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Does anyone have any great activities?

8th Oct 2013

I make a lot of effort to propose interesting activities to my Scouts, but they don't seem to be interested in anything. What should I do?

Answers (2)

A - The difficulty you are facing is quite common. Sometimes is not easy to identify young people's interests.

If you propose them an activity without asking them anything, you are likely to miss the mark. However, if you just ask them what they want to do, you are also unlikely to get a clear answer. Selecting activities needs to be an active process!

The best advice I can give you is to use the "Programme Cycle" method, which was developed by the Interamerican Scout Region. The advantage of this method is that it takes two important aims into account:
- meeting the interests of young people
- meeting their educational needs.

The Programme Cycle is developed in 4 steps:
a) Personal and collective evaluation; diagnosis of the unit and pre-selection of activities
b) Proposing and selecting activities
c) Organising, designing and preparing activities
d) Implementing and evaluating activities

You can learn more about this method by downloading the Leaders' ToolBox: How to manage the programme cycle

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