Camporee Guide

Games


Blind Square

Objective

Scouts are to form a geometric shape with a 50-foot loop of rope

Procedure

Gather the group into a large circle. Place the loop of rope on the ground inside the circle at the feet of all the participants. Tell the group to blindfold themselves, then pick up the rope. When the group is ready, tell them to form a perfect square with the rope. When they think they have succeeded, have them remove their blindfolds.

Rules

Variations

Concepts

Handicap awareness, teamwork, cooperation, and communication.

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Give the group the option of trying the activity a second time, then ask:

Materials

Weight Pull

Objective

Scouts are to raise and lower a weight as often as possible in a given time using a rope and pulley.

Procedure

A weight is attached to a rope running through a pulley or tackle. Each person in the group must hold the rope behind a set point and then raise and lower the weight as many times as possible in 2 minutes.

Rules

Concepts

Teamwork, cooperation, and leadership.

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Give the group the option to try the activity a second time.

Materials

Minute Measure

Objective

Scouts should develop an awareness of the duration of a minute and to practice estimating time spans.

Procedure

Ask the group to find a comfortable spot and sit down. Explain that they are going to estimate 3 minutes. Have them close their eyes and keep them closed. They begin timing on a signal from the instructor. At the end of I minute, each one should raise their hand with one finger up. At the end of 2 minutes, they should raise another finger. At the end of 3 minutes, they should open their eyes and put down their hands. Everyone should remain silent until all are finished.

Rules

Concepts

Problem-solving and self-esteem.

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Give the group the option to try the activity a second time.

Materials

Diminishing Load

Objective

To move a group across an open field as quickly as possible

Procedure

Instruct the group that they are to get across an open field as quickly as possible. To get across, a person must be carried.

Rules

Concepts

Problem-solving, teamwork, cooperation, and trust

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Give the group the option to try the activity a second time.

Materials

None

Height Alignment

Objective

The group is to align themselves according to height.

Procedure

Instruct the group to blindfold themselves. When everyone is blindfolded, tell the group to arrange themselves in a line according to height without speaking.

Rules

Variation

Align according to shoe size, waist measurement, etc.

Concepts

Communication, problem solving, and handicap awareness

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Give the group the option to try the activity a second time.

Materials

Reach for the Sky

Objective

Scouts are to place a marker as high on an object (tree or wall) as possible.

Procedure

Break the larger group into groups of five. Each group is then to place a mark as high as possible on an object.

Rules

The group may not climb for the object, only place a mark on it.

Concepts

Teamwork, cooperation, and communication.

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Give the group the option to try the activity a second time.

Materials

Bowline Stroll

Objective

The group, joined together, is to travel over a course as quickly as possible.

Procedure

Everyone in the group ties a bowline around his waist, making sure the rope is snug around his middle. Next, they all tie the free ends of their ropes to one small loop of rope. Each person should be no more than I foot from the center loop. The group must then travel from point A to point B as quickly as possible.

Rules

Concepts

Communications, teamwork, and cooperation.

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Give the group the option to try the activity a second time.

Materials

Human Ladder

Objective

The group forms a human ladder for one group member to cross.

Procedure

Participants are paired off and each pair is given one hardwood dowel to form a ladder rung. Several pairs standing together form a ladder. The climber starts out at one end and climbs onto the ladder, proceeding from one rung to the next. After the climber passes a rung, that pair moves to the front of the group, extending the ladder. Have the group move from one point to another, 20' to 30' away. Repeat until all members have been climbers.

Rules

Variation

Travel around a set of obstacles.

Concepts

Teamwork, trust, and cooperation.

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Materials

Five to 10 hardwood dowels, 3' long and 1-1/4" in diameter

Plutonium Portation

Objective

The group is to move "hazardous plutonium" in a safe manner to a safe place.

Procedure

Explain to the group that a paper cup of "plutonium" capable of killing 3.75 million people needs to be moved to a safe place without spilling. The moving must be done wearing protective garments and using the transport device available. The transport device is a rubber band with four to six 3-foot strings that are attached to the main rubber band with smaller rubber bands.

