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  • Giant Pool Match

    Author: ian@mmscouts.org.uk | Date: 20th October 2011

    Giant Pool Match is a team game where you turn your hall into a giant Pool Table.

    Equipment :  2 Broom Handles (Cues), 
       6 Buckets (Pockets),
       2 Footballs in different Colours (1 is Cue Ball) 

    Time    10 - 20 mins

    Instructions

    Put the buckets out in your hall like they would be on a Pool table and put the cues and balls in the centre or your "pool table". Divide your unit into 2 teams and Number team off. You then call out a number and the 2 team members with that number run out and grab a cue. Staying on their hands and knees they have to compete against each other and try to pot the coloured ball. The person who pots the coloured ball first gets a point. Each team member has a go and the team with the most points wins. You can add extra rules like taking turns or first person there takes first shot or you can do this outside in the summer.

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  • Pass the Tea Light

    Author: ian@mmscouts.org.uk | Date: 20th October 2011

    Pass the Tea Light team relay. This is a skillful game that needs everyone in the team to pay attention and work together.

    Equipment :  Tea Lights, Spoons, Chairs

    Time :     10 - 30 mins

    Instructions :

    Split the unit into teams. You will need to arrange a row of chairs for each team with enough chairs for 1 each. Each explorer will also need a spoon. The Explorers will need to stand on the chairs. The first person will have a lit Tea Light on their spoon and they will need to pass it to the person next to them. The winning team is the team that get the lit tea light from one end to the other the quickest.

    If people cheat make the tea light go back 2 chairs or pause for 10 seconds. To make it more difficult move chairs appart and turn our main hall lights. If you light the Tea Lights 5 mins before the game they should stay alight better.

    Please remember that the Tea Lights and hot wax can burn so do a good safety briefing before hand and make sure you have done a thorough risk assesement that you are happy with


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  • Minefield

    Author: ian@mmscouts.org.uk | Date: 20th October 2011

    Minefield is a team building game that can take place inside or outside.

    Equipment :  Blindfolds, assorted bottles or obsticles

    Time :     10 - 20 mins

    Instructions :

    Get the explorers to cover the floor of your hall with objects like plastic bottles, cones, or other items you can find. Some Explorers are blindfolded and the others have to get their team members across the minefield without hitting the mines. If the blindfolded person hits a mine they sit down and become a mine themselves. You can play this game in pairs or as teams and the winning team or pair is the first across the mine field or the team across quickest.


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  • Spoons

    Author: ian@mmscouts.org.uk | Date: 20th October 2011

    Spoons Relay Race. This is a very energetic and fast game and can be played inside or outside.

    Equipment :  Spoons 1 per team plus 2 extra, chalk, bowl to put spoons in

    Time :     10 - 20 mins

    Instructions :

    To start off with divide the unit into 3 or 4 teams and get them to number off. Get each team to move to a corner of the hall or spread out along the edges. In front of each team draw a chalk circle (or use something to mark a small area like a hoop). Place all the spoons in a bowl in the centre of the room. Call out a number and the Explorers run to collect a spoon and deposit in their circle. They can only carry 1 spoon at a time and the winning team is the one who gets the most spoons. Once all the spoons have gone reset the game. The team who wins the most times are the champions. 

    You can change the game to make it easier of harder by putting more or less spoons in, Calling more explorers from each team to get spoons, allowing spoons to be taken from teams as well as the centre, making the playing area bigger, or using different items other than spoons.


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  • Human Dominoes

    Author: ian@mmscouts.org.uk | Date: 20th October 2011

    Human Dominoes is a game for the whole unit to show that everyone has something in common with the others in the unit.

    Equipment :  None

    Time :     10 - 30 mins

    Instructions :

    Gather all the explorers together and set them the challenge that they have to form a line of dominos linked by what they have in common. Start with the leaders to show the prinicple of the game. The first person says "On my left hand side I am {Insert Charactristic or likes} and on my right and side I am {Insert Charactristic or likes}". These characteristics can be colours, pets, football teams, hobbies or anything you can think of. Next 2 other people from the unit who share one of the charactistics stands on the side that is relavent. The new people to join then say the phrase as well including the characteristic that they joined for and a new one for the open side they have. Once everyone has joined up you need to find something in common between the 2 ends so they can join up and show that everyone in the unit has something in common. 

    Keep reminding the group that they all have things in common and do not single people out for being different. 


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  • Over or Under

    Author: ian@mmscouts.org.uk | Date: 20th October 2011

    Over or Under is a game that is quick and easy to organise

    Equipment :  Long piece of rope

    Time :     10 - 20 Min's

    Instructions :

    Get 2 leaders to hold the rope at opposite ends of the hall with the rope at a suitable height. Then get all the Explorers to stand one one side of the rope. Explain to the Explorers that they need to run towards the rope and either go over or under the rope without touching it depending on what the leader shouts. If the touch the rope they are out and the winner is the Explorer who manages not to touch the rope.

    You can add things to this like reversing the calls so under means over, lower and raise the rope, and maybe move the rope like a skipping rope and get the Explorers to pass through.


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  • Spaghettie Knotting

    Author: ian@mmscouts.org.uk | Date: 20th October 2011

    Spaghettie Knotting. Learn how to cook spaghetti and then remember those knots

    Equipment :  Kitchen, Pots, Spaghetti

    Time :     10 - 30 mins

    Instructions :

    Cook a pot of spaghetti up with at least 5 pieces of spaghetti per Explorer. Once cooked give each Explorer a piece of spaghetti and ask them to tie as many knots in the single piece of spaghetti as they can. Points can be awarded for number of knots aswell as completix and variety of knots.

    A useful reminder is that as the spaghetti gets hard as it drys, so get them to work quickly. You can add to this buy making pioneering shapes and structures. 


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