scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Patrol programming
Rik Bergethon (rberg@RMI.NET
Tue Apr 25 2000 - 06:36:52 CDT
David, et al: It sounds like your summer camp has an interesting idea
for an afternoon activity. Patrol Programming. The games you suggest
are good, but I have another idea to offer. If this is indeed the time
you have to work with individual patrols, why not work on some patrol
spirit and patrol "togetherness" activities, or team building. Like:
comparing notes and styles of neat patrol flags, patrol yells, etc.
Work on things like "Willow in the Wind" or the trust fall, or an
activity where the patrol is presented a problem and has to come up with
a solution that involves all of the patrol. Ideas on how to conduct a
good patrol meeting (go over Roberts Rules of Order, setting up a
meeting agenda, etc.) How to create leadership games and execute them.
What is leadership? How do you pick a good leader? What are some
I found a great book on leadership games, called "Leadership Games"
by Stephen S. Kaagen, ISBN 0-7619-1721-7, available through Barnes and
Noble book stores, or maybe even on line at bn.com. There are 25
exercises for developing leadership.
Yes, you should let them have some fun, too. Have your own cracker
barrel in the afternoon and let them talk about where they are from or
how their troop operates, while they are snacking. They all can bring
snacks from their own camp site, so you won't need much budget for food,
just supply the drinks.