Virtual Activities Compendium

Useful Links

NASA – Air activities

Loads of interesting links into NASA Space info and programmes – this is the home page
These two are short cuts to things I first found interesting. Here’s a quiz

This quiz has quick links on the page to the answers. It should be easy enough to cut and paste the quiz into a word doc so that it can be made available without accessing the above quiz link. It might just make the kids search a bit harder if they are interested.

National Museum of United States Air Force

Here’s the link to the the National Museum of United Sates Air Force with the 360 degree virtual cockpit and interior views – I found this absolutely fascinating. The Space Crew Compartment Shuttle trainer is near the bottom of the list – just scroll on down. Top of the list is Airforce One

This site also has 360 degree views on a Spitfire and a Hawker Hurricane for anyone doing RAF links and VE Day (75 yrs ago this year).

Bloodhoud SSC

If the Leaders just punch in Bloodhound SSC into Google there’s also loads of info on the first page including links to it’s predecessor ‘Thrust SSC’.
Leaders will need to register on the Stem site to get to the detailed info but registration is free as is the detailed info.

Spitfire Mk IX Virtual Cockpit

A 360 degree of a Spitfire Mk IX . The big advantage with this one is that if you hover over a specific piece of kit it tells you what it is.

(Thanks JimB)


Is a website with all sorts of activities and videos about how to do stuff. It also has lots of video chats and live interactive sessions. Lots for Adults and leaders to interact with. Latest is the Virtual Meeting. Until Scouts returns, he’s going to be hosting an online Scout Night, Thursdays 7pm till 9pm. Its call 1st Youtube Scout Group
He’ll play games together, do badge work together plus more, featuring guests and appearances from leaders all over the UK all in the comfort of our own homes. There is a live chat to interact with. Uniform isn’t required but you MUST wear your Necker. We joined for the first one on Thursday and it was really good fun. If you miss it you can watch it here

OSM Badges at Home

is a brand new section at OSM to help scouts complete badge work at home. It includes a video uploader that will allow leaders to post videos through OSM only to their members and parents of practical demonstrations of badge work. The OSM Facebook page is full of tutorials for those of you still needing help with the basics of OSM

 OSM Programmes at home 


Part 1 of “Programmes At Home” is now live. This allows you to provide online meetings, where members can see your introductory video and resources, and then they can talk to each other and upload photos and videos of what they’re doing. It doesn’t matter if people aren’t online at the same time, and/or it could be a useful addition to any live streaming sessions that you are running.


Chorley District Team are working on a “Camping at Home ” project.

This will involve all young people from across the Chorley District. World. COVID-19 may have changed the way we do things, but it won’t stop Scouts camping!

We’re organising a Virtual Camp around 25/26th April when we should have been enjoying St George’s day camp at Bibbys. Take up the challenge and let’s keep on #virtually camping. We will ask all Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network, Leaders, Parents, and Young People interested in joining in the fun to:



  •  Pack a bag
  •  Build a den at home / pitch a tent in the garden/ hang up a hammock (whatever you can)
  • Sleep in your shelter of choice
  • Build a ‘campfire’ (real or virtual)
  • Take part in a “Scouty activity”
  • Help with cooking a meal
  • On the 26th we will share and renew our promise and do all the traditional St Georges day activities

We will be setting up a safe social media space for to you participate share a creative photo, video, blog, etc. to our social media with: #ChorleyCamp@home

Then share them with your leaders and friends to show that although we can’t meet “Face to Face” Scouting doesn’t stop!

Each Young Person who takes part will be entitled to 1 Night Away for each night they participate as long as they aren’t sleeping in their bed.


We know you’ve always wanted a friendly email from us. Well, now you can. During this time of social isolation, we don’t want you to feel alone. From April onwards we’ll be hopefully supporting you, giving you ideas and above all, helping you be a little Scoutadelic.

Sign up for a life changing experience (though legally we can not guarantee this). Handy positive messages and ideas all in a quick and easy email. It’s your call, but what harm can it do?


Dyson Foundation

There is a good source of quirky as well as educational science and engineering programme ideas on the Challenge cards produced by the James Dyson Foundation.

You can use these for Beavers to Explorers.  Some are good fun and can be done at home.

Just follow the link

and then press “Download Challenge Cards”

Thanks to Phil Fairclough – The Great Indoors

We know the coming days and weeks are going to be difficult for families across the UK, as the spread of Covid-19 causes schools to close. As the experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, we want to do what we can to help.

While we normally love the great outdoors, we’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas (if we do say so ourselves). Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.


Free Virtual Tours of World Museums, Educational Sites & Galleries For Children

Cyber Scouting

We just did our first session of cyber Scouting….here are some thoughts on what worked and what needs some work:
I can HIGHLY recommend using conf call for your online Scout meeting. (After taste testing 6 VC solutions and using lots for years in and out of work)

It handled 20 people online with no problem at all.

You can set up a free account in 5 minutes.

Hints and Tips:

  • Always follow Scouts HQ Yellow Card

•Have a practice with just your leaders first and have a good play with the software

• Leaving the mic open with a bunch of Scouts ended up with 5 – 7 minutes of ‘hellos’ which while nice was a bit wearing… write off the first 5 mins of your meeting 📷

• Be a despot with the mute button – mute all when giving instructions and get them to put their virtual hands up using the buttons and unmute individuals

• The chat function, I disabled any thing other than send to public – saw that issue coming before it happened – they’d have been on chat the whole time privately otherwise!

• Switch off the chat function when they get giddy

• Public chat function worked well to run a quiz (created my a scout for personal challenge, she had another 2 weeks to do👍)- very funny.

• Recorded the meeting to check back on any incidents – we didn’t have any but I’m glad we recorded it anyway (Yes, parents were told it would be).

• They got to the point of volunteering information and agreed to run part of the call next time.

• The virtual backgrounds function was fun but became a bit distracting when they found how to do it – suspect the novelty will wear off (hope).

• We launched 2 ‘offline competitions’ a photography one that runs for a month and a weekly one to come up with a logo for our cyberScouting sessions. They seemed to like that.

• Parents seem to like the idea – already had 5 ‘thank yous….’ via email and text and a load more I just spotted on our facebook

Zoom has charity pricing when you buy multiple accounts – one for DCs and CCs to consider, coming together will save us all money!

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls