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Harriers and Ravens communication challenge

Date: 14th May 2020 Author: Kyrlie Clement

The scouts were given the potato communication challenge to do. Scouts gave this a go and even set the challenge to their parents, with fun pictures sent in the following week. Here is an example of what was created. If you are up to the challenge, the rules are attached.








Communications Challenge

Objective: How non-visual communications work, using an every-day object and questions!!

  1. Take 2 potato’s that are similar in size and shape
  2. Take a number of items that you can put into the skin of the potato i.e Sticks, coins, pins, skewers, pen lids, cocktail sticks, elastic bands, etc
  3. Make sure you have the same number needed to make 2 potato’s the same i.e 2 potato’s that look identical if you stuck the objects in both potato’s!!
  4. Assemble 1 potato and leave the other potato blank, with the items needed to make it the same as the assembled one in a pot
  5. it a parent / sibling back to back – one holding the assembled potato, the other the blank potato and the bits that are in a pot. Neither person can see the others potato!!!!! This is the important bit.
  6. The person with the blank potato can ask any question that they like of the one holding the assembled potato, BUT the person holding the assembled potato can ONLY answer ”yes” or “no” NOTE. Depending on the communications, this can become very frustrating.
  7. When the person assembling the potato thinks they have finished, they must say “finished” and then you can get the two people to compare potato’s. Are they the same? If not why not? What could have been done differently to ensure that the instructions and asks were clear?
Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls