You will need
- Pens or pencils
- A4 paper
Before you begin
- Remind yourself of everything people have done to champion kindness: how did they identify the need, plan action, and take action?
- If you have resources people made, or photos and videos of them taking action, bring them to show everyone. You could ask people to bring their own photos and resources too.
- Write the Questions to ask on six pieces of paper and display them around your meeting space.
Organise a speaker
- Contact the British Red Cross by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a Red Cross speaker to come and talk to your group. They’ll be able to explain what the Red Cross does, tell everyone about the power of kindness, and let them know how they can support the Red Cross.
- Make sure your speaker has all the information they need, including how to get to your meeting place and any access information they may need.
- Make sure you’ve got enough resources for everyone so the visit runs smoothly.
- Don’t worry if you can’t arrange a speaker – there’s plenty of information on the Red Cross sheet and their website.
- The person leading the activity should help everyone remember the main details about their project so far. They should use any resources, photos, or videos to help jog people’s memories.
- Everyone should split into six groups. Each group should go to a different piece of paper with a question on.
- Each group should spend two or three minutes thinking about each question, chatting with their friends, and jotting down their ideas.
- The person leading the activity should keep track of time. After a few minutes, they should tell everyone to move to the next sheet of paper. Everyone should keep moving around until they’ve had a chance to reflect on each of the six questions.
- Everyone should share their ideas.
Become a kindness champion
- Before the speaker arrives, everyone should work together to come up with some questions to ask and remind themselves of ground rules for good listening.
- Everyone should listen carefully to the speaker and ask their questions.
- The person leading the activity should explain that kindness champions are people who’ve said they’ll act as kindness role models by challenging unkind acts, spreading kindness, and doing acts of kindness for others. Kindness champions can be kind locally, nationally, or even internationally.
- Everyone should split into small groups.
- Each group should chat about the pledges they could make. They could think about things they can do on their own and things they could do as a group.
- Everyone should decide on a kindness pledge – something they’ll do in the future to show kindness to others.
- Everyone should record their pledge on the Kindness pledge sheet or a sheet of paper.
This activity helps contribute towards some of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more about the SDGs, and how Scouts across the world are getting involved.
This activity was all about reflecting on a project and how it helped people’s community and encouraged them to be citizens. How did the project make a difference for people? Did people try anything new in this project or develop new skills? Today, people came up with a kindness pledge to make more change. Was it easy to decide on a pledge? Some people may have found it tricky to narrow their options down, while others may have struggled to decide whether to join a group or go solo. What does it mean to be a kindness champion in the community? What has being a kindness champion got to do with being a citizen?
- 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.