Games for Boy Scouts
Compiled by G. S. Ripley
Give the command BY HEIGHT-FALL IN! The tall boys
should always fall in at the right. Count twos and execute "twos right."
This will bring the troop into column of twos, and the No. 1 boys will
constitute one team and the No. 2 boys the other. If the troop does not know
"twos right" have the No. 2 boys step I pace to the front, thus forming the
Two parallel chalk lines are drawn about 30 yards
apart, the two teams forming on these lines facing each other. The idea is
to throw a tennis ball, indoor baseball or basketball at the opponents. If a
Scout is hit he is out of the game. If he catches the ball. however. the
thrower is out. The Scouts throw in turn. each team alternating, beginning
with the tallest Scout of each team, who is the captain of that team. It is
the duty of this captain to shout "Fire!" This is the signal for his team to
dodge as far back of the line as they wish, and for the other team to throw
the ball. After each throw the team that has been dodging re-forms on the
line. No one may throw or dodge before the captain shouts "Fire!" The best
distance varies greatly with the sort of ball used.
Three large Indian clubs are arranged on the floor at
the corners of an imaginary equilateral triangle with 15 inch sides. The
Scouts form a circle around these, each Scout gripping his right hand
neighbor's left wrist with his right hand. Thus it will be seen that if the
circle breaks the director can instantly tell who let go. The object of the
game is to pull and crowd some one onto the clubs so they will be knocked
over. The Scout who lets go or knocks down a club is out of the game. When
only three or four are left the game becomes quite interesting. There are
many variations of this game, one of the best being a chalk circle on the
We were surprised at the popularity of this old game at
a Scout camp one summer. The variation used was as follows: the players
formed a circle around the blind man and ran round and round until he called
"Halt." He then tried to identify the players by sense of feeling. The
Scouts could move their bodies to avoid the blindman, but could not move
their feet. This game despite its age is a remarkable developer of
The two teams are formed in column of twos. An Indian
club, book, match box or any other object that can easily be tipped over is
set up about 15 yards from the head of the column. The front Scout of one
team steps up to a starting line and rolls a ball at the Indian club. After
his turn he goes to the rear of his line. The leading Scout of the other
team does the same and so on. the Scouts rolling in turn, each team
alternating. If the club is knocked down, the rear Scout of the other team
is out of the game.
This adaptation is an excellent game when something
strenuous is needed to let off surplus steam.
A line is drawn and the two teams are drawn up !n line
facing each other across this. The idea is to pull the other fellow across
the line. When so captured he Is out of the game. Several Scouts can attack
one and it is not an unusual spectacle to see the biggest Scout in the troop
hoisted bodily over the line. Care must be taken not to step over the line.
The game is very popular, probably because it is death on clean clothes and
Indoor Duck on a Rock
This is played with cheap (5¢) baseballs. One is placed
in a small chalk circle by the Scout who is "It." The others roll the balls
and try to knock it out. If they succeed, the "duck is off" and the ball
must be replaced before the players can be tagged on their way back with
their ducks to the line. Or an Indian club can be knocked over by balls or
In the past this has not been very popular because the
poor chap that was "down" didn't have a fair chance. He had to pick out the
man who had slapped him from a grinning crowd of 15 or 20 -- a task that
would stagger Mr. Holmes himself. The following variation will appeal to
lovers of a square deal: The players form in single file and the first one
bends forward with his head against the wall. The next two step up and one
of these slaps him. He tries to guess the guilty man If he guesses right the
slapper is "down," but if he guesses wrong the slapper goes to the rear of
the line, another Scout steps forward, and he has to be slapped again.
The two teams face each other on parallel lines as in
"Fire" and each Scout spreads his feet about 18 inches apart. Each Scout
rolls a basketball at the other team in turn, the teams alternating. If the
ball goes between a Scout's legs, that Scout is out of the game. He can do
nothing to stop the ball as it goes "under the bridge."
Hat Ball, or Roley Poley
All Scouts taking part place hats or caps in a row. A
throwing line is drawn or is marked 15 or 20 feet from the hats. A soft bail
and a supply of marbles, pebbles, or small sticks are provided. These latter
are called "babies."
One Scout is chosen "it"; the others line up each
behind his own hat. "It" throws the ball at the hats. Each time he throws
and misses, a "baby" is placed in his hat. When the ball lands in a hat, the
owner of the hat takes the ball, while all the other Scouts run away. As
quickly as possible he throws the ball at one of them. If it hits the
Scout, a "baby" is placed in that Scout's hat and he becomes "it" for the
next game. If he misses, a "baby" is placed in his own hat and he becomes
"it" for the next game.
