Year-of-Adventure-Activity-Pack

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Year-of-Adventure-Activity-Pack

YOUR FUN-FILLED PROGRAMME OF EXCITING ACTIVITIES

TO KEEP YOUR CUBS BUSY EACH MONTH!


Welcome

Ë Read this resource and check out scouts.org.uk/cubs100

for extra guidance and tips throughout the year.

Ë Choose two challenges for your Pack to complete each

month, try putting it to a vote and pick the activities

that are most popular in your Cub pack.

Ë Share your adventures at programme@scouts.org.uk.

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Welcome

Thank you to the National Centres for providing photos

to your Year of Adventure supplement,

full of exciting adventurous activity ideas

for you to get stuck into this year.

We kick off in March with the theme of

‘all things 100’ in the lead up to the Cubs

100, including a 100-metre relay race and

swimming challenge.

If your Pack likes to feel the thrill, try land

yachting and grass sledging in April, then

go abseiling in September. Cool off with our

water activities – snorkelling, raft building or

canoeing – in July. For brilliant make and build

ideas how about constructing a rocket, a kite

or a volcano that erupts?

From archery to our zip wire challenge,

you’ll find plenty to entertain, enthuse and

inspire your Cubs. We look forward to hearing

which ideas your Group tried and enjoyed.

4 March

Start your adventure with ‘all things 100’

6 April

Try land yachting, pushball and sledging

8 May

Go geocaching and become Robin Hood

10 June

Explore nature and hunt for bugs

12 July

Get out on the water in a canoe or raft

14 August

Hold a bird of prey and make a rocket

16 September

Try crate stacking, abseiling and climbing

18 October

Use lemon power and make a compass

20 November

Make a fire paper boat and toast s’mores

22 December

Go caving and make an erupting volcano!

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March

As part of the warm up to Cubs 100 in 2016 we’re challenging all of

our Cubs to a year of adventure in 2015. We kicked off in March with

the theme of ‘all things 100’. You may have already taken part in a

team game, created a photo collage or raised funds for your Pack!

100-metre race

In this activity your Cubs will work

as a team to complete a flat running

race followed by an obstacle course

30

TIME

MINS

What you need

Large 6-piece puzzle Bucket

of water Ball Skipping rope

Paper Pen Timer (optional)

What to do

1 Mark out lanes and start and finish lines, making

sure that it’s 100 metres in length. 2 Divide the Pack

into mixed ability teams and line them up in their

lanes. The race will be run as a relay, as soon as one

runner has crossed the finish line the next can go.

3 Start the race! You can time them if you like. 4 The

first team to complete its 100-metre race will win.

TIP

Ask a volunteer

to take the puzzles

apart after each Cub has

completed this challenge

so they are ready

for the next team

member.

Step it up!

1 At every 25 metres set out the following: 6-piece

puzzle, bucket of water and ball, a skipping rope.

2 At each 25 metre point the Cubs must stop and do

the activity: complete the puzzle, throw a ball into a

bucket of water without it bouncing out and skip 10

times. They should finish the last 25 metres at a sprint.

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100-metre swim

Challenge your Cubs to a 100-metre

swimming relay, then see who can

float and tread water the longest

1

TIME

HOUR

What to do

What you need

Swimming pool Timer

Paper Pen

1 Divide the Pack into mixed ability teams and into

lanes in the swimming pool. 2 Each Cub is to swim

100m of the pool using front crawl or breaststroke and

then 100m of backstroke. Which team can complete

the swim the fastest? 3 Now test their ability to float.

100 activities

TIP

Encourage less

confident swimmers to

take part using floats

and lower the total

distance to 100m.

Arrange an alternative

activity for nonswimmers.

How long can they float for? Who can

tread water for 100 seconds? Take a record

of all their times and see who lasted the longest.

ALSO TRY… FUNDRAISING FOR ADVENTURE

Your Cubs can choose four exciting activities they’d like to try, and pledge to

fundraise £100 for each one. Visit scouts.org.uk/cubs100.

100 picture challenge

For this challenge your Cubs will be using

their creative skills to make a collage of

an adventure-related word or phrase

1-2

TIME

HOURS

What you need

Camera Printer Pencils and pens

Scissors Glue A3 and A4 paper

Old magazines Display board

What to do

1 Divide the Pack into small teams. Decide on

the adventure-related word or phrase you are

going to create. What about the last activity

you did? 2 Provide each team with a camera.

