Scouts in Action Month 2019 – Aqua Scouts Program – Elastic Band Paddle Boats

Elastic Band Paddle Boats


Materials: Elastic Band Paddle Boats Equipment Popsicle Sticks, Glue Gun with Glue Sticks, Elastic Bands, Knife or Stanley Knife, Sandpaper


Watch this video –

You may need to pre-make a boat so you know how many popsicle stick to use and have them pre-cut for the Joey Scouts. Have parents supervise/assist with the glueing

Joey Scouts to test boats in a bucket of water or kitchen sink or other suitable container.


What did you enjoy most about this activity?

How did you boat go, did it float, did it move?

How could you make your boat better?

Scouting at Home – Mothers Day 2020


Mother’s Day will be very different this year.  In our section, Joey Scouts would normally do a Mother’s Day activity at Scouts in the Hall where we would make cards, gifts or even pamper mum at the hall. This year will be much different. You will need to lead these activities and seek help from dads or older siblings to help you with these activities. This pack includes a number of ideas for Mother’s Day activities, however, Scouting is Youth leading – adults supporting. This pack is for support only so ideas in here are ideas your adult supporters have compiled for you to assist you.  The Joey Scout can research and be creative and make up their own card, gifts and breakfast.

Let’s start your plan with what do you want to do?

Card – what card do you want to do for your mum. There are some ideas attached of a Teapot card or superhero mum card but you may want to design your own and that is what scouting is about.

Gift – what does your mum like? What resources do you have? Are you able to get the materials you need to make what you want, maybe you need to change your idea?

Pamper – does my mum like her nails done? Does she need a massage? Can I make her a bath bomb or a jar of bath salts?

Breakfast – what does your mum like to eat? Does she like coffee, tea, juice? Do I need help cooking the breakfast? Who will help me? Do I need to go shopping to buy any ingredients?

I’ve also attached some activities with instructions and templates.  Have a look through them.  Feel free to do any of these ones or do the ideas that you have come up with!


After making your plan, start to do the activities you would like to do for your mum for Mother’s Day.

  1. Card
  2. Gift
  3. Breakfast


Joey Scouts, what did you think of the program?  Consider some of the questions below:

  • Which of the SPICES did I use or develop in this program?
  • What did I like doing for Mother’s Day this year?
  • Did my mum like what I did for her on Mother’s Day this year?
  • How was this year different and how did I feel about doing Mother’s Day activities at home?
  • What did I find difficult to do?
  • What could be improved in the program?

Environment – Popstick Bird Feeder



  • Rainbow coloured popsticks (or alternatively plain ones, paint and paint brush)
  • Craft glue
  • String
  • Bird Seed

Design your bird feeder


Build your popstick bird feeder like the picture above or make your own creative one from your own design plan


Are any birds using your feeder?

Would you build it differently if you did it again?

Did you enjoy this activity?

What other activities would you like to do Scouting at Home?

Bushwalking Stage 1 – Weather Watch Challenge – Scouting at Home

Scouting at home challenge activity for Bushwalking Stage 1 badge requirements. You can also provide your Joey Scouts with a template to watch the weather and include currents and tides if you want to provide boating/aquatic for sea scout groups.

Weather Watch Challenge

Planning is an important step when participating in any sort of activity. Now’s the perfect time to brush up on your planning skills to make sure they’re in top notch when we’re back out and about Scouting.


1. Watch the weather forecast for the coming weekend. 

2. Take note of the weather conditions – the temperature, precipitation, wind forecast etc.

3. Plan what clothing you would need if you were going out on a day hike on Sunday*.

4. List the items you would need to wear, and the things you would need to pack to bring with you.

*Feel free to tweak this activity to cover multiple days.

Reflection This activity encouraged you to practice your planning skills by analysing a weather forecast and making sure you’d be prepared and comfortable during a day hike. 

SDG2: No Hunger – Survival Biscuits

“What should we do if we know someone does not have enough food?” 

Bowl of rice – ask the Joeys how they would like to eat that for the next week for dinners.

Then we finished off by considering how important it is to find ways to support people who do not have enough food, which I said we would be doing in the coming days. What if there wasn’t even any rice?

Have pre-made Survival Biscuits for this activity or make them as part of your unit or as a family

In situations of famine, emergency food assistance can mean the difference between life and death. Survival biscuits, also called high energy biscuits, can be used in the first days of a food emergency when cooking facilities aren’t available. They are fortified with vitamins and minerals and a lot of protein.

You can mimic the taste of survival biscuits with this recipe, provided by the hunger assistance organization Church World Service.

Survival Biscuit Recipe


1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk (can substitute 1/3 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of milk)
1 cup wheat flour or soy flour
1/4 cup margarine or shortening
1/4 cup water

Scatter a small amount of cornmeal on a 9 inch x 12 inch cookie sheet. Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl, and pat it out onto your prepared cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. After they have cooled, cut them into wafers, about 2 inches x 2.5 inches.

After you’ve tried the biscuits, ask your children what they think it would be like to only have these biscuits to eat for several days. How do you think your body would feel?

Depending on your child’s age, you can also talk about two types of hunger people face: starvation and malnutrition. These survival biscuits are used in situations of famine, where people are at risk of death by starving.

