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Making connections

Build links with other Scout groups and learn about diversity in Scouts.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Device with access to the internet
  • Pens or pencils
  • A4 paper

Before you begin

  • Remind yourself of everything people have done for their project: 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.
  • Write the Questions to ask on six pieces of paper and display them around your meeting space.
  • You may want to do Community connections to get everyone thinking about the connections between people.

Remember, remember

  1. 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.

  2. Everyone should move around the room, visiting each of the six pieces of paper. They should think about each question, chat with their friends, then jot down their ideas.
  1. Everyone should share their ideas.

Make connections

  1. Everyone should get into a circle.

  2. Everyone should take it in turns to share what they know about Scouts as an international movement.
  1. The person leading the activity should help everyone keep track of their answers. They may remember them to recap at the end or jot them down somewhere everyone can see them.

  2. Once everyone’s thought about what unites Scouts, the person leading the activity should help everyone think about what’s different from group to group. They could think about languages, activities, and when and where they meet to get them started.

  3. The person leading the activity should explain that within the Scouts community there are young people whose lives are very similar and young people whose lives are very different. This is true within the UK as well as internationally.

  4. Everyone should try to think of Scout groups that run differently to theirs. They could think about Sea Scouts and Air Scouts as well as faith groups.

  5. The person leading the activity should remind everyone about the activities they’ve done to think about refugees and displaced children in their community. Has anyone thought about refugees and displaced children in Scout groups in the UK?

  6. Everyone should think about messages they could share with other Scout groups about refugees and displaced children. Can anyone think of things other groups may want to share with them?

  7. Everyone should work together to decide how to find or contact Scouts so they can share their messages. People may have connections to Scouts they’ve met at local camps or when groups have done activities together, or they may have family members or friends who are part of Scouts.
  1. Everyone should write or record a message explaining what they’d like to do to support refugees and displaced children. They should also invite the group to join in with them.

  2. Everyone should send their message to the other Scouts. While they’re waiting for a reply, they should put together pictures, writing, videos, and photos of everything they’ve done in their A Million Hands project. They should also include some things that explain the topic and what else they’d like to do in the future.

  3. Once they’ve made contact, everyone should ask the other group about their experiences of the issue. Can people share things they’ve learned or resources they’ve found useful to help each other learn more?

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.

Reflection

This activity was all about building friendships. Was the group people contacted a lot like their group? What sorts of differences were there? Friendships usually have a balance of things in common (like interests and hobbies) and differences. Was it useful to talk to others about their project? How could people stay in touch with their new friends?

This activity was also about communicating. How did people reach out to make contact? How did they tell the other group about their project so far? Was it easy to communicate clearly? It can be tricky to put complicated projects and topics into words, so it’s good to practise. What could people to do make their messages accessible for different Scouts? How did people make sure they listened to what the other group had to say?

Safety

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.