Boy Scout Reflecting

Scouting Reflections

Reflection Suggestions

After an activity or game or at the end of a campout, a group reflection is a good way to review what was done and how things went. A reflection should take no more than 5 minutes after a game or 10-15 minutes at the end of a campout or event.
Before the reflection begins, some groundrules are required:

  • One person is the leader - usually the Senior Patrol Leader
  • All participants sit in a circle at the same level - no one is over the others, all are peers.
  • No interruptions, making fun of someone, or other disrespectful behavior is allowed.
  • You can be silent if you wish.

As the leader, some suggestions for facilitating the discussion:
  • Do not talk about your own experiences - let others express themselves.
  • Do not judge what others share - that will shut down the sharing.
  • Make positive comments and give positive encouragement to those that share.
  • Allow random participation rather than going around the circle.
  • Prompt the discussion with thought-provoking, open-ended questions such as these or others specific for the activity:
    • What was the purpose of the activity?
    • In what ways did things go as you expected? Or, what surprises occurred?
    • How was the leadership distributed?
    • How were decisions made?
    • What was good about the way decisions were made?
    • How could the decision making be improved?
    • Who had specific skills that were useful in this task?
    • Were all ideas considered and evaluated?
    • How many ideas were tried before success was achieved?
    • Was there one particular thing that happened so you succeeded?
    • What did you like about this activity?
    • What did you learn?
    • What was difficult about this?
    • Were you tempted to cheat and did you give in to that temptation?
    • What was required to solve the challenge?
    • How did this activity promote teamwork?
    • Did you do your best in this activity or did you give up?
  • After discussion, generalize the experience to other Scouting situations:
    • How can you use this experience to improve your patrol?
    • Did you discover skills that need additional work?
  • Set goals for the group:
    • What should we work on to improve as a group?
    • Are there skills from this activity that you will work on?
    • Would we benefit from doing this activity again?

Scouting Reflections