"Children have the right to leisure, play and participation in
cultural and artistic activities"
In most communities
traditions are passed on from one generation to the next. This may
be by the way certain events are celebrated or special clothes that
are worn, or special food that is eaten on certain occasions or songs
that are sung. This can be part of our culture and it may be something
a whole nation identifies with or something only a small group celebrate.
It is often very important to people's lives.
Make some of the
musical instruments described in this book, make some tribal masks and
celebrate Uganda Independence Day (9th October). Make some Ugandan food
or celebrate with monkey nuts and Pepsi or coke.
With your Beaver
Scouts celebrate a custom from your local community. This may be a
particular way of celebrating a national event or a special custom
relating to the past and the traditions in your community. Remember
to tell the Beaver Scouts what it all means!
plays a very important role in the lives of the people in Uganda. About
65% of the population are Christians, divided mostly between the Catholic
and Protestant denominations but there are also Orthodox Christians.
About 30% are Muslim and the remainder are Hindus, Sikhs or belong to
Invite someone from another faith other than the one mostly practised
by the Beaver Scouts in your Colony, to come along and show them some
of the important artefacts and the religious texts. Perhaps it could
be during one of their festivals and you could make some of the foods
or symbols they use to celebrate that festival. Compose some prayers
for children in the world. These could be picture prayers or doing prayers.
Get each Beaver Scout to bring in something that all the children in
the world should have. The Beaver Scouts could sit in a circle and put
everything in the middle for instance clean water, food, books, toys
In some areas of Uganda animal skins are still used for making clothes,
shoes, sandals, aprons and ornaments. Cotton clothes came to Uganda
with the Arabs and originally calico was only worn by the chiefs but
later it became accepted as national dress.
The women wear bright coloured and patterned clothes, they seldom
wear just white.
What sort of
clothes do you wear? Are they the same as Ugandan children's clothes?
What type of clothes do you wear when it is dry and wet, hot or
cold? In Uganda it is usually quite warm but it can sometimes
also be very wet.
at the World Jamboree in Chile are seen here wearing the Kanszu
with a young swiss lady
Why not get the
Beaver Scouts to print patterns on material using potato prints or fabric
People in Uganda make necklaces, head bands, bracelets and so on from
beads. The Beaver Scouts could try to make some too.
Cut long thin triangles of coloured paper from magazines.
Then roll the paper tight from the broad end and glue at pointed end.
When sufficient numbers have been rolled, thread them onto a heavy
thread and varnish.
Here are some games to play with the Beaver Scouts. Below are the numbers
one to five and their equivalent in Lugandan. Lugandan is one of the
languages spoken in Uganda.
First teach the
Beaver Scouts how to count to five in Lugandan as above.
The Colony can
then disperse around room. The Leader calls out a number in Lugandan
and youngsters form themselves into groups of that number. Beaver
Scouts who fail to get into groups drop out and game continues.
Beaver Scout Leader calls out two numbers in Ugandan and the Beaver
Scouts must add them up before then forming into groups.
Runner beans Beaver
Scouts run in a circle.
Beaver Scouts hop in a circle.
Beaver Scouts stand on tip toes with arms and hands stretched into
Broad beans Beaver
Scouts stand with legs and arms wide apart.
Jelly beans Beaver
Scouts wobble like a jelly.
- The Beaver
Scouts sit in a circle.
- The Beaver
Scout Leader chooses a number.
- A ball (which
is the hot potato) is passed from Beaver Scout to Beaver Scout counting
as it is passed to each person.
- When the number
that the Beaver Scout Leader has chosen is reached the Beaver Scout
holding the 'hot potato' leaves the circle and joins the Beaver
Scout Leader. They then choose another number and the potato is
passed round again.
As one circle
diminishes the other enlarges.
Here is a recipe
using fruits grown in Uganda. The Beaver Scouts will enjoy trying to
make it and will also enjoy eating it.
You will need:
- 1 mango - fresh
but if necessary tinned,
- 2 bananas,
- 2 tablespoons
- Half a cup
of pineapple or orange juice,
- Vanilla ice
- Peel the mango
and chop finely.
- Peel bananas
and chop finely.
- Mix mangoes
- Add mixture
to lemon juice and pineapple or orange juice.
- Place a scoop
of vanilla ice cream in sundae dish or sherbet glass.
- Pour three
to four tablespoons of the mango and banana sauce over the icecream