Kaper is the Girl Scout word for a temporary job. A Kaper Chart is the Girl Scout way of dividing jobs or
“kapers” in a unit. A Kaper Chart tells what job is expected to be done and by whom. The chart also
provides for a rotation of those jobs. Use Kaper Charts for activities such as meetings,
cookouts/overnights, or any other activity requiring a number of jobs to be completed to carry out that
activity. To make a Kaper Chart:
- Explain the kaper and patrol system to girls.
- List the jobs to be done, what each job entails, when what and how.
- Consider the number of people to do each job (how many will you need to make each worker
useful)? Divide the unit into work groups of 4-6 girls.
- Let girls choose how to name their patrol group giving them fun names like “Fire Chiefs” or “Biffy
- Divide kapers so that each group has a job.
- Make a chart allowing for rotation of jobs so that each girl or patrol can do something new each day.
Make a chart that is creative and fun to look at. Eye-catching charts create interest. Girls form the
habit of checking, at the beginning of a meeting or trip, what their job is.
- Discuss rotation with girls and review details of each job.