I’m always amazed at the way a group of kids can organize and accomplish something far more quickly when they are motivated by their own interests. During a recent hike with our homeschool group, the kids collectively decided to build a shelter. They began working while the moms where still in the parking lot chatting.
We thought we were going for a nice hike a few minutes later, down to the lake. We didn’t realize that they were on a mission to find more large sticks and driftwood for their shelter.
They waded in the water briefly, then began collecting again, each child making a contribution (as much as they could carry).
“Can we go back now?” They were no longer interested in the lake. They needed to get back to work. They hauled arms-full of sticks up the trail leading back to the parking lot where they had begun their shelter, with the moms and little ones straggling behind them.
They spent the next hour building the sides, constructing a roof of leaves and branches and playing together, stopping only for a drink of water and a snack.
Teamwork, at it’s best.