Group Push Up Activity for Boy Scouts, Webelos scouts

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This Activity is meant for Boy Scouts, Webelos scouts.
Develops teamwork and problem solving skills.
Objective: Entire team touching the ground with only hands.
Bonus: If N is number of scouts in group, the group gets $10,000 for every hand less than 2xN touching the ground. And, $100,000 for every hand less than N touching the ground. For example, if 9 scouts then $10,000 if only 17 hands touching, $20,000 if only 16 hands, ..., $90,000 if only 9 hands. $190,000 if only 8 hands, $290,000 if only 7 hands.

Give the team time to strategize and come up with solutions to try. There is no time limit. Notice how the group dynamics work out. Answer questions they may have.

Who took leadership?
What sort of teamwork was required?
Did everyone contribute?
Was anyone more important than others? Why?
Were all ideas considered and discussed?
Did you support your team to your best ability?

The 'best' solution is to have the team form a circle in the push-up position so they can place their feet on the shoulders of the scout behind them. This way, when someone does a push-up, he is lifting himself and the feet of his neighbor.
Once up, many scouts should be able to lock their arm in a one-armed push up for the $10,000 bonuses.
If there are a few light members and some strong members, they may try to give some scouts a free ride to get those $100,000 bonuses.
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