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The ancient art of origami

Find out how the ancient art of origami can encourage a sense of calm and concentration, then have a go at folding your own – with a special design inspired by the large blue butterfly.

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Nobel Peace Prize Nomination

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It’s Great to hear that Scouting and Guiding have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for Global Contribution towards peach and dialogue

One of our Founders Calls to Action is “With small actions, we can become Messengers of Peace. Baden Powell left us a Mission and we promised “to leave this world better than we found it”

The Nobel nomination was submitted by Norwegian Liberty Party MP, Solveig Schutz, former Chief Commissioner of The Guides and Scouts of Norway and a current volunteer for the Scout Movement.

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Can you build a bottle boat?

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How to build a bottle boat.

From UK Scoutings Twitter feed today, have a got at a bottle boat.

Something form for the Scouts or Explorer age range, but do give it a go it looks fun!

You can try building a bottle boat (virtually) this week, and learn some basic sailing terminology along the way:

Want to find out more about Sailing?, if so a good place to start would be the RYA click here.


If using a hairdryer please make sure you ask the person who it is before using it and make sure it can not come into contact with water.

You can link some of your activities to our Badges for the Sections in Scouting please see

Map Reading for Beginners

The Navigator BadgeMap Reading for Beginners


About 50 years ago, I received my first lesson in Map Reading, at the age of eight I had just joined my local Cub Scout Pack.

A few weeks later we were on a pack holiday in the New Forest, and one of our Cub Scout leaders was teaching us map reading, its fair to say that I already had an interest in maps and navigation.

I won a compass on that holiday and still have it today, it used to go everywhere with me.

Here is a useful resource I came across for beginners map reading and wanted to share it with you.

Please have a look and start Map Reading for yourself.

Not a beginner! then check out these resources

Maps can also be used as a snapshot in time to see what the area looked like, if you go back to the 1970s you will see a very different picture of our village for example. Learning to Read Maps and Navigation are skills that last a lifetime. Since leaning Map Reading and Navigation Skills as a Cub Scout myself I have gone on to Teach Navigation awards and learned to Navigate at Sea.

How about having a look at the requirements of the Navigators Badge and remember we are here to help you!

Start Now the badge requirements can be found at

Could you make a Robot?

Could you make your own Robot?

Visit the line below and find out more, you could also find your inner maker!

Go on let your imagination run free as you use your skills to design and make a robot, then show it off on the robot runway.

Design and make your very own robot before showing off your model on the robot runway: