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
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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.

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

Decomposition of waste Wednesday, Jan 6 2010 

Short description Use a time-line to illustrate, how long time it takes, for different types of waste to decompose.
Instructions When waste is dropped in nature, it disappears in two ways: either by someone picking it up an removing it, or if left alone it slowly decomposes and disappears. But how long time does it take for different types of waste to disappear? By hanging up a long string, and dividing it into periods (e.g. 1m = 25 years) where the age of the scouts, their parents and grand parents are marked, it is possible to illustrate how fast different types of waste decomposes. This is done by placing different types of waste along the string according to the time of decomposition.

Here are some examples for use:

Orange or banana peal: 2-5 weeks

Cigarette butt without filter: 3 months

Newspaper: 3-12 months

Cigarette pack without cellophane: 1 year

Cigarette filter: 1-5 years

Chewing gum: 5 years

Painted wood: 13 years

Aluminum can: 10-500 years

Plastic bag: 100-1.000 years

Plastic lid: 450 years

Glass bottles: 4.000-1.000.000

Type of activity Nature
Section of scouts Cubs, Scouts, Rovers
Number of participants Any
Duration 30 minutes
Location Indoors
Season Any
Materials A piece of string, small pieces of paper for parting the string into periods, different types of waste according to the list above.

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