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    My First Time !!

    Finally figured out how to post a message - only took 2 days!

    I've been an Akela for a year and our village is hosting a district cub competition - the theme is 'countries'. Does anyone have any ideas? I've had suggestions about writing names in Chinese/Russian and matching flags to countries, but I wanted something with a bit more wow factor. Any and all suggestions would be welcome - thanks everyone and hello!

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    Food. Nothing tells you more about a people than the food that they eat! Rummage around on t'internet for a few ideas for each country. Lidl can be great for cheap and unusual stuff!
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    sample food from different countries (other than grapes/oranges etc)

    Eating dry crackers without a drink - what it's like in a country with little drinking water

    Match up captital cities/countries/continents to see what they know (or not!)

    Why different countries have hotter/colder weather depending where in the world they are


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    Hello and welcome to

    Couple of threads that might help


    http://www.escouts.org.uk/forum/show...ian#post135701

    http://www.escouts.org.uk/forum/show...hlight=italian

    There are so many countries and so many ideas - is it limited to a continent or literally just anywhere? Then I'm sure we can come up with some more ideas for you
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    Know anyone with musical instruments from other countries that you could borrow from? A digeridoo maybe?

    Maybe some crafts, such as aboriginal art?

    Make a native american headdress.

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    Work together and make a giant totom pole - each group decorating a box each and then stacking it up to make the wow!
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    Hi and welcome.

    As the resident expert on all things South African, I agree that food is the best way to go!

    And no food is as good as traditional South African food (Especially 'Melk Terts', 'Biltong', 'Potjiekos' and 'Melk Kos' - mmmmmm)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jediwannabe View Post
    And no food is as good as traditional South African food (Especially 'Melk Terts', 'Biltong', 'Potjiekos' and 'Melk Kos' - mmmmmm)
    Translation:

    Melk Tert: A very sweet custard-like tart with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg
    Biltong: Dried, cured beef or game.
    Potjiekos: Any variety of stew cooked in a potjie or 3 legged cast iron pot like a cauldron.
    Melk kos: like a porridge, made from milk and flour. not one ive ever eaten I must confess!

    jedi, you missed droer wors, sosaties and koeksisters!
    (dried sausage, spicy kebabs and donuts dipped in syrup)

    And Ouma's rusks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomahawk View Post
    Translation:

    Melk Tert: A very sweet custard-like tart with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg
    Biltong: Dried, cured beef or game.
    Potjiekos: Any variety of stew cooked in a potjie or 3 legged cast iron pot like a cauldron.
    Melk kos: like a porridge, made from milk and flour. not one ive ever eaten I must confess!

    jedi, you missed droer wors, sosaties and koeksisters!
    (dried sausage, spicy kebabs and donuts dipped in syrup)

    And Ouma's rusks!
    While we're at it:

    • Vetkoek: Bread dough that is deep fried - Lit: Fat cake
    • Bobotie: It is a curried meat dish similar to cottage pie but without potatoes
    • Rooi Bos tea: Tea made from the 'Rooi Bos' plant (lit: Red bush) - very distinct flavour
    • Pap en Sous: Maize meal porridge and a tomato based sauce - normally eaten with braaied meat (Braai = BBQ) - Lit: Porridge and Sauce
    • Frikkadels: A spicy type of meat ball
    • Boerewors: A spiced sausage normally cooked on an open fire - Lit: Farmers Sausage
    • Bunny Chow: Hollow loaf of bread with a filling (Normally curry and meat)

    Lots and lots more
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    My county did a beaver around the world funday.

    They sent out a passport to all the colonies attending asking that we get each beaver to affix a passport photo or draw themselves on it. When everyone arrived at the Fun Day, we all had to check in at the airport terminal, get our passports stamped, get on the plane, where flight safety procedures were run through, and then exit through customs. All the adults in the terminal etc were dressed to look the part. If you don't have a building to use, mess tents would do the job.

    It encouraged our beavers to get their pasports stamped at each of the country bases they visited, and started the event with a bang.
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    We did this exact thing for district cub camp last year!! The camp was broken down into various sections (about 8 I think), and the cubs were down into groups that 'traveled' from one country to another. Each country had a craft activity and/or game relating to their culture, and some kind of food..... Germany had gingerbread men (decorated with icing and gummies or sweets), bits of sausage, learned the story of Hansel and Gretel, and ran around with water guns playing 'war'.
    Please, please, please, if you include the United States of America as a country, remember there are 50 states.... [At that same Cub camp, the leader talking about the United states told the children all day (until my group got there last of the day), that there were 51 states.... he had them guess the number, and I stayed out of it until he told the two that said 50 that they were wrong.... LOL.. of course, I had to speak up... rofl]


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    Quote Originally Posted by tomahawk View Post
    Translation:

    jedi, you missed droer wors, sosaties and koeksisters!
    (dried sausage, spicy kebabs and donuts dipped in syrup)
    Surely you wouldn't give koeksisters to Beavers? They make me hyper and I'm in my twenties!

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    donuts in syrup - sounds like a sugar overload to me
    The beavers will love it!
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    I have done many camps themed on particular countries. China, Australia and Scotland are ones that I recall went very well. Actually, I think a theme of "countries" is a bit vague or a bit too all encompassing which is probably why it is a bit hard to get down to the specifics.
    I think I would run some bases themed on particular countries. It hardly matters which countries you choose, but once you have chosen them you will find it a lot easier to focus on the specifics.
    Like many others, I think food is a sure fire winner. Some sort of local craft. Local sports, Costumes, arts, music etc.
    That's how I would plan it.
    Hope this helps

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