As soon as any Scout has five "babies" in his hat he is
"put through the mill," that is, he must stand with his back to the players
and each player is allowed a certain number of throws at him with the soft
ball. This number may vary from one to five according to the number of
Where hats are not available, small holes are dug in
the ground and the ball is rolled into them. The game then continues as
above. This version is called Roley Poley.
This is a trial of skill between two Scouts. They lie
on their backs side by side with elbows locked and heads pointing in
opposite directions. Together they count three. On the first and second
count they bring each inside leg up to a vertical position. On the third
count they vigorously lock legs and attempt to roll the other fellow up onto
his shoulders and thence completely over. It isn't always the heaviest
Scout that wins.
Swat the Fly
Two boys are blindfolded and given swatters made by
rolling newspapers into the shape of a bat. The boys lie on the ground and
each boy places his free hand on a base about five inches square, from which
base they must not take the hand during the game. The aim is for the boy to
hit an opponent, preferably on the head, but being blindfolded he must judge
his whereabouts by hearing his movements. The one who makes the greatest
number of hits in a given time wins.
The players form a circle with the Scout who is "It" in
the middle. A basketball is thrown from one to the other around the circle
and the Scout in the center tries to touch it. If he is successful, the
last Scout to touch It is now "It." If the ball goes outside the circle the
director is to get it. No Scout may move his feet or break the circle.
Tug of War
The two teams form in single file, the leading (and
tallest) Scouts of each team face to face, the others behind them according
to height. Each Scout clasps his hands across the Scout ahead of him. The
two leaders lock wrists. The team that pulls the other furthest in a given
This idea has been developed in various ways. The
following rules have worked out very well wherever they have been played: A
list of questions is made up beforehand and divided Into three columns for
the three ranks in Scouting. Four chairs are placed to represent four bases,
also a chair for a pitcher's box if desired. Of course the players' benches
must not be forgotten. The fielders are placed as in baseball and a Scout
comes up to bat. The pitcher asks him a question according to his rank. If
he fails and the catcher answers it, it is a strike. If the catcher fails
also, it is a ball. If he answers correctly he is allowed to ask a question
of the baseman. These questions to basemen start at first and go right
around the diamond in order as different men come up, but start at the first
baseman every inning. If the baseman "muffs" the Scout goes to first. If
he answers correctly it constitutes a put out. Scouts advance around the
bases by being forced, but if a man wants to steal he can obtain permission
from the umpire to put a question to the next baseman. If the baseman fails
the runner takes one base, but if he answers correctly the runner is out.
In like manner if a baseman wants to try a put out on a runner who has an
imaginary "lead" he can put a question to the runner. If the runner answers
correctly he advances one base, if not he is out. The Scoutmaster will act
Cracker Eating Relay
The teams form in column of twos. A milk cracker is
given each Scout. At the word "Go" the first two have to eat their crackers
and whistle. As soon as a Scout whistles the next one on his team may eat
his cracker. The team that finishes first. including the last whistle,
wins. A suitable prize has been found to be a glass of water.
A circle is formed. and the Scout who is "It' is given
a handkerchief with a knot in one corner. The others place their hands
behind them and look up at the ceiling as he passes behind them around the
circle. He places the handkerchief in the hands of some Scout who
immediately chases his left hand neighbor completely around the ring,
beating him over the head with the knotted end of the handkerchief. Then the
one with the handkerchief gives it to someone else, and so on. Making a
large hard knot, soaking same in water or enclosing in its folds a marble or
two should be gently but firmly discouraged.
The Scouts form in a double circle, that is, each Scout
has another fellow back of him. There is also a Scout who is "It" and one
that he is chasing whom we will call the runner. If the runner can get in
front of any of the "two deep" units forming the circle he is safe and the
third or rear boy of that unit becomes the runner. Thus it will be seen
that the boy who is "It" has to chase several runners before he is lucky
enough to tag one, thus making him "It."
