This activity is part of the upcoming Life Skills Initiative - stay tuned for more information!
In this activity, you will dance to music while racing to find a seat when it stops. But there's a catch — there will be fewer chairs each round. Through this exciting challenge, you will discover the power of teamwork, support, and inclusion.
- Critical thinking
- Chairs that do not break easily (the number of chairs depends on the number of participants, with one less chair than the number of participants for each round)
- Phone or other source for music
Preparation: Gather the necessary number of chairs based on the number of participants. There should be one less chair than the total number of participants for each round. Arrange the chairs in a circle, facing outward, with enough space between them for the participants to dance around.
Setting the Rules: Explain that the objective of the activity is to learn the importance of supporting each other and ensuring no one is left behind. Instruct the participants to dance around the chairs in a clockwise direction when the music is playing. Emphasize that they must keep moving and should not touch the chairs during this phase. When the music stops, participants have to find a chair and each one must have one person's leg touching the ground.
Start the Music: Begin playing upbeat and lively music to create a fun and energetic atmosphere. Encourage the participants to dance, jump, and move around the chairs while the music is playing. Keep the music playing for a variable amount of time, depending on the group's energy and engagement level.
Pause the Music: Stop the music suddenly, at a random point without giving notice. Instruct the participants to find a chair and sit down immediately when the music stops. Remind them that each chair must have one person's leg touching the ground.
Assess and Remove a Chair: Observe the participants and check if each chair has one person's leg touching the ground. If all participants have successfully found a chair, proceed to the next round. If there are participants without a chair, explain that one chair will be removed for the next round.
Repeat the Rounds: Start the music again and have the participants resume dancing around the chairs. Pause the music at random intervals, and the participants should quickly find a chair and sit down with one leg touching the ground. Remove one chair after each round and continue until only one chair and two participants are left.
The Final Round: In the last round, when there is only one chair remaining, explain the objective of supporting each other to achieve inclusion. Instruct the participants that even though there is one chair left, they must work together to ensure everyone is seated with one leg touching the ground when the music stops. Encourage them to cooperate, share the available chair, and find creative solutions to accomplish the objective.
Reflection and Discussion: After the final round, gather the participants for a group discussion. Ask them how it felt to support each other and ensure everyone had a seat. Facilitate a conversation about the importance of inclusion, teamwork, and supporting one another.
Get ready for the activity
Remember, the activity can be adapted based on the number of participants and the available space. Have fun and enjoy the Inclusion Dance Challenge with your Scout group! You can also give them tips about how they can support each other, like two people sitting on one chair, one sitting and another standing on the same chair, etc.