You will need
- Clean, empty plastic bottles (two litres)
- Cotton wool balls
- Access to water
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’s your favourite kind of weather?’. 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 a Virtual scavenger hunt.
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 (and how to pronounce the technical words) 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 sky-scapes, or help each other problem solve.
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.
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 learn about the different types of clouds, how they form, and how they affect planes. 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 their 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.
Do you 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 other ways that clouds (and other weather conditions) affect people’s lives and jobs. You could also think about the important role that clouds play in the water cycle and regulating the Earth’s temperature – and how they’re affected by global warming. If you set a challenge, don’t forget to check in when you next meet.
- Fires and stoves
Make sure anyone using fires and stoves is doing so safely. Check that the equipment and area are suitable and have plenty of ventilation. Follow the gas safety guidance. Have a safe way to extinguish the fire in an emergency.
- Rubbish and recycling
All items should be clean and suitable for this activity.