This is similar to knot tag. A circle is formed, a
Scout is chosen to be "It" and one to be the runner for him to chase. When
the runner succeeds in stepping into the circle at any point the Scout to
his left instantly becomes the runner. This game also reminds one of three
One Scout faces the wall with his head bent down. The
others take turns throwing a soft ball at him. If a Scout misses he is
"It." If he hits, the boy who is "It" tries to guess who threw. If he hits
on the right boy that boy is "It." The Scoutmaster should tell who is to
throw, trying to give each one an even chance. If the bail is thrown in
order it will be easy to determine who threw.
The teams line up as in "fire." One team about faces
and may or may not bend over as agreed upon. The other team tries to hit
one of them in the back with a soft ball thrown underhand. Scouts who get
hit or who miss their throw are out. After each throw both teams about face
and the other team throws the ball, the Scouts throwing in turn, the teams
alternating. The object is to eliminate all the Scouts in the opposing team.
Scout Spelling Bee
Line the teams up as for an old fashioned spelling bee.
The Scoutmaster puts Scouting questions to the Scouts according to their
rank. If a Scout fails, the question goes to the next man of the other team
of the same rank, and the Scout who failed is "spelled down." This game may
be played with knots, each Scout having a small piece of rope, and being
required to tie a certain knot. And still another is good -- give each
Scout instructions to apply a triangular bandage to his right or left-hand
neighbor. using the above rules to eliminate the ones that fail.
Snatch the Hat
Scouts form in 2 lines facing each other across the
room or open space. Tall Scouts are opposite each other, grading down to
the little chaps on the far end of the lines. A Scout hat is placed in the
center of the field or room. and at the word "go" a Scout from each team
runs out to the hat. Turns are taken by starting at the "tall" end of the
line and so on to the end then begin again.
The object is to get away with the hat and bring it
across your own line without being tagged by the opponent. If you touch the
hat you may be tagged and are out of the game. If your opponent gets away
with the hat you are out also. Eliminate players until one team is wiped
This one of the very best Scout games, either for
indoor or outdoor work.
In this tag game the first man tagged joins hands with
the boy who is "It" and later as each boy is tagged he is added to the
chain. Soon only a few remain who are not caught and the awkward efforts of
the unwieldy "chain" to capture these causes much amusement.
A lion is represented by one Scout, who goes out with
tracking irons on his feet, and a pocketful of corn or peas, and six
lawn-tennis balls or rag balls. He is allowed half an hour's start, and
then the Patrol go after him, following his spoor, each armed with one
tennis ball with which to shoot him when they find him. The lion may hide
or creep about or run, just as he feels inclined, but whenever the ground is
hard or very grassy he must drop a few grains of corn every few yards to
show the trail.
If the hunters fail to come up to him neither wins the
game. When they come near to his lair the lion fires at them with his
tennis balls, and the moment a hunter is hit he must fall out dead and
cannot throw his tennis ball. If the lion gets hit by a hunter's tennis ball
he is wounded and if he gets wounded three times he is killed.
Tennis balls may be fired only once; they cannot be
picked up and fired again in the same fight. Bean bags are a good
substitute for tennis balls. Made up in bright colors they are hard to lose.
Each Scout must collect and hand in his tennis balls
after the game. In winter, if there is snow, this game can be played without
tracking irons. and using snowballs instead of tennis balls.
Duck on a Rock
The rules for this game are too well known to need
repetition. The game is listed as a reminder to Scoutmasters. In one
summer camp the leader found that the boys were liable to become careless in
throwing the stones and some were hurt. He finally hit on the plan of using
tins cans, the sort that are opened by prying off the top. All sharp edges
were removed, and because of the convenience in standing them on end they
served very well.
No camp of any permanence can afford to be without this
game. Old horseshoes make a good substitute for the regulation quoits.
Scout Meets Scout
This is one of the popular Scout outdoor games. Two
groups are sent some distance apart and proceed to work toward each other,
the side which first sees the other being the winner.
While on a hike the Scoutmaster announces that he will
give points for the identification of trees, flowers, birds, ferns and
animals. The number given will be decided by the Scoutmaster and will depend
upon how difficult he considers the identification to be. The season will
also govern this. For instance, a tree is harder to identify without the
leaves. and a flower out of season might be difficult to place. At the end
of a certain time, say 15 minutes, the Scout with the most points wins.
This game will show up the ones that don't know how to use their eyes.
