is an important part of feeling secure. Home for many people is a
place of love, security and belonging but it can also be a place where
young people suffer loneliness and mental or physical abuse. This
sometimes results in young people leaving home to get away from the
pressures. Often these young people have nowhere else to go and they
end up living on the streets. The Children's Society estimates that
about 98,000 young people go missing each year in Britain; most are
between 14 and 16 years old.
This is a problem
in many towns and cities in developed countries as well as a problem
in developing countries, such as Uganda.
below are designed to help Scouts understand what is important to
them and to look at some of the joys and tensions of living together
in close proximity, in families and in Patrols at Scout activities.
The activities could be carried out before a camp. It is useful to
remind the Scouts that a degree of confidentiality is required when
undertaking these activities.
This activity is to help young people learn about each other and respect
each other's Ii and dislikes.
Invite the Scouts
to fill in this chart individually (sitting in Patrols).
Put all the forms
in the centre and each Scout then takes a form and reads out the answer
The Patrol then has decide who it belongs to. This process continues
until everyone has been identified.
This process helps
the young people in the Patrol get to know each other, their likes
a dislikes and their hopes for the future.
Passports identify us, they have information on where we are from
and where we have been. The Patrol can design and make passports for
themselves. This could include photographs, or sketches if a member
of the group is artistic, personal details such as place of birth,
names of parents, pets, shoe size and so on.
will help young people identify with their Patrol and work together
to decide what is important to them as a group.
Include some blank
pages and use it to record the activities undertaken at camp.
Ask the Scouts as a Patrol to list what they enjoy most about being
together at camp and what they find most difficult. Ask them to think
of all the activities they will be involved in for example.
setting up camp
sleeping in a tent
cooking for each other
sharing the chores
playing games together
In Patrols, create
a role-play about sharing a tent. Make it as realistic as possible
and have a progression that is to set the scene, to have a problem
and decide on a destination. It can be funny or serious. Use this
as a starter to talk about how they will make sure everyone enjoys
working and living together at camp Ask each Scout to make a personal
contact to the Patrol for their next camp for example
'This is a contract
between Alan Smith and Patrol' (see above)
Put these in an
envelope, seal it and give it to the Patrol Leader to take to camp.
At the of camp or at the next Troop Meeting, look at the contracts.
Remember Scouts promise to do their best, they do not promise to be
In Patrols or in age groups, the previous activity could be undertaken
with young people in relation to their home environment. Young people
going through adolescence will be constantly developing their relationship
with their parents. Sometimes difficulties arise so it is important
to keep the lines of communication open. Asking young people to enter
into a contract with parents may be a step towards this.
An entertaining activity for a parents' night is a version of the
Mr & Mrs Quiz Show. Scouts enter with one parent and one at a
time they are asked three questions with three or four options. If
the parent or young person gives the same answer as their partner,
points are awarded. Care needs to be taken in forming the questions
but it can make for an amusing and entertaining evening.