… for the youngest section in Sea Scout Groups.

Category Archives: Intellectual

Time: 15 minutes (with 12 hours pre-soaking, and drying in oven)
Equipment: 1 cup raw almonds; ½ teaspoon salt; 4 cups filtered water; vanilla bean (optional); dates/honey (optional); blender/food processor; large bowl; chux/cheese cloth/kitchen towel
Purpose/Topic: Maritime History
AoPG: Physical

Almond milk could be used on long sea voyages when transporting a cow was problematic (if there was ‘gentry’ travelling who might require milk for tea).
Soak almonds for about 12 hours in water with the salt. Rinse them, and dry in the oven on the lowest heat.
Place almonds in a food processor or blender with the water.
Blend for several minutes, until smooth and creamy. (This mixture will expand, so don’t overfill your blender.)
Strain the mixture into a large bowl through the cloth.
Put mixture back into the blender with vanilla or soaked dates if using. Blend briefly.
Pour into a glass jar, and store in the fridge for up to one week.

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Time: 5–10 minutes
Equipment: 3 corks per boat, 2 elastic bands, 1 toothpick, craft foam/paper, string, a ‘body of water’
Purpose/Topic: To explore floatation
AoPG: Intellectual, Physical

You can find the instructions here. This is such a cute idea:-)


Time: 5 minutes
Equipment: boat three part cards (to be uploaded)
Purpose/Topic: Nautical history and tradition—become familiar with some basic parts of a boat
AoPG: Intellectual

Terms: bow, stern, port, starboard, mast, sail, hull, anchor, oars

The objective of these cards is to correctly match the images with the label.
Each basic card set should include Image cards, Label cards and Combined Image/Label cards.
Give each pair of Joey Scouts a complete set of cards. They should match up the labels and images, and then refer to the Control cards to see if they are correct.


Time: 20 minutes
Equipment: planisphere
Purpose/Topic: Navigation—Constellations
AoPG: Intellectual, Social, Physical

Take the Joey Scouts out on a clear night. Gaze at the stars.
Use the planisphere to find familiar constellations.
Start by matching the date and the time on the outside, which will mean the constellations showing in the middle are those that will be visible in the sky.


Time: 30 minutes
Equipment: bag for each Joey Scout/group
Purpose/Topic: Maritime Environment
AoPG: Physical, Social, Intellectual

Take the Joey Scouts to a beach (river or sea). Set them to collecting ‘interesting’ things. (You may wish to provide more guidance, depending on your location.)
After some time exploring and collecting, gather the Joey Scouts together and get them to tip their collections into a pile in the middle. As a group, sort the collection (possibly ‘natural’ vs ‘man-made’, ‘animal’ vs ‘plant’ etc.). Discuss the classification as you go.


Time: 5 minutes
Equipment: 2 lolly snakes per Joey Scout (different colours for preference)
Purpose/Topic: Basic Ropework
AoPG: Intellectual, physical

Give each Joey Scout 2 lolly snakes. Teach them how to tie a reef knot. When they succeed, they may eat the snakes.


Time: 5 minutes
Equipment: jug of water; eye dropper; cotton balls; dish
Purpose/Topic: Weather—Clouds
AoPG: Intellectual

Shape a cotton ball into a ‘cloud’. Hold it above the dish. Using the eyedropper, drop water onto the cotton ball ‘cloud’. After enough drops have been added, it will begin to ‘rain’ from the ‘cloud’. If you look carefully, you will be able to see the ‘raindrops’ forming at the bottom of the ‘cloud’.
Squeeze the cotton ball out, to empty all the ‘rain’ out.
Look in the dish, and you will be able to see how much water ‘rained’ from the ‘cloud’.