CAMO 2020

What is it?

A whole lot of fun activities that Cub Scouts (and Leaders) can do in the September/October holidays this year. We all would have been at Cuboree X 2020 at this time, but it had to be postponed so let’s give this a go.

It has been designed to help Cub Scouts get away from screens and devices (because we have all had enough of these this year).

Cub Scouts complete activities in all of the five areas:

  • Journey
  • Camp
  • Cook
  • Create
  • Service (helping others)

Where is it?

At home, with your family. In your house, backyard, on your farm, anywhere you are allowed to be during the COVID-19 restrictions.



Undertake a journey of some kind, which is not part of your normal daily travel. Your journey can be on one day, or over a number of days. This could be:

  • Bike riding
  • Walking/running
  • Skipping
  • Scootering
  • Horse riding
  • Roller blading
  • Motorbike/dirt bike riding
  • Downhill billy carting
  • A family journey in the car, which you plan and then navigate on
  • By Public Transport (if permitted at the time) that you plan and organise



Camp over night for at least two nights over the holidays somewhere that is not your normal place to sleep. For example:

  • Pitch a tent in your backyard and sleep there
  • Build a furniture fort in the lounge room at home, and sleep in it.
  • Camp overnight in your cubby house
  • If permitted at the time, go camping in the bush, or at a camping site with your family
  • This activity can be any combination of camping at many different locations.



Cook at least two meals for yourself and another person (or more if you like). Ideally these meals are completely new to you or use a cooking technique that you have never used before to cook that meal.

This activity must involve adult supervision or assistance.

Some examples could be:

  • Cook a meal on a campfire in your backyard
  • Make a ‘hobo’ stove from an old can, and use this to cook your meal**
  • Use a portable or lightweight camping/hiking stove to cook your meal
  • Build a Solar Cooker to cook with**
  • With adult help, build a “rocket stove” to cook on**
  • Cook a “normal meal” in an unusual or different way

**These activities may also fill the requirements for the Create activity



Create, make or build something from materials you might find around the house, in your back yard, in the shed, or around your neighbourhood or suburb.

Hopefully this will give you the opportunity to learn new skills or techniques.

This activity will most likely involve adult supervision or assistance.

The possibilities are endless, but here are some ideas:

  • Learn to knit, sew or crochet, and make an item of clothing such as a beanie
  • Build a cubby house
  • Create a composting system
  • Help to build a vegie garden
  • Learn to weld and make a billy cart
  • Build a “hobo” stove or a Solar Cooker
  • Help build a brick barbeque or wood fired pizza oven
  • Make a terrarium from recycled soft drink bottles
  • Build a giant LEGO town
  • Learn how to do woodworking and make a wooden tool box
  • Help an adult build a shed, a fence, a chook shed, make a gateway….



Do something that helps someone else, or makes them feel special.

There are so many simple things you could do, but here are a few ideas:

  • Do some extra jobs around the house, or in your backyard
  • Help cook a meal (see Cook above)
  • Write a letter to a friend or relative
  • Teach someone how to do something that you are good at
  • Help your environment, plant a tree or pick up rubbish
  • Plan an activity for your Cub Scout Unit to do when we can be back together

Cub Scout Leaders, please work with your Unit Councils to promote, support and track this activity. Once the Cub Scouts have participated or even lead activities, the Unit Council can help record what has been done. Cub Scout Leaders can then email through the list of Cubs who have completed at least one activity in each of the five areas so that a certificate of recognition can be sent for each of those Cub Scouts.

Please email your list of participants who have achieved CAMO2020 to Adrian Newman (DLCS – Ballarat District):

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