Scouts are paired, and one Scout will be blindfolded (the protective garment). The nonblinded Scout leads his partner to a string. Then the entire group moves to the cup. Directed by their sighted partners, the blindfolded Scouts slip the centered rubber band over the cup by pulling their strings to expand the band. Once the rubber band is securely around the cup (which is three fourths full of water), the group must pick the cup up and move it 20' without spilling any water. Once the group has completed the task or failed, the Scouts change roles.

Rules

Variation:

All Scouts are blindfolded and only one person directs their action. No one blindfolded may speak during the exercise.

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Materials

Rescue Rope

Objective

Each member of the group throws a rope to a "victim" and coils it as quickly as possible.

Procedure

Select a victim and place him 20' from the throwing line. One at a time, each member of the group throws the rope to the victim, coils the rope and hands it to the next person. They should attempt to do this as quickly as possible.

Rules

Scoring

Time the event after the signal to begin, and record the number of people in the group who throw. Subtract 5 seconds for each throw within reach of the "victim." Calculate the average time.

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Materials

The Venerable String Burn

Objective

As quickly as possible, the group lights a fire that then burns through a string suspended 18' over it.

Procedure

After a starting signal, tinder and kindling are gathered by the group. They then build, light, and tend a fire until it burns through the string suspended about 18' above the pit.

Rules

Scoring

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Give the group the option to try the activity a second time.

Materials

Knot and Lash

Objective

Scouts will demonstrate tying basic Scout knots and lashes.

Procedure

Each member of the patrol is given the opportunity to demonstrate the following knots: square knot, clove hitch, sheet bend, taut-line hitch, two halfhitches, and bowline.

As a group, they demonstrate square, diagonal and shear lashing.

Rules

Scoring

The group will be scored on the number of tasks completed. For each of the six knots, 5 points are awarded if each group member can tie it, 3 points if some can tie it, and I point if no one can tie it.

For each lashing, 10 points are awarded if each member can do it, 5 points if some of the group can do it, and I point if no one can do it.

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Give the group the option to try this activity a second time.

Materials

Log Disassembly

Objective

Each participant cuts through a small log.

Procedure

In relay fashion, group members each cut through a small-diameter log. This is to be done as quickly and safely as possible.

Rules

Scoring

Record the average time of the group (average = total time divided by number of group members). Add 5 seconds for each unsafe action.

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Give the group the option to try this activity a second time.

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Conserve and Observe

Objective

This activity increases and improves Scouts' awareness of the environment and their observation skills.

Procedure

The larger group is divided into four groups: scribes, seers, hearers, and feelers. There is only one scribe. The other three groups should be roughly equal. The hearers and the feelers are blindfolded. When all this is done, the group is instructed to go out and observe as much as possible in 5 minutes.

Rules

Scoring

The group is awarded one point for each observation listed.

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Give the group the option to try the activity a second time.

Materials

Rapid Transit

Objective

Scouts demonstrate the skills required for transporting people in an emergency situation.

Procedure

Pair off the group. Line pairs along one end of a field or other area. The members of each pair will be transporting one another from one side of the area to the other, using first aid transport techniques.

Rules

Scoring

Time the event from the signal to begin until everyone has done the entire schedule of carries satisfactorily.

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Materials

My Tree

Objective

The group learns to identify a tree using senses other than sight.

Procedure

The group pairs off in a central area. One person in each pair is blindfolded and turned around three times. After this, his partner leads him on a roundabout way to a tree. The blindfolded person is allowed to observe the tree using any sense but sight. When he is finished, he is led, still blindfolded, back to the start. The blindfold is then removed, and the Scout tries to find his tree. Repeat the process with roles reversed.

Rules

Blindfolded Scouts must be lead in a safe manner.

Variations

Have them locate a rock, patch of ground, etc.

Scoring

Award 5 points for locating the tree and 5 bonus points for finding it within 2 minutes.

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Give the group the option to try the activity a second time.

Materials

Which Way Do We Go?

Objective

A patrol is to correctly complete the compass course assigned.

Procedure

Divide the patrol into teams of two or three. Place a numbered stake in the ground for the start of each patrol's course. Ask the patrol members to follow the course and to place a numbered stake marked "END" where they end up. To assure that all participants gain experience using a compass, each team should be responsible for one leg of the course.

Course 1. From the start, go 125' on a compass reading of 94degrees; then go 137' on a compass reading of 213 degrees; then go 140' on a compass reading of 340 degrees.

Course 2 From the start, go 95' on a compass reading of 214degrees; then go 80' on a compass reading of 320 degrees; then go 90' on a compass reading of 69 degrees.

Course 3. From the start, go 120' at a reading of 48 degrees; then go 95' at a compass reading of 185 degrees; then go 160' at a compass reading of 280 degrees.

Scoring

The correct finishes to the three courses are as follows:

Course 1. 10' from the start on a compass reading 23 degrees. Permissible error (PE) is 20' 1".

Course 2. 25.5' from the start on a compass reading 309 degrees. PE is 13'3".

Course 3. 78' from the start on a compass reading 280 degrees. PE is 18'9".

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Give the group the option to try the activity a second time.

Materials

Blind Tent Pitch

Objective

Scouts must perform a simple task without sight or talking.

Procedure

The group is given a two-person or similar size tent. They are instructed to pitch the tent properly, but they are blindfolded and told not to speak.

Rules

Use weights instead of stakes.

Scoring

Record the time needed to pitch the tent.

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Give the group the option to try the activity a second time.

Materials

Fahrenheit 212

Objective

The group is to light a fire and boil a pint or quart of water as quickly as possible.

Procedure

Tinder and kindling are gathered by the group after the starting signal. They build and start a fire and tend it until a pint or quart of water suspended 6" from the ground comes to a boil.

Rules

The group receives two matches.

Scoring

Record the time it takes to boil the water. Subtract 30 seconds if only one match is used. Subtract I minute if the second attempt is better than the first.

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Give the group the option to try the activity a second time.

Materials

Micro-Trails

Objective

The group sets up a nature trail on a small scale.

Procedure

The group receives I meter of string and 10 to 12 toothpicks. They are to choose an area in a field to set up a "micro-trail." They select a starting point, mark it with a toothpick and tie a string to the toothpick. Then, using the string, they mark a trail, using other toothpicks to mark interesting sites on the trail. When the group is done, they bring the judge on a "microtrail " hike.

Rules

Scoring

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Give the group the option to try the activity a second time.

Materials

Rescue Rope II

Objective

The group rescues an "endangered victim."

Procedure

Each member of the patrol is given a 5" to 6" length of rope. Then the "victim" is placed about 30' from the group. On a signal, the patrol must tie the ropes end to end, using square knots. When the rope is completed, the group must coil the rope and throw it from the imaginary shoreline to the victim. The victim must catch the rope and tie a bowline around his waist. If the victim can't reach the rope, the group must recoil and throw the rope until the victim catches it.

Rules

Scoring

Record the time of the event and add 15 seconds for each incorrect knot.

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Materials

Guesstimate

Objective

This helps Scouts learn to determine height, distance, temperature, and wind speed, using simple tools.

Procedure

Provide the group with reprints of the following from the Boy Scout Handbook (taken from the 1990 edition):

"Measuring Heights"

"Measuring Widths"

"Personal Measurements"

Tell the patrol that they will be asked to estimate certain measurements, using those guides. Give them a number of things to estimate - a tree, a flagpole, a road, a river, several small objects.

Rules

The group may not use any traditional measuring devices.

Scoring

Exact measurements are established by the leaders using traditional measuring devices and techniques.

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Materials

Stick It to "Em"

Objective

Scouts are to assemble and disassemble a shear-lashed pole.

Procedure

Divide the patrol in half and place the two groups on opposite sides of a 20-foot space. On each side, the groups will find three 7-foot lashing spars and two lengths of lashing rope. On a signal from the judge, each group lashes the spars into a pole, then passes it across the 20-foot space to the other group. Each group must disassemble the pole it receives.

Rules

If the pole touches the ground between the two spaces, the pole has to be brought all the way back and be repassed. Care should be taken to prevent injury.

Scoring

Time the event.

Processing

You may wish to consider these questions as a starting point and then let the discussion go where the group takes it.

Materials


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April 5, 1996