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Online activities in 2021
10/01/2021 By David Moult

Its fair to say 2020 changed the way we do Scouting! Switching our Scouting activities to online has been a challenge, but time and again we are seeing some fantastic content throughout Bedfordshire County being produced over Zoom (and other online providers!) 
 

We’ve collated some of the best digital content out there, but please let us know some of your favourites on our Facebook or Twitter @BedsScouts. 
 

  1. 1st Virtual Scout Facebook group - With over 20 thousand members joined in less than a year, most of you will have seen this group, but did you know posts are tagged with topics? This means its easy to find games, challenges, zoom advice and third-party sessions. 

  1. Scoutadelic YouTube and Website - Mike from Scoutadelic produces some great videos on his YouTube channel, with great lockdown activities. With over 780 videos (Im proud to be in one!) and over 6 thousand subscribers, Scoutadelic has an area where you can play games; there’s a treasure hunt, spy missions and a Cluedo-style game (as well as much more!) 

  1. The BIGG Events - Closer to home, the Biggleswade District team have created some brilliant weekend events for all to take part in. Headed up by Lucy and Tracey, the events themselves may be over, but the tonnes of activities made are still available, the two links below are from the BIGG Safari and the BIGG Summer Holiday events.  

  1. The Scouts Website - Scouting has more great resources aimed at online evenings, aimed at all sections within Scouting. Also, recently, they have a new ‘Press Play and Go’ programme  

  1. Winter Camp 2020 - Talking of the Scouts, they are running WinterCamp 2021 virtually this weekend (15-17th Jan) with over 150 activities and 7 ‘zones’ so this is definitely worth a look.  

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  1. National ‘Holidays’ - We know when Halloween, Easter and Christmas are, but did you know Jan 25th is national opposite day or 27th Jan is national chocolate cake day (a personal favourite!) Have a look at your meeting days and see if something interesting is nearby, it’s a great start to planning an evening of activities. 

 

  1. Virtual Tours - These are getting more popular with Lockdown 3, where there are both sessions you can book with third parties, or search ‘Virtual Tours’ on YouTube. Some to note are a tour of Walt Disney or Melbourne Zoo! 

  1. East of England – The East of England have their own Facebook page, where they are completing challenges aimed at all sections 

 

  1. As a Scout and Explorer leader in Bedfordshire, here are a few ‘favourites’ of mine and the groups: 

  • Dessert nights are always a hit! Mug cakes, Cheesecake and armpit fudge, something that takes an hour to do, doesn’t have too much prep (or washing up!) and something that is guaranteed to be loved! Just make sure they hear commands clearly (One of my Explorers heard 10 tablespoons of flour (Which was 7 too many!!) 
  • A gameshow night. The Explorers ran the evening, with breakout for different games such as The Price is Right, Countdown and Catchphrase. The Explorers did so well, we are having another go with different games! 
  • Among Us. The popular mobile game can be worked well for a fun evening. Make sure you use the admin settings and get the leader team to trial it beforehand so everyone has an idea of the game! 
  • Taskmaster. A series of mini-tasks that can be done at home, or by solving small riddles to find certain items. You can place some Scouty tasks in the mix as well. 
  • Locations. GeoGuessr now has a paywall (there is a free version by searching for GeoGuessr Free) but a better alternative is City Guesser. Use this along with a What3words quiz or use your local area for Google Street View challenge. 
  • Hobbies/Collections evening. We had to run 2 of these, as Scouts & Explorers are so keen on showing off what they are interested in! We have had such a wide variety of awesome things that they get up to outside of school and Scouting! 

 

  1. A couple of final games and links you might be interested in to fill 10-15 minutes: 

  1. Zoom in game. Take a few photos and zoom them in, can Scouts guess what they are? 

  1. Scattergories. A great filler. How many items can you think of with the same letter? 

  1. Escape Rooms. There are a few Scouty Escape Rooms bound to interest your group. One of my favourites is this one: 

  1. Hour of Code. Get your Scouts learning IT with the Hour of Code? 
    https://code.org/minecraft  

  1. Blob Opera. This just makes me laugh and is a funny filler! 
    https://artsandculture.google.com/experiment/blob-opera/AAHWrq360NcGbw?cp=e30 

  1. Two truths and a lie. As simple as the name suggests. We let the Leaders each come up with them and let the Explorers see which one was the lie. Very entertaining! 

