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Million Hands - Guide Dogs: Understanding the Issue

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Description

Getting from A to B

Overview: An obstacle course activity to get Cub Scouts thinking about the difficulty of getting around when you
have a disability.

Outcome: Cubs will get insight into how sight loss affects mobility and the ease of getting around. The aim is to
make your Cubs more aware of the obstacles, hazards and barriers created in everyday life.

Resources

Obstacle course equipment such as ropes, bags, chairs, blindfolds/mindfolds, beanbags

Instructions

1. Set up a simple obstacle course in your meeting place, using chairs, bags, beanbags and everyday objects to
map a path. Ensure that none of the obstacles block emergency exits or create trip hazards for those not taking
part in the activity. They should be placed far enough apart to ensure that there is enough room to walk past
each one.

2. Working in pairs, one of the young people should wear a blindfold (they could use their scarf).

3. Ask the Cub Scout without the blindfold to navigate the blindfolded Cub around the course, without touching or
guiding them. Ensure that instructions for the activity are communicated to everyone before starting the activity.
For example, explain that the aim is to guide your partner through the obstacles. If the guide says stop, the
person blindfolded must stop immediately and discuss the safest route to take. Blindfolds should be removed if
the wearer feels uncomfortable, disorientated or dizzy.

4. Once they get to the end of the course, get the Cubs to discuss the difficulties they found in completing the
course.

5. To end the discussion, get Cubs to consider applying these to everyday tasks, such as navigating around the
house, getting to the wardrobe and choosing an outfit, getting to the bathroom and taking a shower or going to
school.

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