“Travelling around the country” Wednesday, Jan 6 2010 

Short description The patrols are to consider, how to go to a specific place in the country
Instructions Every patrol  is given a map of Bhutan. Each patrol decide a specific town or place, and note this on a piece of paper. All the patrols swap papers. Now each of the patrols are to consider how to travel from where they are now to the place written on the piece of paper they received from the other patrol. They are to consider the means of transportation (by foot, car, bus etc.), and also places of interest along the way. After planning the trip, they are to present it to the other patrols.
Type of activity Orienteering
Section of scouts Cubs, Scouts
Number of participants 10 or more
Duration 30-60 minutes
Location Any
Season Any
Materials A map of Bhutan per patrol, paper and pens
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Water compass Wednesday, Jan 6 2010 

Short description Construct a simple compass
Instructions Magnetize a needle with a strong magnet, remember to move the magnet over the needle in the same direction all the time. Then put the needle on the cork and place the cork ind the bowl of water. The needle will now function as a compass needle and show north-south direction.
Type of activity Orienteering
Section of scouts Cubs, Scouts
Number of participants Any
Duration 30 minutes
Location Any
Season Any
Materials Needle, strong magnet, cork, bowl filled with water

Camels in a sandstorm Wednesday, Jan 6 2010 

Short description A game to teach the corners of the world and their relative positions
Instructions When in a sandstorm, camels turn their rear end towards the wind, so as to not get sand in their eyes. The participants are now all to be camels in a sandstorm that changes direction very often. The four corners of the world are pointed out (and can also be marked with pieces of paper if necessary). The participants will now bend forward stretching their arms towards the ground, so as to look like camels. One person shouts the direction of the wind (e.g. “wind is coming from the east”), and the “camels” are to turn accordingly.

This activity can be turned into a competition after some practice rounds. People who turn their rear end in the wrong direction, leaves the game. The last “camel” standing is the winner.

Difficulty can be adjusted by tempo and using more directions (NE, SSW etc.).

Type of activity Orienteering
Section of scouts Any
Number of participants Any
Duration 15 minutes
Location Any
Season Any
Materials Sheets of paper if needed

Where is X Wednesday, Jan 6 2010 

Short description An activity where the scouts learn about the 4 corners of the world on a map and to tell in what direction one feature on the map is relative to another.
Instructions All scouts have a map of the same area. A point of reference is chosen (e.g. the camp). One scout chooses a landmark on the map (e.g. a bridge) and asks the rest “where is the bridge relative to the camp”. The other scouts finds the bridge on the map and answers “the bridge is located to the south west of the camp”. The scouts take turns in choosing landmarks.

The activity can be made harder by also asking for an approximate distance to the landmark (this might require a little instruction on scale and the use of the grid).

Type of activity Orienteering
Section of scouts Scouts, Rovers
Number of participants Any (if many split up into smaller groups)
Duration 15-30 minutes
Location Any
Season Any
Materials Maps for everybody

Star trip Wednesday, Jan 6 2010 

Short description Go look at the stars in the night
Instructions Go to an unlit spot on a cloudless night. Bring sleeping bag and matt, so you do not get cold while watching stars. Lie down and watch the stars. You can bring a star map, so you get to know the stars and constellations better. Use red flashlight when looking at the map, so you do not spoil your night vision.
Type of activity Orienteering
Section of scouts Scouts
Number of participants No limit
Duration
Location Outdoors
Season Any
Materials Sleeping bag, sleeping mat, star map, rear light from bicycle or flashlight with painted glass

Starconstellations with tealights Wednesday, Jan 6 2010 

Short description Create different constellations with tealights – every candle represent one star
Instructions Light the candles and turn off the light in the room. Each patrol can make their own constallation.
Type of activity Orienteering
Section of scouts Cubs, Scouts
Number of participants No limit
Duration
Location Indoor
Season Any
Materials Tealights, matches and star maps