Updates and Information
Completion sheets have been added to the Personal Challenge details on the front page, to help young people complete this award.
New Bookcase page, with links to publishers with recommendations and activities, and links to the requirements for badges for each section.
Link to Gallery Oldham activities in the Art Club.
There is a new 2020 Badges page (that I forgot to tell you about earlier), where you can see all the different badges we have made available since moving to the Virtual Scout Hall. At least 3 are ongoing!
Photography Club - links to badge requirements, a photography competition and last year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year (for inspiration)
Gardening Club - some ideas from Greenpeace on how to grow things without a garden - you don't even need to buy seeds!
Scout Life - link to some paracord craft video tutorials and link to Scoutadelic
Virtual Scout Hall - link to how you can design a badge for GMN
Gardening Club - garden tools activity added for Beavers and Cubs.
Cooks' Club: link to the badges for all sections and details of how to earn the new Cook at Home badge.
Craft Club: link to the Scouts' badge requirement for Craft Activity Badge, and link to The Big Community Sew site, for making masks.
Events: link to Virtual Marra Camp
Nature Club: 2 new walks - a Spring Spotter Sheet and a Scavenger hunt
A dial you can print out for identifying trees.
Patterns added to the Craft Club for knitted hearts and crochet rainbow.
Link to Young Minds in the Virtual Scout Hall, and link to advice for parents over on the right.
Earth Day - there are some new activities, on the Earth Day page - and even a special badge to earn, if you complete one of the activities this week!
We are marking St George's Day with a promise renewal on Thursday 23rd - see our home page.
There is a link on the right to some Woodland Trust nature activities for families at home.
The Scout Association, has set a challenge - if each Beaver, Cub and Scout walks just a mile, and makes a donation to the Big Night In, which is happening this Thursday, can we cover the whole distance to the moon? and how much can we raise?
See more on our Events page.
I have added details about the Camp at Home being run by Northumberland Scouts on the Scout Life page.
Lovely to see some of our Cubs at the sleepover at the weekend. Once Freya and Josie have gone through all the projects and forms submitted, I'll have a list to update everyone's badge profiles on OSM. If your Cub did take part, and you haven't filled in a feedback form yet, please do, that way I know how many badges to order. The form is available on the sleepover website.
Link in Art Club to the website of the Royal Opera House - lots of activities linked to opera, ballet and design - new ones being added every week.
There is a special online meeting booked for Tuesday, May 5th. All sections together at 6.40 for a percussion workshop.
I have added a Mission Possible for all sections on the front page of the website, and each section also has 3 tasks for this week, which all count towards badges (as well as being worth doing in their own right).
There is a colourful inspiration sheet in Art Club from Australian artist Ken Done.
There is a new Scout Life page, which has 2 things at the moment - a link to Animated Knots, and details of how all sections can earn a special badge.
Nature Club has a couple of new Spotter sheets, for if you go out for a walk: an Easter hunt (sorry it's a bit late, I just found it!) and an identifier for blossom and other flowers on trees.
Art Club, has a "Thank You Key Workers" colouring sheet.
Craft Club now exists, and has a link to a course for learning to knit.
Nature Club has 2 activities: photograph some plants that are flowering in your garden at the moment and start to make a list of the birds that you can see from your house.
I have added some RSPB links for identifying birds and making a bird feeder or bird bath.
Art Club has 1 new activity - to draw a plant or flower to make an Easter card.
I have also uploaded a link in the Art Club to Olaf Falafel's art lessons on YouTube and a file which tells you all about the coral reef and at the end has ideas for creating your own reef-inspired art.
There is now an Easter page, which has details of the My Faith badge and a few fun activities to do, as well as a link to the UMC website, which has some faith activities.
Hi everyone, the plan is to put regular updates in here whenever I change something in the Virtual Scout Hut - I'm also going to use this page to link stuff that I think may be helpful or fun for the educating/educated at home, that I'm either not planning to use in a Scouting capacity, or haven't got around to using yet.
The Art Club has been set up with its first activity.
The Nature Club has been set up, and has details of the Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer badges linked to different nature activities. There is a blog where we can share our findings.
There is now a page where you can see which bits of badge activity have been highlighted each week.
My current plan is to send out a weekly email to everyone highlighting what's going on, but this is where you will see it first.
Please remember to update Badges at Home or tell me about anything you do mentioned on any of these pages - they can all be ticked off for something.
Badges at Home
I hope you already knew that you could see how much of a badge your Beaver/Cub/Scout had completed in the Parent Portal of Online Scout Manager. It is now possible for you to see which elements of a badge have been completed and which are yet to be done.
You can also upload evidence for parts of any badges that your B/C/S completes at home, for a leader to approve.
I will include a link to the Parent Portal in Monday's update email, in case anyone doesn't have it.
Young Minds has advice online for young people and their families in these testing times.
The Woodland Trust has a huge range of resources and activities, including ideas for families at home.
Uppermill Methodist Church
You are very welcome to join us for virtual services on a Sunday, and you may also find things of interest on the Noticeboard or in the Virtual Church Hall.
A Song a Day
If you have a Beaver, Cub or younger child at home, you might be interested in Out of the Ark. They are a Primary Music Specialist, and they are currently posting a song for every day on their website - with a link to a video to sing along.