Ideas for your Patrol

We have put together some games and activities your Unit can do on Zoom.

Make sure as a Unit you work out which Challenge area they fit into and who is Leading and Assisting.

 

 

Name, Place, Animal, Thing

Name, Place, Animal, Thing

How fast can you list the questions asked?

To play, pick a letter. Each Scout has to list a famous person's name, a place, an animal, and a thing that begins with that letter. The first Scout to type them into the Zoom chat wins.

Pictionary

Pictionary

How good is your Patrol at drawing?

To play, divide your Group into Patrols. Choose a Patrol to play first, as well as a designated drawer on that Patrol. The drawer generates a word and has one minute to draw that word for their Patrol to guess. If the Patrol guesses the card correctly, they get a point.

Link to Pictionary word generator, click here

True or False?

True or False?

How well do you know your Patrol members?

Scouts make up fake answers to real trivia questions, and one Scout must choose the real answer among the fakes.

Charades

Charades

Who is the biggest actor in your Patrol?

You can split your Group into two teams, Patrols or keep the Group as a whole. Use a charades idea generator to choose your words and phrases. The Scout who's acting out the charade uses the Zoom "spotlight" feature, and their Patrol has one minute to figure out the phrase. Charades idea generator, click here

Trivia

Trivia

Which Patrol will when random trivia generator?

To play trivia on Zoom, open the random trivia generator and start asking questions. Have each Scout send their answer in the Zoom chat at the same time. Random trivia generator, click here

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

How many items can you find at home?

Simply pick a judge, make a list of common household items and get started. Scavenger hunt works by calling out the name of a common household item and watching the Scouts scramble to find and get back the item to you in time. The first Scout to get the item wins the round and gets to be the judge for the next round. This is a fun way to keep yourself active as well as entertained. You can spice things up by dividing the Scouts into different teams and setting up time limits which shall increase the stakes to keep you all entertained. Here are a few more ideas to play the game.

Circular Yarn

Circular Yarn

How imaginative can you make your Units yarn?

The Leader starts the yarn with a few words and then stops. The next Scout has to add additional words and so on until the yarn ends with the last Scout.

Kim’s Game

Kim’s Game

Test your Units memory

Leaders places 15 items on a tray and records a photo on their laptop. The Leaders displays the picture of the item for 10 seconds using the Share Screen function and then removes the picture. The Scouts have one minute to write down as many items as they can recall.

Great Wall of China!

Great Wall of China!

Learn about the Great Wall of China!

  • What is one thing you already know?
  • Find one new fact that you didn’t know.
  • Draw a picture of the Great Wall, include five Watchtowers/ posts and in each write one interesting fact about China

Find the answers:

  • How long is the Great Wall (km)?
  • How old is the Great Wall?

How many steps does the Great wall have?

Design a movie sequel!

Design a movie sequel!

Is your Patrol or Troop the next Spielberg or James Cameron?

Watch a movie and write a short story about what happens when the movie ends.

What happens to the characters, what do they do, what happens next?

Write a brief story based on your ideas, and you can share with friends, or get them to watch the same movie, write their own, and compare stories!

Puzzle creation

Puzzle creation

Design and make your own puzzle!

Draw a picture with as much detail as you can, on a sheet of paper.

Then, on the back of the sheet, draw shapes that look like puzzle pieces (or shapes that connect).

Cut the paper into the shapes on the back, and try to put it back together!

Make it as hard as you want.

The Invisible Obstacle Course

The Invisible Obstacle Course

This activity is part creativity and part physical fitness

This warm-up activity is part creativity and part physical fitness. One Scout in each Patrol is chosen to start the activity. Each Patrol will create an imaginary obstacle course, with Scouts crawling, jumping, running, and helping each other through the obstacles they encounter. After each activity, leadership changes and the next Scout of the group describes their obstacle and helps the other Scouts of their Patrol navigate over, under, through, or around it.

In the process, a variety of obstacles can be encountered by the group (climbing a giant marshmallow mountain, for example), creativity and leadership are explored.

Tongue Twisters

Tongue Twisters

How many times can you and your Unit repeat a tongue twister in the minute?

