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Countryside Code: true or false?

Learn the Countryside Code in an interactive game to get you ready for the outdoors.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • A4 paper
  • Pens or pencils


Before you begin

  • Make (or print) two signs showing ‘true’ and ‘false’ (or ✓ or ✗) and place them at opposite sides of the meeting place.
  • Read through the Countryside Code to familiarise yourself with it.

Play the game

  1. Gather everyone together and explain the three parts of the Countryside Code: respect, protect and enjoy.
  2. Have a group discussion to make sure everyone understands the three areas of the code.
  3. To begin the game, explain that everyone needs to listen carefully to the statements read aloud and decide whether they are true or false. Once they’ve decided on their answer, they can stand by the corresponding true or false signs.
  4. This game isn’t a race, so everyone can take their time to decide.
  5. Once everyone has made their decision and is standing by their chosen sign, the person leading the game can reveal the correct answer and explain the statement from the Countryside Code.
  1. Repeat these steps until all the statements have been read and answered.
  2. Everyone should now have a greater understanding of the Countryside Code. If anyone would like to work on this further, you could try giving them scenarios or questions and they could explain which part of the Countryside Code it would relate to – for example, what should you do with litter when exploring the countryside?


Keeping the Countryside Code means you're also keeping the Scout Promise. You're thinking of others, helping other people and being prepared. Ask everyone if they noticed the link between the Countryside Code and the Promise they made when joining their Scouts section? Do they think they’ll be able to help keep the Countryside Code, and work toward keeping their Scout Promise?


All activities must be safely managed. 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.