Play as a Scout Method

Game theory in science has been developed for a long time and is widely used in the practice of education. The concepts of “Scouting” and “Game” are one and the same. And as long as Scouting exists, it will keep the young happy through play.

What is a game?

In our first view, the game is associated with childhood and childish pranks. However, the game is more serious than we think about it. Psychologists believe that if the activity contains elements of the game, it has the most effective results.

Play is a factor that helps a person discover the world around him.

The game resolves conflicts of personality with the outside world.

The game contributes to the development of the physical, intellectual, social potential of the individual, his emotional essence.

Social games appear already at the age of 7 and contain all the elements of a variety of games (entertainment) that are typical for children of this age.

In games, contradictions of the individual with the environment are resolved through external or joint activity – the so-called “smart deeds for others”, where others are the institutional framework of the social world.

Social games are the basis of socialization and social development. Here are the three most important characteristics of social games:

• associations open to the individual;

• compliance with the rules;

• distribution of roles.

The associations open to the individual are primarily peers and others.

Compliance with the rules is a solution to the compromise between the desire and desire for independence and the desire and desire for cooperation with others. Little by little, the meaning of mutual communicative interests is revealed here: further respect for my desire is possible when I respect the desires of others. Life is not social without associativity, without a further reasonable distribution of roles for the possibility of human communication.

There are 3 types of children’s games:

• games – actions;

• games – symbols;

• communicative games.

Action Games

These games are observed from the birth of a child, but their existence is very short. They resolve the conflicts of motor activity with the outside world within the framework of the physical state. Their fundamental characteristic: an act, action or movement: crawling, walking, running, throwing and catching a ball, jumping, etc. They contribute to the development of physical and intellectual potential (functioning of the logical base).

Games – symbols

These games have been observed since 18 months; they resolve the confrontation of activity in associations within the boundaries of the social experience of generations – history, legend, fairy tale, symbol and are in the nature of identification.

Communication games

Scout games are an example of such a game. Scouting uses all the elements of the game and builds its scouting method of education, taking into account the theory of the game.

The effectiveness of the Scout method is most clearly noticeable when the activity of the Scouts contains elements of natural, spontaneous games and when it is deployed in nature, where the most optimal correlation of the bottlenecks of Scouting through the elements of the game is possible.