By Tara Eason
Scouting in Covid is hard but still fun. My name is Tara Eason and this what my brothers and I have done during the Covid crisis: Most packs are doing online meetings. Some every week and some every fortnight. These meetings are done on Zoom and may include badge work, a quiz, a scavenger hunt, jokes, riddles and many other things like that. Sometimes people do presentations of their work. This works by the presenter sharing their screen on Zoom. As part of their meetings Amikokenda Beavers are going back to basics during Covid.The activities are Build a fort, Animal friends,Safety,Identify trees,Cooking and Survival.If you do all these activities you get a badge. To build a fort we did a virtual camp. This is done by every scout setting up a den or a tent and sleeping in it for the night in their own garden or house. They also undertake activities like a Kahoot quiz or a scavenger hunt via Zoom.They have to have a lot of thought put into them. For Animal Friends we could do a project on anything to do with animals. For safety because we are sea scouts we did water safety so we had to read a document and do the fun spot the differences and then we did a kahoot quiz on water safety.The rest is yet to come. Ceadaoin Cubs have undertaken airskills for that they had to make a kite, take a video of it flying and send it to someone I don’t know who and then they had to do some history on the Wright brothers, the people who invented airplanes.Some of the older scouts are doing some boat maintenance so the boats are ready for when we come back. Because they have to do it in small groups to maintain social distancing there’s more boat to cover. They scrape off the barnacles on the bottom, they anti foul the outside which is putting on really strong paint and they paint normally as well. They also clean the boats for the season ahead..
Editors note: Well done to Tara and all the Sea Scouts,Beavers and Cubs