You will need
- Scrap paper
- Pens or pencils
- Craft materials (for example, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, stickers)
- Access to the internet
- Sports equipment, as needed
Before you begin
- This activity should ideally be run across two sessions, with the first session spent planning your Games and the second spent taking part in your Games.
- For anyone working towards their Scouts Athletics Activity Badge, this is a great opportunity to include some sports in the Games that fulfill some of your requirements. See what equipment is available for you to do this.
- If your meeting place has internet and computer access, the group could do independent research on the parts of the Games that they’re responsible for. If not, we’ve provided some links to information that can be printed before the first session for the groups to use.
Run the activity
- In the first session, explain to everyone that they’ll be planning their own Olympic Games. Have everyone share what they know about the Olympics, whether it’s to do with the events themselves, the history, where it originated or the opening and closing ceremonies. Talk about what makes the Olympics special and different to other sporting events.
- Split into groups of three or four people. Each group should pick one element of the event to plan themselves. The person leading the activity should go between the groups to hear their thoughts and make sure that no two groups are doing the same thing.
- Once everyone has settled on what they’ll be doing, they can begin planning and getting together the resources they need for the second session, where they’ll be managing that part of the event.
- Save the closing ceremony for everybody to share what they’ve learned about the Olympics from this activity. Discuss how sport brings nations together like nothing else, how it sits outside of war or political tensions and promotes peace and goodwill between different countries and cultures.
In your closing ceremony, share what you’ve learned from this activity. You could do this gathered around your Olympic flame. The Ancient Greeks believed that fire was sent from the Gods as a gift to people. Just like a campfire, the Olympic flame engages everyone and becomes a focal point for all of us. When the torch relay goes through your town, you’ll certainly know about it! Why might the flame and the Games themselves bring this communal spirit to citizens of the world? Did you feel an extra sense of responsibility to your group and everyone else to make your part of the Games as impressive as possible?
The goal of the Olympics is to build a peaceful and better world through sport. They exist to bring hope and togetherness by throwing a bridge over continents and standing above differences like race, culture or political system. Everyone should think about how the Olympics can contribute to international peace and understanding. How can each part of the Games help to work towards this in the real-life Games?
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people
- Sharp objects
Teach young people how to use sharp objects safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.
- Glue and solvents
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using glue and solvent products. Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Be aware of any medical conditions which could be affected by glue or solvent use and make adjustments as needed.
- Rubbish and recycling
All items should be clean and suitable for this activity.
- Active games
The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.
- 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.