Aim of the Game: To exercise creative thinking
• To talk about and explore the most creative way of dealing with a difficult situation.
• To present a creative report .
Difficult situations written on strips of paper, a board or sheet of paper and pens.
• In plenary, engage the Scouts in a discussion about creative thinking, perhaps asking ' In your own opinion, what does creative thinking mean?'.
• List all their answers (key words only) on a board.
• Give a 'difficult situation' to each group and ask them to talk about it further and work to come up with as many creative solutions as possible.
• After discussion, they should list down their answers and present their 'outputs' in the most creative manner possible.
• Allow ample time for the activity.
The Difficult Situations
1. Deciding on a course to take up at college.
2. Planning a fun filled camp with very little money available.
3. Not having any new clothes to wear for a very important event.
4. Making friends with a very unfriendly and grumpy older person.
5. Informing people about a health risk that is causing panic in the population.
6. Applying for a new job.
7. Saying 'no' to a loved one without hurting his/her feelings.
• What can you say about the activity?
• What made you decide on these creative solutions?
• What other difficult situations do you need creative solutions for?