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Kaper Charts

Every leader wants troop meetings to be fun. Fun for the girls! Fun for her! Knowing what is going to happen can be part of the fun, for girls, and for leaders.

  • Definition
  • How to Start
  • Things to Consider when Making Kaper Charts
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    Definition

    A kaper is a short-term job. A kaper chart is a handy tool used for Girl Scout meetings and activities. In troop activities, it can be used to clarify which individual, pair, small group, or patrol is responsible for completing a specific job.

    A kaper chart for a troop meeting might look like this:

    Group/Patrol

    1st Week

    2nd Week

    3rd Week

    Songbirds

    Games

    Songs

    Clean-up

    Little Oaks

    Songs

    Clean-up

    Treats

    Chipmunks

    Clean-up

    Scouts' Own

    Games

    To choose jobs you can

    However the jobs are chosen, write them on a chart so no one forgets what they need to do.

     

    How to start

    Kaper charts may appear confusing, but the are simple to make. Consider the following steps:

    1. Make a list of all the tasks that need to be done. (If you put each job on a small piece of paper, the next steps will be easier to do.)
    2. Plan how many people should be in each work group to equalize the responsibility: Individuals, Buddies, Patrols, Other small groups
    3. Decide which specific tasks listed in step 1 will be combined to fit the work group. Take the small pieces of paper and sort them into piles according to tasks that will be done by each group.
    4. If desired, give the work group names and/or symbols for the chart.
    5. Make the chart a graphic representation of delegated responsibilities:

     

    Things to Consider when Making Kaper Charts

    1. By rotating the people who work together, everyone can work with everyone else over a period of time. This is especially helpful when individuals do not know each other.
    2. Kaper charts can help groups avoid the harmful aspects of cliques.
    3. Girls should be involved in the designing and making of kaper charts: