National Capital Area Council
We are all communicators. What does it mean to
communicate? Communication is the art of transmitting and receiving
information. And how do we as human beings go about this exchange of
information? We communicate with words, facial expression and body language.
As the human race developed so did our communicative
skills. Early man drew pictures on the walls of caves. With the development
of language came a better way to keep records and tell stories... writing!
With the discovery of electricity came the telegraph, telephone, radio,
television, computers, micro-wave transmission, optical fibers, lasers, and
on and on and on.
Who makes a good communicator? We do of course! With all
of the modern technology at our fingertips today it is still important for us
to learn basic communication skills. Skills that will be with us throughout
our entire lives. Things, like how to talk to one another with respect, how
to listen to one another. Silly things, like saying please and thank you.
Things like, learning good telephone manners and practicing being polite and
courteous to others.
At a school or church function, create and post
Read to a visually impaired person.
Speakers: News broadcaster, radio DJ, politician,
Visit library - talk to librarian, learn how books
Visit radio station - see how it operates.
Visit television station
Visit police station or 911 dispatcher - learn how
911 calls are processed and prioritized.
Visit school for the deaf and/or blind.
Use a computer to talk to other people
Visit a newspaper office - see how a newspaper is
put together. Watch the printing presses run.
Communication With A Blind Person: How
would you go about describing something to a blind person? An animal for
instance, one they have never seen. Try this exercise; blindfold your den,
give them each a pencil and a piece of paper, then describe to them an animal
and have them draw what they think they hear. Remove the blindfolds and see
if they can guess what animal they have drawn. Hint: Don't use any
key words. Example: if you are describing an elephant don't use the
word trunk for his nose.
Secret Sounds: Use prerecorded sounds or have den
chief produce sounds from behind a screen or another room. Webelos listen as
each sound is produced and then write down what they think the sound is.
Example: Sandpaper rubbing against something; a deck of cards being
flipped into the air, a golf ball or Ping Pong ball, bouncing on a bare floor;
bursting of a paper bag; etc.