What Can We Learn About Teamwork from Scooby-Doo?

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When I was growing up, I loved to watch a television showed called Scooby-Doo. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Scooby-Doo, it was a cartoon about four teenagers and their dog named Scooby-Doo who solved mysteries. I didn’t realize this when I was younger, but as I got older, I started to notice hidden themes within the plot of the television show. The show teaches you about the value of teamwork and you don’t even know it.

Scooby-Doo is the cowardly dog who loved to eat everything. He would do anything for a Scooby Snack and for his owner and best friend, Shaggy. While they were usually used as bait for the villains, they almost always ended up accidentally catching the villains together.

Fred was the unquestioned leader of the group. He was good at setting up traps to catch the villains, but his traps would often backfire. Fred and Daphne had a crush on each other so they often worked together to build the traps and catch the villains.

Daphne was the damsel in distress. In every episode, she always managed to find a way to get kidnapped by the villain. Daphne carried her purse at all times and whenever the team needed a small object for a task such as a tool for picking a lock, it was usually found in Daphne’s purse.

Velma was the smartest in the group. She always knew who the villain was in the end before taking off the villain’s mask. She was the back bone for Scooby and Shaggy when they would repeatedly get volunteered to act as bait for the villains.

From watching this show, it taught me that even though people have different personalities and flaws, if you work as a team, you can accomplish any goal and nothing is impossible. I also learned that every haunted house has a fully stocked kitchen with ingredients to make an incredible sandwich, but I’ll save that for a different post.

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