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Volunteering at Scouts is changing to help us reach more young people

Volunteering is changing to help us reach more young people

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Who do you think Scouts are?

Learn about the history of the World Scout Movement, find out what it does today, and set your sights on its future.

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You’ll need

  • Device with access to the internet

Before you begin

  • This is a great activity for an online session. Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online.
  • Let everyone know you’ll be using Kahoot! in advance and that they’ll need access to the internet to join in. If they have a mobile device, they could download the app.
  • Create the Kahoot. It shouldn’t take you too long – we’ve included some instructions and example questions to help.

What is Kahoot!?

Kahoot! is a competitive and fun online quiz platform. You’ll need someone to host the quiz; everyone else will need their own device (such as a laptop or smartphone) with internet access.

Find out more about Kahoot!

Prepare a Kahoot: create your own

  1. Head to the Kahoot! website and create an account. The website works best if you access it using a desktop or laptop computer, rather than a mobile device.
  2. You can create and host quizzes with the basic free account, or you can pay to upgrade your account to access some extra features.
  3. Once you’ve set up your account, log in using the button in the top right of the page. If it’s your first time using Kahoot!, you’ll be able to play a demo game when you first log in.
  4. Click the ‘Create’ button in the top right corner of the page to make your own quiz.
  5. Give your quiz a title by typing into the bar at the top of the page – you could name it something like ‘Scouts: who do you think you are?’ to give the evening a twist.
  6. Write your first question by adding text, images, and multiple choice answers. Don’t forget to assign timing and points too.
  7. If you’re using a free account you’ll only be able to use ‘single answer’ questions.
  8. Finish the question by marking the correct answer – tick the circle at the end of the answer box.
  9. Click the blue ‘Add question’ button on the left to move onto your next question.
  10. When you’re finished, click the green ‘Done’ button in the top right of the screen to complete your Kahoot.

When did Scouts start? 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909

Which country held the first Jamboree? England, America, Russia, Malaysia

How many Scouts are there in the world? 10 million, 30 million, 50 million,70 million

Where was the first World Scout Moot (an event for 18-26 year olds)? Switzerland, South Africa, Pakistan, Australia

Where’s the World Scout Bureau located? France, Russia, Japan, Malaysia

How many countries does Scouts operate in? Less than 50, 100, 150, More than 200


Get ready to play 

  1. Log into your Kahoot! account and find your quizzes under ‘My Kahoots’.
  2. Choose the quiz you want to use. Click the green ‘Play’ button and the quiz will open in a new tab.
  3. On the left you’ll have the option to host or teach; on the right you’ll have the option to challenge or assign. Choose the host or teach option to play live.
  4. Choose your game settings (like randomising the order of questions and answers).
  5. When you’re ready hit the green ‘Classic’ button. You’ll see a screen displaying your six digit game PIN.

It’s quiz time

  1. The person leading the activity should invite everyone to a Zoom meeting and remind them to bring a mobile device with the app (or be ready to open their browser) to play the game.
  2. The person leading the activity should welcome everyone to the session as normal.
  3. The person leading the activity should start your quiz by sharing their screen so that everyone can see the game PIN.
  4. Everyone should load the app or go to in a web browser and enter the game code. You’ll be able to see members as they join.
  5. When everyone is ready, the person leading the game should hit ‘Play’.
  6. If you click the padlock symbol next to the start button, it’ll stop anyone else from joining the quiz while you’re playing it.
  7. Everyone should look at the question on screen and the possible answers and choose their answer on their device. When the timer runs out (or everyone has answered) Kahoot! will automatically show the correct answer.
  8. Players get points if they chose the right answer – the faster they answered correctly, the more points they’ll earn. You’ll see a scoreboard with the top five scores after each question.
  9. The person leading the game should click ‘Next’ to move onto the next question.
  10. At the end of the quiz, a podium will show the top three players. The person leading the game should congratulate everyone for taking part.

The future is bright

  1. Explain that the Scout movement is all about the power of young people coming together to learn skills, have fun, and help make the world a better place. Across the world, Scouts are taking action to save the environment, promote peace, and help communities recover from disasters.
  2. Everyone should chat about what they think the World Organization of the Scout Movement should be working on now and in the future. Are there some areas where Scouts aren’t taking action at the moment?
  3. As a group, everyone should try to decide on the top three areas Scouts should come together to tackle over the next five years. They should be able to explain why they chose these areas and think about what exactly Scouts could do to make things better.


Scouts has been around since 1907 and it’s grown to be the largest youth movement anywhere on the planet. How do people feel now they know that that Scouts is such a huge, global movement? Do they feel connected to Scouts across the globe? If not, what could they do to reach out? The person leading the activity could explain that Scouts sometimes have the chance to go on international experiences. Would people like to give this a go? How could they make it more eco-friendly?

This activity gave everyone the chance to find out about Scouts’ history and learn new things about what Scouts do across the globe. How did it feel to plan what Scouts should take action on? Do people think that Scouts can change the world?


All activities must be safely managed. You must complete a thorough risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. 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. Take a look at our online safety or bullying guidance. The NSPCC offers more advice and guidance, too. 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 CommandAs always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare, including their online experiences, follow the Yellow Card to make a report.

You could ask young people to each submit a question they have researched to be included in the quiz. The trickier, the better – but you may want to check they’re accurate before you include them.

  • Make sure everyone can access your quiz online. Instead of running this virtually you could work in small teams face-to-face using ‘Team mode’. 
  • If anyone finds reading tricky, you could let people have plenty of time and read the questions and answers out loud.

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.

You could create a project plan for your three ideas and really plan out how Scouts could get involved in the areas you’ve chosen. We’d love to see your plans! Send them over to with the subject line ‘Community impact – international plan’.

You could ask if anyone’s been on an international Scouts experience (or if they know someone who has). Would they like to share their experience with the group?