Parade

PATHWAY
Nature: Camping
AGE GROUP
10-12 years, 12-14 years, 14-16 years
Anticipate Time
1 hour min
GROUP SIZE
2-5, 5-15, 15-30
Values
Confidence, Cooperation, Reliability, Self Control, Thoroughness

Synopsis

Pathfinders dress for a specified type of weather, using clothes provided in a grab bag, and show them off – fashion parade style.

Through participation in this Pursuit, the Pathfinder will:

  1. Recognise appropriate clothing for weather conditions
  2. Apply criteria to clothes selection

Scripture Focus

Adaptation. 
It is something lifeforms have been doing for millenniums. It has been needed for survival. We as humans certainly experience more comfort when we adapt to our environment. Someone has said ‘flexibility is the key to living’. We sometimes need to keep our options open and view the whole scene, so that we may be wiser in our judgements. The discerning leader will encourage Pathfinders to learn this important principle – all the while, cautioning them to do this without ‘adapting’ to the pull of peer pressure which can actually threaten spiritual survival – for choices always have consequences!

Preperation

  1. Arrange for leaders and Pathfinders to bring clothing to this Activity event. Place all clothing in a pile (or set them out on a table and a hanging rack) from which Pathfinders can select appropriate items
  2. Photocopy the weather condition descriptors (refer to Appendix) onto small pieces of paper. If you are adding to the list, ensure they are also written out.
Materials:

A wide variety of clothing, provided both by leaders and the Pathfinders themselves (some oversized items will add to the comic nature of the parade). Ensure that all clothes are washed and clean. Clothing should be brought to the parade in a bag. The following list indicates the type of clothing needed:

  • Singlet
  • T Shirt
  • Flannel Shirt
  • Water-proof Jacket
  • Long Pants
  • Socks (nylon)
  • Socks (woollen)
  • Shorts
  • Sun hat
  • Beanie (head warmer hat)
  • Jeans
  • Thermal underwear (if available)
  • Wet weather gear
  • Thongs
  • Boots

Any other clothes suitable for any type of weather!
Suitable music for the fashion parade.

Outline

1. Give each Pathfinder a description of a type of weather condition they are to dress up for. The following are some examples. Many others, however could be invented. Go for it!

  • The hot day ensemble
  • The cold southerly blocker
  • The ‘hint of spring’ collection
  • The wet and miserable survival kit
  • The Kakadu Special
  • The not-too-sure-what-the -weather-will-do ensemble
  • The alpine Way
  • The ‘I’m-in-this-for-the-long-haul’ ensemble
  • The wind-whipping-through-me collection
  • The desert special

2. Tell each Pathfinder that they are to select from the pile of clothing, those items that will suit the description they have been given. Give them sufficient time to select and try on the items of clothing.
Then ask them to write a short list of the benefits of the items they have chosen for the weather conditions. These lists can be given to the ‘Parade Master of Ceremonies’ who will then describe each parade entry.

3. Organise the Pathfinders in a suitable order and tell them to parade in turn, down the ‘catwalk’ you have prepared, as the announcer (who may be a Pathfinder) ‘describes’ the conditions they are dressed for, and comments on the particular features of their selection. If you can get them to be brave enough to ‘put on’ the walk of catwalk models, it can be even more fun. Another idea is to bring a couple of cameras with no film in them, and have ‘photographers’ snapping flash shots as they do the modelling.

NB. The parade may feature clothing in a progression from hot to cold, or at random. If in order it could start with minimal clothing for hot conditions and then feature each step in cooler weather. Comments could be made about what could be added to handle the reductions in temperature and what changes could be made for cold / rainy weather as opposed to warm / rainy weather.

Highlight the extremes of snow and tropical heat. Remember rain is not always associated with cold. It is the wet season in the tropics.

4. Play some appropriate music and present your Fashion Parade to the whole club.

Debrief

Questions:
Reflection

  • Which was the most appropriate ensemble for the weather conditions? The most well prepared?
  • What happened to clothing when it got hot? When it got cold? (layers were added, discarded)

Interpretation

  • Discuss the importance of the layer principle of clothing, which traps air as insulation.
  • How do people adapt to their environment by modifying their clothing?
  • What single item of clothing would be most beneficial in cold weather?

Application

  • Do we ever adapt to our environment with our behaviour? If so, how?
  • Is such adaptation a good thing or a bad thing? Explain your answer.
  • What should we allow ourselves to adapt to, and what should we never allow ourselves to adapt to?
  • How can we ensure that we are strong and don’t give in when we need to be?

Commitment

  • Knowing your own life situation what specific things should you ‘go with’ and ‘adapt to’ this week that you’ve been resisting?
  • What specific things should you stand up for and not ‘adapt to’ this week?

Appendix

Appendix:
Fashion Parade Clothing Ensembles (ideas)

  • The hot day ensemble
  • The cold southerly blocker
  • The ‘hint of spring’ collection
  • The wet and miserable survival kit
  • The Kakadu Special
  • The not-too-sure-what-the -weather-will-do ensemble
  • The alpine way
  • The ‘I’m-in-this-for-the-long-haul’ ensemble
  • The wind-whipping-through-me collection
  • The desert special