Re: Re: re:re:re:re:discrimination
Larry Gracie (N325209@NCSUADM.BITNET)
Wed, 21 Aug 1991 08:47:00 EDT
'for the good of the list'
Don asked about skits...though I don't have a skit, I have used
games before...this one works real well with older (13+) youth...
when it comes time in the meeting for a game...intrapatrol activity...
i've asked a few youth from each patrol to come together...ask them
to form a small circle...and to lock arms...now i ask another--not from
the circle to go out of the room...while they are out of the room...i
will ask the circle not to let him in...when the 'outsider' returns i
will ask him to join in with the circle...this becomes fairly active
quickly...next i'll ask someone else to go out of the room and i'll ask
the circle if they are ok...(not asking them to keep the next one out)
and ask the next one to try to get into the circle...repeat about four
when the time is right...i ask them all to sit down in a large circle...
and we will discuss...'why' they didn't let the 2nd...3rd...4th...person
into their group..."because you thought I didn't want the person in"
is a common answer...i ask one of the 'outsiders' how it felt not to
be able to get into the circle..."i felt like a failure...different or
i didn't care to join in" are generally what i hear...my point, is that
we are all a little different and the patrol and other 'groups' may
act like the small circle...no one asked them to keep the 2nd one out
but they 'thought' ...all of them have experienced being outside once
in their life and they can relate to what is being said...youngest or
newest member is your most important member...they will carry on the
'tradition' (good or bad) let's make it good...go to patrol meeting
it may sound staged...but it works...i've used it with adults, oa
chapters and scouts...it can not be used but every so often, but...
the greatest story i have about this activity is when we had a youth
join with a number of limitations...we did this and the attitude was
so different...we were special because he was part of our group...
that night's SM Min't will have something to do with tradition
another game and simpler to work out and i've used this as a SM Min't
...ask everyone to line up against the wall...and take one step forward
...take another step...until the line is uneven...all of you have taken
the same number of steps...but you all are at a difference location from
where you've started...some because of wants--wanting to be ahead...
others because of the size of you step...let's celebrate our unique
nature and support out differences...
games and SM Min't can be great teachers...if short and to the point
and never become an overwhelming part of the meeting time...this is
the only time i'm allowed to be a part of the meeting :-)
take care . . . yours in Scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City