Troop JLT - Willow in the Wind
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Mon, 26 Jun 1995 07:44:48 -0400
Have other troops conducted JLT by the book and played the Willow in the
Wind exercise? We did so yesterday, with abysmal results.
This exercise has one scout stand in the center of a circle of other
scouts, keep his body rigid, and slowly fall (lean) towards the circle.
The other scouts are to gently push him towards the other side of the
circle. It is a trust-buildin exercise.
Seems that one or two of the participants thought it would be a good idea
to jab fingers in the ribs of the scout in center of the circle, rather
than gently pushing him towards the scouts on the other side of the
circle. Needless to say, the effect on the scout inside the circle was to
immediately _destroy_ any relaxed feelings of trust towards his fellow
leaders. And, when it was time for the instigators to take their turn
inside the circle, it became "payback" time. I had to stop the exercise,
and we did not proceed to the "trust fall" in the syllabus.
One insight I suggested in the "reflection" that followed was that trust
is easily destroyed.
Any suggestions from the group on how to do this differently? I want to
get away from intervening too often when things get "out of control," but
I don't quite yet trust my junior leaders, either.
All opinions not "borrowed" from unattributed sources are my own.
Paul H. Brown, ASM T807, Great George Washington District, NCAC
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