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Spread the word with a short film

Edit your own video to tell the story of how you protected our environment, show others, and inspire them to do the same.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Camera or phone
  • Computer or phone

Before you begin

  • Decide what video editing program you’ll use.
  • Make sure the devices people will use have a good selection of images and videos from the project. It may be best to choose a selection, rather than having absolutely everything available.

Prepare to plan

  1. The person leading the activity should show everyone an example of a video where lots of clips have been edited together. They could use the Skills for Life, Scouts made me or the A Million Hands videos.
  2. Everyone should look through the videos and photos they have available and remind themselves of everything they did in their project.

Plan your films

  1. Everyone should split into groups of three or four people.
  2. Each group should plan their film using a storyboard. Which images and video clips will they use at different times? Do they want to add special effects, text, or voiceovers?

Make your films

  1. Each group should edit their video, using their storyboard to help them. The people leading the activity should move around helping with technical questions.
  1. Everyone should come back together to watch their films.

Share your films

Once the films are finished, everyone should decide how they’d like to share them. They may want to use social media, put it on their group’s website, or even arrange a screening for their community.

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.

Reflection

This activity was all about communicating and helping your community. People shared the things they did in their A Million Hands project. What are they most proud of? Has all of their hard work helped to bring about change in their community? How did people’s videos help their community?

Everyone’s videos were different. What parts of each other’s films did people enjoy? Did anyone tell a really effective story? How did people use their videos to inspire others? Was it easy to get their message across? Would they choose the same way of communicating if they did the activity again?

Safety

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.

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.