… for the youngest section in Sea Scout Groups.

Monthly Archives: April 2016

Time: about 1 minute per Joey Scout
Equipment: a properly fitted lifejacket for each Joey Scout
Purpose: to familiarise Joeys with putting on and taking off lifejackets
Topic: Water Safety
AoPG: Physical, Intellectual

All Joeys will already be wearing a lifejacket (that has been fitted correctly). They will need to remove it before they begin. (But keep hold of it. That way, you’ll be sure the lifejacket they are putting on will fit properly.) Joeys form 2 teams, and they have a relay to practice putting on their life jackets.

I’ve made a mailing list, for leaders of the youngest sections in Sea Scout Groups. It’s intended as a place to brainstorm and share ideas for programming and activities. You can find it here, and I’d encourage all Sea Scout (Joey Scout, Beaver, Kea, …) Leaders to join!

Time: variable (probably one minute per Joey Scout, most like more than one turn)
Equipment: 2 inner tubes, 4 pieces of rope, helpers, lifejackets
Purpose: to give Joeys confidence in the water, and familiarity with lifejackets in the water
Topic: Lifejackets, Water Safety
AoPG: Intellectual, Character, Social

Tie two pieces of rope to opposite sides of one inner tube. Do the same for the other set. An adult wades into the water, taking one of the ropes with them. The inner tube sits on the beach.

Form two teams. Each Joey Scout should be wearing a well-fitting life jacket. One Joey Scout from each team hops on an inner tube. They are pulled into the water. When they reach the adults who are pulling, the rest of the Joeys Scouts pull them back to shore. Another Joey Scouts has a turn.

… for Joey Scout Mobs in Sea Scout Groups.

(Or any other members of the youngest sections in Scouting… Beavers, Keas, etc.)

This is the online version of my Wood Badge Project. Because I’m a leader (with a land Scout background) in a Joey Mob, in a Sea Scout Group. And really, much of the time, we’re practically indistinguishable from the nearby land Scout Mobs. (Aside from our glorious location on the river:-) )

So I decided I’d make a collection of games, activities, stories and ideas, so that when I’m looking for something, I have a range of ‘Sea Scout-y’ options to hand.

I have been collecting ideas for a few weeks (since my first training weekend), and putting them all together in document. But I plan to also link each idea as a separate post (so it will be searchable, and I can include links to specific examples of some of the resources). In addition, when I have a ‘finished’ version of the document, I’ll put it up here so that people can use it off-line.

Hopefully, there will be other people also interested in this topic. If  you have any other ideas I’ve missed out on, I’d love to hear from you:-)