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1) Be a role model for junior program participants
i) Present a positive attitude – be enthusiastic about new games and activities – these are fun, educational activities – NOT time killers
ii) Don’t speak bad about participants, instructors, boats/equipment or the activities.
iii) Always wear closed toed shoes and your life jacket on or near the water
2) Mix up competitive and non-competitive games so it is not always about winning – sometimes it should just be about fun.
3) When choosing teams do so randomly, no one likes to be the last one picked. Ways to accomplish this:
i) Count participants off randomly 1-2-1-2
ii) Have participants arrange themselves in order by height, birthday (month and day) or other means and divide the group evenly down the middle.
4) Remember: Safety, Fun, Learning - must occur in this order
5) Provide feedback
i) Do you have an activity that works well for you that is not in here? Let us know we will include it!
ii) Can you improve an activity in here by offering additional teaching procedures, materials that would be helpful, safety warnings, extensions to adapt the activity in another fun way or techniques to help debrief the activity?
6) Use at your own risk!