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An ideal icebreaker for first meetings, Troop/PL Forums etc. A fun look at Scouts personalities.




Give each person a sheet of paper and a marker pen. Ask them to draw a pig on the paper, give them no other instructions.

After about 5 minutes when everyone has finished drawing their pig, read out the following information:

“The pig serves as a useful test of personality traits of the drawer".

If the pig is drawn:

- Toward the top of the paper – You have a tendancy to be positive and optimistic.

- Toward the middle – You have a tendency to be a realist.

- Toward the bottom – You have a tendency to be pessimistic and may be prone to behaving negatively.

- Facing left – You have a tendency to believe in tradition and be friendly; you may also be prone to remembering dates well.

- Facing Right – You have a tendency to be innovative and active, but may be prone to forgetting dates easily and may not have a strong sense of family.

- Facing front – You have a tendency to be direct, and may enjoy playing the role of devil’s advocate; you also are prone to neither fearing nor avoiding confrontational discussions.

- With many details – You have a tendency to be analytical, but may also be prone to being cautious to the point that you struggle with trust.

- With few details – You have a tendency to be emotional and to focus on the larger picture rather than focusing on details. You also have a tendency to be a great risk taker and may sometimes be prone to reckless and impulsive decisions.

- With less than 4 legs showing – May indicate that you are living through a major period of change and as a result you may be prone to struggling with insecurities.

- With 4 legs showing – You have a tendency to be secure and to stick to your ideals; however, others may describe you as stubborn.

- With large ears – Indicates how good of a listener you are (the bigger, the better).

- With a long tail – Indicates how intelligent you are (the longer, the better)

Get the Scouts to talk about their pigs and how similar they think they are to the results.


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