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Boredom Busters

We’ve put together some of our favourite activities to do at home. There’s something for everyone, whatever the weather – and they count towards badges too.

Scouts at the Poles

Scouts often go to the ends of the earth to make things happen. But some take this more literally than others. Chris James pulls on his ski boots to discover the stories of Scouts who’ve ventured into the frozen wildernesses of the Arctic and Antarctic in search of adventure 

10 ways to deal with stress this summer

It’s supposed to be a chance to relax, but summer can often be a stressful time. Travel arrangements, changes to routine, family dynamics, and, of course, the impending exam results day all take their toll. To help you come out the other side of summer smiling, we’ve put together a list of 10 small things that might help you beat stress.

Songs to sing on the bus

A bus journey may not sound like the best place to practice your campfire skills – until you think about singing. Songs are great way to pass the time on a coach: they don’t need phone signal, streetlights, or equipment. Importantly, singing will have everyone working together as one big team, so backseat arguments will be a thing of the past. The only challenge is doing the actions with a seatbelt on. Stuck for song inspiration? Here are some of our favourites.

In the shadows

The ancient art of shadow puppetry has long been enjoyed by Scouts. We explore its origins and suggest shapes young people can create using only light and imagination

Coordinator and Supporter for First Aid training

To manage the training and provision of first aid to the Area for all leaders including full courses and refresher courses,
to be able to manage a small team of first aid trainers
to keep up to date with First…

Wildest dreams

We head into the forest with Scout Adventurer and wild camping expert Phoebe Smith, to learn why getting a good night’s sleep should be your next big adventure

DIY scarves for World Scarf Day

Scout Scarf Day is celebrated on 1 August to commemorate the first Scout Camp on Brownsea Island in 1907. The day is a chance for Scouts – young and old – to wear their scarves through the day in the spirit of Scouts. The scarf is reminder that in line with the Scout Promise, we’re here to leave the world a better place than we found it.

How to handle challenging behaviour

When Scouts goes well, it’s a joyous thing, creating connections and lasting memories. However, sometimes certain behaviours can present challenges. We spoke to authors and educators Paul Dix and Noël Janis-Norton to get their thoughts on how volunteers can help to promote positive behaviour      

First day of activities

What an amazing couple of days. Our BSO Scouts have flown, ridden or driven to the Jamborette from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Thanks to Nana Yasma for greeting everyone and to Dominic Afriat for giving up his Saturday…

The Scouts are coming!

As BSO is the biggest Area in British Scouting, our young people are coming from far and wide to attend this year’s Haarlem Jamborette. Here’s 1st Maisons-Laffitte’s Thomas on a ferry from Kefalonia to Zakinthos, ready for a flight up…

Arriving at Haarlem

Nathan, Ashley and (even more importantly) all our stuff has arrived at the site. We had a warm welcome from the Rusty Railrood Subcamp team.…

We’re off to the Haarlem Jamborette!

There’s another big Scout camp happening this summer – the Haarlem Jamborette in the Netherlands. BSO is sending a 65-strong contingent of Scouts and Explorers, and there will be more BSO Scouts there from Belgium, the Netherlands and even Norway.…

A match made in Scouts

Ray and Edna met in Scouts and lived their lives through Scout values. It seems only fitting to see their dedication to the Scouts family commemorated at Gilwell Park.

It takes all sorts

Because different leaders bring different strengths to Scouts, learning about personality types – our own, and those around us – can help us work better together. We asked collaboration coach Kate Tapper to share her tips