Tongue Twisters have been around for many many years and are such a fun way to try to challenge yourself and your Ttoop. It is not always about the speed of the tongue twister but how clearly you can say it too. How many can you do from this list

Bingo

Bingo

It doesn't get any easier than Bingo. You can use a website like My Free Bingo Cards to play a traditional game with a virtual caller, or you can play a custom Bingo game that revolves around a movies, tv shows or occasions. You can download 

Scattergories

Scattergories

Scattergories is a fun game to play with Zoomers of all ages.

To play, head to this free game generator and send each person a link to the game. The rules are simple: there is one letter and five categories (things like "school supplies," "book title," and "girl's name"). You have 60 seconds to come up with a word that fits in each category and starts with the chosen letter. The more unique your answer is compared to your friends' answers, the more points you get.

5 Second Rule

5 Second Rule

Similar to Scattegories, 5 Second Rule and 5 Second Rule Junior require one person to call out a topic.

Similar to Scattegories, 5 Second Rule and 5 Second Rule Junior require one person to call out a topic. The person whose turn it is has five seconds—hence the name—to call out at least three items that fit the topic.

Now, if you don’t have the board game, that’s totally fine. It’s a really simple game so it can be easily adapted without the board. Just take turns, via Zoom, picking a category then go around, giving each player five seconds to name three things within the category.

Need help getting started? Here are a few category ideas that work well for kids: types of animals, colors, ice cream flavors, types of candy, Disney movies, etc…

Not enough ideas? You can play a similar version of the game by downloading Tuku Tuku – 5 Second Challenge on the app store.

It gives you the prompts and you can share your screen on Zoom so everyone can see!

Skribbl.io

Skribbl.io

No, that’s not a typo. Skribbl.io is the name of a virtual version of Pictionary

No, that’s not a typo. Skribbl.io is the name of a virtual version of Pictionary that players in a Zoom meeting can partake in together. To play, share your Zoom meeting ID with the rest of the players, then enter your name in a private room on Skribbl.io. You can share the private room link with all other players so you don’t end up playing with strangers.

Up to 12 players can participate and once you’re in a private room, you can take turns drawing the prompts. Split your screen between the Skribbl.io interface and the Zoom one, that way you can see peoples’ reactions as they shout out the answers!

Getty Art Challenge

Getty Art Challenge

Pick a famous piece of art and recreate it using only things (or people!) in and around your house.
Click here

 

Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge


Have a theme for each week, at the start of each meeting, everyone can show off their photos.
Ideas here

Suitable for: All Sections

 

Fancy Dress

Fancy Dress

Everyone dresses up for that nights meet up, it could be themed, or just anything! Don’t forget to include a fashion show for everyone to show off their costumes!

 

Suitable for: All Sections

Make a Video

Make a Video

Use Tiktok or another platform to create a video around a specific theme and share it with the Group.

Suitable for: Cubs | Scouts | Venturers | Rovers

Murder Mystery

Murder Mystery

Plan a Murder Mystery evening!

Suitable for: Scouts | Venturers | Rovers

 

Camp at Home

Camp at Home

Create a campsite or blanket fort in your house or garden and give the group a virtual tour at the meeting.

Suitable for: All Sections

 

Iron Chef Night

Iron Chef Night

Have an Iron Chef challenge with your group. Pick a secret ingredient, then see what everyone can come up with using only food already in the house!

Suitable for: All Sections

 

Virtual Regatta

Virtual Regatta

Suitable for: All Sections

Miss your sailing, how about a virtual sailing regatta? Click here

 

Musical Instrument Session

Musical Instrument Session

Have a musical night with the group. Not everyone in the group may be able to play music, or even have an instrument, so be creative! Pick an easy song and see if everyone in the group can play it together.

 

Suitable for: All Sections

Create a Rube Goldberg Machine

Create a Rube Goldberg Machine

Build a Rube Goldberg machine in your house or backyard and video it, see how elaborate you can make it!

Ideas

Suitable for: All Sections

 

Semaphore Challenge

Semaphore Challenge

Two teams have to send a message in semaphore and another two teams have to interpret it. See more here

Suitable for: All Sections

Dance Class

Dance Class

Create or find a dance and teach it to the group. Once everyone has learnt it, have a Zoom dance convert!

Suitable for: All Sections

Baby Photo Competition

Baby Photo Competition

Send a photo of you as a baby to a person in the group, the week before your meeting. Then at your meeting, everyone has to guess who’s who!

 

Design a Group T-Shirt

Design a Group T-Shirt

Get everyone in the group to create a group t-shirt design, either individually or using online collaboration tools. Then do a vote and the favorite gets made in to actual t-shirts!

