“What is Behind You?” is not a warning about a bear charging at you, but is rather another activity we use to train Team Hogan to be good observers of God’s Creation.
It is a simple activity. I call for the team to assemble, have them close their eyes, and then I ask them to tell me what is behind them. They do not really need to close their eyes, but I think it helps them resist the temptation to turn around, and it helps them focus. I ask each kid to tell me one thing so that someone who noticed a lot does not share so much that other kids have nothing left to say.
This activity makes them think about what they have already seen as they were hiking. It is best to use when you have been in one spot for a while and the kids have had time to explore. A good time might be after you spent some time exploring a creek or eating a picnic lunch. After trying this activity a few times, kids will start trying to notice what is around them just in case you call out, “What is Behind You?”
On this adventure, we had already played by the creek for 10 or 15 minutes before we played “What is Behind You?”
I hope that this is one more activity you can have fun with on your next hike, but most importantly, I hope it helps your family become keen observers of God’s Creation.