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The “Walk in the Park” Challenge

What you have to do

Take you family for a walk in Trent Park. You can choose the Quiz Hike option (4km / 2.5 miles) or the Orienteering option, which is a bit longer (4.5km / 3 miles), and a tougher test of navigation skills. Or you could do both! All the details and maps are below. (For the Orienteering option, you will need the instructions and the Orienteering map.)


To get some physical and mental exercise and to remind Scouts how to use a map and compass!

Who can take part?

This is not a Scouting activity, it is a family activity that requires Scouting skills. Scouts must be accompanied by at least one parent. The route is entirely inside Trent Park, but there will be vehicles around. Parents should leave the navigation to the Scouts and only help out if there is a problem. (Some of the Quiz Hike questions are a bit tricky!)


Any time before the end of July.


Design a “Scouting at Home” badge

During May, Barnet Borough Scout District are having a competition to design a “Scouting at Home” badge – click here for details.
If you would like to take part, send your entry to me by Monday 1 June.


FBWRA invites you to your own
VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebration
STAY AT HOME without any guests PARTY
on Friday 8th May 2020VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebration

Why not decorate your home, a room, the garden or even a cake to commemorate the end of World War 2 in Europe in any way you can.

If you live in Friern Barnet or Whetstone, take a picture of your decorations and email it to with your name, postal address & phone number (and age if under 16) by bedtime on 10th May 2020 to win prizes for best dressed entry!


Hike To The Moon

Scouts are going on a #HikeToTheMoon! Young people, families, and volunteers like us are hiking at least a mile at home, donating, and supporting those who need it most during the current crisis with BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief. 

To get involved:

Rolls-Royce Young Designer Competition

Design your dream car!

Manchester United Foundation

Football-related weekly challenges and worksheets at


The Great Indoors This is a new feature on the Scout Association website, with lots of ideas and activities

ScoutShare links

Here is a list of online resources that may be useful for home schooling and entertainment. Parents may want to preview these, to find those most relevant for different age groups. If you have any recommendations to add, let one of the leaders know.

  • 30 Day Lego Challenge A whole months worth of Legos challenges
  • Draw with Rob Children’s author Rob Biddulph is posting draw-along videos
  • Khan Academy Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material
  • BBC Learning This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
  • Futurelearn Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
  • Seneca For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
  • Openlearn Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
  • Blockly Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
  • Scratch Creative computer programming
  • TedEd All sorts of engaging educational videos
  • National Geographic Kids Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
  • DuoLingo Learn languages for free. Web or app.
  • Mystery Science Free science lessons
  • The Kids Should See This Wide range of cool educational videos
  • Crash Course You Tube videos on many subjects
  • Crash Course Kids As above for a younger audience
  • Crest Awards Science awards you can complete from home.
  • iDEA Awards Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
  • Paw Print Badges Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
  • Tinkercad All kinds of making.
  • Prodigy Maths Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
  • CBeebies Radio Listening activities for the younger ones
  • Nature Detectives A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
  • British Council Resources for English language learning
  • Oxford Owl for Home Lots of free resources for Primary age
  • Big History Project Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
  • Geography Games Geography gaming!
  • Blue Peter Badges If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
  • The Artful Parent Good, free art activities linked to from this Facebook page
  • Red Ted Art Easy arts and crafts for little ones
  • The Imaginative Tree Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
  • Toy Theater Educational online games
  • DK Find Out Activities and quizzes
  • Twinkl This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures

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