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Scouts find items, and find out where in the world they were made or have come from. They make a display of their haul, using a world map to show where the items originated.


Large map of the world
Markers such as small post-it notes, or coloured pins.
Examples of items (e.g. food, clothes, leisure products) from other countries

Prize for the winning patrol


Week one:
Scouts are told that next week there will be a competition. They have to bring in five items from around the world with their "made in xxx" tag still in situ. The competition is for the patrol that has the most items from unique countries, compared to other scouts or patrols.

Trainers: Taiwan
Bananas: Dominican Republic
Silk: China
Stapler: Sweden

Example of the unique rule - if Smithy and Jones both have items from China, then China is not unique. If Smurf brings in an item made in Lithuania and is the only scout to do so, then Smurf's patrol will score high points.

Week two:
Mark on the map where each of the items come from.

10 points if the country is unique
5 points if two items come from one country
2 points if three come from one country
1 point if four or more items come from one country

Talk about why companies might choose to have the items made there. What are the advantages and disadvantages of overseas clothing production?

Suggest a google of domestic vs foreign manufacturing, either by the scouts or a couple of leaders to keep the conversation flowing and to be accurate.


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