What's The Word?

Each time our troop has a patrol meeting, we as leaders always implement a team building activity to help the boys learn how to communicate and work together as a troop.  This activity involves the following:

  • Poster Board
  • Marker
  • Yarn

Each member of the troop cuts off a four foot piece of yarn and ties one end to the marker.  After each member is in position over the poster board, they can start working together on writing the word that the leader chooses with only using the yarn they are holding on to. Pictured is the scouts working on writing the word "Thrifty".  

This one will test their communication skills and their patience with each other.  Just like any other team building activity, you will have those who will take charge and those that will not want to participate.  

Make sure to ask open ended questions after they are finished with the activity. Here are a few I like to ask:

  • What did you like about this activity?
  • What did you not like about this activity?
  • How well do you think you communicated as a troop?
  • What could you have done different?