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    We have done, as have all our other sections - fire lighting, raingutter regatta (boats made at home) and shelter building. We did have a blind trail, navigation and a few other nights planned until we went back into red.
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    When we first started we tried to do some activities that needed distance to work. We first met at the wood where we help coppicing and the first challenge we set them was in small groups of 5 to complete an obstacle course while holding staves (which all happened to be at least 2m long) so they had to be at least that apart. We had enough staves to ensure one per Scout and then new ones for the next group. The second challenge was the same course but this time also blindfolded with a PL or YL guiding them around and still using staves to keep the distance and enough blindfolds for there to be one per Scout (then left a week before reuse).

    Later weeks we did small fires one per Scout, quite a few paired challenges where we had enough equipment to go one per round e.g. Tug of war using 8x 5m ropes. Relay races where we had two Scouts from each team the other Scouts standing by cones spaced out and then swapped in.

    For our Halloween night we did apple bobbing with each scout having their own washing up bowl and apple, donut on a string (this year scouts had to tie their own and hang them onto a hook) .... We even had a version of trick or treat with Scouts around the circle either having a beaker of water or a wrapped sweet/chocolate bar in the beaker. Each Scout then took it in turns and went around and could select 3 Scouts from the semi-circle and had to catch the sweet thrown from the beaker (or get wet if they chose wrongly). Leaders then refilled beakers using tongs.

    It's not always easy and we did have to make sure between activities they kept the distance so we always had cones spaced out and they had to wait at the cones when not joining in the activity this did mean for most of the time we had maybe 4 Scouts active and the other 8 watching (or cheering on their team).

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    Quote Originally Posted by wealdbrook View Post
    I think it depends on what they want from the event - do they want something Scouty/Navigaty or do they just want some (sensible) fun with their friends? Compared to the restricted options they have for other activities they may accept it and just use the time to talk - which is what ours did.
    This is always the balance isn't it?

    I think Ewan's Nav's might be very similar to our Scouts - the activities aren't their priority, they're just a vehicle for socialising with friends. (Sorry this isn't a suggestion for socially distanced activities...) I think if you run a group which runs the program (obvs not applicable to Nav's right enough), then you'll get kids coming down to get the badges and awards - that's their priority, or higher priority.

    (I also think some groups do run, or are regarded similar to how schools are by parents/young folk - they do go because it's regarded as educational, and not just a bit of fun. In other words - they take it very seriously.)

    Anyway, what I mean is - for us, Zoom meetings tapered off and we still don't think f2f meetings would work because the activities were never that important. That they got to do them with their pals was the key, and that's now diminished due to social distancing and other rules.

    As an aside, or on-topic point. I'm still not sure how leaders are justifying some activities and accounting for SD rules. Climbing for example, checking harnesses etc. How would that even work?

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    To clarify -

    We moved away from badgework in Scouts - it was largely a non-runner. I kept a chart and as Scouts attained certain elements of badges and awards I marked them off - we never set out on a badge collecting exercise.

    In our Navigators the programme is pretty active, physical, and social. We started with a basic uniform, but the kids chose not to wear it - fair enough. We asked them about badges and awards and there was a unanimous "no thanks".

    Our meeting - pre-covid, were in a format of, meet in the cafe - chat and update on what we were doing, the games and or activities for the evening, and close again in the cafe with an individually chosen piece of music, which the nominated Nav had to explain why they liked that particular music. ( This was a bit of a shocker - I expected lots of stuff that I would hate - like much of the stuff you hear on Radio 1 or Radio Aire/ Pulse etc.. But largely, they selected music from an earlier era - lot of reasons why, but it was an eye-opener for them and for us adults. - So, who buys the hip-hop gangsta crap if these kids don't?)

    Anyway - can we get back to ideas for socially distanced activities, please
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    Roger.

    Suggestions coming up...

    We plan to restart in some form at Easter. Probably not worth it before then, the weather will be mingin.

    We'd be doing knife, axe and saw work (because it's conducive to distancing anyway).

    We'll certainly be doing hikes (with lightweight cooking singly).

    Shooting, also conducive to SD'ing. (Although not .22 because TSA have decided that's dangerous - and no, certainly do not ask on 1st FB why or you will be accosted by jobsworths and told you're a risk to life (but won't answer why .22 isn't allowed indoors...)

    Firelighting, but not actual fires, just getting a flame from various different methods.

    Out from left field? We did a thing making pop corn over tea lights. You make a wee frying pan out of crushed/folded tin foil, wee spot of oil, single kernel of corn. You're supposed to be able to do it with an almond skewered on a paper clip - but that never worked for us. (Wrong nuts probably).

    Coke can burners. (Only works if you can actually burn something on them. Making the burners is alright, making things burn is better though).

    Knife work/whittling. But make something 'interesting' like gutties. (But don't let them take them away...) Feather sticks are good to build skills. (But this is an activity which I think isn't properly conducive to SD'ing and the RA you'd* have to write...)

    We don't play games anyway. The kids usually get balls out (ummm, as in from the games cupboard, not... Ummm... Moving on...) at the start of the night, but we'll lock them away and they can stare forlornly at them while and leaders can feel like the child catcher or something.

    I'm not sure where we'll be at Easter 2021. I know with Scouts being over and under 12 and having that mix of mask wearing, and that they absolutely do not do any social distancing at all outside - I'll try to do it at Scouts, but that's all. I'll make no guarantees and make sure parents know it.

    Over and out.


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    FWIW, you will get a sensible answer from John Dohoo who will have written that rule, I suspect. You can find him on google.

