You will need
- Device with access to the internet
Before you begin
- The last year has been hard and it’s affected different people in different ways. It’s good to take time to reflect on fun moments we’ve shared despite everything that’s going on. This activity is one, quick, way to reflect on the positive side of meeting online.
- 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.
- You might want to set up a poll to use in the session. You can create a poll on Zoom.
- You could create a presentation showing the awards you’ll be voting on, with images to bring them to life. You could go all-in and create certificates (virtual or printed) as a fun reminder of when even a global pandemic couldn’t stop us doing Scouts.
Stop and reflect
- Everyone should reflect on what it’s been like meeting online. What have they missed about face-to-face sessions? What’s been good about meeting online?
- The person leading the activity should share the awards everyone will be voting on to celebrate the best bits of meeting online. We’ve included some ideas below.
- Everyone should vote on who they think deserves each of the awards and share their memories of what happened.
- Everyone could think about whether they’d want to have online sessions or activities in the future (maybe after they’ve had the chance to catch up face-to-face). Are there more ways we could use technology in our programme?
How does everyone feel after having reflected on the fun times? What’s been good about still being able to meet up? How have people’s communications skills changed during the pandemic?
- 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.