Communications is the foundation for human relationships. Those that communicate successsfully go far in life. We need to teach our boys how to communicate effectively. In the Communicator Activity Badge, they will learn some of these skills.
Have each boy prepare a story for a special edition of the den newspaper. They can tell about something they did in Webelos that was special for them, some school or sports activity that they enjoyed, or almost anything. Have them design the paper's banner (top of the first page). Distribute at the pack meeting or, if copying is a difficulty, prepare a poster with the newspaper on it to share with the pack.
If you are fortunate to have a parent with a video camera, have the boys' produce a television newcast that tells about their Webelos den activity. Share this with the den parents at a parents meeting.
Learn the alphabet in sign language, or study the
The Emergency Broadcast System
Boys stand in a line facing the audience. The
announcer for the group says, "THIS IS A TEST OF THE EMERGENCY
BROADCAST SYSTEM. REMEMBER THIS IS ONLY A TEST!" The boys then
hum ver loudly for several seconds. After the boys stop humming, the
announcer says, "IF THIS HAD NOT BEEN A TEST, BUT AN ACTUAL
EMERGENCY, WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE HEARD IS THIS . . ."The boys all
run off the stage frantically waving their arms and screaming at the
top of their lungs.
Codes and Ciphers
Prisoners in the American Civil War to send messages to their friends used the following cipher. The key to it is:
To encipher a letter, draw the shape of the box it is in. Then put a dot to show the position of the letter in it's box. Letter in position one, no dot; letter in position two, one dot; and letter in position three, two dots. Try using this method to decode the following:
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