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Week 1
Let the Games Begin!
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Let the Games Begin!

As we kick-off this week’s adventure we’ll be looking at the Beavers and Cubs; they’re an energetic group, often unpredictable, and full of creativity, so it will be interesting to see how the Options play out this week. Will it be more ‘Winter’ or more ‘Summer’? As for our older sections, they’re a seasoned bunch with skills to prove. It should be an interesting challenge. Will they go for the winter sport or tackle the mini-derby option? We’ll have to wait and see.

MEETING LENGTH: 20 MINS–1 HOUR 30 MINS

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Beavers and Cubs
PictographOption 1: Winter

Winter Relay/Triathlon: Create a winter relay or triathlon for your Section to compete in! What sports or challenges will you include? Get creative and think outside the box—try throwing snowballs at a target, doing a log balance, or kicking a soccer ball while sitting on a sled! Get into the Winter Olympic spirit and recreate an Olympic sport at home!

PictographOption 2: Summer

Try out a sport that we would typically think of in Summer and flip it on its head and do it in winter. Why not try volleyball in the snow, build snowmen and use them as your pins for bowling, or build a mini golf course out of snow. Think outside the box about how a summer sport could be adapted for winter.

Scouts, Venturers and Rovers
PictographOption 1: Arctic Athlete

Try a new way to move about in winter, e.g., crosscountry skiing, snow shoeing, snowboarding, sledding, skating etc. Another great way to enjoy what winter has to offer is by trying out new winter activities! Are there any winter sports that you’ve always wanted to try? You might be able to do some at your meeting place, like broomball or practicing winter survival by building temporary shelters. While some may need more specialized equipment, facilities, or training, like ice fishing, curling or downhill skiing. In small teams, decide on a new activity to try and make arrangements to try it out!

Human beings have innovated many ways to try to move around in the winter. Snowshoes are one of the most commonly used Indigenous designs that have been used for centuries to help move around more easily on snow and tundra landscapes.

PictographOption 2: Mini-Kondike Derby

Learn from the Inuit design of a qamutik (a traditional Inuit Dog Sled) How could we create a similar structure so that people can pull it? If you have no ice or snow, how can you adapt your qamutik to move on road, grass, etc.? A Klondike sled is adapted so that rather than using dogs to pull and a driver to direct, it is pushed from behind and has several people pulling from the front.

How does the driver of the sled communicate with the “dogs”? Develop your commands so that your “dogs” (Scouts) know what to do and when to do it.

A traditional qamutik is an Inuit sled designed for travel on the snow and ice of the arctic. It does not include the use of any nails or pins, and instead pieces are drilled and lashed together.

Safety

What can be done to make these activities as safe as possible? What are some of the risks that you can see happening? How can those risks be reduced?

Remember when doing sports where a head injury is likely, always use a helmet.

Week 1: Let The Games Begin
Week 2: Go for Gold
Week 3: Polar Picnic
Week 4: Skillz N' Chillz