From the Scouter Manual:
Objective: I will explore what it means to be a contributing member of my home.
When planning your adventure, consider including:
- the spirit of the Scout Law or Promise in your adventure
- something about household relationships with humans and/ or with animals
- home maintenance, repair or chores
Here are some ideas to get you going on creating your own adventures:
Adventure Idea 1: Home Repair Expert 1. Do a survey of your home and find at least five repairs or maintenance items on your home itself that need attention. 2. In discussion with your parents/guardians, decide which of these you could address, considering budget, timeline, tools needed, skills and more. Make the repairs you can manage. 3. Determine who can help you learn the skills needed to make the repairs you could not make with the skills you already have. Learn some new repair skills and apply them to some home repairs. 4. Identify five other repairs in your home that you could do. These repairs may be to furniture, clothing, toys, etc. Plan your repairs, considering tools, budget, timeline, etc. Make the repairs you can manage. 5. Consider the skills you used to make repairs. Apply the same skills to make something new for your home. Adventure Idea 2: What does “home” mean to a refugee or immigrant? 1. Is your family a refugee or immigrant family (maybe several generations back)? Do you have neighbours or schoolmates who are new refugees or immigrants? Identify some friends, family or neighbours who would be willing to share with you their refugee/immigrant experience. Interview two or three of those you have identified. 2. How have you come to see your day-to-day life differently as a result of these interviews? Identify several positive changes you can make to your own lifestyle that are commonly practised in other parts of the world. Live according to these practices for a few weeks. How do you feel about these changes? 3. Prepare a meal for your family with dishes that reflect some of the immigrant and refugee groups in your community. 4. Contact a local organization that helps to welcome immigrants and refugees to your community and find out how you can support the organization’s efforts. Give the organization some of your time. 5. Investigate ways to support refugees outside of Canada. Provide service to refugees abroad. Other Ideas! Start with these and develop the five parts to your adventure.
- Sew a button on, fix a hem, bake some bread, make popsicles, iron your shirt, make the perfect bed corners...set yourself goals of helpful household tasks you would like to learn to do.
- Talk with your family about the jobs that need to be done in the household. Who does what? How do you usually help? Would someone like to trade a job with you? Or take on a new chore? For how long? Do you need training to do the job? Or you might surprise others by doing a chore for them occasionally.
- Be the primary caregiver for a pet for at least six months, including veterinary visits.
- Build or repair a piece of furniture. Log your work with pictures.
- Paint a room, wall, or ceiling. Log your work with pictures.
- Compose a decorating plan for a room. Create illustrations and a budget for the project.
- Install drapery or curtain rods and then hang drapes or curtains. Log your project with pictures.
- Introduce a new family activity and be the organizer and motivator for that activity.
- Cook your family suppers for a week. Prepare a budget, a shopping list, consult with your parents/guardians and start cooking.
Need some more ideas?
Look at the Trail Cards for Bruce Trail (Active & Healthy Living) and West Coast Trail (Beliefs & Values) to inspire a Home adventure you’d like to try on your own.