At the May 11th meeting, Scouts welcomed a potential new Scout, Gabe, and went Island Hopping: a team building exercise that requires planning, coordination, teamwork, and a pretty good sense of balance! The teams were fairly evenly matched and discovered that planning and working together can overcome most any obstacle. The first two heats required the Scouts to stay within the parameters of the game, with the islands (pieces of paper) and their spacing fixed. The final heat allowed the Scouts to stretch their legs and their minds, utilizing planning and teamwork, to see how far they could move the next island out and still be able to keep one foot on the preceding island–and be sure that each member of the team could continue to move from island to island! This game led to an excellent discussion of the need to asses the strengths and weaknesses of each team member and craft a plan that allowed for maximum utilization of the combined talent of each team.
After a successful completion of the final heat, JP led the Scouts in several variations of ways to work together to pass a series of balls between team members while following sets of directions that allowed for maximum variation in how the directions were interpreted to encourage creative problem solving.
Then the boys discussed ideas about hikes and bike rides with Mark, and shared with their visitor the procedures for opening and closing a meeting.
On Saturday, Finn and Gabe volunteered at the Cane River Food Pantry. Every month Scouts have service opportunities: check the calendar for dates! Thanks always for helping our community.
Next week Scouts will be working with Jim to wrap up some missing requirements for Woodworking MB. And as always, any unfinished requirements for Communication can be given to Melanie.
Have a lovely Mother’s Day weekend!