Get to know Poland, its culture, language, and traditions, along with the various activities of the Polish Scouting and Guiding Association. As the organisers of European Jamboree we would like to introduce you to our diverse country. Do not hesistate to check out Polish Scouting activities with your unit.
Discover Polska points
|Age Group: All||Amount of people: 10+|
Time: 30 – 40 minutes
to learn basic Polish and get to know Polish culture.
Open space to move around in
Parts can be split over a few meetings or done one after the other. Feel free to adapt the amount of words/instructions based on the group, the leader might want to start with 3 or 4 and add more as the group gets more confident.
- Participants walk around the room and when the leader calls out a word the group do the action.
|Hello/Good Morning||Dzien Dobry||Shake hands|
- Leader should call the word in Polish and participants should repeat it while doing the action
- To make the game harder, the Leader can call out the words in the groups own language and have participants say the words in Polish
Part 2 – Numbers
- Leader calls out a number in Polish and participants get into groups of that number
- Start with a few practice runs, then anyone who isn’t in a group or if a group is of the wrong amount is out
Part 3 – Colours
- Leader will call out a colour and participants must run and touch something of this colour (Adapt based on the colours in your room)
- Last person/group to touch the colour is out
- If the group is confident that they remember all the words, combine all 3 parts into one big game!
Part 4 – Dance
It’s time to learn very easy Polish classical dance called polonez. This dance is danced at the major events in Poland such as proms.
Here you will find two tutorials:
Basics of polonez: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbq187_-Eqg
Getting fancy (adding impressive figures to basic version): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_tvfCGqTGc
The most popular polonez music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PpfJUDGyBI
Part 5 – Culture
Print or paint the map of Poland (you can use this one here: https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modu%C5%82:Mapa/dane/Polska#/media/Plik:Poland_location_map.svg). Next, encourage the participants to write down (on the post-its or on the blank space around map) all the things that remind them of Poland. If someone writes down a word from the following list, he/she gets one point. Once you finish the game, sum up all the points and get participants acquainted with the words from the list.
- Warsaw – the capital of Poland
- Pierogi/dumplings – traditional Polish dish made of pastry with various fillings
- Cracow – the most touristic and historical city in Poland;
- Gdansk – the city where European Jamboree 2020 will take place and a big city by the Baltic Sea;
- Solidarity Movement – a non-violent, anti-communism union that contributed to the fall of communism;
- John Paul II – the first and only Pope from Poland, the head of Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005;
- Frederic Chopin – Polish composer and pianist, born in Poland but spent majority of his lifetime in exile in France;
- Maria Sklodowska-Curie – Polish physicist and chemist who conducted research on radioactivity, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only person to win 2 Nobel Prizes;
- Lech Wałęsa – a former president of Poland, a leader of Solidarity movement, a Peace Nobel Prize laureate;
- Baltic Sea – the only sea that is in contacted with Poland;
- Tatra Mountains – the highest mountain chain in Poland, with the highest peak: Rysy (2503 m)
- Slavs – are Indo-European people who speak the various Slavic languages of the larger Balto-Slavic linguistic group. Polish are included to this group.
- The Witcher – the game series and TV series based on Polish book written by Sapkowski, story of Geralt of Rivia;
- Bison – in Polish żubr, one of two extant species of bison that lives in the forests of Poland;
- Warsaw Uprising – was a major World War II operation, in the summer of 1944, by the Polish underground resistance, to liberate Warsaw from German occupation.
- Vistula River – the longest river in Poland, it crosses Cracow, Warsaw and Gdańsk;
- Amber – fossilized tree resin, the native gemstone of Poland. The country’s coastline once supplied ancients with it via the famous Amber Road that used to connect the Baltic Sea with the Mediterranean.
- National flag – consists of two horizontal stripes of equal width, the upper one white and the lower one red;
- Krówki/Polish fudge – literally meaning “little cows,” semi-soft milk toffee candies
- Pierniki/gingerbreads – is a traditional Polish gingerbread that has been produced since the Middle Ages traditionally in the city of Toruń;
- Eagle – The White Eagle is the national coat of arms of Poland. It is a stylized white eagle with a golden beak and talons, and wearing a golden crown, in a red shield.
- Stork – is a large bird in the stork family, is mainly white, with black on its wings; During winter it migrates to Africa to come back to Poland during warmer months.
- Nicolaus Copernicus – the creator of the theory of the universe placed the Sun rather than Earth at the center of the universe;
- Bigos – hunter’s stew, is a Polish dish of chopped meat of various kinds stewed with sauerkraut and shredded fresh cabbage.
- Oscypek (smoked cheese) – a smoked cheese made of salted sheep milk exclusively in the Tatra Mountains region of Poland
Polish Games and Songs
Discover Polska points
|Age Group: All||Amount of people: 5+|
Time: 10-15 minutes per activity
To explore Polish scouting activities.
Space to move around in
Below is a collection of games and songs from Polish scout groups. Leaders could incorporate them across several meetings or combine it with another welcome activity to have a Polish themed meeting! If possible you could visit a local Polish shop and gather some Polish snacks for participants to try or challenge them to prepare a typical Polish dish like Pierogi or Bigos.
Polish Scout game:
- Pif Paf
- One person stands in the middle, with everyone else standing in a circle
- The person in the middle turns around and stops at a person in the circle and says “Pif”
- The person they’re pointing at must squat down and the people on either side of them must turn towards each other and say “Paf”
- Whoever is last to say it sits down and is out
- If the person in the middle doesn’t squat down in time, they are the one that’s out
- When it comes to the last two people, they stand back to back and the person who was in the middle calls out random numbers, they have to then take as many steps as the number was, they call out a few, different for each game until they finally say “Pif” and the two people have to turn around to face each other, whoever says “Paf” first wins
Polish Scout Songs
First everyone does the actions by themselves then with arms around each other in 2s, 4s, 8s, 16s, and then all together, actions are in brackets with the words they’re done along with
- Łana (bend forward)
- O Łana (bend Backward)
- Łana Łana Tutu Ła Tutu Łe (shake out the right leg twice, then shake out the left leg twice)
- Uno one Uno dos Uno tres BANANAS (stepping into the circle and shaking from side to side while moving down on bananas)
- Łana Łana Tutu Ła Tutu Łe (walking out of the circle)
- La pik
- La czok
- La piko la ko zana
- Na na na na na na na Na na na na – puf!
- Actions: Foot forward, Foot to side.
- First just right foot
- Then left foot
- Then both feet – jumping (first to the right, then to the left then jumping out to each side with your legs)