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Join the Adventure…Bishop’s Stortford and District

Activities and Programme Ideas Issue One

Xtra – December 2008

Hi Everyone!! Page 1: General


Information
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Marijke Balaam and I am the Assistant
District Commissioner Activities (ADC) for Bishops Stortford and District. I am also an
Assistant Explorer Scout leader in the District for Voyager ESU. I have been involved in Page 2: Beavers
Scouting pretty much since I was born. Some of the best times of my life have come from
Scouting, both as a Scout and as a Leader.

My role is to not only help promote different activities that are happening within the County Page 3: Cubs
and District, but to also help you all with programme ideas, which is where this newsletter
Xtra comes in.
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The other part of my role is to help leaders with the Scout Associations Policy, Organisation
and Rules (POR). POR defines the structure of Scouting in the United Kingdom, the Channel
Islands and the Isle of Man and provides information about its management and training.
The full update POR can be found using this link: Page 5: Explorers

http://www.scouts.org.uk/support_resource_view.php?support_resource_id=71

I have a hard copy of the activities section of POR so if you need to know anything at all,
however silly you may think it is please don’t hesitate to contact me!! It may turn out to be
very important.

I hope you all find this newsletter Xtra useful and put some of the ideas to the test, please
tell me of any ideas you come up with that you think other people may not have tried and I
can incorporate them into it.

Many Thanks for reading this and I look forward to either meeting or hearing from you soon

Marijke Balaam
ADC Activities
County Events:

My Contact Information: Useful Websites: Herts 100:


10th – 12th July 2009
Email: adc-activities@hotmail.co.uk http://www.scouts.org.uk/ Tolmers
Home No: 01279 653385 http://www.scoutbase.org.uk/
Mobile No: 07725 489677 http://www.bishopsstortfordscouts.org.uk Fire and Ice:
Address: 12 Norman Avenue http://hertfordshirescouts.org.uk/ 16th – 18th Jan 2009
Bishops Stortford Tomers
Hertfordshire
CM23 4HL http://hertfordshires
couts.org.uk/attach
ments/054_Fire%20a
nd%20Ice%20Leaflet.
pdf

Marijke Balaam ADC Activities Email: adc-activities@hotmail.co.uk


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ADC Beavers:
Hazel Mead
BEAVER SCOUTS Email: Hazelmead404@btinternet.com

ACTIVITIY: What did you get for INSTRUCTIONS:


Christmas? 1. Split the section into
TIME: From 10 – 30 minutes small groups
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If the gift 2. Each group picks a
was a book or similar encourage the group present that they
to act out the story or title of the received and makes up a
book as this will be more interesting and fun mime
PROGRAMME ZONE: Creative 3. Each group takes it in
LINK: turns to mime and the
https://members.scouts.org.uk/pol/activityse rest of the section
archviewactivity.do?activityId=349 guesses what the
present was.

ACTIVITY: Chinese Dragon Masks


TIME: From 10 to 15 minutes INSTRUCTIONS:
EQUIPMENT: Colouring pencils, Scissors, 1. Print off a copy of the
Elastic attached template and
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: photocopy onto card, you
- You could enlarge the photocopy to make will need one per Beaver
larger masks or to make colouring easier scout.
- This is a good activity for Chinese New 2. Each Beaver colours in
Year, which falls on 26th January 2009 their mask
PROGRAMME ZONE: Creative, Global 3. When colouring is
LINK: complete punch holes
https://members.scouts.org.uk/pol/activityse through their card and
archviewactivity.do?activityId=5822 attach elastic.

ACTIVITY: Turning Japanese INSTRUCTIONS:


TIME: From 5 to 20 minutes 1. Print out the attached
EQUIPMENT: Blu-tak, White Paper ideograms and pin one to
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The each wall.
Japanese don't have an alphabet. Each 2. Call out the words they
word, or idea, is represented by a sign represent and Beavers
called an ideogram. run to the correct wall
PROGRAMME ZONE: Fitness, Global
LINK:
https://members.scouts.org.uk/pol/activityse
archviewactivity.do?activityId=31283

With the Japanese and Chinese activities


you could always make the whole evening
for the section themed on their cultures.
There are a lot of simple games and
activities out there to help you run a
successful evening. Even if you do a
Google search 

