the Communicator badge. The outline of what the Cubs were asked to do and the instruction template to join zoom are attached

CommunicatorBadge_LeadersNotes

CommunicatorBadge_CubsInstruction_template

Gardener Badge – Beavers

Gardener Badge (Beavers)

Navigator Badge – Beavers

Virtual Navigator Badge

Space Badge – Beavers

Space Activity Badge – Beavers 

Animal Colouring Challenge – Beavers

Animal Colouring Page

Recipes – Beavers and Cubs

Beaver Recipe Folder

Cub Recipe Folder

Skills Challenge Part 1 & 2 – Healthy Eating/Looking after your Teeth – Beavers

Healthy Food and Exercise

Looking After Your Teeth

Thistle Awards – at home edition! – for Beavers and Cubs

Our Thistle Awards can now be done safely from home!

The Thistle Awards provide a focus on Scotland, it’s people, and culture, whilst being fun and challenging for young people. From visiting (virtually) local landmarks and learning a phrase in Gaelic, to designing tartan and cooking a traditional Burns Supper, these awards offer a uniquely Scottish experience.

The Awards are progressive through the sections and available for Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts. The award can be run alongside challenge and activity badges.

Check out the updated badge requirements below:

Beavers Thistle Award – at home edition

Cubs Thistle Award – at home edition

Scavenger Hunts Indoor and Outdoor – Beavers and Cubs

Scavenger hunt activities, both indoor and outdoor, suitable for Beavers and Cubs.

Scavenger Hunts – Indoor and Outdoor

Kahoot Quiz – for Beavers and Cubs

A 15 question Scouting quiz for Beavers and Cubs

Elves, Wizards & Giants – for Beavers and Cubs

Elves Wizards and Giants

Draw Superman logo using a Template – for Beavers and Cubs

Superman Number Plane Drawing

Bingo – for Cubs

Instructions: Cubs Bingo Instructions

Bingo Cards: Cubs Bingo Card

Multi topic Quiz – for Cubs

Quiz Questions: Cub Quiz

Quiz Answers: Cub Quiz Answers

Animal Quiz – for Cubs

Cubs Animals Quiz

Fire Safety Badge Quiz – for Cubs

Fire Safety Badge Quiz

Animal tracking and poo quiz – for cubs

Some animal tracking information and an animal poo quiz created for Cubs. One leader was outside during the meeting tracking animal trails live via Zoom. Use the pack to learn about an outdoor skill.

Animal Tracking and Poo Quiz

Missing Items Quiz – for Cubs

Four pictures, sent to Cubs in advance if you wish – they need to identify which item is missing

Missing Items Game

Cake in a Cup – for Cubs

Castlelaw Cubs have been making cakes-in-a-cup – here is the Cake in a Cup recipe.

Orienteering Resources – for Cubs

Scottish Orienteering are happy for us to share their resources to help young people get out and try orienteering. If you are looking for ideas of things to do with Cubs the new Orienteering resources via the following link will be useful

https://www.scottish-orienteering.org/lets-get-started-orienteering/

For more information contact judy@scottish-orienteering.org 

Cubs Murder Mystery

Cubs Murder Mystery

Lego Challenge – for Cubs

Lego Challenges

Activities For Scouts and Explorers

Activity Badges

Air Activities Badge – Scouts

Air Activities Stage 1&2

Communicator Badges – Scouts

Communicator – Scouts

Creative Badge – Scouts

Creative Skills – Scouts

Local Knowledge Badge – Scouts

Local Knowledge Badge – Scouts

Thistle Awards – at home edition! – for Scouts.

Our Thistle Awards can now be done safely from home!

The Thistle Awards provide a focus on Scotland, it’s people, and culture, whilst being fun and challenging for young people. From visiting (virtually) local landmarks and learning a phrase in Gaelic, to designing tartan and cooking a traditional Burns Supper, these awards offer a uniquely Scottish experience.

The Awards are progressive through the sections and available for Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts. The award can be run alongside challenge and activity badges.

Check out the updated badge requirements below:

Scouts Thistle Award – at home edition

Zodiac Award – at home edition! – for Explorers

Our Zodiac Award encourages outdoor nights away experiences including camping, bivouacs, and expeditions in different – and sometimes unusual – environments at different times of the year. As part of the award you take on fun activities and challenges along the way.

There are so many ways to have nights away experiences while staying safe at home, so we’ve adapted the award to work until we’re back to face-to-face Scouting.

If you have already been working on your award, or had planned to start it you can download everything you need to know here:

Zodiac Award Requirements – Scouting at Home

Zodiac Award Challenges – Scouting at Home

Zodiac Awards FAQs

Never heard of the Zodiac Award, or wanted to try it but weren’t sure? We’ve created the At Home Zodiac Challenge just for you!

The At Home Zodiac Challenge gives you a chance to try out what it would be like to take on the full award. You take part in fun challenges, and when you’re done you get a certificate for your achievements.

If you decide to take on your Bronze Award afterwards, your At Home Zodiac Challenge will contribute to it and get you well on your way to achieving your award.

Download the challenge requirements below:

At Home Zodiac Challenge

Scouting Quiz – for Scouts

This Scouting Quiz was brought together by Katy at the 87th Craigalmond (Granton) Group.

Scout Quiz

Hogwarts Escape Room – Scouts

Explanation:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2450689742/permalink/10158264760939743/

Access: https://www.saintmichaelsscouts.org.uk/escape/?fbclid=IwAR3w1IvTDx5f5UUaox7_FkKfqbISzZ7j3G0tBnrLsulDn7s2ttNIhLF96jg

Zoom Activities x 5 – for Scouts

Five activities for Scouts with Zoom instructions – including Ice Breaker, Pictionary, Aliens have Landed, Face the Cookie and Escape Room

Zoom Activities for Scouts

TaskMaster Challenges – for Scouts

A series of daily challenges for Scouts

https://southlondonscouts.org.uk/members-area/programme/adventure-scouting-home/taskmaster-challenge?fbclid=IwAR1yVP76yLKhxIXlomOnpDSiUytSagHYgDr4z8zhG-NgLBBw1euxfbE7V4Y

Who Wants to be a Millionaire Quiz – for Scouts

It is easy to edit and change the questions if you wish. Each answer is a different colour to get scouts to hold up an object of that colour rather than all shouting out at the same time.

Who Wants to be a Millionaire Quiz

Lockdown Garden Golf Course – for Scouts

Design and build your own Lockdown Garden Golf Course

OS Quiz – for Scouts

A set of OS questions with multiple choice answers

OS Maps – Call My Bluff

Selfie Quiz – for Scouts

Four rounds of taking selfies challenges

Selfie Quiz

Taskmaster – for Scouts

Set of 10 Tasks/Challenges for Scouts to complete

TaskMaster 10 Tasks

Virtual Isolation Quiz – for Scouts and Explorers

15 clues to solve – this can be used via a virtual meeting – note this version has the answers.

Isolation Scavenger Hunt

Scout Phrase – for Scouts and Explorers

A version of Catch Phrase but with a Scout slant.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ZMODgwuRgFXtap6cxUmUmSZ1QWT367UfOUsI5WppXqc/edit?fbclid=IwAR1EsTnAimmYfzZvrSqoof5jKAeKp-tMGD_jrqgFmakp_Agv27ZysFNHUdM#slide=id.p

Isolation Quiz – for Scouts and Explorers

A quiz where you have to identify flags, logos and lots more

Social Quiztance

Enigma Scavenger Hunt – for Scouts and Explorers

Explanation: A virtual ‘Enigma Scavenger Hunt’ via Zoom. The Scouts were assigned to breakout rooms in patrols and had 1 hour to complete the challenge.

When the scouts had completed the challenge, they let you know you join their breakout group to check answers.

Enigma Scavenger Hunt

Escape Room – for Scouts and Explorers

The South Berkshire Explorers Escape Room, pits participants’ wits against a series of hidden clues, codes and puzzles in a bid to escape from a virtual Scout Hall. Such was the popularity of the game, it has already been enjoyed by Scouts as far flung as Canada, Brazil, Australia and South Africa

https://www.berkshirescouts.org.uk/2020/04/09/international-escape-for-berkshire-explorers/

Catch Phrase – for Scouts and Explorers

Questions and Answers

Scout Catchphrase

Tenable Quiz – for Scouts and Explorers

tenable quiz with answers

How to make a Nation Rope – for Scouts and Explorers

Nation Rope

Name the Brand – for Scouts and Explorers

Guess the name of 40 brands from pictures

Name the Brands

“What 3 Words” Quiz Version 1 – for Explorers

Participants will need to download the “What 3 Words” App to take part. Some of the questions are “localised” to the person who made the quiz so you may want to delete or change these questions.

What 3 Words Quiz

What 3 Words Quiz Answers

“What 3 Words” Quiz Version 2 – for Explorers

Participants will need to download the “What 3 Words” App to take part. Some of the questions are “localised” to the person who made the quiz so you may want to delete or change these questions.

https://form.jotform.com/201321729709050?fbclid=IwAR371vNakU44hsVOoICTdgPhgTQ6bjx-Q-Zzd3REcFYhDxGzHg_-ghhsMvI

Quiz on Countries, Capitals and Movies – for Explorers

A quiz with various rounds – possibly for older Scouts as well

Explorer – Countries, Capitals and Movies Quiz 

Where’s Wally – for Explorers

Normally a wide game played outside, this ingenious adaptation by Wildfire ESU in Pentland was a resounding success with participants.  A full report is provided along with a complete set of materials and instructions to allow others to do the same.