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elster

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17,196 posts

94 months

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Tuesday 25th May 2010 quote quote all
I am wanting some ideas for some initiative exercises for Friday.

I'm helping out with the Air Cadets and so I am wanting some help to put together a few things.

So has anyone done things with corporate team building, or even people who help out with other youth groups.

Throw some ideas in the hat and see what we could come up with.

Have to bear in mind this is for 11-18 year olds. Indoor or outdoor.

OnTheOverrun

3,965 posts

61 months

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Surviving 24 hours without texting or Myface/Spacebook.

elster

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OnTheOverrun said:
Surviving 24 hours without texting or Myface/Spacebook.
They do that already on "green camps".

I also only have between 1900 - 2130

Silent1

18,875 posts

119 months

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The marshmallow problem build a tower using dry spaghetti, one metre of tape and a marshmallow.

The only rule is the marshmallow has to be at the top.

See here for more info:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0_yKBitO8M

ShadownINja

55,169 posts

166 months

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Wednesday 26th May 2010 quote quote all
elster said:
Throw some ideas in the hat and see what we could come up with.

Have to bear in mind this is for 11-18 year olds. Indoor or outdoor.
Don't turn up. Leave the building locked.
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champ54321

1,533 posts

55 months

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Wednesday 26th May 2010 quote quote all
elster said:
They do that already on "green camps".
I used to go on "green camps" when I was younger.... though I doubt its was the same as what the cadets do

elster

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17,196 posts

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Wednesday 26th May 2010 quote quote all
Silent1 said:
The marshmallow problem build a tower using dry spaghetti, one metre of tape and a marshmallow.

The only rule is the marshmallow has to be at the top.

See here for more info:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0_yKBitO8M
That looks like fun. Think I will put that on the list.

elster

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Wednesday 26th May 2010 quote quote all
champ54321 said:
elster said:
They do that already on "green camps".
I used to go on "green camps" when I was younger.... though I doubt its was the same as what the cadets do
If it was a camp where you smoke lots of weed, then no.

Edited by elster on Wednesday 26th May 07:57

Famous Graham

26,553 posts

109 months

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Wednesday 26th May 2010 quote quote all
elster said:
I am wanting some ideas for some initiative exercises for Friday.
Where's Alanis when you need her biggrin

elster

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Famous Graham said:
elster said:
I am wanting some ideas for some initiative exercises for Friday.
Where's Alanis when you need her biggrin
I'm confused.

Famous Graham

26,553 posts

109 months

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Wednesday 26th May 2010 quote quote all
elster said:
Famous Graham said:
elster said:
I am wanting some ideas for some initiative exercises for Friday.
Where's Alanis when you need her biggrin
I'm confused.
Just thought it was ironic, someone asking others for help with initiative exerciss smile

elster

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17,196 posts

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Wednesday 26th May 2010 quote quote all
Famous Graham said:
elster said:
Famous Graham said:
elster said:
I am wanting some ideas for some initiative exercises for Friday.
Where's Alanis when you need her biggrin
I'm confused.
Just thought it was ironic, someone asking others for help with initiative exerciss smile
Ah, crystal clear now.

carmadgaz

2,517 posts

67 months

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Wednesday 26th May 2010 quote quote all
What Sqn you at?

Stand them in a line, try to get them to rearrange themselves into age order without verbal or written communication.

Give them 3 chairs marked 'Chicken', 'Fox' and 'Corn'. They must transport all three from one side of the lake (room) to the other, they can only take one item at a time. The chicken cannot be left with the corn or it will get eaten and the fox cannot be left with the chicken for the same reason.

Get the NCOs to make up their own exercise

There are some we did on our BELA course I will post them up when I remember them.

silverMX

1,277 posts

71 months

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Get down your local AFCO and ask the RAF desk for help. They'll be able to contact some kind of recruiting team who do this for a living...or get your hands on a command task booklet; try Amazon maybe.

308mate

11,295 posts

106 months

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Get the kids who are team leaders (or whatever theyre called) to lead by example, instead of being a bunch of unpopular-at-school-tts who go to ATC because it gives them the chance to boss other kids around while they stand there looking smug in their stupid beret.

fking ATC. I went for a (very short) while, thinking it might be quite an adventure with good lads doing some grown-up stuff, even got my marksman badge thingy. Did a field trip to Sopley where my group was the only one who didnt get found by the group leaders (forgotten all the lingo, sorry) on a night mission across the fields etc But all that really happens each week is a nerdy kid that you would usually happily slap the lunch money out of, demands you polish your boots better in time for the next meeting or gets you to do some menial task of work for work's sake while he watches. Dont fking ask me to do anything youre not prepared to muck in with yourself, fatty. The world needs leaders, not power-tripping 14 yr olds in berets.

I assumed theyre not all like that, surely? (ATCs that is, not the fatty)

Anyway, I hold absolutely no bitterness about this episode of my life. Whatsoever.

Edited by 308mate on Wednesday 26th May 09:52

carmadgaz

2,517 posts

67 months

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308mate said:
I assumed theyre not all like that, surely? (ATCs that is, not the fatty)

Anyway, I hold absolutely no bitterness about this episode of my life. Whatsoever.
Clearly no bitterness at all rolleyes. I've been with the ATC for 8years both as a Cadet and as Staff and I've found the jumped up little hitlers are about but you find that in all walks of life. They soon get told to wind their necks in and they are heavily outnumbered by some great kids.

elster

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carmadgaz said:
What Sqn you at?

Stand them in a line, try to get them to rearrange themselves into age order without verbal or written communication.

Give them 3 chairs marked 'Chicken', 'Fox' and 'Corn'. They must transport all three from one side of the lake (room) to the other, they can only take one item at a time. The chicken cannot be left with the corn or it will get eaten and the fox cannot be left with the chicken for the same reason.

Get the NCOs to make up their own exercise

There are some we did on our BELA course I will post them up when I remember them.
I'm at 2487 Easingwold.

I am just wanting some more outside the usual things to do. This is more for once the NCOs have attempted to come up with ideas to do something properly.

carmadgaz

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elster said:
I'm at 2487 Easingwold.

I am just wanting some more outside the usual things to do. This is more for once the NCOs have attempted to come up with ideas to do something properly.
Alot further north than us then (151 Leominster) smile

As I said I will try to remember the ones we did on our BELA training weekend and post them up later, the Scout website might be of use too.

alfa pint

3,856 posts

95 months

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Making parachutes out of a few bits of string, balloons, couple of sheets of paper and an egg. Launched from various heights - the winning team is the one with an intact egg.

There's some cracking command and control tasks involving water pistols and the like - pair the cadets up. One can see but can't move, the other can move, but can't see. It's a bit like robot wars really - you put the water pistols at opposite ends of a half football pitch or similar size and put the 2 talkers in the centre spot and the 2 walkers in the corners. The winning pair is the team that squirts both members of the opposite team. Teaches communication, speed of thought, voice projection, planning etc.

elster

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Thursday 27th May 2010 quote quote all
Some good ideas, but anyone have any more?
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