The Wizarding World of Harry Pottertm has been a fantasy of many a young person since the Philosophers Stone hit our bookshelves in 2001, nearly 20 years later Beavers, Cubs and Scouts have incorporated the world of JK Rowling in their weekend camping adventures. With the help of our Damboree Community member Jonathan Lloyd we’re presenting the resources and notes they used for their HP weekend
This theme is designed to last a weekend, from Friday night to Sunday afternoon.
Hogwarts letter and envelope
Download the Nico Stamping font to get the correct harry potter style font, I used a mail merge to fill in the names and address on both the letter and envelope.
“We bought packs of parchment paper to print on to, to give it the right look and feel. All letters were then wax stamped and hand delivered which the kids really loved. We also used the parchment paper and font to print things like the menu, tent lists etc.”
Create House Point jars using big sweet jars (free from our local newsagent) and printed House logos
Large badges to mark out the House tables to recreate the great hall, and if your budget runs to it, you can get large house banners online for above each table.
Water bottle labels – We stuck the labels to our drinks water barrels.
Tent numbers – we used these around the site so everyone knew which tent they were in.
Each activity was worth house points and was recorded on the house point sheet. We used sweets from a cash-and-carry as the points system (1 sweet for each point) and filled up the sweet jars for each house (at the end of the weekend all the sweets for each house were divided up amongst the house to take home.)
“We recorded the sorting hat saying each of the houses on a phone and then used a Halloween witches hat to recreate the scene playing the correct house for each Young Person. (We used a Bluetooth speaker to make it louder).”
Each young person was then given a scarf/necker in the house colour with an iron on house badge already on. (all leaders were given a black scarf/necker with the Hogwarts badge on).
Philosophers stone challenges
3 leaders link together to create Fluffy (3 headed dog) and try and stop the YP from getting tennis balls across the room, if they catch them that person is out of the challenge.
Is a game of Musical statues:
- Young people move around (dancing, hopping, skipping, running) while the music is playing and to freeze into a statue when the music stops.
- Tell him to remain like a statue until the music starts again.
- Randomly stop and start the music by pressing and releasing the pause button on your CD player.
- Anyone moving whilst the music is stopped is caught in the Devil’s Snare
Collect the Keys
You will need a lock with a working key (and something for the lock to open like a chest) and then 9 spares keys that all look similar. Hide the keys with varying degrees of challenge based on the section, around your site.
For Beavers we suggest changing this out for Giant Connect 4 and the YP had to beat one of the leaders for Cubs & Scouts a Garden sized-chess set version might work.
The Mirror of Erised
Spray paint a stone bright red (like the philosophers stone) and hide it along with a mirror in a wooded area. Suspend the stone in a tree above the mirror so they need to look into the mirror on the floor to be able to see the Philosophers Stone.
The example below was used as a Riddle Challenge, it’s a thought-provoking problem involving the Grain, Chicken & Fox and getting them across a river. There are a number of ways you could make this an interesting experience and Potterfying it, by making the man Hagrid and replacing the fox and Chickens with Fantastic Beasts
A man has to get a fox, a chicken, and a sack of corn across a river.
He has a rowboat, and it can only carry him and one other thing.
If the fox and the chicken are left together, the fox will eat the chicken.
If the chicken and the corn are left together, the chicken will eat the corn.
How does the man do it?
The solution is linked to in Files and Resources towards the bottom of this page
Other similer logic problem solving puzzles could also be used.
Quidditch World Cup – Pong Edition
There are loads of resources online to show how this works. Use 500ml plastic bottles filled with sand and then use dowelling with a sewing hoop glue to it to create the big hoops, It was then all sprayed in gold.
We suggest using big cups and a ping pong ball for the pong part of the game. Make one of the cups a golden snitch cup worth more points than the other cups.
Each house was put into pairs and each pair takes it in turns to play another pair from a different house. Each game was timed and all scoring ping pong balls convert to their house points.
Hunt for Horcruxes – Orienteeri
Points were awarded for the time it took to complete the course as a team.
- The Ring/Resurrection Stone – I use a ring with a gem on it that I got from the dollar/pound store.
- Tom Riddle’s Diary – Cheap stationery journal book
- Hufflepuff’s Cup – Use a coffee mug that I got from the craft store, and with glitter glue, I wrote on the cup “Hufflepuff”.
- Slytherin’s Locket – Locket that I got from the craft store.
- Ravenclaw’s Diadem – Plastic tiara.
- Nagini – Plastic/Rubber/Soft Toy snake.
- Harry Potter – Framed picture of Harry Potter.
Planting some Cress or Sunflower seeds to take home
Trip to Hogsmede
Trip to the onsite Tuck Shop.
Make your own ‘Have you seen this wizard’ photo booth. For example create a big cardboard cut out for the surround and then lots of extra bits for the kids to hold up.
Files and Resources
|Nico Stamping Font||Link|
|Water bottle labels – were stuck to our drinks water barrels.|
|Quidditch – Pong Edition||Link|
|Quidditch – Live Action Version||Link|
|Riddle Challenge Solution to River Crossing||Link|
|Hogwarts Envelope Template||Link|
|Hogwarts Letter Template||Link|
|Hogwarts Letter MailMerge Spreadsheet||Link|
|Jonathan Lloyd – Originator||2nd Leek, Staffordshire Moorlands District|
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