3 Ask each team to take pictures of interesting

objects, people or places; they could take photos

on a day or night hike or just take pictures

within or around the meeting hall. 4 Print 100

photos then divide these up between your

teams. Use them to create a collage to spell out

your adventure-related word to display. This

could include your Pack name. For example,

‘1st Gilwell Pack abseiling’. Cut up old

magazines if you don’t have a printer.

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April

April’s activities get the Cubs making the most of the land

around them, trying out land yachting, sledging, hiking

or rolling a giant inflatable ball

Land yachting

You don’t need water to have fun in

a yacht. This is a great activity to do

at a local beach or airfield

DID YOU

KNOW?

Some historians

think vehicles with sails

were used for land

transportation in

ancient Egypt!

1-2

TIME

HOURS

What you need

Selection of land yachts

Whistle Stopwatch

What to do

1 Divide your Pack into small teams, as this will be

easier to manage. 2 Make sure your Cubs have their

safety equipment on. 3 Get them seated in their land

yachts with their seat belts on. Feet are positioned

on the steering bar. 4 Now they are ready, get them

to position their yachts in the direction the wind is

blowing. Ready, set, go!

Safety

Always wear a helmet.

Check the weather forecast to

see how strong the wind is;

if it’s too strong then do a

different activity.

Make sure you have space.

When undertaking this activity

please refer to scouts.org.uk/

a-z and select ‘land yachting’.

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Play pushball

Who would have thought rolling

a huge inflatable ball around could

be so much fun? This game will get

your Cubs enjoying the great outdoors

30

TIME

MINS

What you need

Large inflatable ball

Goal posts Whistle

What to do

1 Divide the Pack into two teams. 2 Ask your Cubs to

set up the area so there are two goals, one at each end

of a marked pitch. 3 The aim of the game is to push the

ball into the opposing team’s goal to score. Make sure

all Cubs are aware of the rules and the aim of the game.

4 Let the game begin! Play for 30 minutes in total and

change goal ends after 15 minutes.

Land activities

DID YOU

KNOW?

Pushball was

invented in 1891

in America and first

played in the UK

in 1902.

Safety

Risk assessment and supervision are key to this activity.

Make sure you have a big enough space to play and set

out the rules before you start the game.

When undertaking this activity please refer to

scouts.org.uk/a-z and select ‘pushball’.

ALSO TRY… GRASS SLEDGING!

A grass sledge uses small wheels instead of runners for a thrilling downhill

ride your Cubs will love. Visit scouts.org.uk/a-z and select ‘grass sledging’.

Hike in the hills

Learn orienteering skills and

be a nature detective with

this fun, energetic activity

1-2

TIME

HOURS

Safety

Always tell someone where

you are going and when you

are expected back.

Follow the activity rules:

keep your team sizes to a

manageable number and

follow the ratios within

Policy, Organisation and

Rules (POR).

POR and activity

factsheets can be

found at scouts.org.

uk/a-z.

What you need

Leaders

Rucksack to contain:

personal kit, map and map

case, compass, first aid kit,

survival bag, GPS

What to do

Scouts

Daysack to contain:

sunglasses, sun cream, pen,

paper, water bottle, lunch

and snacks, waterproof

coat, hat

TIP

Get the teams

to come up with

a song to help

them on

their way.

1 Organise your Pack to go

on a walk in the hills in small

teams. 2 For ideas on where

to go in your local area visit the

National Trust website http://

tinyurl.com/NTwalking

3 While out walking, look for fresh water

sources and animal tracks and ask the

teams to be mindful of their surroundings.

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May

The activities for May are all about team building. Get your

Cubs working together in an archery competition, building

a den, or on a fun finding mission using compasses or GPS

Become Robin Hood!

Introduce your Cubs to archery and help

them to learn an adventurous new skill

1.5

TIME

HOURS

What you need

Bow and arrows

Target Safety equipment

DID YOU

KNOW?

Splitting an arrow down

the middle by shooting

another one in the

centre of it is called

a ‘Robin Hood’.

What to do

1 Split the Pack into small teams and go through the

safety briefing with them. Safety equipment, including

wrist straps, should be worn. 2 Place the targets in the

shooting area and mark a line for the Cubs to stand

behind while firing. 3 Show your Cubs how to use the

bow and where to place the arrow. 4 Give each Cub

three arrows to fire at the target. 5 Once the arrows

have been fired, invite your Cubs to see whether they

hit the target and to collect their arrows. 6 Keep

scores so that the next time they participate in

archery the Cubs can see if they have improved.

