Blog | 42 days of summer: week three
Scouts don't get bored – we've been having fun and going on adventures for more than a century. So if your kids find themselves at a loose end, Scouts can help. Keep them amused with our list of 42 thrifty things to do. That’s one for every day of the school holidays!
15. Weave a survival bracelet. Learn to tie the cobra weave with Austin Lill's easy step-by-step instructions and then make survival bracelets from paracord. Each bracelet costs less than £1 to make.
16. Go on a bat hunt. Did you know there are 18 different species of bat in the UK alone? Organise an evening walk or even a night hike near waterways and ponds to see if you can spot bats in flight. Don't forget to take a torch and a camera…
17. Make a bowdrill set. Making fire by friction is one of the most ancient outdoor skills. One of the most efficient methods is to make a bowdrill set, consisting of a bow, a drill, a base board and a bearing block. It takes lots of practice but is an impressive skill to master.
18. Go crabbing. Almost any harbour wall, pier or quayside can be a good location for crabbing. All you need is a line and some bait – pieces of bacon, chicken or cat food all work well. Keep crabs in a bucket of sea water and remember not to overcrowd the bucket. Also release them carefully to avoid distressing the crabs.
19. Make up a wild poem. Find a peaceful place and spend some time observing nature, then try to come up with a descriptive poem that expresses how you feel at that moment. Write it on a leaf, scratch it onto a stone or use a stick to write it in mud.
20. Blow bubbles. Mix a bubble solution in a tray, using 1 part washing-up liquid to 8 parts water and 1 part glycerine (you can get this from a pharmacist). Scoop off any foam and leave for two hours. Make bubble wands by threading two straws onto string and tying the ends together to form a square. Dip the wand in your bubble solution and gently pull through the air to form amazing bubbles!
21. Be a cloud spotter. Stratus, cirrus, nimbus and cumulus are just some of the different types of clouds you might see in our skies. Their distinctive shapes are fun to spot, and can also help you to predict the weather.
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