Training Wheels

PATHWAY
Community: Service
AGE GROUP
14-16 years
Anticipate Time
240: 4 or more hours min
GROUP SIZE
2-5, 5-15, 15-30
Values
Cooperation, Patience, Reliability, Respect, Thoroughness

Synopsis

Pathfinders design and construct a Bicycle training course to help reinforce cycling safety, and conduct a class for community children during a holiday period. Adult supervision will be an important part of this Pursuit.

Through participation in this Pursuit, the Pathfinder will:

  1. Contribute to the implementation of a service project
  2. Show confidence in a public presentation
  3. Be a positive role model
  4. Practice affirmation and encouragement

Scripture Focus

Memory Verse

Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men.

Dr Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Columbia University, classifies people in one of three ways: Those who make things happen, those who watch what’s happening, and those who don’t know what’s happening! This Pursuit provides the opportunity for Pathfinders to not only be in the first category, but to make a difference in the life of someone else – to be a positive influence on them and lead them in a direction towards being confident individuals who are safety aware. 

Through participation in this Pursuit, the Pathfinder will:

  1. Contribute to the implementation of a service project
  2. Show confidence in a public presentation
  3. Be a positive role model
  4. Practice affirmation and encouragement

Preperation

  1. Choose a person from your church or community who has extensive skill and knowledge in a particular area. (The area doesn’t need to be a particular one – anything will do: computer knowledge, physics, chemistry, nursing, mechanical, engineering,). Ask them to come to your Club meeting and give a short ‘informative’ presentation/ demonstration / explanation to your group. Ask them to use as many technical terms as they wish, and to not particularly gear their presentation to the Pathfinders’ age or ability level. (In fact, the more complicated the better). Also ask them to not use any particular visual aids or material. We want a chalk and talk-style presentation. This will be an important exercise in helping the Pathfinders plan their own Bike Safety presentation to younger children.

NB. Make sure, however, that you make very clear to the presenter, your objectives with this exercise. It would be a shame for them to be hurt unintentionally. Outline your goals with offering a presentation in this way. 

Materials:
  • Whiteboard or blackboard
  • Witches’ hats, Simple Road signs

Outline

1. Invite your guest speaker to share their astounding knowledge from their specialist area to your group.
(5 – 10 min will suffice). After they have finished, ask the following questions:

  • Who would like to explain to me what ___________ just explained to you?
  • Do you have a good working knowledge of this subject now?
  • Was the information easy to understand? Why or why not?
  • What effect did the complex technical information have on you as a group? Were you attentive? Interested?
  • Our friend was obviously excited about his interest area. What could he/she have done to help us understand it a little better.
  • Do you think the speaker had our age level and background knowledge in mind when he / she presented to us?

2. Share how the intent of this Pursuit is to design a bike training circuit for younger children with time for instruction on bike care and safety. Ask: Given our recent negative example with a presentation style, what will it be important to keep in mind when we present our information to a group of younger children? 
Write up the list as you discuss suggestions.

3. Brainstorm all the necessary facets of such a program in terms of planning and features. 
Decisions will include:

  • Timing of the program (school holidays?)
  • Length of program
  • Target Audience: Community children, Adventurers, local Kindergartens, Primary Schools etc…
  • Suitable venue
  • Advertising methods
  • Bike circuit features: humps, road signs, witches’ hats to define precision driving areas, etc
  • Safety features of the track itself (Is it safe?)
  • Instructional areas (Decisions on who will instruct: Pathfinders, Police officers, Road Safety Guidance officers, Instructional videos etc. Pathfinders may view instructional videos themselves and then cover the information themselves in a direct teaching role.
  • Teaching strategies: Games, quizzes, demonstrations, questions, hands-on experience, role plays etc
  • Design and creation of certificates for those who complete the ‘course’.
  • Remember to have the area well supervised on the day. Safety must always be your primary concern.

4. Provide the Pathfinders with as much resource material as you can. Your local library or State Transport Department Road Safety Branch should be able to provide you with suitable resources. Refer to References for one such program. Encourage them to enlist the help of those working professionally in this area: Police, Bike Racing enthusiasts, etc.
NB. Leaders: Empower the Pathfinders to make the decisions with this Pursuit and proceed with the necessary planning. Delegate responsibilities together and keep checking that details are being followed through as you approach the event itself. Don’t forget to explore possible media coverage for such a project. It’s a great positive public relations opportunity! As stated, when the event comes, back-up adult supervision will be of vital importance. Appropriate duty of care must be maintained at all times. The ‘action’ must be within your sight at all times. 

5. Enjoy it! After the program has ended, invite the participants to write comments in the Pathfinder’s Journals which express their feelings about the event.

Debrief

Leaders, be sure to follow up on discussing when and how the Pathfinders saw the memory text in action throughout this Pursuit. 
Select from the questions below:
Reflection

  • What was the most challenging part of this Pursuit?
  • What was the best thing about this Pursuit?
  • How did you feel in the role of ‘teacher’?
  • Were the children attentive? If not, how did it make you feel?

Interpretation

  • What strategies did you use to gain / keep their attention?
  • How did you deal with those who were distracted? Was this the best way of handling it?
  • How important are rules in life?
  • Why should we bother obeying rules?
  • How are rules an avoidance of unpleasant natural consequences? Give some examples.
  • Finish this sentence: ‘The children really seemed to really respond best to…’

Application

  • What are some rules which govern living the Christian life?
  • How are these rules similar to road rules? How are they different?

Commitment

  • In your Journal, write a list of ways you think you could improve on cooperating with God – YOUR Teacher.

Appendix

An excellent comprehensive resource released by Victoria, but available in other states is the program: ‘Here’s Your Bike, Ed’. It contains much valuable material, including a Teacher’s Resource Book and video.