Five Scout Network project ideas
The rebooted Programme makes planning your own activities easy and fun.
There are two ways to participate in the Scout Network Programme: you can either do an event, which is a one-off activity, or plan a longer-term project. You can do both independently or with other people, just as long as they fit around the Programme areas that are adventure, international and community.
To kick-start your Programme, we’ve put together some project and event ideas to get your creative juices flowing. When coming up with activity ideas, remember to bear in mind the top awards you can achieve by doing them:
- Chief Scout Diamond Award
- Scout’s of the World Award
- Explorer Belt
- Queen’s Scout Award
1. A Million Hands
A Million Hands is Scouting’s answer to tackling some of society’s social barriers. We’ve partnered with six charities Alzheimer’s Society, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Guide Dogs, Mind, WaterAid and Canal & River Trust to help raise awareness on dementia, disability, mental wellbeing and resilience and water sanitation.
On the A Million Hands website there are resources full of ideas on projects you can do in your local community. Use those as a starting point and come up with your own ideas, for example setting up and running an activity blog for young people with additional needs. To register for A Million Hands visit here.
2. Plan a culture swap weekend
You don’t have to go overseas to learn about other cultures; there are thousands of different cultures in the UK waiting to be explored. Why not think about setting up a culture exchange weekend with a Scout in a different area in the UK.
Get in touch with your local District Scout Network Commissioner or ask your Group Scout Leader to help you connect with Scouts in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Ask other Network members to put you in contact with their friends across the UK or get in contact with Student Scout and Guide Organisation.
Once you’re connected, arrange a weekend for them to come and visit you. Plan a two-day outing that includes showing them your local area, eating national dishes, explaining to them your area’s traditions and history. On a different weekend, why not visit them to learn about where they come from? You can also do this remotely by setting up a Skype call for a chat, sending videos, photos and presentations created by you.
3. Design and execute a ‘learn a new language project’
Putting on a project like this does not have to be difficult.
Spend the first part of the project deciding a language to study. Once you have chosen a language, host an evening where you learn it. Pick a place and a time that suits you; it could be at yours or a friend’s house, a community venue or even in a local coffee shop. Invite your fellow Scout Network members to your night; think about whether you will be serving food or drinks or maybe ask everyone to chip in and bring a dish?
Language resources are readily available online or you can borrow language learning books and CDs from your local library. For a more personal way of learning, why not ask someone you know who can speak a different language to teach yourself and everyone attending the evening. Then once you know a few phrases, converse with someone from that country!
Jamboree On The Air and Jamboree On The Internet take place on the 17-18 October, which are perfect opportunities to practise your skills.
4. Survival camp
Challenge yourself to put your Scouting skills to the test and spend one day doing a wild survival camp using only the resources around you. Pack your necessities, but where you can, practise your survival skills. Here's a great resource we worked on with our corporate partner Victorinox on survival skills.
5. Create a four-day and three-night expedition that includes outdoor activities
This is very similar to the expedition you have to do to achieve your Duke of Edinburgh Gold and Chief Scout's Diamond Award except you’re making it a bit more challenging by adding outdoor activities to do along the way while on your expedition.
When planning your expedition route, keep in mind the activities you want to do. So if you want to do water activities like kayaking, canoeing or sailing, plan your route around the water where there are centre’s that have sailing facilities.
If you’re thinking of leading activities in the future, it’s worth looking into how you can attain the leadership and supervisory permit as part of the Adventurous Activity Permit Scheme.
Projects and events can be as easy or as challenging as you want them to be. For more information about projects, events and the Programme areas visit the Scout Network section on the Members area.
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