1940s Boy Scout Talk

Please read this information carefully and confirm that you agree to our conditions by e-mail. Only then will we confirm your booking.  Once a booking is confirmed we will be there, unless something catastrophic happens.

This is a free talk which we are happy to give to Scout groups.  We only ask for a small donation towards travelling costs if it is outside a 20 mile radius of Abingdon.

Setting up

We will need a minimum of 30 minutes to set up for the talk.
We will organise the Scouts into 3 equal groups for the activities.  

What we will provide

            Projector, stand, screen
            A small display of 1940s memorabilia
            A complete 1940s Boy Scout uniform on mannequin
            Display of Shrapnel collected by a Boy Scout during the War.  
            All items for the activities

What we need from you

A clear indication of how many Scouts are in the group (maximum of 25)
A post code and directions to the venue       

4 x 6ft tables.
Electric point
Cup of tea!
Help packing up and transporting to the car is much appreciated. 

We like to have a maximum of 25 Scouts for this talk (less is fine), all of our activities cater for this maximum.  If you have more than 25 Scouts please discuss this with us before booking.

The talk is in the form of a PowerPoint presentation interjected with activities and games and should last around one hour. We also bring a small display of relevant memorabilia.

With the leader’s permission we would like to give the Scouts a special 1940s Boy Scout pin badge at the end of the talk.

The following topics are covered

How long ago WW2 was.
Scout uniform changes over the last 81 years
What life was like during the war:

Air raids, Home Life, Gas Masks, School, Entertainment, Helping at home

Boy Scouts v Girl Guides
Preparing for War
What the Scouts did to help the war effort
The War Service Scout
Ciphers and Codes
Churchill’s Secret Army (spies, secrets and messages)
Tales of Scout bravery during the war 


Air Raid

After talking about air raids the Scouts are warned that at some point the air raid siren will be sounded and they will have to go to a shelter (tables covered with cloths).  During the air raid there are quite loud sounds, but they will be told that when they are in the shelter they will be completely safe.  Previous groups have loved this and they all wanted to do it again!

Second Class Tests

These tests are done in the team the Scouts have been put in at the beginning of the talk.  There will be a prize for the winning team.

  1              Observation:  A number of objects are shown on the screen, after 1 minutes the image disappears and they are asked to write down as many objects as they can remember.

2                Detective:  Test deductions skills and find out information

Knots:  Two pieces of rope and instructions on how to tie a knot.

First Aid:  A first aid station is set up and the Scouts will be asked to make an arm sling. 

Cipher Test

Using a wartime cipher decode a message.