It's time to think imaginatively in these times when your clubs and skills classes will have been postponed, volunteering opportunities in the community curtailed.
So, for a start, everything that you have done so far still counts. Make sure you are keeping a log of your activities - there are log sheets on 365 that you can download, or simply write a list of dates and what you have done so far.
From now you need to think about what you can do in the home / garden if you have one, or what you can do with one member of your family.
PLEASE ENSURE BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO DO ANYTHING FOR ANOTHER PERSON, THAT YOU FIRST OF ALL ASK YOUR PARENTS'/CARERS' PERMISSION AND THAT YOU TAKE ALL THE PRECAUTIONS AS DESCRIBED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THAT YOU DO NOT TAKE ANY RISKS WHATSOEVER.
Here are some volunteering ideas but you'll have loads more:
- household chores, eg washing up, ironing (a skill?), emptying dishwashers and bins, taking bins out, tidying your room, washing windows, vacuuming
- if it safe to do so and under the supervision of a parent/carer, ensuring you keep safe and at least 2 metres from others, shopping for a neighbour. Do not go into a neighbour's house though, they will understand why. Shopping can be left in an outside area or garage. Take all the government advice and wash hands before you leave your house, and immediately after you return.
- walking a neighbour's dog, on your own if allowed by your parent/carer or with one member of your household, and keeping your minimum 2 metre distance from others. Again, do not go into a neighbour's house.
- tidying the garden if you have one, planting seeds for spring salad crops, mowing the lawn, raking leaves, weeding.
- sweeping the yard/patio if you have one
And some skills ideas:
- use a website to start learning a foreign language. Duolingo is a good one. Learn Spanish / Danish / Dutch / Chinese / Japanese / High Valyrian etc
- use a website or books to teach yourself how to draw, perhaps in a certain technique, eg cartoon
- if you have a musical instrument in the house, teach yourself how to use it - ask permission first.
- learn how to tie knots and what different knots can be used for
- teach yourself gardening skills and the knowledge required to grow succcessful crops, or ask a parent/carer in your household to help
- teach yourself how to sing
- teach yourself how to use sign language
And some physical activities for you:
- follow the PE department Twitter feed where daily fitness routines are being posted by PE staff
- Follow online fitness trainer, eg Joe Wicks
- walk with a member of your household, keeping away from others
- cycle, with the permission of your parent/carer
- practise a yoga or pilates routine, either from a book or the internet
- if you are at school your daily exercise here can be used for your DofE section
REMEMBER YOUR PARENT/CARER MAY BE WORKING FROM HOME SO TRY TO BE AS INDEPENDENT AS POSSIBLE
Keep uploading your evidence, a copy of your completed log sheet is fine. Your DofE leaders can be your assessors so no need to be contacting scout/guide/martial arts leaders.
And if you have any queries just get in touch and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
We are still aiming for you to have all your independent sections completed by the summer, then we'll reschedule the expedition training and the assessed expedition as soon as we are able to do so.
Take good care of yourself, take all the government advice and keep yourself safe.#
Heather Roberts & Omar Awan