- Pens or pencils
- Printed copies of bingo cards (enough for one each)
- A device connected to the internet
Before you begin
- Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. There's also more guidance to help you carry out your risk assessment, including examples. Don’t forget to make sure all young people and adults involved in the activity know how to take part safely.
- Make sure you’ll have enough adult helpers. You may need some parents and carers to help if you’re short on helpers.
Setting up this activity
- This activity requires you to have access to a green space, so you may want to plan to go to a local park or outdoor area during the meeting. Make sure you’ll have enough adult helpers and supervision, always following the Yellow Card.
- Make sure to print out enough bingo cards for everyone to have one each, with some spares.
Tell the story
- Gather everyone around and tell them that today they’re going to be Jedi younglings.
- Explain that you’re going to learn about the Jedi code to help us look after the environment on our adventures.
- If you’ve a device connected to the internet, tell everyone you’re going to meet the Young Jedi and play Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures - Nubs and the Flower Fiasco.
- What happened during the video? What was the team looking for on their adventure?
- Nubs loves plants. Use your senses, feel the force around you to explore your world. What can everyone smell now? What can they see around them? What can you feel around you? If everyone is quiet, what can we hear around us?
The Countryside Code is made up of three parts. The three parts are Respect, Protect and Enjoy.
Respect other people:
- consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
- leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available
Protect the natural environment:
- leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home
- keep dogs under effective control
Enjoy the outdoors:
- plan ahead and be prepared
- follow advice and local signs
The Jedi code
- Ask if anyone knows the qualities of a good Jedi.
- The Jedi code teaches compassion, self-discipline, teamwork and patience to Jedi younglings to become Jedi Knights.
- How might the Jedi code keep us safe while on our adventure today
- What does everyone know about the Countryside Code? Ask if anyone knows the three parts of the countryside code. Explain that they’re Respect, Protect and Enjoy/
- Tell everyone the Countryside Code is just like the Jedi, as the Jedi work to protect democracy, peace, and justice in the galaxy. We need to use the qualities of Jedi Knights to be able to follow the Countryside Code.
Go on a scavenger hunt
- Ask the Jedi younglings to gather round.
- Tell everyone that as Jedi younglings, you’ve just landed on a new planet to learn about and observe the natural world. You need to know how to look after and help protect different planets in the galaxy as part of your Jedi Knight training.
- Divide everyone into small teams, or Jedi clans. Make sure each team has an adult volunteer, or Jedi Master, to accompany them.
- Only Jedi Masters (adults) will have pens and will be able to cross off the items for the Jedi younglings (young people).
- Everyone will receive a bingo card. They’ll need to find and observe as many items on their bingo card as they can to become a Jedi Knight, so they’ll need to use compassion, self-discipline, teamwork and patience.
- Ask everyone how they can show these qualities in this challenge. They’ll need patience to find the items, they’ll need to work as a team to support each, they’ll need to use self-discipline to keep going and not cheat, and they’ll need to be compassionate and kind to the environment, flowers and trees.
- Remind everyone that in line with the Countryside Code, the only thing we should take from this space is our memories. We need to leave everything as we find it, so we need to make sure that we don't pick anything up, break it or disturb it.
- Tell everyone that when they have found an object on their bingo card, they need to use their senses to experience and understand it. They could see what colour it is, if it makes any sounds or what it smells like.
- When each Jedi youngling has found an object, they’ll need to explain what they have seen to their Jedi Master. If they’re right, their Jedi Master will then cross it off.
- They’ll need to get four in a row, horizontally, vertically or diagonally.
- You could say that it’s the first team of Jedi to get four in a row that wins, but prizes could also be given for care to follow the Countryside Code, teamwork, patience, compassion, determination and curiosity.
Play the game
- Each Jedi Master (adult volunteer) can now hand bingo cards out to their small groups of Jedi Younglings and take a pen.
- Head out to your outdoor space and start the bingo!
- Once you’ve finished your bingo game, head back to your meeting place. You could make a poster to tell your local community to look after nature, take litter home, leave flowers to grow and close gates, just like the Jedi help to look after the galaxy.
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Reflection (or Jedi meditation)
Invite the Jedi younglings to sit in a circle with their legs crossed and their hands on their knees.
Explain that the Jedi code teaches us we must meditate on the things we’ve been doing.
Invite the group to close their eyes and think of the activity they’ve just done. Using a calm voice, talk through the reflection below. Tell everyone that you’ll ask them some questions, but for now they should just think of the answers for themselves. When you’ve finished, you could discuss your answers if people want to.
This activity helped you to value the outdoors. Did you enjoy being outside during this activity? Did you feel connected to the natural environment?
Would you be able to enjoy being outside if nobody followed the Countryside Code? Why is the code important for nature? And why do you think we should learn the same skills Jedi learn, such as patience, compassion, teamwork and self-discipline? Did you show any of these qualities during this challenge?
By slowing down and hunting for the items on your bingo cards, did you notice anything that you had not seen before?
What was your favourite item you identified from your bingo card? Why?
- 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.
- 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. Take a look at our guidance on running active games safely.
- Visits away from your meeting place
Complete a thorough risk assessment and include hazards, such as roads, woodland, plants, animals, and bodies of water (for example, rivers, ponds, lakes, and seas). 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, such as high visibility clothing, a first aid kit, water, and waterproofs. Throughout the activity, watch out for changes in the weather and do regular headcounts.
- To decrease the difficulty, you may want everyone to work in pairs or smaller teams to find the items on their bingo cards.
- To increase the difficulty, people may have to find a full house of items, rather than just a line.
- Some people might need extra help with finding the items on their bingo card, so make sure you have enough adult helpers to support this session.
- People can work in small groups or as a whole group, depending on what will work best for your group. If needed, let people be in bigger groups to make sure everyone’s supported in taking part in the activity. A young leader could join a group to help people to take part, too.
- Take time and have patience while telling everyone what to do. Give short instructions clearly and concisely. If you need to, pause, then repeat the same instruction using the same words.
- Picking up materials could be a challenge for some people, so people could work in pairs to assist with collecting. Make sure that all the materials are at a level that can be easily worked on or seen by wheelchair users.
- For anyone who may not be able to hear the instructions, consider printing them a version that they can read at the same time.
- Make sure to print the bingo cards large enough for everyone to be able to see them. You could have magnifying glasses for people to use, or you could let them use a bingo card on a device, such as a phone or tablet, with magnification tools.
- People can move at their own pace, so you don’t need to make it competitive unless it works for everyone.
- There are many ways to enjoy the diversity of nature. People could be supported to explore different plants using more of their senses, such as touch and smell. Make sure that all the plants being touched are safe for young people. Check over the area before starting to make sure it’s safe.
- Make sure the area you're exploring is accessible for everyone in your group. You could visit the area early and remove any large or obvious obstacles. The best way to know if the site is suitable for the needs of your group is to visit beforehand. If you’re unable to visit, ask the land manager any questions well in advance. Forests with well-maintained footpaths or purpose-built roads may be more accessible than wild land.
All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.