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Red Cross code - take action!

Plan the details, then deliver a project to support the Red Cross and show the power of kindness.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Pens or pencils
  • Big pieces of paper
Event planning checklist
PDF – 184.7KB
British Red Cross supporter leaflet
PDF – 1.0MB

Before you begin

  • If you haven’t already done the ‘Red Cross code’ activity, you’ll need to do it before you get stuck in to taking action with this activity.
  • You’ll need the event plans (the lists of requirements and sketches) that everyone made in the ‘Red cross code’ activity.
  • If you want more information about local services or shops, are stuck for fundraising ideas, or want to know about Scout speakers who may be able to visit in your area, email
  • Decide whether you’ll run one big event as a group or whether each group will run one smaller event or activity.

Plan the details

  1. Everyone should remind themselves of what the Red Cross does. They could watch the animation on the Scouts page of the Red Cross website or just chat through the information on the Red Cross website.
  2. Everyone should go through the ideas they came up with when they planned action with the ‘Red Cross code’ activity. They should remind themselves of what their group planned. Have they changed their mind about anything? Have they had any new ideas?
  3. The person leading the activity should record all of the ideas on a big sheet of paper.
  4. Everyone should vote to decide which project they want to run. They could use a show of hands or by putting sticky dots or ticks by the ideas on the paper.
  5. Everyone should work together to plan their project. They should use the ‘Event planning checklist’ to make sure they’ve thought of everything. Even if they’re not planning on running an event, it may remind them of important things like risk assessments.
  1. Once they’re ready, everyone should start their project and follow their plan to make it a success.
  2. When their project’s finished, everyone should take time to say thank you to any helpers and reflect on the difference they’ve made. Do they want to share the news, for example, on their social media or through local newspapers?

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, here.


This activity was all about caring and helping the community. Everyone worked together to put on an event or project to support the British Red Cross. How does the power of kindness help the Red Cross support people in crisis? Who did the project help? What difference did it make? What could people do to next keep the impact going?


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.

Road safety

Manage groups carefully when near or on roads. Consider adult supervision and additional equipment (such as lights and high visibility clothing) in your risk assessment.

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.