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YLT-Find Your Way

Compass skills are important. Use your skill with a compass to lead a team through an obstacle course, following the directions provided at checkpoints along the way. The catch? The other Cubs are blindfolded! As a leader, you will have to give directions to the others to help them through the course.

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Plan

  • What kind of obstacle course will you make?  
  • Where will you make your course?  
  • What materials will you need for this adventure?  
  • How will you direct blindfolded Cubs? (They won’t be able to follow compass directions.)  
  • How long will your course be? 

Do

  • Lead a team through your course, following the compass directions at each checkpoint.  
  • Take a turn as a blindfolded team member, following a leader’s directions 

Review

  • What do you know now that you did not know before?  
  • How are other Cubs successful?  
  • What makes a successful leader?  
  • How can you use these new skills in you Pack? 

Keep it Simple

Including the compass element might be too much for some people! Rather than using a compass, create a caterpillar of people, with everyone lined up behind one another with their hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them. Everyone should close their eyes except for the person at the front. The person at the front should lead the rest of the caterpillar around a course – don’t forget to warn people about upcoming obstacles! Take turns being the leader at the front of the caterpillar.  

Take it Further

Practice assigning landmarks to your directions on a hike! Using a compass to navigate, choose easy to see landmarks to blaze your own unique trail. Afterwards, make your own map with the landmarks noted, and teach someone else about your new trail. This can be really helpful for those who struggle reading compasses and is a great back-up plan!