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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Does the thought of delivering a section meeting online feel like you are jumping into water without a buoyancy aid? Then join us for a workshop on Thursday 18th February.
This workshop is for those of you who are unsure about the mechanics of running an online session with your section.
We will give you the confidence to run the meetings safely and effectively by first showing you around the useful functions for use within a section meeting.
We will provide you with 'Top Tips' for planning and delivering a session across the Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer sections.
There will be an opportunity to 'Ask the Experts' who have experience of making online meetings less stressful and enjoyable for everyone.
Finally we will signpost you to a wealth of resources available on scouts.org website for further information and support.
If you need assistance in setting up Zoom on your computer for the first time then please contact us by email to [email protected] and we will arrange to get you online with a 1:1 tutorial prior to the event.
You can sign up through Eventbrite below.
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
Enter your Group name, click Pay Now, enter the number and then checkout.
As Scouts we believe in bringing people together and improving the lives of those in our communities. Many of our members are working hard on the frontline, to keep our country safe and care for those in need. Hampshire Scouts would like to recognise individuals who are helping to overcome the Coronavirus pandemic.
The following people have been recognised as Scout’s Key Heroes during the Coronavirus pandemic by other members of Hampshire Scouts. They have been working hard to keep our country moving and contributing to the fight against Coronavirus.
All NHS Front-Line Workers
Baloo at 1st Warsash Wight
Zoe Van Willigen
All 7th Eastleigh Section Leaders
Cub Leadership Team at 1st Aldershot
Financial support for community organisations struggling as a result of Covid-19 is available – that includes Scout Groups across Hampshire too!
The National Lottery Community Fund and Movement for Good are two, among many,organisations now offering support to those organisations in need.(more…)
Keep up with all the latest Coronavirus information and guidance, over on our dedicated page.