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Virtual Holi

Explore and get into the spirit of Holi with some colour-themed challenges.

You will need

  • Device with access to the internet
  • Other equipment depending on the challenges chosen

Before you begin

  • This activity takes place during two sessions. You’ll spend the first session setting the scene and choosing some challenges. In the second session, you’ll have the chance to enjoy some wonderful colourful creations. You could use two consecutive sessions, or give everyone a bit longer to complete their challenges.
  • If people choose to take on the group challenge, they’ll need some time in the session to plan.
  • This is a great activity to run during an online session. Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online.

Week one

  1. Everyone should share what they know about Holi. What does it celebrate? What do celebrations usually look like? Does anyone in the group celebrate it? What faith does it come from? We’ve included some information below to get you started. 
  2. As it’s the festival of colours, everyone should pick a colour-related challenge they want to try out before the next session. We’ve included some ideas below.
  3. If people chose a group challenge, they should work together to plan what they’ll do.
  1. Everyone should decide how else they’ll celebrate Holi in their next session. They could agree to wear colourful clothes or set themselves colourful backgrounds.

Week two

  1. Everyone could start with a quick, themed scavenger hunt. The person leading the session should give everyone a set amount of time to collect objects of different colours (or one colour).
  2. Everyone should take it in turns to share the results of their colour challenges.
  3. Everyone should reflect on what Holi is all about. How does the meaning of the festival link to who we are as Scouts? You could think about our Scout Values or the Scout Law. How does exploring different faiths or cultures link into this?


It’s always good to reflect on what being a Scout means. Everyone could think about how they’ve used their Scout values or the Scout Law in their lives, either individually or as a group. They could think about any ways they could use this more. 


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.

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.