Marijke Balaam ADC Activities Email: adc-activities@hotmail.co.uk


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Marijke Balaam ADC Activities Email: adc-activities@hotmail.co.uk


ADC Cubs:
CUB SCOUTS Ken Gordon
Email: ken@jkl2000.co.uk

ACTIVITY NAME: Scientists badge – Make INSTRUCTIONS:


a compass 1. Magnetise a needle and
TIME: From 20 to 30 minutes float it in a cork to create
EQUIPMENT: Piece of paper, felt-tipped a compass
pen, plate or saucer, water, Piece of cork (a 2. Follow the instructions on
slice from a wine bottle cork is ideal), the resource, you can get
sewing needle, magnet. to this from the link.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: More
information on the scientists badge can be
found following this link
http://www2.scouts.org.uk/cubs/Badges/sci
entist.html
PROGRAMME ZONES: Creative, Global,
Outdoor and Adventure
LINK:
https://members.scouts.org.uk/pol/activityse
archviewactivity.do?activityId=28098

ACTIVITY: A Pirates Story INSTRUCTIONS:


TIME: From 20 to 30 minutes 1. The instructions to this
EQUIPMENT: The story, chairs (or similar), one you will find by
chalk following the link. There
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: was too much to copy
- With the activity everyone is a winner, not over, not complicated
just one team though so don’t be
- You control the game with the telling of the scared to try it 
story - pause if gets too 'rough' and then
continue
- If this is your first action story - you may
need to have a practice run
PROGRAMME ZONES: Community,
Fitness, Outdoor and Adventure.
LINK:
https://members.scouts.org.uk/pol/activityse
archviewactivity.do?activityId=27601

ACTIVITY NAME: Making a Hexagonal INSTRUCTIONS:


Kite 1. Print copies of the
TIME: From 20 to 30 minutes attachments for easy
EQUIPMENT: Clear sticky tape, scissors, reference
string, (for each kite) lightweight bin bag, 2. Cut and open out the
two small garden canes, attachments. plastic dustbin liner to the
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Remind the shape in the picture
Cub Scouts or the Kite Safety Rules 3. Cut the garden canes to
PROGRAMME ZONES: Outdoor and fit down the edges of the
Adventure kite and tape them into
LINK: position
https://members.scouts.org.uk/pol/activityse 4. Carefully cut the two air
archviewactivity.do?activityId=813 holes

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Marijke Balaam ADC Activities Email: adc-activities@hotmail.co.uk


ADC Scouts
SCOUTS Max Streets
Email: maxstreets51@yahoo.co.uk

ACTVITY NAME: Band Symbols INSTRUCTIONS:


TIME: From 15 to 30 minutes 1. Give out the ‘band sheet’
EQUIPMENT: Resources to individuals or small
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The groups
founders of Widgit have pioneered the use 2. Give a set amount of time
of symbols to support literacy and to guess as many bands
communication for more than 25 years and as possible
are at the leading edge of development in 3. This can be a time
this field. For more information on Widgit restricted competition or
see www.widgit.com who can guess them all
PROGRAMME ZONES: Beliefs and first competition.
Attitudes, Creative Expression
LINK:
https://members.scouts.org.uk/pol/activityse
archviewactivity.do?activityId=27535

ACTIVITY NAME: Speech Contest INSTRUCTIONS:


TIME: From 10 to 30 minutes 1. For this activity it is best
EQUIPMENT: Resources that you follow the link
PROGRAMME ZONES: Beliefs and and read through them
Attitudes, Creative Expressions. yourself. It does look as if
LINK: it will be a very
https://members.scouts.org.uk/pol/activityse interesting activity to do.
archviewactivity.do?activityId=27189 If anyone decides to take
up the challenge, please
invite me along so I can
see how it works out. 