Scouts and Indians
Two lines are drawn about 10 yards apart, the space
back of one being the stockade and the space back of the other being the
Indian 'village'. The neutral apace between the two is dangerous to both,
but of course each is "safe" in his own territory. Each party makes raids
into the neutral territory and captures members of the other team, bringing
them bodily into their headquarters. At the end of 5 minutes the team that
has captured the most of the other boys wins. A captured boy is out of the
Running the Blockade
This is another Indian game, and should be played where
there is plenty of good cover, and yet not too thick undergrowth for moving
rapidly. Two good Scouts have to deliver an imaginary message to the
Scoutmaster, and all the rest of the troop act as the Indian, and do all
they can to prevent either Scout coming through.
The "Scouts" take up a position several hundred yards
away and do not start until the Scoutmaster blows a whistle. The Indians
spread out in a long line about half way between the "Scouts" and the
Scoutmaster, and may not come any nearer the Scoutmaster, but start for the
Scouts if they wish when the whistle is blown. To win, the Indians must
catch and hold both Scouts. "Scouts" are appointed each time, or may be
those who do most to capture the previous "Scouts." With two Scoutmasters
on the ground real messages may be transmitted.
Cross Country Signal Race
This is a patrol contest, and may be elaborated ad.
lib. There should be two cross country runners, a reader, sender, receiver
and writer on each team. A runner of each team is posted with the
Scoutmaster. The signal readers and senders of both teams are posted about
1/8 of a mile, say, north of the Scoutmaster. The receiver, writer and
runner of one team are located 1/8 of a mile to the west of the sending
station and in plain sight of it. The corresponding Scouts of the other
team take up a corresponding position, to the east.
The Scoutmaster gives the same written message to each
runner, and these run to the readers of their team. The message is read,
sent, received and written down, turned over to the other runner and brought
back to the Scoutmaster, thus making a sort of triangular journey, More
runners, or even another signal team may be added if desired.
Hunt the Scout
This excellent game may be briefly described. One Scout
is given 5 minutes to hide himself in a certain clearly defined territory.
The Scout who finds him is to hide next time, unless the hider cannot be
found, in which case be hides again.
A good game for soft turf, but dangerous on hard
ground. Each knight mounts another Scout pick-a-back and all try to unseat
the other knights by pulling and pushing. The one maintaining his position
the longest is the winner of the Tournament.
Instead of using Indian Clubs as described under
"Indoor Games" take a stick about three feet high and sharpen one end.
Stick this into the ground very lightly so that the least touch will send it
over. To prevent accidents the stick should be too long to lump over. The
game is played just the same as poison.
These games are included through the courtesy of the
Seminar Press, Springfield. Mass., and were collected for Cantonment use by
Professors Elmer Berry, 0. L. Fritach and G. B. Affleck of the Y.M.C.A
Over the Top
Play with a medicine ball or basketball. Boys in line
in straddle position. Ball passed over head from boy to boy. Last boy
receiving ball vaults over the line as they stand in stooped position.
Others continue until first boy finishes.
Through the Tunnel
Boys in same position. Bail is passed between legs and
last boy crawls through, pushing ball ahead with head and hands. Others
In and Out
Same formation. Ball is passed either between legs or
over head. Last boy runs in and out through the line. and others continue.
Over and Under
Same formation except that bails are alternately passed
over head and between the legs. Last boy vaults over one and crawls between
legs of next boy. Others continue
Same position. Ball is passed through line between
legs. Last boy tucks ball between knees, jumping on side of line to front,
and others continue.
Same as above, except that last boy butts ball along
side of line with head, not being allowed to use hands.
Medicine Ball Roll
Same position. Ball is passed between legs, last boy
running to front of line. Others continue same.
Leap Frog Race
Players stand in stoop-stand position as first boy
straddle vaults over backs, he getting down on end of line and second boy
beginning to leap frog jump over line, so continuing until all boys have had
their turn jumping over backs of others.
Various combinations can be used.
Skin the Snake
All boys in line stoop over, grasping the left hand of
player in back with his right between legs. Last boy lies down. Line
continues backing until all are lying. Return to starting position, all
standing. (This should be executed as quickly as possible.)
Human Wheelbarrow Race
Grasp leg of team mate by the ankles. He runs forward
on hands, forming a human wheelbarrow.
Centipede Race -- Three Methods
a -- Column of six or eight boys, or even
be used. Line forms closely together, with arms about
waist of boy in front.
b -- A long pole between legs of all boys.
c -- A rope between legs of all boys.
