July 31, 2008 2 Comments
Kaper is the word Girl Scouts use for any of the little tasks that make a meeting or activity possible. As a Junior leader, I use the patrol system and give each patrol a responsibility, but when I was an assistant Brownie leader one of my roles in the troop was to make the kaper chart every week.
There are many ways to do kaper charts. Some troops make a permanent chart and put the girls’ names on Velcro or something so they can move them around each week. Some troops don’t have a chart and just draw a name whenever something needs to be done.
What I found simplest and most effective was to write the kapers and the names of the girls assigned to them on a sheet of paper (just scratch paper with something printed on the other side) with a marker, in letters about 3/4″ high. I posted it in a visible place on the wall of the meeting room so that anyone could glance over at it when needed. I made the chart in advance, usually the night before the meeting. I used a spreadsheet to show who had which kaper at which meeting so that I could make sure everyone got a turn at every kaper. Read more…