Week 7: 19th May


This week is slightly different to normal. This coming weekend (23-24 May) would have been the West Yorkshire Scouts Big Camp, which we were planning to attend. The camp itself has been postponed to next year, but West Yorkshire Scouts are organising a "virtual" camp which Cubs are invited to take part in from home.

As always, it's entirely optional. If the virtual Camp isn't your thing, why not review the activities from previous weeks (also on our YouTube channel) and catch up with any you missed.

The following information is from West Yorkshire Scouts:

Virtual Big Camp

On the original weekend of BIG Camp 2020 (23rd-24th May) we will be holding Virtual BIG Camp. The event is open to all in Scouting (not just West Yorkshire Scouts).

How do I get involved?

On the weekend itself (23rd to 24th May) you just need to go to our Facebook page (@wyscouts) and our website www.thebigcamp.org.uk (the website will go live on the Saturday morning). Over the weekend on the website there will be BIG Camp activity zones with challenges or activities to do at home. In addition we'll be running 'Live on Stage' a series of pre recorded and live content hosted by our Youth Commissioner Team (with a number of very special guests). This will be streamed live on both the website and facebook page from Saturday lunchtime to Sunday lunchtime. On the Saturday evening we invite you to take part in our camp, with members camping out in gardens (or living rooms) and watch the virtual handover when our CC Mark Stageman steps down after 10 years.

Do I need to do anything in advance ?

Most of the activities you will be able to do from materials sourced at home, however we will be releasing a Virtual Kit List in the next few days which will be on our website (www.wyscouts.org.uk) and our Facebook page (@wyscouts).

To share or upload outputs, we will be using a google form, so would be helpful if those taking part had a gmail account (or had registered their emails to use on google beforehand). We will issue instructions on how to do this with the Virtual Kit List on the website.

The full 'Live on Stage' Schedule will be published via facebook and the website next week before the event.


For those young people taking part from West Yorkshire Scouts we will be issuing an occasional badge (to qualify a young person needs to register and upload material from activities). Badges won't be available until after face to face scouting resumes. For those outside of West Yorkshire Scouts there will be a charge for the badge.

Harden & Wilsden Cubs - Send Tom details of any activities you do as part of the virtual camp (including if you sleep outside of your normal bed either camping in the garden or living room!) and we can count these towards whichever Cub badges they best fit within.