You will need
- Scrap paper
- Pens or pencils
Before you begin
- Find a suitable place to run this activity. This activity can take place anywhere, however being outside can help the group interact with nature as well as feeling more connected with the local environment and themselves.
- Create a scavenger hunt answer sheet by drawing out a bingo grid and filling in each square with something different to find. We’ve suggested some ideas below.
- Everyone should have a scavenger hunt sheet and a pen or pencil. Everyone should find a quiet area by themselves or in pairs. Make sure everyone knows the area the activity is taking place in and doesn’t go too far.
- Everyone should use their scavenger hunt sheet and start checking off everything they can find. They can draw pictures, write a sentence or record their findings however they want.
- Once complete, everyone should get into small groups so they can share three or four of their items with each other.
This activity was all about improving wellbeing and valuing the outdoors. Which were your favourite things to notice while you were doing the activity? Did you see or hear or smell or touch something really interesting? Think about how being out in nature can make you feel. It doesn’t always have to be good emotions: nature can bring us fear – for example, some people are scared of spiders and thunderstorms – or sadness, like when a predator catches its prey.
- Outdoor activities
You must have permission to use the location. Always check the weather forecast and inform parents and carers of any change in venue.
- Visits away from your meeting place
Do a risk assessment and include hazards such as roads, woodland, bodies of water (for example, rivers, ponds, lakes, and seas), plants, and animals.
You’ll probably need more adult helpers than usual. Your risk assessment should include how many adults you need. The young people to adult ratios are a minimum requirement; when you do your risk assessment, you might decide that you need more adults than the ratio specifies.
Think about extra equipment that you may need to take with you, for example, a first aid kit, water, and waterproofs.
Throughout the activity, watch out for changes in the weather and do regular headcounts.