No 3. Explore the difficulties and misunderstandings that can occur when communicating with others. Identify ways of overcoming these. (Compliments)
Two apples and a knife per Patrol
Divide the Guides into Patrols. Give each Patrol an apple. The first Guide takes the apple and says something mean to it and drops it on the floor. The second Guide picks it up and does the same. All the Guides in the Patrol repeat the same to the apple. Then the Patrol Leader cuts the apple in half and allows it to go brown.
Now take the other apple. Each Guide takes a turn holding the apple. When each Guide is holding the apple, everyone else should take turns to pay her a compliment or say something positive. Continue until every Guide has had something nice said about her.
Bring the Patrols back together and have a discussion with all the Guides.
• What did it feel like to be complimented?
• Were compliments easy to receive?
• Why or why not?
• Was it easier to be mean or to give compliments?
Does anyone want to be the brown battered apple? Discuss how people do feel like the brown battered apple because they hear mean things often. They feel like no one cares about them and no one wants to be their friend. Explain that our words can make people feel like that.
If you have enough Leaders this discussion could also be done in Patrols.
Acknowledgement/Source: Winter Trefoil News 2017