KAPERS - Sharing the Work
In all Girl Scout camping activities, most of the housekeeping jobs are done by the girls. Girl Scouts call these jobs "Kapers." A kaper chart is a method to assign these jobs, by chance and in rotation, to individuals or groups. Kapers build ownership and teach responsibility and leadership.
The girls, with leader guidance, should plan all kapers and make the charts. Girls can be involved by deciding:
- what tasks needs to be done
- which tasks can be combined into work groups
- type/size of work groups
- type of rotation
They can include concise job descriptions and should be posted at the campsite.
A kaper chart serves several purpopses:
- Relieves the leader of the need to tell the girls what to do or give individual instructions.
- Gives a girl the knowledge of all jobs so that she understands the importance of her job and how it fits into the whole experience.
- Helps a girl to see that, by rotation, she will get to do various jobs so that she is less likely to resent a "dull" job.
- Rotates the people who work together.
- Teaches a girl gradually, as her kaper chart experiences progress, the planning needed prior to any group event.
A kaper chart should be creative and graphic to make the jobs more appealing. Encourage your girls to try different methods of choosing who does which job. For example:
- Draw names from a hat
- Match jobs according to age, experience, or even what color they are wearing.
- Assign patrols to be responsible
Kapers may rotate by meal, by day, by trip. The important thing is that each girl takes responsibility for a variety of tasks.
• The course handout has several ideas for introducing girls to kaper charts as well as some very creative kaper charts. You may also Google "kaper chart" and you'll find more suggestions than you dreamed of!
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