Safety

Always follow the activity rules

set out at scouts.org.uk/a-z and

follow the instructions given

by the activity leader.

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Go geocaching

Take your Cubs on a high-tech

treasure hunt. All you need is

a handheld GPS device and a free

geocache account

1-2

TIME

HOURS

What you need

Global Positioning System (GPS)

unit or other GPS device

Free geocaching account/app

Camera Pencil

Trade items

Team activities

What to do

This activity requires advance preparation: you’ll need

to search for a local park or area that has multiple

geocache listings. We’d advise you to use geocaching.

com, find the co-ordinates and mark them on the

maps. Think about how you’ll supervise

and keep the teams in contact.

1 Divide the Pack into teams.

2 Provide them with the GPS

unit and teach them how

to use it.

3 The teams will then have

to go off and find the hidden

treasure by following the GPS

device and working as a team

to locate the items.

4 As each team finds a geocache they can add

a little treasure, such as a woggle or a badge.

5 Once each cache has been found, mark this

off on the sheets.

TIP

Advise your Cubs

that items will be

found in very obscure

places – they may

even have to dig!

ALSO TRY… BUILDING A DEN

This is a fun and active team-building activity that uses pioneering and

team working skills. Visit scouts.org.uk/cubs100.

Orienteering

This exciting orienteering activity

encourages your Cubs to work in teams to

find all the items they need to play a game

What to do

1 Choose a game which has lots of equipment, such

as cricket or a board game like Monopoly. Set out

markers (we recommend flags) and place a piece of

equipment from your chosen game next to each one.

Mark the co-ordinates of each marker on a map.

2 Split the Pack into two teams. Each team should

have their own separate area (and map).

3 Give each team or individual a compass, some

paper, a pen and a map with the locations of all

of the markers shown.

4 Brief the Cubs that they have five minutes to plan

a route to locate all of the markers, and that after

visiting the markers they will have collected all of

the items needed to play a game.

5 Can they guess the game? The first team back

with all of their equipment wins.

Safety

What you need

Compasses Map

Instruction pack

Markers (such as flags)

Pen Paper Game

When out and about at night, think about how to

monitor and supervise the Cubs. If it’s a small area they

could work in pairs or Sixes, if it’s a bigger area then have

a Leader with each team.

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1-2

TIME

HOURS


June

Get your Cubs out and exploring nature in June by taking them

on a trip to the beach or local forest to discover the animals

or insects living there, and find out

which is the oldest tree

in the forest

Sea life search

What evidence of sea life can your

Cubs spot at their local beach?

This is a fun and wet activity!

TIP

Can’t get to

a beach?

For a fun indoor

alternative visit

tinyurl.com/

cubsnaturekey

1

TIME

DAY

What you need

Buckets and spades

Disposable cameras

What to do

1 Divide the Pack into small teams; make sure that each team has the

correct supervision. 2 Set them a task to recover as many sea creatures

as possible along the shore of the beach using their buckets and spades.

3 The creatures must not be tampered with or hurt in any way and must

be released back at the end of the day. 4 Ask the Cubs to take pictures of

the creatures. 5 For your next meeting, why not ask the teams to create

a picture board of their findings using the photographs they took?

Safety

Warn Cubs about scrambling

over slippery rocks.

Watch for tide changes to

make sure you are not cut off by

incoming sea.

Wash hands after the activity.

Take local advice about safety.

See POR Chapter 9 for the rules

on water activities – scouts.org.

uk/POR.

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Bug hunting

What creatures live under rocks and in the

woods? Encourage the Cubs to use their

observational skills for this activity

2

TIME

HOURS

What to do

What you need

Jars Magnifying glasses

Insect identification key

Pooters Torches Bed sheet

1 Download the bug key from: tinyurl.com/cubsnaturekey.

2 Take the Pack to your local green area and divide the

Cubs into teams. Each team should be supervised.

3 Introduce the equipment and explain to the Cubs how

to carefully collect bugs. 4 Now let them loose to see

what bugs they can find. Use the bug key to identify

their minibeast discoveries.

Nature activities

TIP

A pooter is a device used

to catch small insects.

You breathe in through a

mouthpiece, which has a

net covering the end, and

the insects are sucked into

the holding chamber via

the inlet tube.

Step it up!

Insects come out at different times of the

day and in different weather. Set up a night-time bug

magnet by shining torches onto a white bed sheet spread over

the ground. The bugs are attracted to the light and land on

the sheet waiting for identification.

ALSO TRY… A TREE SURVEY

Take your Cubs on a local tree survey. Find out the type of tree and calculate

its height and age. Visit scouts.org.uk/cubs100.

What’s under the water?

This is a fun investigative activity for

Cubs to find out what life lurks within

your local ponds and creeks

Safety

1.5

TIME

HOURS

Take a look at our guidance

for activities near water at

scouts.org.uk/watersafety.

If you decide to venture into

the water then remember there

are rules and guidance for that

too, go to scouts.org.uk/a-z

and select ‘swimming’.

What you need

Pond life identification keys Pond dipping net

Trays Magnifying pots

TIP

To help your Cubs

work towards their

Naturalist Activity Badge

go to tinyurl.com/

cubsnaturekey.

What to do

1 Download worksheets to get you started

at: tinyurl.com/cubsnaturekey. 2 Arrange a

visit to a local pond or creek. 3 Divide the Pack

into teams. 4 Provide each team with the

worksheets and a set of equipment. 5 Put a little pond water into

the trays, ready for the pond creatures when caught. In turns, use a long handled

net to scoop up creatures from the pond. Scrape along the bottom to get

creatures that live in the mud. 6 Empty the nets into the trays. 7 Ask the

teams to transfer their finds to magnifying pots for closer inspection.

Which team can collect all of the items on the sheet? 8 After the

activity carefully put all of the animals back in the pond.

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July

July’s water activities are perfect for a hot summer month.

Get your Cubs into the water with snorkelling and canoeing

activities and see if they can stay afloat building their own raft

Raft building

This activity will test your Cubs’ knot and

pioneering skills to keep them afloat

1-2

TIME

HOURS

What to do

What you need

2 pioneering poles 2 metres long

2 pioneering poles 1.5 metres long

4 plastic water drums Sisal/rope

2 paddles Buoyancy aids

1 Lay the staves (poles) on the ground in the shape

of a rectangular grid. 2 Adjust the spaces between

the staves so that the drums are a snug fit when they

are laid on their sides. 3 Using sisal, lash the staves

together with square lashings. 4 Hold each drum in

place with two lengths of sisal tied as follows: start

with a round turn and two half hitches on one of the

TIP

Sisal is generally

used for raft building,

but synthetic fibres are

better if your ropes are

likely to get wet often

as they don’t rot.

side staves; pass the sisal over

and around the drum and take two

turns round the stave at the other side;

pass the sisal under and around the drum and make

it off on the stave you started on. 5 If you don’t want

to test the raft with the Scouts as passengers, the raft

could be floated with a teddy bear placed on it.

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Keep that ball up

This fun, wet and exhilarating canoeing

activity will keep Cubs entertained for ages!

Water activities

1

TIME

DAY

What you need

Canoes Buoyancy aids Paddles

Helmets Large soft ball Whistle

What to do

This activity should be done on the water. 1 Set up all

of the canoes so they are ready to go and make sure

that all safety procedures are adhered to. 2 Divide the

Pack into teams of two then pair off each team. 3 Let

each team know that they start off with 100 points,

but every time the ball hits the water the team who

missed it will lose 20 points. The aim of the

game is to keep your 100 points, so don’t drop

the ball! 4 Once each team is safely in their canoe

they have 2 minutes to keep the ball up in the air.

ALSO TRY… CANOEING

Canoeing is one of the most popular water activities and a great way to get

your Cubs onto the water. Visit scouts.org.uk/a-z and click on ‘canoeing’.

Explore beneath the waves

Snorkelling is an exciting activity that will

give your Cubs a chance to explore what it’s

like being beneath the water

1-2

TIME

HOURS

What you need

Mask Fins Snorkel

Sea creature objects

What to do

You’ll need an adult with an Adventurous

Activity Permit to lead this activity,

or an externally qualified

instructor. Snorkelling can be

done at your local swimming

pool or you can contact local

Sea Scouts. This activity will

need to be prepared. 1 Fill the

pool with various sea creature

objects. 2 Make sure that the Cubs

know the pool rules and regulations.

3 Know how to fit the equipment and give

the Cubs a safety briefing and demonstration.

4 Now practise the breathing and swimming

techniques and observe the sea creature objects.

DID YOU

KNOW?

70% of the world

lies below the

surface of

the seas.

Safety

For all of these

activities:

Make sure you have safety

cover in place. Visit scouts.org.

uk/a-z and select

‘raft building’, ‘canoeing’

or ‘snorkelling’.

Go when it’s warm.

Always wear a buoyancy aid

and helmet.

Brief the Cubs before, and

debrief after, the activities.

Make it fun!

On returning home, Cubs

should take a bath or shower

after being in canal or river

water. See http://tinyurl.com/

WaterSafetyFactsheet

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August

Make the most of the summer holidays in

August by taking part in this month’s exciting

air-themed activities. Get Cubs building kites and

rockets and meet a living flying machine

Make a kite

Making a kite is a fun and easy craft

activity, perfect for a weekly meeting

1.5

TIME

HOURS

What to do

What you need

Clear sticky tape Ruler Scissors

Ball of string Plastic bin liner

Dowel rods/garden canes

1 Cut and open out the

bin liner, then cut to

the shape shown.

2 Cut the dowel

rods to fit down the

edges of the kite

and tape them into

position, as shown.

4 Add plenty of sticky

tape over the corners of

the wings to strengthen

them and pierce a small

hole in each one.

6 Attach the ball of

string to the loop and

your kite is ready to fly.

3 Carefully cut two air

holes at the bottom of

the kite, as shown.

5 Cut a length of string one and

a half times the width of the kite,

tie a small loop in the middle of

the string and attach each end

to the two small holes you made

in the wings.

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Hold a bird of prey

Holding a bird of prey will be nervewracking

for some Cubs but is a

truly rewarding experience

What to do

1 Advise the Pack that you will be taking them to a

falconry centre, or that someone will be coming into

the meeting to show them different species of birds

and how to hold them. 2 Organise transport links to

and from the falconry centre if necessary. 3 Request

parental consent if this will be a meeting outside your

usual meeting place. 4 At a falconry centre Cubs will

be able to experience holding many different kinds of

birds including vultures, eagles, hawks and owls. They

will also get to understand their feeding habits and

increase their general knowledge about birds of prey.

They will be able to see the birds fly and learn how

their bodies are designed to help them in flight.

Make a rocket

Cubs can make their own rocket with

this creative and messy activity

1-2

Air activities

More info

There are many falconries in the UK. Here are just

a few: falconry-uk.org, falconrycentre.co.uk,

northsidefalconry.co.uk.

Check that none of your Cubs have allergies

which may be triggered by birds.

ALSO TRY… VISIT AN RAF CENTRE

Organise a day visit to a Royal Air Force centre where Cubs can investigate

aircraft, learn and have fun. Visit rafmuseum.org.uk to plan your visit.

TIME

HOURS

1-2

TIME

HOURS

What you need

Plastic bottle Thick and thin

cardboard Sticky tape Scissors

Vinegar Baking soda Spoon

Cling film Balloon Pen Pin

Rubber band Launcher

What to do

1 Roll a piece of cardboard into a cone, trim

the bottom so it’s even and tape it to the

bottom of a bottle. 2 Cut four triangles from

thin cardboard, bend little tabs into the sides

and attach them around the neck of the bottle

(which will be pointing down). 3 Fill the bottle

about a quarter full with white vinegar. 4 Put

six tablespoons of baking soda onto a square

of cling film, then fold and twist it loosely to

secure the powder. 5 Cut a piece of balloon to

fit over the mouth of the bottle and cover the

whole neck. 6 With a marker pen, draw a dot

in the centre of the balloon. Poke a tiny

hole in the centre of the dot with a pin. 7

Carefully put the baking soda package

inside the bottle. You want it to unravel

but not immediately. 8 Use the dot to

centre the piece of balloon over the mouth

of the bottle. Secure it with a rubber band.

When the rocket launches, the hole will allow

the fuel to come out. 9 Place the rocket on a

launcher or stand it up on its fins. Blast off!

TIP

Make sure you

launch your rocket

outside as it

can be pretty

messy!

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September

This month’s ‘up high’ activities include crate stacking,

climbing and abseiling, as well as a zip wire challenge,

making for a thrilling month

1

Indoor

climbing

Climbing will test even the

most daring of Cubs. How

confident are they and how

high can they climb?

