I started this page so that there would be a page of all the great ideas we are ALL doing, so whether you are just starting, or need new ideas this page is one place to collect them.
One overall note ...
It doesn't matter what technology you pick - it has to work for your group. The first time they join is no different than the first meeting or camp - they don't know what to expect, they are overly excited or anxious - let them explore a bit and then set expectations.
We paid for Zoom because we didn't want parents to stand by at the 40-minute mark. It was the best $20 we have spent in a long time, and still cheaper than monthly crafts, camps, snacks, etc. or whatever other expenses we no longer have.
We are using Zoom, and YES it is secure now, and getting more so every day. Keep your software up to date, or it won't matter which one you select. Apple, Google, Microsoft have all gone through the same security concerns.
We tried out the main ones - WebEx, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Discord, Jitsi - but Zoom was the easiest to adopt and has the most devices supported. Don't switch it up on parents, once they are comfortable, they will be fine.
Adjust the difficulty level, but any of these can be done at any level.
- Badge work - Personal Achievement challenges, or Outdoor Skills that apply at home
- Join Folding@Home, Team 250015 (World Scouting) as a group and help fight COVID19 - more details to get started are at Folding@Home Getting Started
- Watch a Youtube video together - Scoutadelic has a lot of great ones - building lego, building a bird feeder, etc.
- Tic Tac Zoom - everybody has a piece of paper with an X or O - when it's time, hold up your paper and see which has the most in a row (could also be Connect 4, 5, etc.) Or most sets of 3 in a row (can be done with hands crossed for X or make an "O" too
- Zoom War - everybody brings a deck of cards - 1,2,3 - war - highest card wins
- Puppet show night - tired of looking at each other? Bring a puppet and put on a show for the camera - record it for later? So easy to do when they are offscreen.
- Trivia Night - each team is given a noise and they have to make that noise to answer (can use Kahoots) Kahoot
- Show them knots and how to tie them
- Repeat after me songs can become rounds due to lag - but they are still fun to sing
- iSpy with my little eye something that is purple! When they need a clue, narrow it down to which room it is in (need to be in gallery mode)
- Hangman / Wheel of Fortune - using the shared whiteboard
- Charades on the Whiteboard
- Scavenger Hunt - go find something that is a battery, pillow, tool, Scouting, utensil
- Simon Says
- Bring assorted Lego, start the timer and see what you can build in 60 seconds
- Plastic cup stacking race
- Build a bird feeder (no bird seed - use cheerios, peanuts, etc.)
- Freeze Tag
- Freeze Dance
- 20 Questions
- Wax Museum - who moves first? (best in gallery mode)
- Funny Hat day
- Costume party
- We are working on a version of Murder Wink, or Steal the Keys - needs more testing
- Virtual Museum tours
- Stargazing with Stellarium (inside or outside) - no need to wait until it gets dark
- Virtual Zoo tours with a scavenger hunt - still in development
- Online magicians, reptile guys, etc. many are moving to Zoom hosting shows
- Meet up with another group that you don't often see (like from Beaveree/Cuboree/Competition Camps) - show them that Scouting is still going on!
- UK Scouting Activities
- House Party for Apples to Apples, Pictionary, etc.
- Board Game Arena
- Virtual Tropical Rain Forest Trail (thanks 1st Beamsville!)
- What does the Scout sign mean? – (Thanks Scouter Melanie of 1st Winona)
- What does the World Scout Badge? (Thanks Scouter Melanie of 1st Winona)
- Is it a Scarf or a Necker? – (Thanks Scouter Melanie of 1st Winona)
So far Scavenger Hunt - which is as simple as "Go find something blue, then red, then ..." let the first Beavers back pick the next colour. No fair using markers or a handful of Lego.
My personal favourite has been the Pet Care badge, where the dog or cat has been part of the meeting. Watching Rufus sit next to the Beaver on an ottoman and sniff the camera cracked everyone up. Or watching Garfield play with the mouse was equally funny. No pets? No problem, tell us how you keep your stuffy safe, clean and how much you care for them
- Pet Care Badge - show us your animals and how you care for them
- Hobby Badge - show us what you do for fun
- So far we have worked on Olympic Beaver, Pet Care, Community, Beavers of the World
- Nothing specific to Cubs, but would love to hear some ideas!
- Online Escape Room at Somerset Scouts Escape Room
- Trivia in breakout rooms or using Zoom polls
- Online Orienteering - use Google Maps/Earth and plot out a course. When you reach the destination get a clue, then move on. You can travel the world with your compass
- Online hikes - maps of the Bruce Trail, and have them plan the trip
- Visit a virtual destination and do a scavenger hunt
- Online Dungeons and Dragons
- Looking for ideas ...
The last hint for now - let the youth think of the next thing - it's so much fun not knowing the answer beforehand! When they yell out Purple you actually have to react!
Happy to hear any more ideas, but our Beavers have been great and participating.
Add your ideas to this page, or send me an email with yours at firstname.lastname@example.org