15 Apr / Candidate Challenges
Winter is in the air, and do you know what that means? Recruitment time!
Recruitment time is strictly seasonal, in that every time the season changes we need to recruit.
There was the drought of 2014 where we over-recruited and then no one left for a year, but the usual pace of life has once again caught up with our unit and we’re back into the three month routine.
The best fun of all is working out the “challenge” to run in for the group activity.
We used to use the good old spaghetti, string, masking tape and marshmallow construction challenge. The leftovers were good, but the tables would get all sticky.
Then we progressed to the newspaper, Sellotape, and scissors, free-standing tower project. That’s a lot less sticky (even when candidates ignore the free-standing bit and start taping the whole construction to the table) but you get blackened hands from the newsprint.
Our next option was the phone call to a toy store, where the candidate is the toy store employee and they’re about to realise the toy you phoned to order is out of stock. Joyous fun ensues. But it’s labour intensive.
Personally I prefer the one where all the candidates have just crashed their plane into the side of the mountain and have to make life or death decisions on what to take with them as they attempt to find help. Anyone attempting to make a frivolous choice to lighten the mood will get an instant scowl of death from his table-mates.
Maybe this is how elections should be held. We get to see a government attempting to construct a tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows, and see which side can work together the best, and which side gives up and just eats the marshmallows.