The symbol representing the International Friendship Award is four
interwoven Friendship Knots representing the four training Sections.
Most Scouts will be able to learn the Friendship Knot. If someone
in the Troop does not already know it, then try to find a Leader,
Venture Scout or Group Supporter who can teach it to the Troop.
A first link with the Beaver Scout Colony and Cub Scout Pack could
be established by Scouts demonstrating the knot to the younger members
of the Group using their neckerchiefs. Incidentally, one of the
theories for the naming of the Friendship Knot is that it is easier
for someone else to tie the knot for you, than for you to do it
yourself thereby establishing a first point of friendship.
The important messages of immunisation and AIDS education are promoted
using small groups in Uganda just like the Patrol in Council or
the Patrol Leaders' Council. Young people will often ignore adults,
while they listen to someone who is closer to their own age. This
method is used to promote an understanding of AIDS in Uganda. The
Patrol Activity Award requires taking part in a Patrol in Council,
so this can be used to encourage the Patrol System and highlight
a similarity with Ugandan Scouting.
At a campfire, introduce the Chinese whispers stunt, where a message
is whispered by a line of Scouts, comparing the original message
with the end result. The more complicated the message, the more
garbled the end result may be. Afterwards, it may be necessary to
make the point that important messages need to be remembered exactly
if they are to be effectively passed on in Ugandan society.
Baden-Powell used this activity to develop memory and attentive
listening based upon his experiences of using boys as messengers
during the Mafeking Siege. The boys were given complicated messages
to memorise and then carry around the town, which freed up valuable
adults who were required to maintain the defence of the town. This
activity calls for Scouts to be given a complicated verbal message
to transmit to another Scout a few hundred metres away, who in turn
takes it to another Scout some distance away. Used as an inter-patrol
relay race, there may be five or six stages. Compare the end message
with the original and then draw the parallel with Patrol Leaders'
in Uganda taking the important information on AIDS to their friends
Organise a Ugandan style camp for the entire Scout Group, where
Scouts sleep in bivouacs, just as their counterparts in Uganda would
do. Encourage a good standard of hygiene with camp dressers and
good waste disposal. Draw a parallel with Uganda where the warm
climate would create great problems if hygiene were not paramount.
Invite the Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts for the day and work in
co-operation with the Venture Scout Unit to arrange camp Olympics
with composite teams made up from each Section to represent Uganda,
United Kingdom and other countries. Cooking will, of course, be
with a minimum of utensils and will feature some Ugandan dishes.
Include a Scout song devised by the Scouts, and do some research
to include songs of African origin during the worship and campfires.
Find out more about the work of UNICEF as a major development agency.
The results can be used to add to the display which can be mounted
at the end of the International Friendship Award Project. Find out
the information from the local library, UNICEF volunteers and your
local UNICEF Regional Office.
As part of the health requirement for some of the progressive training
scheme awards, find out about AIDS and how prevalent it is in the
United Kingdom. It may be possible to join a discussion with the
Venture Scout Unit where the dangers to young people in the United
Kingdom can be discussed.
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to involve your Assistant County or Area Commissioner (International)
who will be able to help you with your planning and supply you with
lots of useful information.
Good luck with
your planning - remember the UK Uganda Network is available to give
support to any events, camps or expedition either in Uganda or involving
Uganda Scouts visiting the UK.