1940s Boy Scouts

The talk for Scout groups is all about what life was like for children during WW2 and specifically the amazing jobs the Scouts did in wartime. It covers the following topics:

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 Scouts
Ciphers and Codes
Churchill’s Secret Army (Spies, Secrets and Espionage)
Tales of Scout bravery during the war

We also put in an air raid experience, very well received.

3 entertaining games of the time.

The talk takes the form of a PowerPoint presentation interspersed with activities and games.  The talks lasts for 1 hour. 

Our talks are free, 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 Dorchester on Thames, Oxfordshire.

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.  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!

Talks by Zoom
Talks by Zoom are complete free, however if you would like to make a donation towards our running expenses, we would be grateful.  We ask that Zoom talks are not recorded or copied as this contravenes copyright.

We have our own Zoom license and can set up the talk invitation.  Please be assured that the Zoom invitations will not be shared to any third party by us.  The Zoom session will be set up 10 minutes before the start of the talk for you to ensure that all links work.
The talk will last for 1 hour but please allow extra time at the end for questions.
We are not able to do talks by any other platform, ie Microsoft Teams.

Face-to-face talks
We are very happy to come to your group to give a face-to-face talk within Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire or Berkshire. In addition to the talk we will bring a small display of related original memorabilia for the Guides to look at.  Sadly we cannot currently allow the Scouts to touch the items as they cannot be sanitised.

A minimum of 45 minutes is needed to set up for the talk, which can be reduced considerably with help transporting from the car.  The talk lasts for 1 hour, but please allow additional time at the end for questions.

Do you charge?
We are non-profit making and face-to-face talks are free, however we may ask for help with our travel costs and if you wish to make a donation to help with our other expenses (software and photo licenses, equipment, etc) it would be appreciated.

What we will provide
Projector, stand, screen
A small display of 1940s memorabilia
All items for the activities

What we need
Address, Post Code and clear directions to the hall.
Contact details including phone number.
Number of Guides and any who have special needs.
4 x 6ft tables (if this is not possible we can bring 2 tables, but need advance notice).
Electric point
Help transporting to and from the car is much appreciated.
Cup of tea!

Do you have DBS checks?
No, we do not have DBS checks. We have been advised by the agency that we are not entitled to get DBS checks as we are not a company or affiliated with a charity or church.

We do not expect to be left alone with the children at any point and at least one other adult must be in attendance.

How do I make a donation?
Donations may be made using any of the following:
1. Bank Transfer:  HSBC
Mr B N Wiles
Sort Code 40-47-07
Account Number 31559990
2. By cheque to Mr B Wiles, 85 Church Road, Long Hanborough, Witney, Oxfordshire OX29 8JF

How do I book a talk?
Please e-mail contact@doingtheirbit.co.uk with your request.  We aim to answer e-mails within 1 day.