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    Night hike bases for scouts

    Hello everyone

    Happy new year to you all!

    anyway, down to some scouting, in our district we have a yearly night hike where we have a short course of 6 miles navigated by scouts in the dark and enroute there are bases run by explorer scouts where the scouts have to complete some sort of challenge and are scored respectivley. We will be having the usual first aid base, build a bridge out of crates and 2 bits of wood ect but has anyone got any new ideas? we do have to consider the criteria of: it can be run at night, it doesnt need huge amounts of equipment, it can be done with relative efficency (we could always have two sets of the same activity if needs be)

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    mat4134

    (this is also posted in other thread's so as to get the most responses, hope that is okay)

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    Could you do some constellation identification - have some pictures but also some cards with pin holes - they have to use their torches to shine through a card about 2m away and the rest of the patrol identify the constellation?

    On a similar theme - morse code sending of a message using their torches?
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    Animal tracking signs is an easy one to run as a Night Hike base - I have a version saved somewhere if you PM me.
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    Carry a raw egg to the finish (usually the first base).

    Make a frying pan out of a stick, some string and some tin foil. (second to last base)

    Cook the egg and eat it. (last base - provide the heat and oil, but they have to use their frying pan)

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    this is some of what we have done on bases I have been involved with.
    • get egg in to a pint bottle with 3 matches.
    • set a small dome tent up with 3 of the team blindfolded and the forth giving instructions.
    • cut a pices of wood in center of 3m square without stepping in to the squared off area.
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    Get about 4 feet of 6 inch plastic pipe, and seal one end. Drill a lot of small holes all over the pipe from bottom to the top. When the patrol arrives the pipe is filled with a set amount of water and patrol members have to cover the holes with their fingers. They then have to transport the pipe from A to B, (the distance and difficulty is up to you). The winner is the patrol with the most water left in the pipe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparks View Post
    Get about 4 feet of 6 inch plastic pipe, and seal one end. Drill a lot of small holes all over the pipe from bottom to the top. When the patrol arrives the pipe is filled with a set amount of water and patrol members have to cover the holes with their fingers. They then have to transport the pipe from A to B, (the distance and difficulty is up to you). The winner is the patrol with the most water left in the pipe.
    Or a variant, mount the tube in an upright position then put a table tennis ball in the tube. The patrol has to retrieve the ball by filling the tube with water whilst using their hands to plug the holes. Fastest team wins.

    Another one is to get the patrol to tie a specific knot in a long rope, all members of the patrol to be holding the ropes at all times with both hands.

    Or 'toxic waste' where they have to retrieve a billy full of water from the centre of a 3m diameter area using just one or two ropes. The winner is the one that retains the most water. The classic solution is to tie a clove hitch around the billy and then lift it but there are alternatives.

    Given some poles and ropes build a free standing structure that gets the whole patrol off the ground for 30 seconds.

    The obligatory set and light a fire (if the environment allows) and make a brew.

    Using a long rope and a compass, follow bearings and distance to create a specific shape on the ground such as a square or triangle or star.

    Using jackets and staves, build a stretcher to carry one patrol member a set distance or to the next checkpoint if feeling especially evil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gooders View Post

    Another one is to get the patrol to tie a specific knot in a long rope, all members of the patrol to be holding the ropes at all times with both hands.

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    Tie a clove hitch around a Telegraph pole or similar without going within 20 feet of the pole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Testarossa View Post
    Carry a raw egg to the finish (usually the first base).

    Make a frying pan out of a stick, some string and some tin foil. (second to last base)

    Cook the egg and eat it. (last base - provide the heat and oil, but they have to use their frying pan)
    Well, you could even get them to make their own aluminium can stove to cook on...
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