Week 12: Our rules for the derogation time
Task of the cub scout leader
The leader contacts parents of the cub scouts and informs about the regulation made concerning scouting. They inform that they, as leaders, intent to arrange scouting activities despite the exceptional times and are interested in hearing the opinions of the adults about how to perform the activities.
The cub scout group decides, with the adults, on the way of actions for the scouting break and does an action plan adapting the scout program. Cub scouts have an understanding why scouting is on break to slow down the spreading of the virus.
The cub scout leader suggests an action plan and decides with the adults what communication channel they are going to use and how (Can the cub scout use the channel by themselves or is it used with adults? Does all of the cub scouts have smartphone?). The cub scouts are instructed to discuss about the situation and the feelings it evokes at home. It is important that everyone’s feelings are heard and valued.
Discussion at home: An adult discusses at home with a cub scout about why there is a break in scouting. The cub scouts can draw, write or photograph their feelings and with help from an adult share them with the rest of the cub scout group. It is important that everyone’s feelings are heard and valued.
Communication channel: With permission from the guardians, the cub scout group sets up a communication channel. Every cub scout sends a greeting through hat channel to the rest of the group.
Greeting for the cub scout group: The leader of the cub scout group can, after the discussion had with the adults, send a greeting for example via voice message, video message or a letter send through post. The leader can also send instructions for activities that are possible to do at home alone or with parents.
Emotional intelligence tasks: If the cub scout leader gets hints from the parents that the conditions have affected the cub scouts greatly on emotional level, they can give the parents some exercises or activities related to emotions and how to control them
Week 13: #Connect2Earth
Akela talks to the pack about the international Earth Hour –event, which is an opportunity for everyone to join in protecting the environment and curbing climate change.
Cubs participate in the biggest climate event of the world, organised by the WWF, and understands the purpose of this symbolic gesture.
Cubs participate in Earth Hour on Saturday 28th March at 8.30pm – 9.30pm by switching off all but the necessary lights. Akela guides the cubs to challenge their whole family to join in the event, and explains that joining in is a small act with a big impact. Akela leads the cubs in brainstorming for other small everyday acts that the cubs could do for the climate.
WWF activities: Akela visits the campaign website ahead of time and reviews Earth Hour activity ideas. S(he) selects the most suitable activities for the pack and guides the cubs in the activities.
Lights out: Cubs take a picture of their house during Earth Hour and share it with the pack.
Campfire skit: Each cub plans and performs a campfire skit, game, song or cheer to her/his family during Earth Hour. The pack can discuss their plans and join forces to come up with the most entertaining scout programme for their families. (This would count towards the Entertainer activity badge.)
Invitation: Cubs use their papercraft skills to make an invitation card for a family member to join Earth Hour. (This would count towards the Artist activity badge.)
Week 14: Aprils fool!
Cub scout leader task
Cub scout leader agrees upon the time and method of the video connection and if necessary, gives guidelines about the usage.
Cub scout knows that bullying in the scout is not allowed in any form and learns how to act accordingly Mukavasti yhdessä -ohjeistuksen (Play together guidance, currently only in Finnish). Cub scout learns to recognize bullying in media.
Cub Scout leader starts the meeting by briefing about April fool’s traditions and funny pranks. Cub scouts get to tell about their funniest idea as April fool’s prank. Cub scouts are guided to go throw media content with an adult in the April fool’s day and pay attention to the bad ones, the ones which might hurt someone’s feeling. The group tests video connection in chosen provider and discusses about bullying and experiences regarding it. The group commits to obey the play together -guidance
Cub lead can search for appropriate media content, some suitable for the eyes of a cub scout but where the bullying is easily recognizable. For instance, evening papers might have something. Cub scout leader sends the links to cub scout parents along with some questions regarding the topic. Example questions: How do you think the person in the story is feeling? What is the person thinking? Why was the story written? What is the writer thinking? This task is suitable for a step after Yksissä tuumin-jälkeen (work together, currently only in Finnish)
Using media: While getting know to the media content with an adult and testing the video connection the cub scout is implementing the Media -jäljen (media step) activity. Cub scout leader can guide the adults and cub scouts, to pay attention to the right things according to the chosen communication method.
