A few weeks ago, as part of our Detective Quest, each Eagle was given a pair of rubber surgical gloves. One especially creative Eagles filled a glove with water, then used a black marker to draw eyes, a nose and a mouth, and named his creation “Poppy.”
Poppy became a class pet. When Poppy sprung a leak, students rushed to “save him,” even establishing an OR to perform “Poppy surgery.”
Soon more and more students created and adopted their own Poppies. Even after we started charging a hard earned Eagle Buck for a surgical glove, the mania continued. Eagles were close to obsession over their charges.
At first, I’ll admit the whole episode seemed a distraction. But after close observation, I believe there’s something deeper going on.
- Middle School Eagles welcome having “life and death” responsibility over another, even a make believe pet.
- Exercising such important care leads to a more closely knit community.
- Plus, it’s fun.
Just another example of Eagles preparing, in their own way, for making real life decisions that will change the world. And a lesson for Guides who want to inspire and motivate Eagles to take on real world challenges. They are ready and hungry to do so.