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Hazelwood and Churchill (Victoria, Australia) local Girl Guide information noticeboard.

Delegation and Leadership learned through the making of paper cups


The making of paper cups is an activity that may be done in Patrols following patrol structure or as a meeting group that allows a freer flow of skill sharing – especially in a flexible age group meeting time.  The making of the cup activity is one that as many Guides can participate in as are there. We have made these paper cups at the tables in the patrols corner or scattered around the floor – depending on the numbers of Guides making them.

The adult Leader installs in the Guides that “no job is finished until all have finished the activity”.  Using the  rational in your own leadership provideds a control factor necessary in balancing both the program and the skills that are learned.  Making the cup is only one skill of many -patience, Leadership, self activement, comanionship, mateship being only some skills learned.

Understandably some of the  Guides with more dexterity in there fingers finish quickly.  These Guides are expected to assist  by showing with another piece of paper [ thus making another cup] not by taking over another Guides learning of how to make her own cup.  This showing rather than doing for someone -usually because the doer is impatient for the next step is part of responsible delegation.  As once the second Guide learns how there are now two Guides looking out to assist someone.  The one with the newer skill may need to still be over seen by the nor experienced one.  This is leadership training through making a paper cup.

Guiding provides so many ways of learning and absorbing leadership at all the levels through out the Members. Many activities link into another activity. Put together, the activities are then part of the program structure.  Which in turn is just part of an overall objective.

In this case bubble mix was made then bubbles were created,  next paper cups were made, a water game was played, And the Guides discussed when they were going to go swimming at the pool.  Sounds simple and straight forward.  What was also shown was leadership skills, creating of activities from what was on hand, resourcefulness, resilience, governance, having voice, objectives, participation, interacting with different ages, people recognition, hosting, welcoming, acceptance, self esteem, fun, ownership, laughter, appreciation and being accepted for who and what each of us are, not for what we have.

More importantly that fear of the unknown is one of peoples greatest ‘walls’ that stop them from challenging themselves.  Guiding may provide the start to demolishing these walls.

April 21, 2010 - Posted by | Empowerment, Lend-a-hand, People, Self | , , , , ,

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