1.5

TIME

HOURS

Crawfordsburn

North Down

coastline,

Northern

Ireland

TIP

Debrief after each

activity. What did the

Cubs think they did well?

What did they learn?

What was the hardest

bit and why?

2

Crate stacking

Crate stacking is a great challenge

with the aim of building the

highest tower without it toppling

1-2

TIME

HOURS

WHERE TO GO... try these activities at one of our Scout Activity

Centres or your local activity centres

CLIMBING

CRATE

STACKING ABSEILING ZIP

WIRE

CRAWFORDSBURN

DOWNE

FERNY CROFTS

GILWELL PARK

GREAT TOWER OUTDOOR

HAWKHIRST

WOODHOUSE PARK

YOULBURY OUTDOOR

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Hawkhirst

Kielder Forest,

Northumberland

3

Abseiling

This iconic adventurous activity will test

anyone’s wits. Learn how to move your way

down from a high plinth

1.5

TIME

HOURS

Up high activities

STEP IT

UP!

Take the pulse of each

Cub before and after

they abseil. Whose

pulse changed and

whose didn’t?

Great Tower

Lake Windermere,

Lake District

Yr Hafod,

Snowdonia,

North Wales

Woodhouse Park

Almondsbury, South

Gloucestershire

Yr Hafod offers a range of specialist

courses, training and assessments for

Explorers, Network and adults

Youlbury

Boars Hill,

Oxfordshire

Ferny Crofts

New Forest

Gilwell Park

Chingford, London

Downe

Orpington,

Kent

Safety

Risk assessment

is required for crate

stacking although no

formal permit is required.

Follow the rules for all

of these activities: visit

scouts.org.uk/a-z and

select ‘crate climbing’,

‘climbing’, ‘zip wire’ or

‘abseiling’.

4

Zip wire challenge

Challenge your Cubs to a fun zip

wire activity with a twist!

TIME

2

HOURS

TIP

Time the Cubs

shouting a jibberish

word for as long as

possible without taking

a breath as they come

down the zip wire.

The longest wins!

Scout Activity Centres offer a range of activities

from on the ground and in the air to on the water.

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October

Get your Cubs thinking about technology, energy and

communications with some exciting experiments in October.

Plus, there’s the opportunity to take part in Jamboree On The

Air (JOTA) and Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI)

Make new friends

This activity is a fun way to use technology

to communicate with fellow Scouters

TIME

TO TAKE

1

DAY

What you need

Pen Paper Table

Various communication

technology

DID YOU

KNOW?

JOTA-JOTI takes place

in October. Nearly one

million Scouts take part

across over 160 countries,

talking to each other

via amateur radio or

the internet. Visit

jotajoti.info.

What to do

1 Divide the Pack into teams. 2 On a table, lay

out a selection of countries printed on paper.

3 In their Sixes, ask the Cubs to choose a country

from which they’d like to contact fellow-aged

Scouts. 4 Now ask the teams to decide which

method of communication they’d like to use.

Provide them with a selection of different

methods: you could offer email, Skype, phone

or radio (JOTA). What would they say?

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Lemon power

Power a light bulb using just lemons!

This cheap and easy activity will

amaze the Cubs and have them

telling all their friends

Technology activities

TIP

Leaders should

be available

to supervise

this activity

closely.

TIME

TO TAKE

1.5

HOURS

What you need

4 lemons 4 flat-head nails

4 pieces of copper 5 alligator clip

wires A small light with positive and

negative connectors

What to do

1 Divide the Pack into small teams and provide them

with the equipment. 2 Ask them to roll and squeeze

the lemons; this helps to release the juice inside.

3 Now ask them to push one flat-head nail and one

piece of copper into each lemon. 4 Connect the ends of

one wire to a nail in one lemon and then to a piece of

copper in another lemon. Do this with all four lemons

until they are all connected. 5 There should be one nail

and one piece of copper unattached. 6 Ask each team

to connect the piece of copper wire and the unattached

nail to the positive and negative connections of the

light. And there you have it… let there be light!

ALSO TRY… TECHNO TREASURE HUNT

This activity will have the Cubs out finding hidden treasures and communicating

over mobile phones or CB radios. Visit scouts.org.uk/cubs100.