Each boy in line stoops
forward, grasping the boy in front around ankles. Continue to race, keeping
time same as in Centipede Race. Six or eight boys are usually used on a
First player with a baseball bat or stick of about the
same length runs a distance behind a line; there he stops and places his
chin on the end of the bat or puts finger on chalk mark on floor making five
revolutions quickly around bat; he then runs back passing bat to next player
Human Obstacle Race
Three boys are placed as human obstacles in line with
team, at intervals of ten yards; the first in position of attention, the
second In leap-frog position and the third in straddle position. Players
are required to run around the first boy, leap over the second and crawl
between the legs of the third; then run around an object, returning and
tagging the next player, who repeats. For variety include a somersault.
Lock Arm Tag
Boys form circle two deep, each two locking arms. An
extra boy starts as runner, another being "It." The runner locks arms with
one of the couples, making it necessary for the third boy to become the
Form circle, two deep. Rear boy places arms around
waist of Scout in front. Runner and player "It" on outside. Runner attempts
to catch on to rear player, making front boy of the two the runner.
The name of this game comes from the fact that the
players turn and twist away, attempting to prevent runner from attaching to
The circle of boys is formed, "It" in the center. Boys
in the circle pass the ball round in any direction, preventing "It" from
tagging the ball. If ball is tagged, last boy to touch same is "It" and
goes in center of circle. (Game can be played with indoor baseball, volley
ball, soccer or medicine bail.)
Medicine Ball Croquet -- (Can be played with basketball)
Boys form circle In
straddle position. Boy in center of circle attempts to throw balls between
Boys form circle, with hands held open behind back. A
knotted towel, old boxing glove or Swat Club can be used for this game.
"It" places club in hand of someone in the circle, who proceeds to hit Scout
to the right of him until player has run around circle, returning to his
position. (Players are not allowed to look around but must have eyes
Scouts form circle, spreading out. "It" lies on ground
in center spinning a rope with a weight attached to end at about 12 inches
height. Scouts in circle must jump this rope as it comes in their
direction. Boy missing replaces "It."
Medicine Ball Pass
Same game as basketball tag, with exception that ball
must he passed to boy next, either right or left.
Medicine Ball Bound -- (Can be played with basketball)
Ball bounced back and forth to any Scout in circle in
attempt to prevent boy in center from recovering bail.
Medicine Ball Run-around
Each boy in circle is numbered. Number 1 runs around
circle to right, tossing ball to second Scout, and others continue until all
have run around circle.
This game is for a competitive race between two teams
of equal numbers, forming separate circles. (Other combinations of this
game can be used, such as ball tucked between legs, butting ball with head
around circle, etc.)
Players form two deep; heavier boys act as horses,
lighter boys as riders, run around circle, returning to place, the rider
passing ball that he has carried to the next rider, so continuing.
Competition between two teams. One team forms large
circle. Other team gathers on inside of circle. Outside team attempts to
hit each player in center with ball until all are hit, boys in center
attempting to dodge ball. When all are hit, teams change positions. Winner
is decided on length of time taken to tag all boys on inside.
At command "Go," every player in circle runs to the
right in an attempt to pass the boy in front of him from the outside; if
managing to do so he slaps him on the chest and player so slapped is
eliminated. Give command suddenly, "To the rear," and all must reverse
direction of race,
All players in circle face to the right, standing in
straddle position. Ball is passed between legs from boy to boy, either
forward or backward, in attempt to keep it away from "It," who is in the
center of the circle.
Double Swat Tag
Same rules as in Swat Tag, except that two swatters are
used and two boys are "It."
Bear in a Pit
Circle is formed, players joining hands. Player 'It"
in center of circle attempts to climb over or under clasped hands of those
Pull Into Circle
Players form in a circle, clasping hands, around a
small circle of four feet diameter marked on the ground. An attempt is made
to pull those next to them into this marked circle. If one or both feet
touch this circle, a player is eliminated.
Change Place Tag
Each player in the circle is numbered. Player "It" in
center of the circle calls the number of two of the players, who immediately
must change places. Player who is "It" attempts to get place of one of the
two Scouts. Player so replaced is then "It."
Horse and Rider
Boys form a circle two deep; front boy in circle acts
as horse, rear boy as rider. When boys are mounted, ball is passed around or
across the circle by riders, horses attempting to make them miss. If a
rider fails to catch the ball, any horse can hit a rider with ball. In case
rider is hit all players change places, horses thereby becoming riders. If
missed, they continue as before.
