Invite a member of the Rotary Club or
Toastmasters International to visit your den and give examples of body
Visit a meeting of these organizations to observe different
types of communication.
Visit a telephone company. Find out how they
help others communicate.
Visit and tour a post office and see how
communication by mail is processed and delivered.
Visit a retail or
production facility for cellular phones.
Learn how to make a cellular
Visit a vision impaired or hearing impaired learning
Webelos enjoy being able to communicate
in code – it’s like knowing a happy secret. Codes are used all over the
world. When you send a telegram or a cable, you are sending a kind of code
written in a short way to keep costs down. During wartime, codes are an
important way for sending secret messages. Even the brands marked on
cattle and markings on planes and ships are kinds of code. Codes usually
have two parts. The first is making the code, known as "encoding" the
message. The second part is called "decoding", which tells the person who
receives the encoded message how to read and understand it.
Suppose you want to send the message
LOUIS LIKES BEAN SOUP. In the rail fence code, you encode by dropping
every other letter down:
U S I E B A S U
O I L K S E N O P
take the bottom line of letters and put them next to the top line
of letters. You’ll come up with the coded message: LUSIEBASUOILKSENOP. When
your friend wants to decode the message, he just counts the number of
letters in the message, divides it by two, and places the last half below
and between the first half.
For writing the dot code, it’s best to
use lined paper. On the top line, write a mixed up alphabet, with the
letters evenly spaced across the sheet. Each line down the page will
represent one letter of your message. Starting on the first line, put one
dot on each line beneath the letter you want the dot to be. To read the
message, start on the first line and read downward.
A simple code which substitutes numbers
for letters is made by building a square of 25 boxes into which the
alphabet is inserted. Number each of the columns in the square from 1 to
5, then do the same with each row. Put a letter into each box. For one
box, 2 letters will have to share the box, but the other letters in the
message will help clarify which of the 2 letters is needed when the
message is being decoded. Using this system, the row number followed by
the column number indicates the letter needed for the message. For
example, "O" is 34: row 3, column 4. Using the box code, try to decode the
message hidden in the numbers of the "grocery order" below. Be sure you
use all the numbers in the order.
Please accept my order
for the following and deliver at once.
43 cans of your best sardines @
33 boxes of soap flakes @ .14
23 large boxes of napkins @.
31 large cans of peaches @ .35
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.
- Visit library - talk to librarian, learn how books are
- 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.
- At a school or church function, create and post
- Read to a visually impaired person.
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
Communication with the blind: Have your den form a
large circle. In the center place an empty coffee can. Blindfold one of
the boys and supply him with a broomstick. The object of the game is to
have the den direct the blind Scout to the can and have him pick it up
with the broomstick. Was it easy? Does it work better with one boy giving
directions or all of them?
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.
The following symbols are used to communicate information
to people of all countries since they do not use words. Have the boys look
at the symbols and identify what they mean.
Answers: 1. No U-turn 2 No bicycles 3. Tent site 4.
Hotel, motel 5. Boat ramp 6. Forest
7. Restrooms 8. Wet floor 9. Trash
can 10. First Aid 11. Red Cross 12. Animal Crossing
Access 14. Wildlife Refuge 15. Magnetics 16. Shower 17. Information
Campsite 19. Child Crossing 20. Fasten Seat Belts