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An unusual year at Scouts

Look back at a year like no other and remember the good times you’ve still been able to share.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Pens or pencils
  • Scrap paper

Before you begin

  • You might want to build this into whatever you’re doing to mark St George’s Day, or you could just use it as you prepare to return to face-to-face sessions.
  • This is a great activity to run during an online session. Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online.

Pause and reflect

  1. The person leading the activity should acknowledge that the past year has been tough and that Scouts has looked very different. They should remind everyone that it’s still been great to meet in different ways.
  2. Everyone should spend two minutes thinking of their favourite memory from Scouts over the past year. They should think about how they could share it with everyone without using words, for example, they could draw, use gestures, or act it out.
  1. The first person should share their memory without using words; everyone else should try to guess the memory
  1. Once someone’s guessed the memory, the person leading the activity should ask if anyone else chose the same memory. You could explore why they chose it – what made it their favourite?
  2. Everyone should keep playing until all of the favourite memories are shared.
  3. Everyone should continue the celebrations by looking back at the badges and awards people have achieved over the past year.
  1. Everyone should think about meeting face-to-face again. What have they missed about face-to-face sessions? What activities do they want to do when they’re back meeting face-to-face?
  2. The person leading the activity should keep track of people’s ideas.

Reflection

How does everyone feel after having reflected on the positives of the last year? Is this something they might like to do more often?

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Online safety

Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.

For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.

As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.