Teams work to build the tallest flagpole, whilst another scout observes how the team members work together.
copies of the Observer Checklist (see downloads)
Advance preparation: Make copies of the Observer Checklist. Get equipment ready for each team.
Activity description: Teams are to build the tallest flagpole using the equipment provided in the given time (30 minutes).
During the activity: Remember to ensure that the observer, who should be a Scout, is marking off aspects of teamwork on the checklist.
After the activity: At the end of this time, spend a further 10 minutes to allow teams, with observers, to report back on their successes. Focus particularly on the following:
1. The method of achieving the task and quality of the end result.
2. The teamwork required to achieve the task, in particular those headings shown on the Observer Checklist.