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Blog | 24 June 2022

Programme blog: Our top activities to get outdoors this summer with Scouts

Written by Nicola Hilliard, Creative Content Producer

Summer is a great time to get outside, whether it's by the beach, in the woods or in the school playground.

Wherever your group can get to this summer, even if it’s at your own meeting place, we've lots of games and fun activities to fill those longer nights and create inexpensive action-packed camping adventures.

A group of cubs are on a playground and running towards the camera. They are all smiling and look like they are having a race. Their leaders are watching on in the background.
Hold a Sports Day with a twist by giving it a space theme.

From running under the parachute and playing wide games in groups, to cooking up tasty snacks on the campfire and getting out on the water in a canoe, we've got something for everyone in our programme.

You could even link some of the activities to our staged badges, such as Swimmer, Navigator, Hikes Away or Paddlesports. Our you might decide to finish a challenge badge for their section, such as Gardening, Athletics, Go Wild, Sports Enthusiast, Camp Craft, Brilliant Builder or Cycling.

Take a look at the activities below - then get ready to pop on your suncream and get stuck in!

Two girls, who are in Squirrel uniform, are sat in their outdoor den and smiling at the camera. They're surrounded by branches, leaves and tress while sat inside the den.
Whether it's out of blankets or branches, get building dens this summer.

Keeping safe

Keeping everyone safe in Scouts is everyone’s responsibility.

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

Always complete a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. You can use the safety guidance on each activity’s page to help you.

Remember to get approval for your activities, have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Make sure you know what to do in an emergency with the Purple Card, and every adult should have a copy of the Yellow Code, which sets out guidance for all adults in Scouts.

Although the UK is not known for its high temperatures, we do experience heat waves from time to time, so you need to safely manage activities that’ll be taking place during the summer. Find our more on how to Stay safe in hot weather.

A group of Scouts are out on a lake in canoes. There are hills in the background and a cloudy sky. A young girl is in her canoe and facing the camera. She is smiling while pushing her oar into the water. She's wearing a life jacket and helmet and looks like she's having a lot of fun.
Try something new, and get your group out on the water for some summer fun.
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