Welcome to the Activity Database Tuesday, Jan 12 2010 

Here you can find suggestions for activities for Scouts in all age groups.

You will find troop activities as well as solo activities and indoor as well as outdoor activities.

Briefly said: you will find a lot of usefull games and activities.

If you do not find what you are looking for, or have any suggestion for what you think we are missing, please go to the “Contact Us” tab, and send us your suggestion.

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Kera Mari Monday, Jan 11 2010 

Short description Kera Mari is deep fried banana buns from Nepal
Instructions Mash the bananas and mix with the rest of the ingredients and knead it together. If needed add a little water. Turn the dough into small balls with the help of a spoon and boil them in the oil.
Type of activity Food and cooking
Section of scouts Any
Number of participants Any
Duration 30-45 minutes
Location Any
Season Any
Materials Dough: 2 cups of wheat flour, 4 bananas, 1 tbsp. sugar, 1 tbsp. butter or oil, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tbsp. of walnuts. Oil for boiling

Pitching a tent with “disabilities” Monday, Jan 11 2010 

Short description The patrol has to pitch a tent, but matters are complicated by everybody having a “disability”.
Instructions Give the participants different “disabilities” and let them pitch a tent. It might be useful to have one person in the patrol without a “disability”, so that this person can help the rest if problems arise. To make this activity more complicated, do it without speaking at all.
Type of activity Outdoors
Section of scouts Scouts, Rovers
Number of participants One or more patrols
Duration 30 minutes
Location Outdoors
Season Any
Materials One tent per patrol, and materials for creating “disabilities” (e.g. rope for tying hands and legs, blindfolds, big mittens, earplugs)

Scout badminton Monday, Jan 11 2010 

Short description Construct your own racket, ball and net
Instructions Racket:

Get hold of some flexible and relatively thin branches with a length of about one meter. Bend them in to the shape of a head/egg and tie the ends together with a piece of string. Make the “net” of the racket by applying string, and finally mount a thicker stick as a handle.

Net:

Take two poles of bamboo of approximately 2,5 meters of length. Dig them a half meter into the ground and mount a piece of tarpaulin between them with some rope.

Ball:

Tie a monkey fist

Type of activity Knots and rope work
Section of scouts Scouts, Rovers
Number of participants One or more patrols
Duration Half a day or more
Location Outdoors
Season Any
Materials Per racket: 20 meters of string, flexible branch (approximately 1 meter), a stick for handle.

Per net: 1 piece of tarpaulin (at least 4 meters wide), 2 bamboo poles (2,5 meters), rope for attaching tarpaulin to poles, string to mark the badminton court.

Per ball: Approximately 1 meter of string to tie the monkey fist.

Tying knots with your toes Monday, Jan 11 2010 

Short description The scouts, either alone or in pairs of two, tie knots using only their toes
Instructions This game can even be turned into a competition, where one person shouts the name of a knot and the scouts (or pairs hereof) are to tie that knot as fast as possible. To make the two
Type of activity Knots and rope work
Section of scouts Cubs, Scouts
Number of participants Any
Duration 10-20 minutes
Location Any
Season Any
Materials One piece of rope per person

Coconut corn Monday, Jan 11 2010 

Short description Cook a dish from Zanzibar
Instructions Cut the corn cobs in 3 pieces. Put in a pot with water and salt. Cut the coconut into small pieces, and add it to the pot along with half a teaspoon of turmeric and chili powder to taste. Boil for approximately 20 minutes (until the corn is cooked). Drain the water from the pot, and add the juice of the lemon to the cobs. Serve warm or cold.
Type of activity Food and cooking
Section of scouts Any
Number of participants Any
Duration 30-60 minutes
Location Any
Season Any
Materials 1 pot, 3 corn cobs, 1 coconut, 1 lemon, chilli powder, salt, turmeric

Build a sauna Wednesday, Jan 6 2010 

Short description If you want a little luxury on your next camp, you should try building a sauna. The sauna is the Scandinavian equivalent of the Bhutanese hot stone bath. The construction of the sauna is also a good way of improving skills in knots and rope work.
Instructions Make a big fire, and place a lot of big stones in and around it for heating (just like you would do for a hot stone bath). While the stones are heating up (this takes several hours!), a low “tent” is erected out of bamboo and tarpaulin. The more layers of tarpaulin (and other “insulation”) used the better. The tent should be just tall enough, for people to sit in an upright position inside. Furthermore it should be only just big enough to accommodate all participants, otherwise it will be too difficult to heat up with the hot stones.

When the tent is done and the stones are thoroughly hot, the stones are carried inside the tent. All participants change to bathing clothes and get inside the tent. When everybody is inside, the tent is closed, and water is poured over the hot stones to create very humid and hot air inside the tent. The sauna is also called a “sweat hut”, and the whole point of the sauna is to sweat and thereby clean skin and pores. After sitting in the sauna for as long as one can endure, one should have a cold shower to wash of the sweat and impurities and to get cooled down. If the sauna is still sufficiently hot, the process can be repeated.

It is important to drink plenty of water before, during and after going to the sauna to prevent dehydration!

Type of activity Outdoors
Section of scouts Scouts, Rovers
Number of participants 10-30
Duration Approximately half a day
Location Outdoors
Season Best in summer, but also possible in spring/autum
Materials Bamboo, tarpaulin, rope, big stones for heating, firewood for a big fire for at least 4-5 hours

Tree hugging Wednesday, Jan 6 2010 

Short description A person is blindfolded and led to a tree. After “hugging” the tree the person is returned to the starting point, and has to guess which tree he or she hugged.
Instructions The participants go together in pairs. One person is blindfolded and the other one leads the blindfolded person to a nearby tree. The blindfolded person now has to use his/her senses to feel, smell etc. the tree. After this the person is returned to the starting position, and the blindfold is removed. The person now has to guess, which tree he or she has been hugging. To make the game more difficult, the blindfolded person should try and guess which species of tree is being hugged.
Type of activity Nature
Section of scouts Any
Number of participants 2 or more
Duration 15-30 minutes
Location Outdoors (a place with trees)
Season Any
Materials None

Nature Domino Wednesday, Jan 6 2010 

Short description A game based solely on things found in nature. The scouts help expand the game the more things they find.
Instructions You start out with e.g. a leaf. The scouts then have to find a similar leaf in nature and bring it back. The one who first brings back the leaf, will get to put down the next thing to be found (again something found in nature). The one who brought the thing to be found can not take part in that particular round of searching (he/she already knows where to find that thing).
Type of activity Nature
Section of scouts Cubs, Scouts, Rovers
Number of participants 5 or more
Duration 15-60 minutes
Location Outdoors
Season Any
Materials None

“Light of attraction” Wednesday, Jan 6 2010 

Short description A way of attracting and watching butterflies, moths and other insects
Instructions In the evening and at night butterflies and many other insects gets attracted by bright light. Spread out a piece of white or light colored piece of fabric on the ground and place a lamp or flashlight on it. The night active insects will be attracted by the light and land on the light fabric. While they sit there, you will have plenty of time to study them.
Type of activity Nature
Section of scouts Cubs, Scouts
Number of participants Any
Duration 30 minutes or more
Location Outdoors
Season Spring, summer, autumn
Materials White or light colored piece of fabric, lamp or flashlight

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