These ideas are for the help and support of participating leaders. They are in no way prescriptive. Indeed we should welcome your programme ideas and ask you to send them to our website.
Explain what malaria is.
Discuss with the Beavers who has had which childhood illnesses. What did it feel like? Emphasise that their illnesses did not last forever. They recovered. For most sufferers, malaria lasts throughout their life. It keeps recurring and bouts are very nasty and dangerous.
Work together to create an informative collage about malaria for display.
There are plenty of resources on-line, but the site Images for the Life Cycle of a Mosquito has a wide range of pictures. The following document describes the life cycle of the mosquito Mosquito life cycle
Discuss how it feels to be under the weather or a bit ill all the time.
It could be likened to having a permanent cold or mild flu or always being totally tired. This is how sufferers can feel between bouts. Number the Beavers 1 – 4 and then throughout the colony meeting occasionally call out a number and all the Beavers with that number must stop whatever they are doing and have a little rest. What does it feel like for them to miss out on bits of games or activities? What is it like when only 75% of the colony can do anything at any one time?
Act out having an attack of malaria.
This requires a basic knowledge of how an attack of malaria progresses. Ideally a doctor or nurse could come and explain this to the Beavers and they could act each stage. Malaria Symptoms NHS has information about bouts if no expert is available. The Beavers could mime each symptom as it is mentioned and at the end all will agree that a bout of malaria is not pleasant.
Illustrate spread of malaria.
One person is the already infected sufferer. One person is a mosquito. Three people hold hands and have to catch the mosquito. The rest of the colony waits to be “bitten”. The mosquito “bites” (ie touches) the sufferer and must then touch as many other people as they can before the threesome (ie anti-mosquito measures) can stop him from moving and touching the people. How many did the mosquito manage to touch before he was caught when the people were moving about? How many did he touch when they were all pretending to be asleep and not moving about? Alternatively see how many the mosquito can “bite” in a short given time, again when they are moving and when they are asleep.
Raise money for nets.
Colony concert, bring and buy sale, sponsored event etc.
Show how a net works.
Get someone to bring in a mosquito net and explain how to use it by hanging it up over the bed so that the mosquitoes cannot reach the person in it and the sleeper is protected when s/he is unable to swat the insects. Details of how to erect a malaria net can be found here
There are several UK Scout counties with links to Scouts in African countries and many young people have visited Scouts in these countries. They would be willing to come and talk to the colony about their experiences in the country and the Scouts they have met there. Alternatively the ADC(I) or ACC(I) might come and talk to the colony or the leader could find out more about Scouting in the target country and then tell the Beavers.