Things for Scouts to do

Patrol Activity Camps

Patrol Activity Camps run throughout the Year at Clifford Park, Gilwell & Treetops campsites. These are great weekend which offer a wide range of activities and some you only need to take your clothes and food. Click here to check out what’s on offer

Make a Pizza Box Solar Oven!

This solar oven has been adapted from many designs. Please feel free to improvise!

The pizza box solar oven can reach temperatures of 275 degrees, hot enough to cook food and to kill germs in water. A general rule for cooking in a solar oven is to get the food in early and don’t worry about overcooking. Expect the cooking time to take about twice as long as conventional methods, and allow about one half hour to preheat.

What You’ll Need

  • Recycled pizza box
  • Black construction paper
  • Aluminum foil
  • Clear plastic (heavy plastic works best)
  • Non-toxic glue, tape, scissors, ruler, magic marker
  • Wooden dowel or straw

How to Make Your Pizza Box Oven

  • Draw a 2.5cm border on all four sides of the top of the pizza box.
  • Cut along three sides leaving the line along the back of the box uncut.
  • Form a flap by gently folding back along the uncut line to form a crease.  Cut a piece of aluminium foil to fit on the inside of the flap. Smooth out any wrinkles and glue into place. Measure a piece of plastic to fit over the opening you created by forming the flap in your pizza box. The plastic should be cut larger than the opening so that it can be taped to the underside of the flap. Be sure the plastic becomes a tightly sealed window so that the air cannot escape from the oven interior.
  • Cut another piece of aluminium foil to line the bottom of the pizza box and carefully glue into place. Cover the aluminium foil with a piece of black construction paper and tape into place.
  • Close the pizza box top (window), and prop open the flap of the box with a wooden dowel, straw, or other device and face towards the sun.
  • Adjust until the aluminium reflects the maximum sunlight through the window into the oven interior.

Your oven is ready! You can try heating pizzas, or hot dogs, or even try baking cookies or biscuits. Test how hot your oven can get using a simple oven thermometer!

How To Make A Good Ice Block…..

For many Groups, Ice Blocking has become a traditional end of year event that brings Sections together for a great ‘adventurous’ activity.

Ice Blocking is like tobogganing, but done on a (steep) grassy slope during warmer months. It involves pulling an icy sled (over-sized ice block) to the top of a grassy hill, and sliding down it sitting on an old towel..

Fantastic Fun for Scouts of all ages!

So what goes in to a good ice-block?

  • cardboard box,
  • rope,
  • plastic liner,
  • water,
  • old towel (to sit on)
Size The ice block needs to have a surface area of (at least) an A2 Document (40cm x 60cm) and a depth of 30cm (min). These dimensions are variable and would be determined by the freezer space available.
Handle To be able to pull the ice block to the top of the hill, as well as hold on to when sliding down, the rope handle needs to stick out about 1.5m from the ice surface. This can either be a single length of rope, or a loop that has its ends securely embedded in the ice block

Preparation (at least 4 days before the activity)

Look out for a good size box that will fit in your freezer (or someone else’s!). Line this box with plastic and 1/3 fill it with water, freeze overnight.

Making the Handle

Tie a figure 8 knot in (each) end of the rope that’s being put into the ice block and place the end(s) of the rope on the frozen 1/3rd. Add the remaining 2/3rds of water, keeping the ‘handle’ out of the prospective ice. There is now a lot of water in the box, so it will take a few days to freeze – best to leave for 2-3 days to solidify properly

Traps for new players

Ensure the rope handle does not extend through to the bottom of the ice block… There’s no better way of preventing sliding than rope friction between the ice and grass

Scout Safe Checklist

  • Are there any rocks/ logs etc. on the slope being used?
  • does the slope have good run off at the bottom (no bike/foot paths, rocks etc.)?
  • have you got the Group first aid kit (with cold/ice packs)? – Anticipate a few bumps and bruises
  • Bike helmets and or other safety gear should be considered.