Now give them a normal biscuit and milo for their Supper

How we can show our thankfulness for our food (including showing gratitude to those who grow/sell/make our food and not wasting food) we also talked about how every person in the world deserves to have enough food to live.  I asked simple questions like, “How would you feel if you were hungry all day and did not have any food to eat?”

Yoga and Scouting

With COVID-19 and Scouting at Home for quite some time there has been a lot of talk about mental health with youth and I have been researching and finding resources for mental health, mindfulness and well-being programs for our youth. I will get my Scouts to do some of these on the school holidays and post some pictures!

Upon researching Yoga I thought about a theme of Yoga and the outdoors to make it a bit more scouting. There are a lot of resources and ideas around for Yoga Poses for Kids. There are a number of videos and instructional sheets that you can use. Find the ones that fit your theme and that you would like to do. See the image on the next page for some ideas. Think how you can incorporate scouting, camping or outdoor theme yoga poses – for example:

Tent Reverse Warrior

Fire Fire breathing.  Sit criss-cross on the floor with your hands in front of you and breathe in.  When you breathe out lift your hands above your head and clap.  Repeat fast and slow like flames of a fire!

Star  Star Pose.  Open and close hands to twinkle!

Rock Childs Pose

Tree Tree Pose

Mountain Mountain Pose

Moon Moon Pose

Insect Insect Pose

Fish  Fish Pose. Make fish faces in this pose!

Compass Sit on the floor with your legs spread apart.  Reach forward in all directions and talk about different directions.

Bird Airplane Pose.  Flap your arms like a bird!

River River Pose

Boat Boat Pose

Eagle My favourite as my cub leader husband scout name is Eagle! This is a fun one where you basically wrap yourself up like a pretzel!

See how many you can find and match to your theme and enjoy Yoga in the outdoors on your next hike or adventure

Wizard theme – Light Up Wands

Famous Wizard – Light Up Wands

SAFETY NOTE: Coin cell batteries are extremely harmful if swallowed!!! DO NOT do this project with any child who is prone to putting things in their mouth OR if you have sibling in the home who might put battery in tier mouth. For this reason, it is suggested to use a battery pack with this project and secure it in a manner that the battery is completely taped inside the final project. Even so, please be aware of the risks associated with using coin cell batteries and supervision of younger Joey Scouts when using is recommended and it put away from younger siblings when taken home.



To learn about electrical circuits and how electricity lights up a globe in a simple and fun creative electronic project which is linked to a popular book and movie theme of Harry Potter spell of the Lumos – wand-lighting charm and Nox – wand extinguishing charm.

You might want to use chopsticks or a piece of dowel instead of stick if you like. Also, other coloured electrical tape is fine as brown is hard to find and the multicoloured electrical tape in packs is cheaper.


Working with adults supporting (e.g. stripping wire) and wiring the circuit connection to the battery pack and LED light. This might be something that you want to prepare some in advance for the Joey Scouts ahead of time and then just demonstrate and let them try doing one and depending on time as the small wires and small LED are quite fiddly. You should allow the Joey Scouts to try to do as much as they can themselves though, especially in a patrol with older Joey Scouts helping the younger ones.


Discuss what you enjoyed most about this activity

What would you do differently next time?

Campfire Biscuits

Goal: To learn about the basic elements that you need to make a fire with a fun biscuit decorating activity to make a campfire


You will need:

  • Biscuit
  • Green icing and plastic knife
  • Chocolate sprinkes – tinder
  • Flake – kindling
  • TV snacks – fuelwood
  • Prezel sticks – marshmallow sticks
  • Mini-marshmallows – marshmallow
  • Gas lighters to lightly toast marshmallows


Construct your campfire and identify the The chocolate parts are your components of your campfire fuel sticks or wood you would collect or use for a campfire


What did you like most about this activity?

What would you do differently next time?

Christmas Advent Calendars

As a weird person who is allergic to cocoa so that means no chocolate for me and my venturer daughter, I am always on the look out for alternatives at Christmas and Easter. Although I am never great at Christmas Avent Calendars and getting them in time and being home enough for the kids to open them each day (now mainly due to all of our scouting commitments). I decided last year to get a Lego Star Wars Avent calendar for my son last year and he thought it was awesome so on the lookout for another Lego Avent Calendar this year.

Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar
Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar

Advent Calendars that are not supporting daily intake of sugar and fat is what I really like now and there are more and more available each year so here are some I have found that

Awesome Avent Calendars

Lego City

Lego Harry Potter

Lego Friends

Mega Construx Despicable Me

Harry Potter Popup

Elf on a shelf 

Schleich Dinosaur

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Camping Coffee

A scout leaders essential in life is coffee. While I love a Nescafe Vanilla Latte, a real coffee is always way better.

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We used the Aeropress at Jamboree (AJ2019) and it was fantastic. Having real coffee and not just instant really made the difference and the Aeropress did not disappoint. We got some Gloria Jean Hazelnut Praline coffee bean and the coffee was amazing. Highly recommend the Aeropress.

I will be trying some other portable coffee makers but I am not sure anything will top the AeroPress but will see!

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