Remembrance Day injuries simulation

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In Sixes/Groups do tasks that represent some of the injuries sustained in wars and conflicts.
(amped up version, aimed more at Cub age, discussion can include more graphic discusions and realities - see previous versions for aimed at Beavers)


blindfolds (or neckers)
pencil and paper
assorted coins
box (larger)
tray with plastic cups (with liquid option)
floor mats
masking tape


This was taken from the Scouts program online. (original document attached)

In Remembrance, many think of the dead, who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
But many many more came home with psychological injuries, or physical diabilities.
We support the Poppy campaigns, as they help the families of the lost, as well as the living who will live with their disabilties for the rest of their lives.
While it's hard to imagine the mental challenges, let's explore the realities of some of the physical ones.
And where assistance from Poppy funds might help. (most assistive devices are very expensive and not provided by government)

Base 1: (Needs : Blindfolds, Pencil & Paper, Ball, coins)
Discuss: ways vision might be lost in war or conflict
Take it in turns to blindfold half the youth, while other half support or watch, and ask them to (a) throw a ball and catch it and (b) write their name on the sheet of paper (c) count out coins
Discuss: what else would be hard to do, how can you live on your own, what senses replaced vision, what assistive devices might help today

Base 2: (Needs : Book, Magazine, Coins, Box, Mug, Tray with plastic cups of water)
Discuss: ways limbs, hands, fingers, thumbs might be lost
(a) Tape thumbs down on each other - try and pick up the book using only your fingers, turn pages. Pickup coins from a table and count them out. Lift a cup for a drink.
(b) Try and pick up the box using only one arm
(c) Tape fists up - take it in turns to pick up the tray with the cups on using your clenched hands, try book or magazine again.
Discuss: assistive devices that might help

Base 3:
Discuss: ways that hearing can be damaged, and in what ways (total, partial)
The leader (without asking speaking) mouths different actions for the youth to follow, ie sit down, stand up, run on the spot - Simon says silent cousin.
Explore how hand signals might then assist.
Discuss: assistive devices, lifestyle changes from their life today (what would they be limited at)

Base 4:
Discuss: lower limbs, and how we count on them for mobility, how they might be lost.
(a) Have a race to see who can get to the other end of the room on your hands and knees only - DO NOT LET YOUR FEET TOUCH THE FLOOR! or you will be out!
(b) Then divide into 2 groups and have a race again - one team can use both legs, the other team can only use one leg (hop). Swap over and race again.
(c) Try it with one person helping the person next to them, who can only use one leg. (holding other one up with a hand)
Discuss: assistive devices, limb replacements, limitations, things they might miss or have to change


  • disability
  • interactive
  • Remembrance
  • war

Badge Links

  • Disability Awareness - Impaired game
  • Disability Awareness - One limb