|PROGRESSIVE GROUP TASK (PGT)|
What is PGT ??
PGT stands for progressive group task, is the first outdoor task of the GTO. In this whole group has to tackle the given obstacles. As the name specifies, in PGT obstacles are placed in progression and as the group proceeds from one obstacle to another, the difficulty level increases. PGT works as a great source in providing candidate's personality. In PGT the GTO wants that the candidate should apply his general intelligence to complete the task. PGT helps GTO to unearth following personality traits of the candidate : -
What to do in PGT ??
In PGT a group has to face four obstacles which are in progression. Each obstacle is bounded by a set of parallel lines called the start line and finish line and the area between the two is declared as out of bounds. In the out of bounds area there are some structure available and using them, the group goes from the starting to the finish line. The following are the various structures available in the out of bounds area : -
Bench shaped structures
Cross shaped structures
T Shaped Structures
Group is provided with some helping material. Using the helping material and the structures provided in the out of bounds area, group goes from starting to finish line and moves to next obstacle. The following helping material is provided : -
Wooden Bellies(Round Shape)
Many times, in addition to this common group load is provided at the start line of the first obstacle, which become the group responsibility to take it along with them till last.
Most of the time, GTO will ask the group that how much time they require to complete the task. You should ask him to give 30 min.
OUT OF BOUND RULE
The ground between the start and finish line is out of bound for both human beings and helping material.
White : Any thing painted white can be used by both human beings and helping material.
Red : Any thing painted red is out of bound for everything.
Black : It has no significance.
Green/Blue/Yellow : Only human beings can touch it and is out of bound for helping material.
Unless all the members of the group reach the finish line of previous obstacle you can’t proceed to the start line of the next successive obstacle, which means at one time the whole group tackling only one obstacle.
You can’t jump across between two points having a distance of more than four feet.Either you bridge the gap or reduce the gap to make it less than four feet with the help of helping material so that you can jump. This distance restriction is applicable both in horizontal and vertical plane.
HELPING MATERIAL RULE
Two rigid helping material cannot be tied to each other with the help of a rope, but it can be placed one at the top of other as long as its not tied.
Any number of helping material can be tied separately to any number of structures.
Joining of ropes is permitted.
Worth Noting Point : -
In case you break any of the above rules even unintentionally, get back to the previous point from where you broke the rule and there after repeat it or change your idea. This is a restorative method, so you must do it at your own without pointing out to your GTO.
Action Plan - THE WINNING STRATEGY
Every obstacle has atleast 2-3 solutions. For finding the solutions look at the structure as well as helping material then alone you will be able to establish the link between two which come to you in the form of an idea. The various ideas which can be employed are as under : -
STEP UP : If the distance is less than 4 feet then take a step.
CANTILEVER : Use plank as cantilever beam.
TIE IT : Tie the plank on the bench shaped structure with the help of rope.
COILING : Coil the rope and put it beneath the plank.
SWING : Make a swing with the rope using goal post.
Take the Initiative by applying workable ideas from the very beginning itself.
Be an active participant through out the outdoor task, which means you must make both mental and physical contribution towards achieving the progress for the group. This shows your endurance.
Help your group members to carry the helping material as it is reasonably heavy.
Continue giving as many ideas as possible.
You should boost up the moral of your group members and keep encouraging them
Encourage the weaker members of the group and do not neglect them.
In case your idea is superior to those of other then try to convince them to accept yours. But in case some one else idea is better than yours then accept it. But there after don’t withdraw, keep yourself physically involved in the completion of that idea. .
If you are running short of time then do not get aggressive as it will ruin the situation .
Never try to gain GTO attention by looking at him.
Don't get into arguments and loose temper.
Your body language should reflect enthusiasm, zeal, energy, interest and smartness
Your voice should be loud and clear.
Be conscious on observing the rules and take restorative action whenever you break it.