Stop bullying: Bullying might be a sensitive topic, although the child is willing to speak about it with a trusted adult. The cub scout leader can for instance call each cub scout one by one or send a private message where he or she is asking to tell about one’s own experience. (This method is suitable for a step Yksissä tuumin -jälkeen, working together the afterwards, link is currently only in Finnish)
Bullying guidelines: The group discusses over common rules that will prevent bullying. The group draws the bullying rules and thereby carries out I believe-step activity Pohdin, mikä on oikein ja mikä on väärin (I go throw in my mind what is wrong and what is the right thing to do).
Week 15. Spring tracking
Cub scout leader task
Cub scout leader sends instructions for the cub scouts to do spring tracking. If the group wants to share pictures with each other, cub scout leader creates cloud computing platform to which the pictures can be assembled. Cub scout leader can, if they want to, print spring tracking forms and send them to cub scouts by mail.
Cub scout observes nature. They recognise spring’s first plant and animal species.
Cub scout does observation trip to a forest or park nearby. They tell their observations to an adult or to rest of the group.
Spring tracking trip: Cub scout leader sends a link to printable Luontoliiton kevätseurantalomakkeeseen (spring tracking form) to cub scout’s parents. If there is no possibility to print, the form can also be opened on phone screen.
Cub scout implements a spring tracking trip to nearby forest with their family. The trip can also be implemented on family’s own yard. During the trip cub scout observes nature and spring signs there. If the trip happens in north, there might not yet be spring signs. In that case cub scout can together with an adult explore kevätseuranta.fi website and from there observe how much faster spring has proceed in south.
Pictures of spring: Cub scout goes for a trip t a nearby forest or park. During the trip, they take pictures of spring signs they saw. Cub scout can share the pictures they took together with an adult in the cloud computing platform created by cub scout leader. Cub scout explores pictures other group members have shared in the platform. What kind of observations have thy done? Who has done the most unusual observation?
Week 16: Preparing for St. George’s Day
Akela records Baden-Powell’s story , the story of St. George, or other scout stories and sends them to the pack. To prepare for St. George’s day, Akela could prepare videos about different scout traditions (Flag break, Scout parade, the Scout salute, Jamborees, St. George’s day celebrations etc.) and send them to cubs. Akela can also explain that often around St. George’s day, cubs can bring along their friends to help grow the movement, and that once the suspension of scouting is over, they can do this again.
Cub scouts know why we celebrate St. George’s day and learns about different Scouting traditions.
Cub Scouts will listen to Scout stories sent by their Akela. Cubs learn about Scouting traditions and discuss ideas for telling non-Scouts about the movement around St. George’s day. After St. George’s day, cub scouts share their stories about how many not-yet-Scouts they have told about Scouting and how many people would be interested to come and try it once the suspension is over!
The story of Scouting and Guiding: Akela sends the story of Baden-Powell or St. George to the cubs as an audiobook or a voice note. Each cub makes an illustration of the story using a technique that the pack decides on togehter. Alternatively, each cub can prepare one frame for a comic strip that the pack can then put together. Finally, all illustrations and comics are uploaded online for the whole pack to enjoy.
Kim’s story: Akela records Kim’s story as a voice note and sends it out to the cubs. Once everyone has had a chance to listen, the pack plays a series of Kim’s games – each cub can send a pair of pictures where somethign has changed in the second one.
What’s the problem: Over the video connection, one of the cubs wears his/her uniform, but something is wrong. The shirt can be back to front, badges/pins can be in the wrong order, he/she can be wearing neon shoes, the necker may be worn as a hat… Other cubs need to figure out what’s wrong and instruct the cub to correct the dress code error.