Grandpa Caver wrote: any more ideas, anyone?
Jon wrote:Wow, good ideas but here's a twist. Often there is a 'leader' kid in the group that they tend to go to or depend on. Set up the situation and say that kid has to sit it out or freak out. This moves things down the food chain if you will. I was at a training session and was feeling frisky if you will. And when called on to play a part I instead played a very different part. Putting both the instructor and the group totally off guard. I refused to get out of character (unreasonable and hysterical) until someone neutralized the situation. At first the instructor and the group were at a total loss and then the instructor saw a great opportunity to really get some training in. The trick was to not appear to be play acting and to "roll over' or "calm down" too easily, but to seem to really be continually on the edge of wigging out. Sometimes it isn't the injured person but the freaked out friend that causes the problem. Anyway when training gets too routine, throw in a curve ball, but be sure the curve ball can handle someone in training over-reacting. With scouts or youth groups the first year is straight after that about anything goes ...... just to keep em on their toes. By the way if you are on a payroll it might be a good idea to clear the unexpected freak out before actually doing it. I got away with it (barely) because the instructor, my boss, was a friend. Your mileage and continued employment may vary. I hate to say it but the looks on the faces of those who had been to more than one training session where everything was solved with one or two textbook responses was ..... priceless. Then there was my boss who thought she'd get a textbook acting job from me....!
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