The Great Indoors

Stuck at home?  Wondering what to do with your time?  How do you keep your kids amused until they're back at school?

While Scouts usually love the great outdoors, right now we need to focus on a different way of keeping young people busy, entertained and even inspired.  We'll post ideas below as we come across them, so keep checking back & turn these unprecedented times into a force for good.

Scroll down to be inspired by #TheGreatIndoors

The Great Indoors - activities for Beavers Cubs and Scouts to do at home

The Great Indoors

Turning our usual Scout outdoors focus indoors, here at the Scouts we've put together plenty of activities for you to keep your kids amused while they're at home.

See what's on offer at #TheGreatIndoors

JOTI Jamboree on the Internet

Connecting young people virtually because Scouting never stops!

Tune in to this special home edition of the Jamboree on the Internet on 3 – 5 April.

Many Scout activities have been cancelled.  School’s out.  We miss our friends.  Our community needs our help.  But Scouting never stops.

This special edition of our largest digital jamboree will allow you to connect to others, learn new skills, bring Scouting online, and build new friendships during this challenging time. We’ll foster teamwork and intercultural interaction while enhancing safe social engagement and wellbeing.

For more details on the programme and to join in, head to the JOTA / JOTI website.

Online Campfire – live on Facebook

Join Scouting families across the world for this special online campfire from the comfort of your own home!  Which is your favourite campfire song?

Monday 6th April

18:30 – 20: 00 (BST)

Further details will be posted & updated on the campfire facebook event, organised by 7th Redcar Scout Group.

Free online resources – one for the adults too

Here's a huge collection of free resources covering a range of themes, such as:

  • virtual tours
  • arts & culture
  • geography & nature
  • well-being
  • online learning
  • music

and much more…

Browse Chatterpack's full list & take advantage of the time on your hands!

30 Days of Lego Play

Here are 30 different lego challenges.  Why not take photos of your creations and compare with your friends?

100 things to do indoors

Hopefully we won't be confined for 100 days, but here's a list to keep your family busy for a while at least!

Coping Calendar

Keep calm, stay wise and be kind!

Have a look at these 30 ways you can look after yourselves and each other in the days and weeks ahead.

Free to view!  NASA image gallery

If planet earth is not your favourite point of focus right now, why not try outer space instead?…

NASA has opened its image gallery with thousands of photos and videos free for you to view.

What will you discover?

Live Online Scout meeting – Thursdays 7pm

For Beavers, Cubs & Scouts (and Explorers, leaders & parents).  Join Mark, a Scout leader from London, aka The Big Man in the Woods, on his YouTube channel each week for a fun online meeting.

also being streamed on Facebook & Instagram.

Steve Backshall's Wildlife Chat – Wednesday mornings

Join Scout Ambassador & explorer Steve Backshall each Wednesday for a live Q&A session answering all your wildlife, biology, conservation, geography and exploration questions!!

You can find #SteveBackshallWildlifeChat on:

If your homeschooling lesson is on the natural world, check out his posts & don't hesitate to post your questions.


Bring the magical world of Harry Potter and Hogwarts to your home schooling timetable with JK Rowling!  Have a look at this huge range of FREE magical resources to bring imaginations to life while stuck at home.  Audio books, quizzzes, puzzles, trivia, guides – there is plenty here for all budding wizards & witches.

Create a Covid-19 Time Capsule

2020 is proving to be one of the most significant years in human history.  Why not create a time capsule to capture what's happening now, your thoughts and feelings?

Use these sheets to get you started.

BBC offers lessons for the school summer term

With the summer term “starting", there are some familiar faces bolstering the BBC's new & extended education initiative.  Daily lessons will be streamed across many subjects & for all levels, including on BBC Bitesize daily.

Sir David Attenborough, Danny Dyer and Jodie Whittaker are among the celebrity supply teachers who will be helping the BBC educate the nation's schoolchildren during the coronavirus lockdown.

Footballer Sergio Aguero, Ed Balls and Professor Brian Cox are also involved in the virtual learning initiative.

The programme is the biggest education offering in the BBC's history & offers 14 weeks of curriculum-based learning.

Find out more here:

BBC Bitesize

Family Learning Activities

Information and activities for families to share and enjoy, courtesy of Leicestershire Adult Learning.

Plenty here divided by category/subject for all ages.  Maths, English, STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths), creative, first aid, personal social & emotional development, health – and more.

VE Day 75th Anniversary

VE Day marks the day towards the end of the second world war when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe – 8 May 1945. The Prime Minister at the time, Winston Churchill, declared a national holiday that led to a day of partying and celebrating.

While the street parties that were planned orginially can't happen, there are plenty of “stay at home" alternatives.  Here are some examples:

Make your own bunting – the Union Flag was flown high as a sign of peace and victory in Europe.  Across the UK, people used red, white, and blue decorations to celebrate – they’re the colours of the Union Flag, and were also the colours of the Allied countries in the second world war.

Music was a big part of VE day. Some people used gramophones, instruments, and barrel organs, others just sang their own songs.

On VE Day, communities up and down the country set up tables and chairs in the street and shared food to celebrate together.  Look up & try out some VE Day recipes – because of rationing, there were many makeshift versions of familiar dishes, such as cakes that didn’t use eggs or sugar.

Reflect on the role Scouts and Guides played in the second world war. You could gather around a fire (and perhaps make a treat like s’mores). Bonfires had been banned during the second world war, so on VE Day people lit fires to celebrate the end of the war in Europe.


The Natural World

PECT has compiled a range of resources free to download on their website, all designed for families to enjoy together.

Explore your local environment (safely!) with activities to complete both outside and at home.  Maybe twig rafts & pine cone bird feeders appeal, or how about mud target practice?  Cloud spotting doesn't require anything beyond looking at the sky.  Or recyle an old T shirt into a bag?

Check out PECT's Nature's School page for the mini activities & scroll down for all their projects – which are added to regularly.

Space X Simulator – can you dock at the ISS?

Have you been inspired by the recent launch & docking at the International Space Station of the Space X Dragon?  Then this link is for you!  Try out your skills & patience with this docking simulator, replicating the actual NASA interface.