keeping track of my adventures in guiding!

The Big Box Patrol Challenge!

New Patrols, new patrol names, new PLs and Seconds… what better way to make it mesh than giving them a bunch of cardboard boxes and saying “go for it”?!

To be fair, there was slightly more structure than that… kids all brought some cardboard boxes from home… and co-leader and I bought a couple of extras (woohoo, finally got rid of some moving boxes!) – so they had about 40 minutes to work together using only the boxes, scissors, and a roll of packing tape to make WHATEVER. We gave examples of creating a game, an obstacle course, making a doll house, a cubby, a robot, doing a play… anything they liked! The only catches were:
* They had to work as a patrol – all members of the patrol had to agree with what they were doing, no one was allowed to feel left out!
* They had to ‘present’ their work to the unit at the end of the 40 minutes – explain what they’d made and show it off.
* While they were building, they had to consider patrol emblems and agree (as a whole group!) on their preferences for new patrol names.

All in all – quite a success! Our new patrols seem to be working well (although we had a couple of girls away, so I guess we’ll see if the dynamic changes when everyone is there), we have agreed new patrol names (Blue Wren; Brumby; Kingfisher, Possum), and a cheap, interesting, good-for-the-earth (and the bank balance!) activity which let them use their creativity and really work in groups with limited adult “management” – true patrol time!

In other good news – two of our Ranger girls are going to try being Guide Helpers! We might have some assistants coming up!

Sunday takes us out for an adventure in the city – we’ve got 13 from my unit/s, 2 Rangers, and 2 to 4 from sister unit – will be quite a crowd!

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