ACTIVITY NAME: Snowflake Prayer INSTRUCTIONS:


TIME: From 10 to 20 minutes 1. Give each person a
EQUIPMENT: Scissors, white paper square piece of paper.
PROGRAMME ZONES: Creative Ask them to fold it in half
expression, Beliefs and Attitudes and in half again, then in
LINK: half so they have a
https://members.scouts.org.uk/pol/activityse triangle shape.
archviewactivity.do?activityId=28839 2. They then take hold of
the thin corner and cut
out random shapes from
the rest. They should
have a snowflake when
they open it.
3. Read the reflection and
then the prayer.
4. You might ask different
people to read different
lines from the prayer

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Marijke Balaam ADC Activities Email: adc-activities@hotmail.co.uk


District Explorer Scout Commissioner
EXPLORER SCOUTS Nigel Reed
Email: nigel.reedbs@ntlworld.com

ACTIVITY NAME: Blindfold Hike INSTRUCTIONS:


TIME: From 120 to 180 minutes 1. Give the unit a weeks
EQUIPMENT: Transportation, Mobile notice that they will be
phones, Blindfolds, Torches going on a night exercise.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Ensure that 2. Arrange transport to get
you have a mobile phone number for each the explorers to their
group and that they have a contact number starting place.
to ring in case of difficulties 3. On arrival the Explorers
PROGRAMME ZONES: Outdoor and are blindfolded and
Adventure, Physical Recreation, Skills transported to an
LINK: unfamiliar area where
https://members.scouts.org.uk/pol/activityse they are dropped off,
archviewactivity.do?activityId=8830 blindfolds removed and
given a map.

ACTIVITY NAME: Mobile Phone INSTRUCTIONS:


Photography Competion 1. At the start of the
TIME: From 30 to 120 minutes meeting, explain the
EQUIPMENT: Mobile phones with a built in activity, and the
camera, Prizes. boundaries you are using
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The 2. Give a definite time to be
attached list is a suggestion of different back in the meeting place
photos to capture, which can be adapted to to share the results
suit your time limit or the theme you are 3. Once all the groups
using. Allow for flexibility of interpretation! return, have a show and
You may like to bring in some prizes for the tell of the different photos
best or most unusual shot, and for the captured
winning team 4. Decide upon a winner,
PROGRAMME ZONES: Outdoor and and a 'best photo' for the
Adventure, Skills whole Troop
LINK:
https://members.scouts.org.uk/pol/activityse
archviewactivity.do?activityId=4761

INSTRUCTIONS:
ACTIVITY NAME: Blindfold Tent Pitching 1. All members of a small
TIME: From 30 to 50 minutes group or team (apart from
EQUIPMENT: Tent (lightweight), blindfolds one) are blindfolded
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: This activity (scarves are great for
could be used along with other activities for this)
greater awareness of global issues or when 2. The young person who is
using Africa as a theme. It could also be a not blindfolded must sit
starting point for some fundraising. on a chair away from the
PROGRAMME ZONES: Global, Outdoor pitching area and issue
and Adventure, Skills, Values and the instructions to the
Relationships rest of the team
LINK: 3. After the activity ask the
https://members.scouts.org.uk/pol/activityse young people about the
archviewactivity.do?activityId=1008 difficulties they incurred

Marijke Balaam ADC Activities Email: adc-activities@hotmail.co.uk


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ACTIVITIES CENTRES CLOSE TO HOME

Enfield Scout ESSA (Enfield Scout Sailing Association) is a voluntary organisation run by
qualified sailing and powerboat instructors. It is a recognised Royal Yachting
Sailing Association (RYA) Training Centre, and is also affiliated to the National Schools
Association Sailing Association. The sailing base and courses are mainly suited for young
people age 9 upwards, but we regularly have adults (who are always welcome)
(ESSA) joining in and achieving many sailing and powerboat qualifications.

LINK TO THEIR WEBSITE:


http://www.essa.org.uk/index.html

Tolmers Scout The size and layout of the site also makes it suitable for anything from a small
camp for few children right up to major youth adult and corporate events.
Campsite Tolmers has a complete range of activities all ready in house from climbing and
archery to rafting and canoeing. Other activities can also be arranged either
onsite or offsite as required, making Tolmers a very versatile site with limitless
possibilities.

LINK TO THEIR WEBSITE:


http://www.tolmers.org.uk/scoutsandguides/index.htm

Marijke Balaam ADC Activities Email: adc-activities@hotmail.co.uk

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