#amillionhands | Canal Water Walk

Try the Canal Water Walk with your Scouts and Explorers. This activity will help them understand how far people in developing countries sometimes have to walk to fetch water, and highlights how heavy water can be to carry.

Time needed

  •  1 hour - 1.5 hours

Equipment needed: 

  • Map/internet connection.
  • Empty plastic bottles.

What to do:

  1. Identify your local canal/river on a map, or use the Canal + River Trust website to help you.
  2. If it is not too far to walk, plan a ‘walkie talkie’ to the canal or river
  3. This involves asking water themed questions along your route to the canal or river.
  4. Ask the young people a question as you set off about water, hygiene or sanitation or use the WaterAid quiz as you walk along the route.
  5. Ask a question at regular intervals.
  6. Once you reach the canal/river, ask the young people to look at the water and describe it.
  7. They can also take photographs, film or draw pictures to begin building up a scrapbook about the local canal or river.
  8. Ask the group:
  • Is it clean?
  • What can they see in it?
  • Would they drink it?
  • What do they think happens to it before it reaches our taps?
  • How do they feel about the fact that some people around the world have to drink this kind of water?
  • Can they see any signage linked to the canal or river? What does it say?
  • What are people using the canal/river for? Boating, fishing etc.
  • They should jot down their thoughts to plan for each action. 

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