You will need
- Coloured pens or pencils
- A4 paper
- Glue sticks
- Craft materials (for example, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, stickers)
- Cardboard box (why not use a shoebox?)
- Items to fill the wellbeing box
Start the meeting
You’ve probably developed your own routines to start online Scout meetings, but here are some ideas:
- It’s a good idea to start with something familiar to help everyone get into the Scouts mindset and to reassure them that it’s still Scouts – it just looks a little different right now. This may mean an innovative flag break, for example.
- Why not give everyone the chance to chat to their friends? Online meetings don’t always give people to chance to reconnect; giving everyone the chance to catch up at the start helps everyone get engaged and makes it more likely that they’ll feel comfortable speaking up throughout the session. Ask everyone to tell you something good about their week or answer a question like ‘what helps you feel a bit better if you’re having a bad day?’. Don’t forget to use the mute button so everyone can hear the person speaking.
- You could get stuck into a quiz or focusing game to capture everyone’s attention and help them focus on the activity. You could try Dashing digits.
Do the activity
It’s up to you whether you play the video where Maya talks everyone through each step or whether you play the video without a presenter. We’ve included some ideas for what you could say if you decide to present it yourself.
Whichever video you choose, feel free to pause the video as often as you need to let everyone catch up, share their boxes, or help each other decide what to include. You could also point out people’s great ideas to inspire others.
Remember that mental health is complicated: positive wellbeing activities like this can’t always make mental health problems better. If people need more support, encourage them to talk to a trusted adult, their GP, or an organisation such as Childline.
If you'd like to make this video full screen on a desktop, double click on the video once you have pressed play.
If you would like to download this video, or play it full screen on mobile, you can watch the video directly on Vimeo.
If you would like to see the video without the presenter, this is also available on our Vimeo.
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.
You probably have your own ways of reflecting and ending meetings and you can borrow questions and ideas from the original activity too.
In this activity, people had the chance to think about things that may boost their wellbeing and help them feel better when they’re having a tough day. They also had the chance to think about other people – they may have encouraged their friends or helped them think about what to include in their boxes. Think about whether your reflections help young people understand what they’ve learned during the activity. The whole point of reflecting is that it helps everyone think about what they’ve learned and how they could apply it to other situations in future.
Are people comfortable sharing their ideas during the reflection? No one should feel put on the spot or forced to talk, but it’s good to give everyone a chance to have their say. You may want to revisit how you start your meetings to get everyone used to speaking up.
It’s worth giving people the chance to share what they’ve created during the reflection. It’s always nice to see what everyone’s made, but sharing their work will also help them describe the activity in their own way and make it more memorable.
It’s also useful to chat about how people could take it further. You could think about how people could build on what they’ve learned or set them a simple, creative challenge before your next session. For this activity, you could think about what else could help on tricky days; how you could spread the word about reaching out to a trusted adult, GP, or Childline; or whether you could make more wellbeing boxes to give to people who may really benefit. If you set a challenge, don’t forget to check in when you next meet.
- 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.
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. 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.
- 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.