INFORMAL GAMES -- Tag Games
Grouped as follows. Can be played with or without
One boy takes "It." First boy he tags joins hands, and
so continue joining hands, forming a chain, until all are caught.
Game can be varied by having a home base and by boys
not as yet having been tagged breaking the chain, thereby forcing boy in
chain to run back to home base to be reformed, or suffer being swatted on
Turtle Tag or Drop Tag
Boys to prevent being tagged must drop on back, raising
arms and legs from ground. "It" turns around, and if players who have
dropped have not instantly returned to feet, "It" may boot same until they
jump up and run away. (Note -- This prevents boys from loafing and makes
them get up instantly after dropping to prevent being tagged.)
Number Tag or Spud
All players are numbered, from one up to highest number
of players. One of the players tosses ball in air, calling any number when
it reaches its greatest height. Boy called must recover the ball and hit one
of the players. If he misses, he must run the gauntlet or go through the
paddle wheel. Game continues in same way.
Player must mount back of another, same as in horse and
rider, to avoid being tagged. Player can jump on any other players back,
this making both rider and horse safe from being tagged.
"It" runs after player. Anyone crossing between the
runner and "It" thereby becomes the runner.
Basketball Tag -- Second Method
Same as ordinary game of tag, except that boy must be
tagged with a thrown basketball. (Indoor baseball or volley ball may be
Two teams are formed 30 or 40 feet apart Between teams
at usual distance is placed a club or handkerchief. A player from each team
runs forward in attempt to snatch the handkerchief. If the player snatching
It is tagged by opponent before he can run back to his starting line, he is
eliminated from the game. This continues until all players of one of the
teams are eliminated.
Off Ground Tag
Boys, to prevent being tagged, must jump on any object
so that feet do not touch ground.
Player to prevent being tagged must raise one knee
placing arm underneath, grasping nose.
Player to prevent being tagged must take the position
of a Mohammedan in prayer.
A player tagged while "It" must hold his hand on the
spot where tagged while attempting to tag another, for instance. on back, or
ankle, or rear of thigh.
In order to prevent being tagged, a player must have
hold of a third player's ankle, who in turn must take hold of a third
player's ankle, or attempt to get away.
"Dizzy Izzy" Tag
"It" must point finger to within six inches from ground
and turn around three times before attempting to tag another. The other
players cannot run, but must hop away in effort to prevent being tagged.
INFORMAL GAMES -- Miscellaneous
Two teams form in line facing each other on opposite
sides of marked chalk line. Boys pair off, each attempting to pull or force
opponent over to his side of line, thereby making him a prisoner. Continue
until one team is eliminated, or the game can be played on a time limit,
team having greater number of prisoners declared winner.
Two couples mount as
horse and rider. One rider attempts to dislodge other by pulling or pushing,
horse assisting rider.
Two teams formed as horses and riders; one team
attacking the other, attempting to dismount as many riders as possible of
opposing team. After a time limit, whichever team has had the more riders
eliminated loses. A rider unmounted cannot remount, but is eliminated from
Attacking the Fort
Above game may also be played on a time limit, with one
attacking the other in a bounded territory. As soon as riders are
dismounted, they and their horses must retreat a distance of 80 feet outside
of bounded territory before being able to return to the game. Whichever
team has greater number of mounted players in bounded territory wins the
Two teams form lines short distance apart. A heavy
medicine ball is tossed back and forth in attempt to make catcher of other
team miss the ball . Every boy missing is eliminated from the game until one
of the teams is declared winner.
Played with soccer ball, basketball, or light medicine
ball. Players must keep one hand behind back, and can use but one hand on
the ball. Rules otherwise the same as in soccer football. Playing area
adapted to number on a team.
A long rope, hundred feet or more, is placed an equal
distance between two teams. Opponents rush, attempting to carry as much of
rope over opponents' line as possible. After a time limit, whichever team
has greater length over opponents' line wins.
Black and White
Two teams are formed a distance of 80 feet apart. One
team is called "Blacks"; the other "Whites." A stick, white on one side
and black on the other, is tossed in the air. If stick comes up white, the
"Whites" try to tag "Blacks" before they can run back of their starting
line. All "Blacks" caught are taken prisoners and then proceed to become
"Whites," or vice versa.
Tug of War
Best with rope 1 1/2 inches in diameter and 20 feet
long. Variations of Tug of War can be used. For instance. Scouts run to
their half of the rope from behind a boundary line. etc.