Suitable for: All Sections

Scouting Photo Memories

Scouting Photo Memories

Have a look through your photos and see if you have some old scouting pictures or memories to share. You may even have parents or grandparents who were in Scouts too!

Suitable for: All Sections

 

Bob Ross MS Paint Night

Bob Ross MS Paint Night

Settle in for a relaxing night with a Bob Ross painting tutorial. Use MS Paint or Photoshop to recreate one of his paintings, or if the group is feeling creative try it with actual paint!

Suitable for: All Sections

Pokemon Showdown

Pokemon Showdown

Pokémon Showdown is a Pokémon battle simulator. Play Pokémon battles online! Play with randomly generated teams, or build your own!

Suitable for: Cubs | Scouts | Venturers | Rovers

Make a Meme

Make a Meme

Your chance to become internet famous! Everyone in the group creates a meme, have a theme and a time limit and either create it during your meeting or the week before. Have a vote, and the most popular wins!

Suitable for: Scouts | Venturers | Rovers

 

Wikiracing

Wikiracing

Scouts race to navigate from one Wikipedia article to another, using only the links contained within each article.

  • Scouts can choose the start/end articles, or we can use the ‘random article’ link.

Example: (Start: Bunnings; End: Red (Taylor Swift))

  1. Bunnings
  2. Do it yourself
  3. YouTube
  4. Billboard Hot 100
  5. American Top 40
  6. Taylor Swift
  7. Red (Taylor Swift)
Draw this!

Draw this!

  1. A scout is chosen to direct the other scouts to draw a device people use everyday that uses computer technology.
  2. Without saying what the device is, the chosen Scout has two minutes to describe to the rest of the Troop how to draw it.
  3. Members of the Troop may say when they think they know what it is, but must not say what they think it is.
  4. When the chosen Scout has finished, everyone shares what they drew, and what they think the device is.

Subsequent Scouts choose devices which haven’t already been done.

Expect choices to include:

  • Laptop
  • Computer
  • iMac
  • iPod (iPod Classic? iPod Nano? iPod Shuffle?)
  • Radio
  • Phone
  • Smartwatch

Subject to time, leaders could do things along the lines of:

  • Floppy disk
  • Audio cassette
  • Mechanical mouse (draw under-side)
How Well Do You Know Your program or application

How Well Do You Know Your program or application

  • Scouts are to pick a program or application on their device which they know how to use.
  • Scouts will have 30 minutes to make something using that program.

    Afterwards everyone will need to share what they have made, demonstrating 5 features of the program. Intention is for scouts to demonstrate their ability to use the chosen program. Emphasise they only have 30 minutes, so nothing too ambitious! Get the scouts to think about what application they might use, and what they might create, while offering some examples:
  • Using Microsoft PowerPoint to make a presentation about Scouts (Green Book)
  • Using Microsoft Word to typeset the Scout Promise (and Law)
  • Using Microsoft Excel to present some information about their family (which they could quickly survey - e.g. who at the most Easter Eggs? What time did everyone wake up for the past five days? …)
  • Using Musescore/Garageband to make a short piece of music
  • Using the camera and photo editing tools on their device to make a small album of pictures
  • Using iMovie make a short (30 s) film
  • Using Google Maps/Google Earth and Microsoft Word/Microsoft PowerPoint to create a summary of the different ways they could get to school (travel times, distances, elevation profiles)

Check with Scouts what applications they have chosen and what they are going to make before they go offline.

Captains coming

Captains coming

You will need a clear space to play this game, one person to be the captain of the ship, and at least two other players to be the crew.

How to play:

  1. The captain is in charge of the ship and yelling out orders to the crew.
  2. Crew members must obey all of the captain's orders.
  3. The last crew member to finish an order is out of the game.
  4. Keep playing until one crew member is the winner.

Some examples of captain's orders:

  • Scrub the decks: crew members get on their hands and knees and pretend to scrub the deck.
  • Man overboard: crew members pretend to row a boat.
  • Climb the rigging: crew members pretend to climb a rope ladder.
  • Captain’s coming: crew members salute and say "aye aye captain".
  • Shark attack: crew members must not touch the ground. 
  • Hit the deck: crew members lay face down on the floor.
  • Captain's wife: crew members curtsey.
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