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Super scarves

Scout scarves are really important. Can you fold, roll, and take care of yours?
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Scarves (such as neckers)
  • Woggles

Before you begin

  • Make sure you have a scarf for each person.
  • Set up a table or find a section of clean floor for everyone to roll on.

Scout scarves

  1. The person leading the game should ask if anyone knows any other names for the scarves Scouts wear. Some people call them ‘neckers’. Scouts all over the world wear scarves or neckers, so they remind everyone that they’re part of one big Scout family. In the UK, scarves of different colours show people which Group Scouts belong to.
  2. The person leading the game should explain that scarves don’t just identify Scouts; they have other uses too. Everyone should take a moment to think about what else a scarf could be used for, and try out some of their ideas.

Roll your scarf

  1. Everyone should open their scarf and put it flat in front of them with the point facing away from them. They should smooth it out so it’s flat. 
  2. Everyone should start to roll their scarf away from them. They should use both hands, and smooth it with their hands to make sure it stays smooth and regular. 
  3. Everyone should keep rolling until the point of their scarf measures about a hand span. They can find their hand span by stretching their hand out so it looks a bit like a starfish. When they put their thumb on the roll, their little finger should touch the point of the scarf. 
  4. Everyone should put their scarf on and slide the woggle up over the end to keep it in place.

Fold your scarf

  1. The person leading the activity should explain that some people fold their scarves instead of rolling them. 


This activity reminded everyone about how important their scarves are – not just as a symbol of worldwide Scouts, but also as a practical tool. Do some people prefer to roll their scarves while others prefer to fold them? Can anyone remember the Scout motto? It’s ‘Be prepared’. Part of being prepared for Scouts is remembering to bring your scarf to meetings and wear it – it’s also important to take care of your scarf at home and make sure it’s clean so it’s ready to roll or fold.


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. 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.