Command task 8: Scavenger hunt

Equipment: None

Time: 20 minutes

Where: Indoors or outdoors

Aim: Find an item in the local surroundings to represent each letter of the alphabet

Benefits: Planning, delegation and problem solving

Instructions: Split the cadets into small teams to complete the task. Some teams will launch straight into hunting for items, others may plan and delegate specific letters to individuals. Encourage the cadets to think about their approach, therefore resulting in far less duplication and frustration. Cadets will quickly realise that they can source many suitable items from among their own personal kit. 

Make it easier: Remove some tricky letters such as ‘x’ and ‘z’ 

Make it harder: Reduce the time allowed, or restrict where they can search for items.