Scouting brings boys of widely different ages together; the scouts in a single troop range anywhere from the sixth grade to their senior year in high school. Getting the boys to work together and become a cohesive unit is one of the vital duties of the Scoutmaster. In order to build a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation, the Scoutmaster may need to employ some team-building activities. Luckily many of these can be achieved within the actual scouting program itself.
One of the newer features of many Boy Scout camps is the inclusion of a COPE course. COPE stands for challenging outdoor personal experience, and gives individuals a chance to try some physical activities that they have never contemplated before, such as rock climbing and rappelling. The course also includes a number of stations that require the team as a whole to complete. Each has a physical task that can only be accomplished by working together. These types of activities have such appeal that many businesses rent the COPE courses at Boy Scout camps for their own employee team building.
Learning to tie different knots is a big aspect of scouting, so it is only fitting that there would be a team-building activity that revolves around knots. The Group Knot team builder is simple and easy to do. Have all of the boys stand together in a circle, with their hands in the middle. Then have each boy randomly grab two other hands. The boys will then need to work together in order to untangle themselves.
The Human Machine
Boys like to build things, so a team building-activity that combines imaginary construction with play acting is a natural fit. Have the boys think of some sort of machine or appliance, and act it out. Each boy plays the part of a different component. For instance, if the boys are "building" a pinball machine, some boys would be the paddles, others the plunger and a couple would be the balls, rolling around on the ground. This is not only a physical but a highly entertaining activity, and it can include boys of all ages and sizes.
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