National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

YFC at Home Activities 

We know how tough it is for everyone who's stuck at home right now so we've pulled together some ideas for activities to keep you busy during the weeks ahead. These are just for fun and can be done at any time to suit you or your YFC. We'd love to see what you have been doing though, so please share your activity updates with us on social media (tag @NFYFC and use #YFcatHome) or email media@nfyfc.org.uk.

We know loads of you have been enjoying virtual club activities and we'd love to see your ideas too – so share your ideas with us on the form at the end of this page. 

YFC activity ideas for members

Picture walk/run

Can you use a GPS app on a phone or smartwatch to draw a picture (see the simple example, right)?  You can see more examples of GPS art on the BBC website here

The Woodland Trust

Last year we worked closely with the Woodland Trust to plant over 10,000 saplings across England and Wales as part of the Protect Your Future campaign. Following on this theme the team at The Woodland Trust have shared with us an activity that YFC members can do whilst out and about on a walk.

The English oak is the UK's most common species of tree, native to the country, but do you know what it looks like? Can you point one out? This LEAF ID sheet will help you identify the trees you walk past every day, increasing your knowledge of your natural environment. 

The Woodland Trust have lots more activity ideas on their website too.

Isolation Home Nature Activities 

Identify Wildlife 

Create your own Bird Feeder

Find an empty plastic bottle and cut a hole in one side, starting several inches from the bottom. Under the large hole, cut a smaller hole that you can use to poke a stick through. Cut two small holes on either side of the top of the bottle so you can thread string through. Paint and decorate your feeder to attract the birds! Watch this example on YouTube.

Why not look at the Isolation Challenges for more activity ideas – and also the Isolation Show Guide is ideal for younger members.  

 

Virtual YFC Club programme ideas

Virtual YFC Club programme ideas

If you're looking for ideas to keep your virtual club meetings interesting and engaging, then here are some suggestions to get you started. We know loads of you have been enjoying virtual club meetings and we'd love to see your ideas too – so please add them into the form at the end of this page.  

ABC Scavenger Hunt

Set a challenge to find either one item at a time or a few at once for members to go on a hunt for items in their house and garden – first back wins.

Actions

First person does an action, second person repeats that action and adds one of their own, third person repeats the actions of person one and two, then adds an action of their own this continues for all members. 

Guess the object

Each member chooses a household object and doesn't tell anyone what it is. Other members of the group ask up to 20 yes/no questions to guess what the object is.

Rainbow scavenger hunt

Collect items the colour of the rainbow.

Career advice? Invite a guest speaker

Ask a guest speaker to join your meeting to talk about their subject area. It could be related to agriculture, e.g a game keeper or agronomist, or you could invite the County Chair or President to join your meeting and talk about what they want to do when YFC gets up and running again. 

 

I went to the market and I bought

First person says an item, second person repeats that item and adds one of their own, third person repeats the items of person one and two, then adds an item of their own. This continues for all members. 

Charades

A theme is chosen by the leader, e.g. song titles. Each member of the group then thinks of a title of a song which they can act out in front of the other members. The members then have to try and guess the title. 

Pictionary/Hangman

Using the whiteboard on Zoom this is something that the club officers can start off with members to guess the answers. 

Play Your Cards Right

Requires a pack of playing cards. The game is simple – five cards are set out, face down. Members need to predict if the next card to be revealed is higher or lower than the previous one. The member with the most correct is the winner.

Virtual Stockjudging

This requires preparation, as photos of stock need to be taken in advance. Members are shown the pictures of the stock and have to place them in order and give reasons for their choice.  The judge then gives their order and reasons.

Quiz night

Research some questions for different rounds, music, farming, YFC, current affairs, global, general etc. Host the quiz through Zoom or through platforms such as Facebook Live if you would like more people to join in.

Guest speaker

Invite someone to join the Zoom meeting to talk about or give a demonstration on a topic. Encourage members to put forward a range of suggestions to help put a programme together.

Virtual tour 

Host a virtual tour of a member’s business or a tour by a gamekeeper, a virtual visit to a farm, shoot, research centre or veterinary clinic. Consider the time and season of the year as well as the industry’s busy/quiet times.  

How to hold a Virtual Club Meeting

Providing a Safe Digital Environment

Skills development

Skills development

If you are thinking about how best to fill your days now is a good time to reflect on your own personal goals and set new ones.   We have listed a few ideas below to get you started.

Create a personal statement

A personal statement supports your UCAS application to study at a university or college. It’s your chance to articulate why you’d like to study a particular course or subject, and highlight what skills and experience you possess that show your passion for your chosen field. Get tips and advice on how to prepare one here using your YFC experience.

Learn a new skill 

Boost your CV by undertaking a short course. Whether you want to advance your knowledge or learn something completely new, there are lots of companies and training providers re-writing courses that can be accessed online.

Revamp your CV  

Now would be a good time to refresh your CV remembering to include any skills you have learnt through YFC whether that is taking on a club officer role, taking part in a competition or getting involved in a community project. 

Linkedin and recruitment sites 

Having up-to-date details on Linkedin and other recruitment sites will make sure that you are visible and have a better chance of finding the right job for you. Update your profiles and check contact details are current. 

Career search

How can you do a job if you never knew it existed? Now is a good time to research the range of careers available. There are lots of sites and you can narrow down your search by starting with your interests and skill sets.     

Volunteer 

Whilst we cannot currently continue to volunteer in the same way as before we can help our club stay engaged with members and by helping others in the community assisting in local and national schemes such as the NHS call for volunteers or supporting UK growers with the seasonal labour shortage. Every little helps.   

Useful links:

GoodSam Volunteering 

The Mix



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