Make a compass

Make a compass that will help your Cubs

navigate when they are next out exploring

TIME

TO TAKE

30

MINS

What you need

Sewing needle Plastic bottle top

Small magnet Clear sticky tape

Small shallow dish Water Knife

MORE

INFO

For the rules on using

CB radios visit

http://tinyurl.com/

CBRadioFactsheet.

What to do

1 Ask each Cub to magnetise the needle by stroking it with

one end of the magnet roughly 40 times from top to bottom.

2 Once the needle has been magnetised, ask the Cubs to

attach it to the bottle cap (cap facing upwards) using clear

sticky tape. 3 Float the bottle cap in a dish of water. The

water will allow the bottle cap to rotate. Let it rotate until

the north pole of the needle points towards the magnetic

north pole. They have created a compass! 4 Ask the Cubs to

test their compass against a manufactured compass and see

if there are any discrepancies.

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November

This month’s light and fire activities will brighten up a dark

November evening. Gather Cubs around the campfire for some

s’mores, create a glow stick treasure hunt or fire paper boat

challenge and visit your local firework display or host your own

Fire paper boats

Get creative with these fire paper

boats, perfect for a weekly meeting

1.5

TIME

HOURS

What you need

Origami boat instructions Clear

sticky tape Coloured paper Colouring

pencils Scissors Tea lights Matches

MORE

ONLINE

Download the

origami boat

instructions from

scouts.org.uk/

cubs100.

What to do

1 Download the origami boat instructions from

scouts.org.uk/cubs100. 2 Divide the Pack into small

teams and provide them with the equipment and the

origami boat instructions. Let’s see which team can

finish first. 3 Once completed, place a lit tea light

candle inside and set these out on your local river,

stream or even beach. 4 Remember you’ll need a

responsible adult to retrieve the boats.

20 YEAR OF ADVENTURE scouts.org.uk/cubs100


Make s’mores

Test your campfire cooking skills

with a tasty treat for a camp night

1

TIME

HOUR

What you need

Kebab sticks Plain biscuits Chocolate

Marshmallows Wet wipes Paper plates

Light and fire activities

TIP

Brief the Cubs

on the safety rules

when around a campfire

and hygiene rules

when cleaning up

afterwards.

What to do

1 Soak the kebab sticks in water for at least two hours

before use. 2 Set up bowls containing each ingredient.

3 Instruct each Cub to put a piece of chocolate about

two-thirds the size of a biscuit onto one biscuit.

4 Toast a marshmallow on a stick over the fire.

When it’s lightly toasted, even starting to sag, put

the marshmallow onto the chocolate and

put a second biscuit on top. Press together

as this helps the chocolate to melt.

5 Now your Cubs can enjoy their s’mores.

ALSO TRY… GLOW STICK PRIZE CHALLENGE

This is a fun treasure hunt activity with a glow stick twist!

For full instructions, visit scouts.org.uk/cubs100.

Visit a

fireworks

display

Take the Cubs out and

marvel at the beauty

of the fireworks

1-2

TIME

HOURS

What you need

Warm clothes Hats

Gloves Wellies

What to do

Take your Pack to a local fireworks

display. Remember to follow the

InTouch process and ratio rules

when taking Cubs away from

their normal meeting place.

Alternatively, you could organise

a Group or district display.

Safety

The regulations for running a

firework display can be found on

the Health and Safety Executive

and The Royal Society for the

Prevention of Accidents websites:

hse.gov.uk/explosives/

fireworks and rospa.com.

DID YOU

KNOW?

Fireworks were

invented over 2,000 years

ago in China and first

recorded in England at

Henry VII’s wedding

in 1486.

The Scout Association YEAR OF ADVENTURE 21


December

This month’s activities are going underground and will get

your Cubs exploring caves and making their own volcano,

dinosaur fossils and a delicious veggie banquet!

Explore down under

Visit a local caving site or tunnel to start

exploring treasures underground

1

TIME

DAY

What you need

Walking boots/wellies Waterproof coat and

trousers Fleece/jumper Change of clothes Towel

What to do

Caving is a challenging and fun adventure for your Cubs. There

are a few artificial systems created from pipes around the UK,

which can offer great experiences of small dark spaces, along

with four major caving regions: South Wales, Mendip Hills

(Cheddar), Derbyshire and The Yorkshire Dales. Each of

these areas have their own specific type of cave.

Caving must be run by a Cave Permit Holder or a

professionally qualified instructor. For details of

where to go and how to organise this activity visit

scouts.org.uk/a-z and select ‘caving’.

