In June 2020, my brother and I developed a code cracking evening to run with his Cub Pack via a Zoom session. We thought it was a fun resource and have decided to share it for other Groups to enjoy.
Following the success of the first evening, I later developed a second version which includes a different storyline and 5 new codes to crack. None of these reuse the same coding methods, so it doesn’t matter which order you do them in, or how big of a gap you leave between the sessions.
The code cracking sessions are designed to be run online, so mainly uses a PowerPoint presentation. Participants just need a pen and some paper to help solve the codes. There are printable worksheets available though these aren’t necessary to run the activity – just useful for those that may wish to print them.
The activities have been developed to suit a range of age groups. Each code includes a number of additional slides to explain how to crack the message. These can easily be removed/skipped if being used with older sections.
Case 1 – Baloo Kidnapped
One of the leaders (Baloo) has been kidnapped and has left a number of coded messages to help identify the kidnapper.
Case 2 – Robbie Racoon
Robbie the Racoon is on the run. Detective Allan is travelling the world trying to track him down and sending coded postcards showing us where he has been.
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