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Blog | 09 August 2022

Icebreaker activities and games to welcome everyone into Scouts

Written by Nicola Hilliard
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Going to your first Scouts meeting, or even coming back after the summer holidays, can be a little bit daunting.

There’re lots of new faces and brilliant volunteers to meet. Here are a few ice breakers and team building activities to help volunteers and young people get to know each other better.

Whether a young Squirrel’s feeling shy in their first meeting, an excited Cub wants to make some new friends, or a fantastic volunteer's trying to learn lots of names, these games and activities will help you all settle back into Scouts.

To begin, throw a ball around the circle. When someone catches the ball, they say their name and throw the ball to another person. Keep playing until everyone’s had a turn.

To make it harder, you could add in another ball. You could also ask people to shout someone else’s name before throwing the ball to that person to catch.

Once you’re confident in each other’s names, try these quick games:

Are you wanting to try some teamwork building activities to help your Scouts get to know each other?

Making friends can be harder for some young people, so introduce some talking points and share what you all have in common to get to know each other.

It might not just be friends that you need introducing to. Young people might need a bit longer to learn all about the brilliant world of Scouts, too.

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Stories can help relax us, give us a chance to learn new things and make us laugh. They’re also a great way for your group to help to get to know each other. 

Before reading the stories, you could even share your favourite hot drink – or make every Scouts favourite treat, s’mores!

A Squirrel playing a game, stood in a field and smiling
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