TIP

Warm and

waterproof clothing

will help make this

a more enjoyable

experience for all

involved.

22 YEAR OF ADVENTURE scouts.org.uk/cubs100


Make a dinosaur fossil

This activity will give your Cubs a chance to gain

hands-on excavation experience

Underground activities

1

TIME

HOUR

What you need

Plaster of Paris Bowl Spoon

Water Mini plastic dinosaurs

Balloons Rubber band/string

What to do

1 Divide the Pack into teams. 2 Ask the Cubs to create

dinosaur eggs by mixing Plaster of Paris with water in

a bowl and hiding their dinosaur inside the mixture.

3 Cut the neck off the balloons and spoon the mixture

into the balloon. 4 Tie the end of the balloon closed

with a rubber band or string and hang it up to dry for

30 minutes. 5 Once the ‘eggs’ are hard, release them

from the balloon. 6 On a flat, hard surface ask the Cubs

to break open the eggs to reveal the dinosaurs.

7 What else have they noticed? They should see the

imprint of the dinosaurs. They have made a fossil!

ALSO TRY… A VEGETARIAN BANQUET

This is a great activity to get the Cubs’ mouths watering and encourage

them to use their imaginations. For more info visit scouts.org.uk/cubs100.

Make a volcano

This exciting and creative activity explores

how volcanoes erupt!

30

TIME

MINS

What you need

Bowl Sand Teaspoon Red

food colouring Vinegar Small

plastic pot Bicarbonate of soda

What to do

1 Divide the Pack into teams

and provide them all with the

equipment. 2 Ask each team to put

a small plastic pot in the centre of

a bowl and fill the bowl with sand

up to the top of the pot, creating a

volcano shape. 3 Now put vinegar

and red food colouring into the

plastic pot. 4 Add a teaspoon of

sodium bicarbonate and stand back

and watch the volcano erupt!

DID YOU

KNOW?

The world’s most

active volcano is Kilauea

on Hawaii, which has

been erupting on a

continuous basis

since 1983.

Tip

Ask the teams to discuss

why volcanoes exist and

what they are. Explain to them

that a volcano is a mountain

with a pool of molten rock

below the surface.

If a volcano is active, from

time to time the molten rock

and the gases that lie

beneath will sometimes

erupt, resulting in an

explosion and causing lava,

gases and ash to be released.

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START YOUR YEAR OF ADVENTURE

WITH ONE OF OUR PARTNERS

Lots of our partners can help your Cubs enjoy their Year of Adventure

– check out their websites for hints, tips and more fun activity ideas

BRUNTON

Brunton can help you find your way

back to camp on your orienteering

excursions in May.

CANON

scouts.org.uk/canon

Check out Canon’s tips and hints on

taking good photo to help with your 100

picture collage in March.

COTSWOLD

OUTDOOR

scouts.org.uk/cotswold

Cotswold Outdoor stocks everything

you could possibly need for hiking in the

hills in April and also offers a fantastic

discount for Scouts.

CHUBB

scouts.org.uk/chubb

Chubb resources will help you to

enjoy light and fire activities safely in

November.

HEATHROW

scouts.org.uk/heathrow

Find out how things stay up in the air

during air activities month in August

with Heathrow’s resource pack.

THE INSTITUTE OF

ENGINEERING &

TECHNOLOGY

scouts.org.uk/IET

The IET has lots of extra resources

to help with your technology activities

in October.

NATIONAL

EXPRESS

scouts.org.uk/

nationalexpress

National Express can whisk you off on

your adventures and offers a discount

to Scouts Groups.

PETS AT HOME

scouts.org.uk/petsathome

The Pets at Home activity pack can

help record your nature and wildlife

adventure activities in June.

ROLLS-ROYCE

scouts.org.uk/rollsroyce

Rolls-Royce’s science activity pack

can help with your adventurous

experiments, including making a

compass in October.

HOBBYCRAFT

scouts.org.uk/hobbycraft

Visit Hobbycraft to find everything

you need to fossilise your dinosaur

in December.

SCOUT SHOPS

scouts.org.uk/shop

Visit Scout Shops to equip yourself for

adventure activities in and outdoors

throughout the year.

VANGO

scouts.org.uk/kit-list

Our nights away resources and

recommended Vango kit list can help

plan your overnight adventures.

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