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Volunteering at Scouts is changing to help us reach more young people

Volunteering is changing to help us reach more young people

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Grab it, bag it

See if you can pack your bag without taking someone else’s items. What do you need for different adventures?

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You’ll need

  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Three envelopes
Clothing and equipment item cards
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Extra information
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Before you begin

  • Cut out the item cards.
  • Stick one activity backpack to each envelope.
  • Spread the rest of the item cards face up on the floor in the middle of the room.

Play the game

  1. Split into three teams. Give each team one backpack envelope.
  2. Each group should get into their own space. They should spend one minute talking about the things they would need to do their activity.
  3. The person leading the game should make a noise to let everyone know it’s time to collect items.
  1. One player from each team should go to the item pile. They should select one item they need to pack to do their activity, and bring it back to their team. Once an item is in their bag, groups can’t change their mind or put it back.
  2. Players should take it in turns to go to the item pile and collect the things they need until they have seven items.
  3. Once all of the bags are packed, each group should take it in turns to read out the items they have in their backpack. The other groups should guess the activity they were packing for.
  4. Everyone should talk about whether they agree with the decisions people have made – would they make any changes? The person leading the game should show everyone the correct equipment list for each activity.
  5. Everyone should talk about other general items you may need to pack for outdoors activities, such as clothing (raincoats and sunhats), safety equipment (first aid kits), and water and snacks.


This activity needed you to problem-solve. How did you decide which items you needed for your activity? Was it easier to make decisions near the beginning or the end? Did you decide on a strategy in your team – for example, who would go first? Did you all make your own decisions, or did you plan together? Did you ever wonder whether you needed any of the items that were left, or think you may need more than seven items? What did you do then?

This activity also helped you to develop skills. Do you understand what sorts of things you’d need to pack for different activities? How would you pack your bag – for example, would you get all of the things into a pile first, or put them in your bag as you find them? Do you think you could make a kit list or pack your bag on your own? Will you try to pack your own bag for your next adventure?


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

Remove the four items that no group needs.

Allow groups to change their minds and put items back in the middle of the game.

The person leading the game could walk around and help groups throughout, for example by taking any incorrect items and putting them back in the middle. This may take longer, but would mean they wouldn’t have to check the backpacks at the end.

Do this game without moving, by printing out more copies of the items and giving each group the seven items they need, as well as several more items they don’t need. Now, they can make decisions standing or sitting together.

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.