You will need
- Scrap paper
- Pens or pencils
Before you begin
- The person leading the activity should cut up the ‘Rights and wrongs’, mix them up and place them in a bowl or pile at one end of the meeting room.
- The game can be played in one or two teams. If playing in two teams, make another set of the rights and wrongs.
Know your rights!
- The person leading the activity should show everyone the Yellow Card. They should explain that it’s Scouts’ code of practice to keep everyone safe and go through what it says.
- Next, start a conversation about what rights are for children.
- Everyone should think of one or two ideas that they wish were rights but are just nice things, such as being allowed to play computer games every day or eat sweets for breakfast.
Play the game
- Everyone should get into one or two teams to play the game.
- In this game players will take a slip of paper from the pile and mime what it says for the rest of the team to guess.
- The team then has to decide if it’s a right (thumbs up) or a wrong (thumbs down).
- The first player should run to the end of the meeting space, take a slip of paper from the bowl or pile and read it.
- The player then mimes their right to the rest of the team.
- On the count of three, everyone shows a thumbs up or thumbs down.
- Check everyone has understood before the second player has a turn.
- The game ends once every player has a turn or you’ve used all of your rights and wrongs.
Write your rights
- After the game, everyone should talk as a whole group about what each right might look like online.
- Work together to make a list of the rights that you think you should have when online. Can anyone think of any examples?
This activity helped everyone to understand the rights they and every child have and the rights they don’t have. Talk about what would happen if everyone had some of the ‘wrongs’ in the game. What would happen if every child ate sweets every day? It wouldn’t be very good for their teeth. What would happen if every child had to hop on one leg all the time? It would get very tiring! Come up with some rights together about being a member of your section and what sort of rights everyone should have when you’re together. These might include things like everyone has the right to have fun, everyone has the right to feel safe at meetings, and everyone has the right to have a turn. Ask the group if there is anywhere else that these rights might apply such as at school or online. At Scouts we have our Yellow Card so that everyone knows their rights and how to keep each other safe in person, or online. Remind everyone that it’s also important to remember others’ rights and to respect these too.
- 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.