Planning major events together helps build the team. Working together on projects seems to bring everyone close to one another. I’ve always enjoyed rubbing shoulders with others as we’ve worked together in Scouting brotherhood to create activities big and small. It’s true: planning events together is a big step toward the goal of team-building.
One special project I remember with fondness was a Scout-O-Rama in Ogden, Utah. Vince Quan, a man of great vision, had a brainchild and managed to get all of the rest of us charged up to construct a large “mountain-man fort” to be reminiscent of the pioneer heritage of the local area. This fort became the shell of what would become one of the greatest Scout-O-Rama shows ever.
Vince wanted to import from Wyoming the required wood trimmings (made when the rounded part of the logs were shaved to square the log for cutting into flat pieces) for the fort. He told us that several of these trimmings could be lined up and then attached with a couple of crosspieces into one large panel.
He said also that a large fort could be built with about a hundred (just a hundred …!) or so panels. It may not have been a hundred that were needed, but I know that it was quite a few, anyway.
At first, we all thought that Vince was crazy. “There’s no way that we can get the wood donated.” … and … “It’s too much work,” we all said. We didn’t know Vince very well then. He was never one to back down once he committed himself to an idea. He soon had us all convinced that that the Scout-O-Rama fort could, in fact, become a reality.
Vince went to work and he soon had all the trimmings donated and arriving from Wyoming by the truck load. As the loads arrived, Vince had about thirty of us there to nail the panels together.
Then a day or two before the big day, we transported the huge panels to the local high school football field where the show would be held. Another big team of Scouters gathered there to raise and secure the many panels. Within a short time, our team effort had produced a very authentic looking fort right square in the middle of town. We were all proud of our final product. It took a lot of work and a lot of people to pull it together but It was definitely something to be proud of.
We had more community participation that year than ever before. That majestic fort, complete with signal towers at each corner, stopped many a car for a closer look. That project was so classic that we even made the front cover of the “Scouting Magazine” — and three or four pages inside.
As we constructed the giant old-west fort, we definitely found that planning events together helps promote team-building. It sure pulled us together on that project. The same results can be achieved on small activities, events and projects — at every level of Scouting, in the family and in the community. And team-building is one of the real keys to successful Scouting.