  1. BINGO! Really popular, let them write 15 numbers in a grid, then let the Bingo caller call them out! 
    https://www.online-stopwatch.com/random-number-generators/online-bingo-caller/full-screen/https://www.online-stopwatch.com/chance-games/
      

We hope that has given you a few new ideas. Please let us know your thoughts and ideas, as well as how these events go, on our Facebook or Twitter @BedsScouts  

Stay safe and happy Scouting! 

 
David 

 

The group I’m a leader with (Phoenix Explorers) with the Taskmaster challenge of finding their teddy bear! 

 

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News & Blogs

This inspirational documentary from Bear Grylls features Harry Smith who is Ampthill & Woburn's Youth Commissioner. Harry talks about how much Scouting has helped him in his life - an excellent example of just how powerful Scouting is.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=335lUYvacgs

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Scouting joins the fight against COVID 19
27/04/2020 By Martin Wesley

Scouting has always played a role in times of national crises and this occasion is no exception. 

Within 12 hours of the call going out for assistance the Leighton-Linslade Scout District had mobilised 20 volunteers and opened two of its Scout HQ to receive donations for the vulnerable. In addition the 1st Leighton Buzzard Scout HQ was deep cleaned and put at the disposal of the local government resilience forum.

After 48 hours scout leaders delivered much needed food parcels and since then have been responsible for the daily delivery of between 15-20 vital prescriptions, the reception of 30 crates of food donations, £150 in cash and the delivery of 1000 Easter Eggs.

Scouting is playing its part ,as it always has, and was proud to learn that others still value Scouting, labelling their performance as “ amazing “ at a recent resilience meeting.

Andrew Goddon Leighton Linslade District Commissioner said:

Baden Powell urged us all to “ Be Prepared” and to “ Help other People”  and the Scouters of Leighton Linslade have risen to his challenge and will continue to do so for as long as they are needed.

 

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Before reading the information below, please ensure you're up to date with the guidance available at scouts.org.uk/coronavirus and gov.uk/coronavirus.

 

PROGRAMME

The teams at World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and UK Scout Headquarters are in the process of creating Programme ideas to support Scouts at home. Check here: UK HQ and WOSM regularly.
HQ has already developed 'The Great Indoors', which features (quite literally) hundreds of activities for you to try at home. Take a look here.

 

LOCAL MEETINGS

These can all be done by email or telephone or Skype, either one-to-one or in conference calls. Another suggestion is to use Office 365 or G Suite for your District (if this has not been done already), which both have free plans for qualifying charities. More information can be found on the Microsoft and Google websites.

 

GOVERNANCE

The NCVO has published some useful guidance to help Executive Committees consider how they can best support Scouts locally during this time.

Any charity that needs an extension to their annual return deadline can contact the Charity Commission to ask for one. Please see their guidance here.

HQ has approved an amendment to the standard constitutions in POR which allows meetings to be held remotely. also allows decisions to be made electronically. This is valid immediately and will be updated in the next update to POR, in early April. The wording is as follows:

• Electronic voting (such as email) is allowed for decision making of the County/District/Group Executive Committee and its sub-Committees when deemed appropriate by the Chair. In such instances at least 75% of committee members must approve the decision.
• The County/District/Group Executive Committee & its sub-Committees can meet by telephone conference, video conference as well as face to face in order to discharge its responsibilities when agreed by the appropriate Chair.

 

EVENTS

Following the advice to suspend all face-to-face meetings, activities and events, it's important to consider any events you may have scheduled locally, including St George's Day. 
The World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) have announced a special edition of Jamboree on the Internet, to take place April 3-5. Details can be found on their website. The following National events have been cancelled:
• Day of Celebration at Windsor
• Beaver and Cub Fundays at Gilwell Park and Woodhouse Park
• Gilwell 24

 

TRAINING

All adult training courses are cancelled for the foreseeable future but some modules can be completed online at Learning Materials.

 

LESLIE SELL ACTIVITY CENTRE

The centre is now closed but will be open again once the current situation is over. Please see here.

 

COUNTY TEAM

The County Office is operating remotely - if you attempt to contact us via phone, your call may not be answered. Please contact Rita via email at bedscouts@btconnect.com.

The County Team is still able to offer support and each of us can be contacted by email.

 

 

 

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Southern 50 Challenge
20/02/2020 By Martin Wesley
Our County had a great turn out at the Southern 50 Challenge last weekend. There were also people from the County running checkpoints, driving minibuses, etc. A great team effort.
For the record the County trophies are now as follows:
50km: Henlow ESU (Biggleswade)
30km: Aurora ESU (Ampthill & Woburn) 
30km: Griffin & Hydra ESUs (Falkes, Luton)
Who will win these trophies next year?

 

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