Eliminating Lost Possessions at Camp
Junior/Cadette Troop 5
Nobody ever owns dirty socks left behind on
camping trips. I have found in the past that when I wash them and
take them to the next troop meeting, they suddenly have owners.
But on our last camping trip, we had no leftover lost and found
because I used a trick learned from my son's Boy Scout troop.
Before we started packing to go home, I told
the girls that they had better find all their gear and pack it
because if they left something behind, they'd have to work to get
it back. Then I instructed them that anyone who found something
in the wrong place that did not belong to her should bring it to
one of the picnic tables. Girls who realized they were missing
something went to the table to look for it. But after all the
gear was packed, we still had a few unclaimed items.
We then had everyone stand in a circle while I
held up the unclaimed items one by one. The owner of each item
had to go to the center of the circle and do a song or dance to
get it back. Once the girls understood the game, we had no
trouble with items no one would claim. If the owner was hesitant
to claim something, other girls identified her. Passing out the
lost and found was lots of fun. The 10-year-old who did a very
spirited version of "I'm a Little Teapot" was the
biggest hit. The troop adult who had to sing to get her coffee
mug back was a good show, too. And for the first time ever, we
sent everybody home with everything she brought!