May 22, 2020 @ 9:27 by Chloe Holmes
The Marra team had to find another way to enable the 2020 camp to take place during Covid-19, so will be bringing the big top tent to your living room from May 22-25 through an online event – Virtual Carnival Marra.
With a unique programme of events throughout weekend to inspire and engage young people, and as it is virtual, the event is open to all young people across the world, regardless of whether they’re part of the Scouting community.
During the weekend participants can visit seven ‘Tents’ with are filled with activities that will be adventurous, creative and unique. The programme is organised to allow young people to challenge themselves, try new things, learn about the world they live in and make new friends! You will be able to visit: The Big Top, International Tent, STEM Tent, Media Tent, Talk Tent, Craft Tent and the Training Tent.
In addition to the programme of activities and entertainment offered by the Scouting community in the various tents, Northumberland Scouts have teamed up with the North East STEM Ambassador Hub run by RTC North to deliver an exciting programme of talks, experiments, and performances for the STEM tent.
The STEM Ambassador hub has pulled upon its great network of ambassadors from organisations across the region who have come together and given up there time to help create a diverse and fascinating programme, from honey bees, to astrology, to heart dissections, there is something for everybody.
Mica MacInnes, Chief Marra and head of learning and development and HR at RTC North said:
“The Marra team were disappointed at not being able to deliver a physical Marra camp but were determined to ensure our young people didn’t miss out on a weekend they were looking forward to, so decided to deliver the camp virtually.
“Northumberland Scouts had already started to work with RTC’s STEM team, and many STEM Ambassadors were coming to support our camp, so we’re delighted that they have agreed to deliver the sessions at our virtual camp.”
Claire Willis, education relationship manager at the North East STEM Ambassador Hub explains:
“We were really happy to be involved, it’s so important that young people have access to our pool of great STEM Ambassadors. Given the current situation with COVID-19 a virtual activity sounded like a great opportunity to carry on the work we usually do face to face. The situation has very much provided us with an chance to extend our current offer to schools and non-school groups by transferring activities and resources online.”
To pre-register and see the full programme of events please head to – www.virtuallymarra.org.uk.