Activity | Have a Skype sketch-off


Skype Sketch

Try this video call game with a group of relatives over the festive period, or sharpen your section’s digital skills in the New Year! 

You will need: 

  • Tablet, laptop or a large screen, video-call enabled mobile phone.
  • Wi-Fi access or a 3G signal if using a tablet or phone with a SIM card.
  • Paper.
  • Pens or pencils. 

What to do: 

  1. Set up two Skype accounts from your section, or use two from different members of the leadership teams. You could also use Face Time on an Apple device or video call from an Android device if you’re doing this with family.
  2. Divide into teams of two or three and give two teams a laptop or tablet, a piece of paper and a pen or pencil and send them into different rooms.
  3. Each team then has a minute to draw a simple picture. It can be of anything the choose – a mug, a rugby ball, a boat, the moon, a dog, cat or fish for example.
  4. After one minute the teams must switch their devices on and make a video call to each other.
  5. Once connected, each team must describe their drawing to the other team, but without saying what it is. Taking turns, they must then give instructions to the other team about how to replicate their drawing (eg ‘Draw a semi-circle in the middle of the page’, ‘draw a vertical line of about eight centimetres down from the left bit of the semi-cirlce’).
  6. Once the teams have finished describing their illustration, bring them together to compare the drawings and find out which team gave the better instructions.
  7. Take it in turns to allow all the teams to have a go at giving and receiving instructions. You could also create a league table to identify the strongest teams. 

Good news! This activity links with the Beaver, Cub and Scout Communicator Activity badges! 

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