Virt-you

PATHWAY
Self: Goals and Values
AGE GROUP
10-12 years
Anticipate Time
1 hour min
GROUP SIZE
2-5, 5-15, 15-30
Values
Confidence, Courage, Respect, Self Awareness, Gratitude

Synopsis

After a ‘cloning’ simulation, Pathfinders celebrate the ‘wonder’ of their uniqueness and explore the values which can define them as a person.

Through participation in this Pursuit, the Pathfinder will:

  1. Identify personal character strengths
  2. Share ways in which they can use their strengths for the good of others
  3. Identify virtues which are currently a ‘challenge’ to them

Scripture Focus

Memory Verse

Hebrews 12: 1 - 2a
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith..."

Ellen White makes some truly inspired comments about who we are as people. She says: “Our happiness comes not from what is around us, but from what is within us; not from what we have, but from what we are.” “What a man is has a greater influence than what he says.” … “True character is not something shaped from without, or put on, but it is something radiating from within.” … And in the end, “it is the little things in life that reveal a person’s real character.” 4
Ultimately, our character will be the only thing that we take with us to heaven. The future always begins with now. This Pursuit will not only identify our character strengths, but will search for ways in which we can use these gifts to bless others. 

Preperation

  1. Prepare a light snack that all your participants can eat
  2. At the close of the Pathfinder Club night BEFORE you plan to do this Pursuit, tell the Pathfinders they are to come to the next meeting dressed identically: all in a white T Shirt and jeans, with one white sock on their left foot and a blue (or any common school sock) on their right foot. All are to also wear a baseball cap backwards.
Materials:
  • Chewing gum for all participants
  • A light finger food snack – enough for all your participants
  • An ink-pad
  • A damp cloth for each group of four Pathfinders (to wipe their hand on after doing the hand print without disrupting the flow of the Pursuit by going to the bathroom).

Outline

1. When your Pathfinders arrive all dressed identically, and it is time to begin this Pursuit, give everyone chewing gum and tell them they are clones. Divide your group into smaller groups of 4 and tell each group they are to design a 30 second choreographed movement sequence, where they are all moving identically. Tell them they have 10 minutes to create and practice their 30 second sequence. 

2. Share all the choreographed sequences, then ask:
On a scale of 1 – 10 how difficult was it to make your sequence perfectly ‘together’ in its movement? Justify your rating.

3. Have everyone remove their gum, then offer them a snack, ensuring everyone is seated exactly the same way. Tell everyone they are to use their left hand to eat.

4. Using their Journals, ask everyone in the smaller groups to make a list of the things that are the same with everyone in their group. Give a time limit with this exercise. Then ask each group to note the things that are different with the people in their small group (Give them the same time limit).
Ask:

  • Which list was longer? (Invariably the one which noted our differences).
  • Why do you think this was so? (Because God made us unique)

Say: The world tries to tell us we are not OK if we’re not talented or smart, if we don’t have the right ‘things’, or if we don’t fit into its cloned ‘mould’. What might be some gifts we can each cultivate that the world can never take away from us? (Virtues such as respect, honour, kindness, trustworthiness etc). Brainstorm a list of these virtues, and ask them to identify one of these virtues which they believe they have developed well, and one virtue which may still be a ‘challenge’ virtue for them. 

5. Have each Pathfinder do a hand print on their Journal record page. Talk about the uniqueness of every person’s hand print (Provide each group with the damp cloth for easy cleaning without major disruption). While the ink is drying on the page, ask each Pathfinder to share with their small group of four some of the own unique gifts God has given them (these can be both virtues, together with other more specific gifts and talents). Challenge them to be honest and open about this, it may be difficult for some people to verbalise their strengths. Ask the group to help individuals who will have trouble talking about themselves. When the ink is dry, have them write one of these gifts in every finger on their hand print Ask them to place a star next to the ones they really enjoy using. 

6. Break your groups down further into pairs, and have each pair of Pathfinders talk about how they might use some of these gifts to help others. Ask them to share about one or two gifts. 

7. Finish the session by thinking about their unique hand print. As a group, reiterate their value and importance to you. Ask them to come together as a whole group and sit in a circle. Proceed to verbally ‘honour’ each person one by one, celebrating a unique gift which they bring to your group. Affirm each one saying one thing you really like about them. ‘_________ what would we do without your sense of humour” or “__________, I really love your ability to look on the bright side of things.” etc.

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

  • How did you feel about being a clone?
  • What are the benefits of being a clone?
  • What are the drawbacks to being a clone?
  • How did you feel about sharing your strengths? Was it easy or hard?

Interpretation

  • In what ways have you acted like a clone in life? (Perhaps trying to copy the crowd, rather than stand up for the self that is uniquely you?)
  • Share a strength that you feel someone in your group has.
  • Share a strength you feel you have.
  • Why are our own strengths so hard to talk about?

Application

  • How have you seen courage and respect in this Pursuit?
  • Name a virtue that you struggle with – that is a challenge to you. (honesty? respect? courage? peaceability?)
  • How would your life be different if you were to develop this virtue? What benefits would you see in your life?
  • What can you go about developing this virtue?
  • What are some situations where you could practice it?

Commitment

  • What can you do this week to practice this virtue? What will help you to stop BEFORE you fall into your old rut of actions or reactions?

Appendix

1 ‘This Day with God’ by Ellen G White (1979 ) Review and Herald Publishing Association, Washington DC p 146
2 ‘My Life Today’ by Ellen G White (1952) Review and Herald Publishing Association, Washington DC p 185
3 ‘This Day with God’ by Ellen G White (1979 ) Review and Herald Publishing Association, Washington DC p 146
4 ‘Our High Calling’ by Ellen G White (1961) Review and Herald, Washington DC p 227