The Tesco Eat Happy Project is partnered with the Scout Association and so far over 50,400 Beavers and Cubs have taken part in a Farm to Fork trail – that’s incredible!

Beavers and Cubs are invited to take part in a local fun and free Farm to Fork Trail, to gain hands-on experience learning about where food comes from.

Here is a list of the trails which Beaver and Cubs can take part in:

Explore the Store

On this popular trail, Beavers and Cubs learn where their food comes from by exploring the fruit and vegetable aisle, the bakery and fish counters and chillers, as well as tasting some exciting new food.  Depending on the store, Beavers and Cubs will get the chance to:

  • Touch, smell and taste different types of fruit and vegetables and learn where and how they grow.
  • Go behind the scenes and meet the baker to learn how bread is made.
  • Visit the cheese counter and get to taste different cheeses.
  • Have a close encounter with some fresh fish.
  • Experience parts of the supermarket customers don't get to see, such as the warehouse and chillers.

Healthy Eating

Helps young people understand the importance of balancing different types of food to stay healthy.  Here’s a taste of what we’ll cover:

  • Colourful fruit and vegetables – Learn how to get 5-a-day by exploring the rainbow of fresh, frozen and tinned produce.
  • Simply sugar – Discover the different types of sugar, what sugar can do to our teeth and how to read nutritional content charts.
  • Snack happy – Taste and rate a variety of healthy snacks and understand why we eat them.
  • Make it healthy – Get hands-on by inventing and tasting your very own magic muesli and taking it back to school with you!

Sustainability

Beavers and Cubs will learn all about this important subject and why it matters. We’ll explore four main topics:

  • Topic taster – Learn to recognise sustainability logos, and understand what they mean to help care for our world
  • Curious cocoa – Explore where chocolate comes from, understand the chocolate-making process and taste the difference between white, milk and dark chocolate.
  • Beautiful bananas – Discover where bananas are grown and understand different levels of ripeness.
  • Fascinating fish – think about where fish comes from, whether farmed, wild, freshwater or sea, and name packaged and counter fish.

Food for Fuel

This trail encourages Beavers and Cubs to connect the relationship between food, energy and exercise, and learn how good hydration benefits our bodies.  Here’s what we will cover:

  • Beavers and Cubs will learn about the global nature of sport and then relate it to the global nature of our food.
  • They will investigate unusual fruit from sporting nations like Brazil. 
  • The class will explore the importance of keeping hydrated as well as creating their own fruit-flavoured water.
  • They will focus on what athletes need to ensure they're competing at their very best, and learn how to read nutritional labels.

To book your Beavers or Cubs on a trail, register at The Tesco Eat Happy Project website. You can then search for your local Tesco store. Just enter your postcode on the Farm to Fork page to see what’s nearby and then request a visit. You will be contacted by your local Farm to Fork Trail Guide who will arrange for your Beavers or Cubs to come into store for a food adventure.

Each Beaver or Cub will receive a Farm to Fork fun badge and after the trail your group can take away an activity to explore at home.

Additional activities

Don’t forget we have thousands of free activities and resources to download online which you can do with your Beavers and Clubs, Visit tesco.com/eathappyproject

Read about Parbrook Cubs visit to their local Tesco store

Keep in touch

We would love to hear from you! Share your Farm to Fork experiences and photos online by tweeting @UKScouting @EatHappyProject using the hashtag #scouttrails

‘We visited our local Tesco store in Plymouth where we were warmly greeted by the Community Services Assistant Jan. After donning our white hats, we were taken on our special behind the scenes tour of the bakery, where we saw how the jam was put into the doughnuts and how bread rolls are produced. The whole area smelt absolutely delicious!
At the fruit and veg aisle, we had to hunt got items that grew in the ground, on a tree or on a vine or bush. We got to try some of the exotic fruits too.

We headed to the refrigeration areas and after just 1 minute in the -24 freezer, our noses were red and we were all jumping around to try and stay warm. Brr! Our last two counters were the fish and the cheese. We held a sprat fish, poked a trout in the mouth, and squeezed a squid and held langoustine. The poor crab on the counter was so overwhelmed his claws dropped off. At the end of the trail Jan handed us a Beaver goody bag with the Farm to Fork badge, which as Jan pointed out, can only be awarded if we took part in the trail. Overall, it was an excellent trip!’

29th Plymouth Scouts Group Beavers, March 2015

About The Tesco Eat Happy Project

The Eat Happy Project is Tesco’s long-term commitment to help children have a healthier and happier relationship with food.
To make this change, Tesco is working to give young people the tools they need to live a healthy life and make better decisions about what they put on their plates.

To find out more, visit tesco.com/eathappyproject