Re: Developing planning skills among young scouts
John Conley (ITI@FRONTIERNET.NET)
Fri, 14 Aug 1998 09:55:46 -0700
Elizabeth Batson wrote:
> I am leading a troop of 10 going-into third grade Brownies - I have been
> working with them since kindergarden. My big goal this year is get them
> much more involved in planning and executing their own activities.
Something that someone with more education than me told me, that you
might find helpful:
Kids at this age have trouble visualizing a completed complex project.
But if you ask them to do small chuncks of the project they will be
For example, if you ask them to "set up camp", they may not be able to
visualize what camp should look like "set up," so nothing gets done.
But if you ask them to pitch a tent, then a dining fly, etc., they can
I've only noticed this with some of my youngest Boy Scouts (around
age 11), so apparently they develop this capacity around 11-12-ish.
These are very broad generalities, of course; and keep in mind that
girls may be a bit ahead of boys on the learning curve.
Hope this helps.
Arrowhead District Commissioner
Finger Lakes Council (NY)
*Better to build boys than mend men*
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