Chief Polar Bear

The Chief Polar Bear encourages Shoalers to partake of a daily early-morning dip in the ocean. Often, the Chief Polar Bear employs a theme for the week, plus ridiculous costuming, special recognition and prizes for those who participate. For some reason, the Chief’s goal is to spur every Shoaler to participate.

Preparation:

    Consider a theme for the week, plus costuming that draws attention to your mission.

    Design a badge to award each Polar Bear. Number each badge in ascending numerical order, since Polar Bearing is an evangelical activity that seeks daily converts.

      o For those who repeatedly take the polar fling, devise a method - e.g., numerical stickers, color-coded marking - to distinguish their daily progress.

    · Since you can award a daily prize for outstanding valor in the category of your choice, or can award several prizes at the week’s end, consider bringing some gag gifts to Star.

Procedure:

    Upon your arrival at Star, ask the Front Desk Clerk to direct you to Star’s liaison for Conference Services.

      o Introduce yourself as the Chief Polar Bear and explain that you will be leading the Polar-Bearing at the dock from 7:00-7:45 each morning. You must arrange for a lifeguard to be present at the dock for this activity.

    Ask the Chairs for a moment at the Conference Orientation to explain Polar Bearing.

      o Explain that the sport is for thermally-hearty swimmers and that people should bring a towel and something warm to wear after the dunk.

      o Explain the qualifications for becoming a Polar Bear. Traditionally, a child has been required to enter the water to the neck, whereas an adult has been required to submerge. As Chief, you’re the arbiter of the requirements, depending on weather & temperature, that a person must satisfy.

    Prepare a chart for names, in ascending numerical order, of participating Polar Bears.

    Arrive at the dock each morning of the conference, weather permitting, just before 7:00. Greet each Polar Bear, record his or her name, and give a badge when he or she comes out of the water.

          o You could ask the Chalkboard Scheduler to update the tally of Polar Bears.

    Remind the Polar Bears that warm drinks are available from 7:00-7:45 on the porch or in the lobby each morning and that breakfast starts at 8:00.

    Last, but not least, a Chief Polar Bear leads by example.

 

 

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