#10 Dividing Responsibilities and Leadership Opportunities
A kaper is a job or chore that must be done. In Girl Scouting, a kaper chart is prepared which indicates all the jobs available and who is responsible for each one. In other words, a kaper chart is a way of dividing the job so that each girl has a part.
To make a kaper chart, first decide:
- Which kapers should be divided
- Whether the kapers should be handled by groups or individuals
- If groups, group size
- What type or style to use
- How to rotate the girls
Keep in mind that kaper groups allow leaders to mix the girls in different ways. Typically, groups would stay together a few times and then be mixed up again. Sometimes, however girls rotate more often to give them an opportunity to meet lots of different girls.
Sometimes, groups use a combination of kaper charts for different functions: e.g. one for groups splitting major jobs, one for flag ceremony jobs.
Don’t forget: You can have kaper charts for adults too!
Kapers for Groups:Note: You probably wouldn’t have all these jobs – choose the ones that work for your troop size and needs.
- Opening: Choose and lead the opening. Will it be a flag ceremony, a favorite game or song, the Promise, or ???
- Business Assistants: Pass out and collect papers, take attendance, collect dues.
- Passers: Pass out any supplies during the meeting.
- Hostesses: Prepare and pass out snack.
- Clean Up: Everyone cleans, but these girls make sure it gets done.
- Closing: Choose and lead the closing. Will it be a song, taking about the living the Promise, friendship circle?
Kapers for Individuals:Note: Choose the kapers that work for your troop, perhaps combine some.
- Opening kapers: Promise leader, Law Leader, flag holder, flag ceremony caller, color guards, good deed roll call, bridge of silence (2) - These girls make a bridge with the arms prior to the flag ceremony and everyone flies through underneath, when the girls passes under she stops talking.
- Business kapers: Secretary-attendance, treasurer – dues
- Misc. kapers: Line leader, hand out craft supplies, game girl – chooses a game, song singer – chooses a song, share-bear – gets to tell a story on the topic of their choice, historian – takes 3-4 photos of each meeting, floater-fills in when someone is absent, free- no job this time.
- Snacks kapers: Bring/pass snack, bring/pass drinks, table wipers.
- Clean up kapers: Push in chairs or stack them, queen of clean – cleans up after snacks, kaper-keeper – moves kaper assignments at the end of the meeting.
- Closing kapers: Friendship Fairy – starts the friendship squeeze, out Scout – starts Girl Scout out game at closing
Watch this video about Kaper Charts with Juniors, and don't forget you can search for "Kaper Charts" online to find more examples!