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Value menu

Choose a cause to support as you plan meals for an international camp.

You will need

  • Device with access to the internet

Activity introduction: 

In this activity, everyone will create a camp menu that works for people with different dietary requirements. They’ll then split into teams and shop for their menu as though they have different values around food (for example, finding the lowest prices, buying organic food, or choosing local produce).

The activity introduces the idea of value as something which means much more just the price of a food – for some people, it includes supporting certain businesses or causes with their money choices. 

You may want to run this activity over two meetings. In the first meeting, you could ask who’s on the camp and choose your value; in the second meeting, you could make the menu and serve your budget. This activity works both online and face-to-face.

Before you begin

  • Make sure you’ve risk assessed your meeting, and also have a COVID-19 safe risk assessment that’s been agreed by your line manager. You can check out more detailed guidance here.
  • Make sure you know your stuff about different dietary requirements so you can help groups if they get stuck. We’ve included some information below. 
  • Decide how you’ll run the activity. We’ve included suggestions for running it online and face-to-face. You’ll need to decide whether to research online, go to a supermarket, or ask people to figure it out between the sessions.
  • It’s important that everyone respects other people’s choices and religions – even if no one who makes that choice (or follows that religion) is in the group. Decide whether you want to set ground rules to guide everyone. 
  • There are some great games to to with budgeting and saving on the Scout Store: look for Money Bags, Buy It Right Shopping Game and Money Box Tree!

Safety checklist

Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:

  • Make sure that everyone knows the plan for dropping young people off (and picking them up again).
  • Set up a hand washing station that you can use throughout the session.
  • Stay socially distanced when moving around the space and when talking to other people.

Step 1: who’s on the camp?

  1. The person leading the activity should set the scene: you’re about to go on an international camp – and they’ve put you in charge of the food! What would you need to think about?
  1. Everyone should chat about the importance of including everyone when they plan the camp meals 
  1. Everyone should make a list of of foods that would work for people with different dietary requirements. Are there foods that would work for everyone? How many different combinations can people make – can they make up some new dishes together?
  1. Everyone should agree on a menu for their camp and choose the dishes they’ll serve. They should work together to write a shopping list of the things they’ll need to buy. They should agree on serving sizes too, so everyone knows how much they’d need to buy.

Step 2: choose your value

  1. The person leading the activity should explain that whenever someone spends money, it affects someone else. People often choose where to spend their money by deciding what they want to support – their spending can represent their values.
  1. Everyone should split into small teams. Each team should choose a value to support. They don’t have to support this value in real life – it’s just to plan a menu.
  1. Each team should think about the products they’ll need to make the menu they agreed on. What will they need to look out for when they’re shopping for their value?

Step 3: make the menu 

  1. The teams should find out how much their menu would cost if they shopped following their value. They don’t need to buy anything – this part of the activity is just about finding out the cost. They should keep track of the prices by writing them down or putting them into a calculator or two.
  1. Each team should work together to add up the total price of their menu. This isn’t a maths test – people can ask for help or use a calculator.


Step 4: serve your budget 

  1. Each team should choose a creative way to share what they’ve found. They could make a list to show how much it cost, create a map of where their items have come from, or make a collage of the people they’ve supported.  
  2. Everyone should share their creations and chat about what they found.


What have people learned about where their money choices go? What have they learned about making sure everyone is catered for? Does anyone think they’d like to keep supporting certain values (perhaps in the future, when they’re grown up and in charge of the food shopping)? What would happen if everyone did this – what impact would it make?


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.