Blog | How do you prepare your sections for Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day marks the day WWI officially ended in 1918. Today, it is an important day in our cultural heritage where we remember people who have died fighting in wars.
Remembrance Day events are important community events, and most community organisations, such as the Scouts, will be involved.
To support your young people when engaging with this topic, it is important to create opportunities that enable them connect with a subject that, for some, may feel historically distant.
The following case studies offer ideas from adult volunteers in Scouting that may help your section take part in activities to support Remembrance Day.
This year, section leader Sharon Wells of the 1st Lutterworth Beavers, has arranged for her section to receive a visit from the Royal British Legion on Remembrance Day with the aim of making the day more relevant for younger members. Having someone visit the Section gives Beavers an opportunity to hear a personal account that brings history life. The opportunity to ask questions can also help younger members to engage.
Having heard from a speaker, the Beavers are equipped with information to reflect on during the two minutes silence.
After the visit from the Royal British Legion and their two minutes of silence, the section will craft a simple line of writing in a red ribbon that will be put on a handmade wreath.
The Royal British Legion also offer Learning Packs for schools, which can be adapted for use in the Section.
For this year’s Remembrance Day, the 1st Lutterworth will also be sending out goodie boxes for soldiers abroad.
Philip John, section leader of the 91st Bristol (Horfield Baptist) Beavers, prepares his section for Remembrance Day by talking to them about why it happens and why it is so important to remember those who have been affected by war. It’s not uncommon for him to find that a lot of the Beavers have already heard about it either in school or via one of their family members. Exploring with the Section what Scouts did at home during both World Wars can offer a different perspective. Scouts acted as coast watchers, Scout messengers, first aiders and helped provide relief to the displaced.
1st Silver End Scout Group incorporate Remembrance Day into their programme and, over the years, have held a number of different activities to mark the occasion. In 2015, they visited the Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon where they got to see and learn about different aircrafts and about flying. The visit gave the young people an opportunity to explore the topic, ask questions and find out more about people’s experience during war.
On another occasion, they Silver End Scout Group helped their young people explore the realities of life in Britain during WWII by exploring rationing. They had a visit from ‘Edna’, an imagined character from the 1940s, who taught the young people how to make ‘Mock Banana’ a dish made from parsnips, sugar and flavourings. This was a traditional recipe during wartime when the import of bananas significantly dropped in the UK. This was a fun and hand on way to engage the young people with the topic.
For more general information about Remembrance Day, you can visit this resource.
And for further ideas on your own act of Remembrance, you can read this resource written by the Archive and Research Assistant at Gilwell Park.