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Scouts: Developing as a Team

posted 6 Sep 2012, 14:42 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 15:01 ]
Scout ties a lashing as part of the activity
Team work is a key skill in scouting, if our young people were unable to work as a team, our huge camps wouldn't be possible. Scouts wouldn't be able to work together to pitch tents, to help each other to overcome some of the challenging activities that are part of our programme or to live as patrols.

This week scouts at St Andrews and Oxclose took on the team challenge of building sedan chairs ready to race. The first challenge for patrol leaders was to show their teams how to do a square lashing (the knot that we use to tie two poles together to build shelters, monkeys bars and other huge pioneering projects). Once the patrol could tie the lashing, scouts worked together to build a frame which could be used to carry a member of the patrol.

Scouts at St Andrews raced a candle-lit course in the garden, the twist was that each time the team reached a candle, they had to lower the chair so the person they were carrying could blow out the candle.

Scouts at 3rd Washington enjoy a balanced programme of activities across the year, the programme is designed to offer fun, challenge and adventure and to help our young people to develop as members of the group and as members of their local, national and international communities.