Two lines of scouts form two feet apart. Behind each
line a chalk line is marked about a distance of three feet. One line
attacks, attempting to break through opponents and cross line behind them.
(Boys may hold tackle, or use any method, besides blows, of preventing
opponents from crossing their line.)
Angle Worm Race
Team of eight or more players take position in line
with long rope or pole between legs, alternately half the players facing
forward, the other half backward.
Medley Relay Race
A relay race; first player runs fifty yards forward the
next backward, the third sideward, the fourth walks "heel and toe," others
continuing in order. (Other combinations can be used.)
Can be run with two men placing arms about one
another's waists and starting forward with inside foot. If they do not keep
step they are disqualified. Or the two runners can have cords fastening the
thighs and ankles together.
Lock-arm Relay Race -- (Chariot Race)
The first four players of a team lock arms and must run
abreast, rounding an object and returning. Others continue the same way.
Field; Large, about size of football field.
Equipment; Three soccer balls, three rugby footballs, three basketballs, and
three volley balls. Object of game to get majority of balls over opponents'
goal line. Soccer balls can only be dribbled, footballs can only be punted,
basketballs can only be thrown, and volley balls can only be batted. None
of the balls may be carried.
Game starts with balls being piled up in center
field. All teams line up behind their respective goal line. All start
with a rush when signal is given. Interfering with opponents in possession
of ball is allowed.
Company or class forms in open order. All players in
rows are numbered, or the numbers of Scouts according to number in patrol
can be used. The instructor calls a number and gives a sharp military
command. Player who makes a mistake or is slow to execute command has a
point scored against his team or patrol, whichever it happens to be.
Class forms in open order. Leader says, "Kelly says
'Arms forward-raise,' etc. Occasionally command is given without being
preceded with words "Kelly says." If any obey command in that instance they
are eliminated. Competition can be between teams or patrols.
DUAL STRENGTH TESTS
Opponents place right feet together, clasp hands and
attempt to pull each other off balance.
A stick thrust between elbows and under knees, hands
clasped in front of lower legs.
Without stick, place hands under knees, clasping
Object is to butt or shove opponent off balance.
Flat of hands against opponent in attempt to push him
backward off balance.
Indian Leg Wrestle
Two players lie flat on back, arms clasped at elbows,
facing opposite directions. Inner leg is raised to greatest height, and
attempt made to pull over opponent in hooking knees
Two opponents hold stick at full height over head.
Stick is lowered in an attempt to twist it in the grasp of the opponent.
With pencil or chalk upper edge of stick can be marked so that the judge can
tell in which direction stick is twisted.
Both opponents in sitting position, feet touching stick
grasped between them. Object, to pull and raise opponent from sitting
Opponents grasp stick with both hands and attempt to
wrestle, pull or twist stick out of opponent's grasp.
Opponents face each other on hands and knees. A strap
or two towels tied together are placed behind rear of head of players.
Object is to pull opponent across a line by backing up and moving opponent
forward by strength of neck.
Players hop on one foot with arms folded, shoulder each
other in an attempt to make opponent place other foot on the floor.
Opponents box with open hands in attempt to slap
opponent's cheek. Player receiving three slaps on cheek first loses match.
Player sits on bottle lying on side. Places one foot
on top of other. Attempts to light a candle or write his name on a card.
Fail forward on one hand. With pencil reach forward
and mark as far as possible.
Pick Up Penny
With back to wall, heels on floor, pick up penny and
return to stand.
a -- Place penny on point of elbow, toss in
air, and attempt to catch in hand.
b -- Place penny on back of neck, toss, and
attempt to catch.
Stand two feet from wall, bend backward until in
position to pick up handkerchief from floor.
Body Between Stick and Arm
Hold stick vertical, bend backward and try to rotate
body about stick.
Hold one foot in hand and attempt to jump through with
Place tips of fingers together. Have someone attempt
to pull them apart, grasping you by the elbows.
Mounted, the rider attempts to dismount opponent by
striking with boxing glove.
Cracker or Pie Eating Contest
Greased Pole Climb
Prize going to player making highest chalk mark on
Pillow Fight on Pole
Two men sit astride a pole and attempt to knock each
other off with pillow or stuffed club.
Shoes are mixed in a barrel. Players must find them.
First one to put on shoes and report to referee declared winner.
Eating Apple Floating in Tub of Water
Eating Apple Suspended on String