    I used to know him a little bit sure he would welcome the question and the chance to explain the reason for it.

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    This may be a little too young for you - Beavers/Cubs rather than Navigator age, but we were able to spend 4 precious evenings outside at the Scout District campsite. Some of these you might be able to do if you have a local park or similar. I haven't tried to be inside with the Cubs yet.

    Glowstick hunt - out in school bubble groups to find a glowstick each

    Spotlight (though you need to sanitise the torch when passing over)

    Stargazing standing in a filed together (might work better if older YP have a phone and an app)

    Tracking signs trail - only worked because the YP were in suitable bubbles, they didn't socially distance although the adults were able to stay reasonably far away

    Various arrival/ closing games such as splat;
    simon says;
    NSEW;
    Giants, elves, wizards;
    name game;
    winking kojak (in daylight);
    who's the leader?
    - basically anything that can be done by action and words in a big space

    Nature hunt - done in natural light earlier this year, and supported by the BSL who is great at producing a list of things that can be found in autumn

    Creating maps of the campsite for navigator badge

    Edit - saw Pa Broon's post about whittling. I've done soap carving with our Cubs previously, but had parked it in the last 2 years because I couldn't trust that I'd manage behaviour safely. With the reduced numbers, when we go back to f2f I will run this activity at the campsite with some of the Cubs (though not Beavers using my sheaf knives)
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    Quote Originally Posted by scoutgamer View Post
    This may be a little too young for you - Beavers/Cubs rather than Navigator age, but we were able to spend 4 precious evenings outside at the Scout District campsite. Some of these you might be able to do if you have a local park or similar. I haven't tried to be inside with the Cubs yet.

    Glowstick hunt - out in school bubble groups to find a glowstick each

    Spotlight (though you need to sanitise the torch when passing over)

    Stargazing standing in a filed together (might work better if older YP have a phone and an app)

    Tracking signs trail - only worked because the YP were in suitable bubbles, they didn't socially distance although the adults were able to stay reasonably far away

    Various arrival/ closing games such as splat;
    simon says;
    NSEW;
    Giants, elves, wizards;
    name game;
    winking kojak (in daylight);
    who's the leader?
    - basically anything that can be done by action and words in a big space

    Nature hunt - done in natural light earlier this year, and supported by the BSL who is great at producing a list of things that can be found in autumn

    Creating maps of the campsite for navigator badge

    Edit - saw Pa Broon's post about whittling. I've done soap carving with our Cubs previously, but had parked it in the last 2 years because I couldn't trust that I'd manage behaviour safely. With the reduced numbers, when we go back to f2f I will run this activity at the campsite with some of the Cubs (though not Beavers using my sheaf knives)


    Interesting ideas - some might work, but the issue is in bold.

    In both sections we have no clear bubbles - we draw from multiple schools and year groups - so perhaps two, maybe three at most in a group, so keeping them in bubbles is not realistic.

    I suspect that when we come out of Lockdown and NYA goes to Amber, we will still be in Tier 3, which, for us, puts meetings on the back burner yet again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pa_broon74 View Post

    Knife work/whittling. But make something 'interesting' like gutties. (But don't let them take them away...)

    What's a Gutty/guttie? sounds interesting if they can't be taken away
    I was planning the skulk of foxes when we next get back in person, but they struggle to get more than one or two done in a session

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    I'll swap you a gutty (or guttie) which is another name for a catapult*, for what ever skulk of foxes is? I've never heard of that before.


    * You can buy the elastic from a hardware shop, or if you have a contact in the NHS somewhere who has access to medical supplies... I filched some medical grade pipe (I can't remember what it came off, probably some sort of dialysis machine), it's proper boingy. We made a water balloon launcher with it.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushfella View Post
    Interesting ideas - some might work, but the issue is in bold.

    In both sections we have no clear bubbles - we draw from multiple schools and year groups - so perhaps two, maybe three at most in a group, so keeping them in bubbles is not realistic.

    I suspect that when we come out of Lockdown and NYA goes to Amber, we will still be in Tier 3, which, for us, puts meetings on the back burner yet again.
    As I understand it, school bubbles only provide exemption from social distancing while in school. At other activities social distancing (1m+ in england) should still apply.

    That said, from a pragmatic point of view it seems daft to say to kids "you've been sat close to each other in a classroom all day but now you've got to follow the social distancing rules with the same group of kids because you're at scouts"

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    Quote Originally Posted by pa_broon74 View Post
    for what ever skulk of foxes is? I've never heard of that before
    https://kindlingplayandtraining.co.u...tling-project/
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    That's pretty cool.

    (I did think though, that it involved some sort of skulking through the undergrowth looking for actual foxes, or fox poo or some sort of actual skulking, possibly involving a fox or some other vulpine aspirational actions.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushfella View Post
    Interesting ideas - some might work, but the issue is in bold.
    Agreed, which is why I put it in to warn you.

    I think the same way about all the hiking suggestions that have been made - if they can't stay 1m+precautions apart for 15 minutes we'll never get a long hike in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoutgamer View Post
    Agreed, which is why I put it in to warn you.

    I think the same way about all the hiking suggestions that have been made - if they can't stay 1m+precautions apart for 15 minutes we'll never get a long hike in.
    When we did our orienteering the rule was that if they could both reach out and touch each other's hands then they were too close - simple rule, they could understand and gave a reasonable distance since they are often not that far in their schools from the same people. My observation was that over an hour's activity they were pretty good, but perhaps we are just lucky to have responsible Scouts.
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