your Colony what the purpose of a flag or emblem might be. Could the
Beaver Scouts design a flag for themselves? What would it have on
it? Footballs, action figures, Nintendo Gameboys? What colours would
If the Colony
were to draw on pieces of old cut up sheets, the results could then
be sewn together by an enterprising and supportive mum or dad to create
a complete Colony banner!
Help the Beaver
Scouts to find out if any countries use the same colours as Uganda
for their flag. Can you find out why they used those colours?
Some flags don't
change if you turn them upside down. Others become the flags of other
countries. Turn the Ugandan flag upside down and it's obviously wrong.
But can the Beaver Scouts recognise when the Union flag is turned
the wrong way up? Many adults can't! Try some other flags and turn
one country into another at just the flick of a hand.
Look at the countries
surrounding Uganda. Find out about their flags. Ice biscuits or cakes
with the colours of all the different countries in the region.
You will need
water, icing made using icing sugar, water and food colouring. (Be
careful not to use those colourings which can cause allergic reactions
in young children). The Beaver Scouts can make the icing themselves
with a little guidance. Don't forget to, wrap the children up in aprons
or old shirts. Food colourings stain! And remember to tell the Beaver
Scouts that they need to add very little water to the required amount
of icing sugar and not the other way round. Otherwise you will end
up with rivers of useless sugary water! Think carefully once more
about the colours used. Green sometimes stands for the fertile land
of the country or its forests. It can also stand for the religion
of Islam. White can stand for peace and purity. Blue often means sea,
rivers, sky or hope.
Take the Beaver
Scouts on an activity which involves flags. Ask them to look at what
is happening and how people are behaving. It's worth thinking carefully
about which events might be suitable for children of this age.
The Beaver Scouts
may notice that flags are respected and that the people's behaviour
reflects this. If your own Colony has a flag you might consider when
and where it is used. Talk about your flag and its meaning with the
Beaver Scouts. Too often we assume that the children realise the significance
of things we take for granted, when in fact they have no idea of their