You’ve heard of Taskmaster - are you ready for the County Commissioner’s challenge?

Over the next few weeks, we're running a Hampshire Scouts Challenge Master, that your sections can take part in! There are a series of challenges available now, which you can take part in over the next few weeks, and you can even get a badge if you earn enough points! Watch the video below to find out more, and visit the Challenge Master page of our website for all the details.

As Scouts we love to get outdoors and try new things. But with winter and everything going on, we know its hard to think of ideas of what to do right now. To help you deliver great online Scouting, we’ve pulled together our list of places to find great ideas.

Press Play activities

These two sources of activities are much newer so you may not have heard much about them yet. Both of them are prepared by Scout leaders for Scout leaders and you can pick them up and run them with your section without much planning or adaptation needed.

Press Play and Go activities are made by HQ and have a video activity you can share with your Zoom session directly with the video doing all the work. New activities arrive every week and there are activities for Beavers/Cubs and Scouts/Explorers.

1st Digital Scouts is the new kid on the block with videos by Scout Content. These videos are nice and short, follow a good structure for zoom sessions, and give you up front what you’ll need. There are weekly videos for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers ready to go.

Ideas from the grassroots

Across the UK there are loads of other leaders looking for ideas and sharing what they’ve found in various different Facebook groups. 1st Virtual Scout Group on Facebook and 1st Facebook Scout Group are the big ones. The posts in these groups are easily searchable and linked together in topics.

There are lots of activities out there including PowerPoints for activities, games, escape rooms and links to more external resources. Lots of charities are offering activities that can work over Zoom, the RNLI being a good example, and there are many guest presenters that leaders can invite to show off their skills or animals or whatever!

Activities linked to badges

So you may know about the new Scouts Activities tool already – it replaced the old Programmes on a Plate and is linked to the Programme Planning Tool that HQ is building and adding to. Throughout this weird time, the Scouts and the partners have been adding to this Activity index and adding new filters to make it searchable – so you can look at just online activities for example.

More usefully though, these activity listings can also be found on the pages for different badges on the Scout websites. At the bottom of these pages, below the badge requirements, is a box with activities that can be used to tick off these requirements. While some might need tweaking, there are lots of activities that you can use to get things started.

Some other honorable mentions:

Scoutadelic are a YouTube channel run by Scout leaders and they make great videos teaching lots of different scouting skills from first aid to campfire songs.

Chester Zoo have made lots of resources and activities to support people at home, with fun activities, spotting the signs of your animal visitors and more practical experiences pitched at lots of different age ranges.

Scout Adventures have long made resources to support leaders with practical Scout skills and their page also has some smashing recipes as well.

Ferny Crofts is now open for Scout Groups to return to the site, with a number of different options available to book.

Our site is open for outdoor Scout activities and non-residential indoor activities, running in accordance with the latest guidance on getting back together safely from The Scouts.

This includes many of our Self-led Activities such as Frisbee Golf, Crazy Golf and our Pizza Ovens.

A number of groups have already joined us recently for activity days or evening Pizza Oven and Crazy Golf sessions (lighting available!) and others have simply used the site as a base for weekend expedition challenges around the New Forest.

Remember that as the County’s own Activity Centre, use of the site by Hampshire Groups on weekday evenings is free of charge!

Please visit the Ferny Crofts website for full details on what is currently on offer and how we are working to keep everyone on site safe.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Ferny Crofts soon.

Camp at Home challenge
Register for Camp at Home Hampshire Camping Challenge

The Hampshire Camping challenge has been adapted for camping at home. To get the camping challenge badge with #campathome you simply have to ‘camp’ a certain number of nights before the end of the year.

We will also accept ‘camping’ indoors, maybe in a den you have built or a pop up tent. Sleeping in your bed doesn’t count! There will be a prize for the most interesting place.

This challenge is open to Beavers (min 3 nights), Cubs (min 6 nights), Scouts (min 9 nights), Explorers, Network and Leaders (min 12 nights). Section leaders can complete with their section (i.e. do same number of nights) if they wish.

You can sign up as an individual (Explorer, Network & Leaders only) or leaders can sign up a section. There is a template for ‘Camp at Home’ certificates available and you can get you badges below.

Register for Camp at Home Hampshire Camping Challenge

Queries: [email protected]

Get your Camp at Home badges

For Explorers, Network and Leaders you can request your badge by completing this form.

Beaver, Cub and Scout leaders can purchase badges using PayPal or debit/credit card below (receipt will be emailed) - this is our preferred method. If you prefer an invoice to pay by CQ or BACS please complete this form.

Buy badges by PayPal

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