Leading and Following

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The Trailmen finally figure out how to move the entire Troop accross the “hot lava” using only the materials provided.  Listening and clear communication do not come easily to everyone!

OR-1531’s Trailmen are winding up their “regular meeting” season with a lesson on teamwork and cooperation.  It was a very lively meeting.  five question were posed to the boys towards the beginning the meeting:

1. What is teamwork?
2. Why is teamwork important?
3. How is cooperation important in completing a task or goal?
4. What are some activities that depend on teamwork?
5. What are things that interfere with cooperation and teamwork?

between each question there was an activity of some sort.  The boys were linked into amoebas and told to follow a route.  They built bridges with whatever they randomly received, first competitvely and then as a single group.  They read and discussed scripture.

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help. Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.  Ecc 4:9-12

They also brought and shared much of the knowledge already had relating to teamwork and the benefits of having a friend.  Some of the boys spoke about their experiences on sports teams.  One line of discussion had to do with stories read or movies seen that emphasize the friend “lifting up the other” as the scripture described.  They were excited to share their knowledge of those who can help us, God, Angels, Saints (especially Mary), our Family, and the Troop.

The time went quickly by, and ended with a final discussion about the upcoming Honor Court, hike up Marys Peak, and June Campout.  Even the Salve Regina (which is really sounding nice) didn’t settle the Trialmen down entirely, with an impromptu game of tag continuing until that lights were turned out.

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