Boy Scouts and Team Building

I learned a thing or two about the Boy Scouts of America program a couple of weeks ago. I recently contacted my local scouting program to volunteer to lead an hour-long team building workshop for local scouts. The District Executive invited me to the monthly leader meeting to introduce myself and share a little bit about the team building activities I could offer. What a lovely group!

I quickly learned that Boy Scouts is a generic and commonly used moniker for the group, but the younger kids in the program are called Cub Scouts. Each group of kids is also called by a different term- they are either "packs" or "troops". Believe me; I had a hard time keeping up!

The biggest concern that most of the leaders had was about the appropriate age for kids attempting Team Challenges. It's hard for people to grasp that the activities in the book can work just as well for high-school aged students as for kindergartners. The solutions to the challenges will be very different for different age groups, certainly, but since there is no such thing as a "correct" solution, each team will face the challenge and solve it in the manner best suited to them. High school students who come to a challenge with more life experience will likely display a more elaborate solution, but a young team comes to the challenge without certain learned expectations and may be willing to try something more radical or risky.

These activities DO work for a wide age range. And, despite the kids on the cover, the challenges are also very well suited to adults. Keep it serious and use the challenges for team building at work, or add a bottle of wine and get silly with a bunch of friends – there's not one right way to play!

**If you have used Team Challenges with your group, won't you take a minute to add a review of the book at Amazon or Barnes and Noble? The author will certainly appreciate it!

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