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    Patrol Challenges for Camp

    Hey - looking for ideas for some patrol challenges we can do on camp. The idea is these can be scored in some way and require some sort of initiative / team work.

    Needs to work for a team of five or six scouts. We have plenty of space on site.

    Have you done anything recently that worked well?

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    Putting up there tent
    Cooking a meal
    Washing up
    Building a gateway/pioneering/gadget
    Neat and tidy camp site & tent

    Then there are specific challenges such as identifying knots on a knot board, map reading, first aid incidents etc

    I would also deduct points for annoying leaders or still talking after lights out!

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    Snowballistas, using water balloons as ammunition.

    Mark them for the quality of their pioneering work, then let them get wet.
    The long march through the institutions is nearly complete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Putting up there tent
    Cooking a meal
    Washing up
    Building a gateway/pioneering/gadget
    Neat and tidy camp site & tent

    Then there are specific challenges such as identifying knots on a knot board, map reading, first aid incidents etc

    I would also deduct points for annoying leaders or still talking after lights out!
    Cooking/washing up/tidy site - we will be doing and scoring those every day, looking more for some specific challenges we can fit in for a mornings activity. Will be doing a hike at some point as well for map reading. First aid incident could work though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ihatecamping View Post
    Snowballistas, using water balloons as ammunition.

    Mark them for the quality of their pioneering work, then let them get wet.
    That could work

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    Got a design for snow ballistas?
    SL, 11th Hitchin

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    http://www.inquiry.net/images/snowballista.gif

    Yer tiz.

    The weak link is always how to attach the scoop holding the snowball/water balloon to the long pole.
    The long march through the institutions is nearly complete.

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    We used to have STA's (Spare Time Activities). Scouts had individual challenges but where scored as patrols.

    On the list... Obligatory whittling of a tent peg, soap carving, camp golf. We also had a tie-as-many-knots-as-you-can-with-bit-of-rope, although I'm sure we didn't call it that. at the time. Lots of camp gadgets - dressers, cup/shoe holders. Build a gate way to the patrol area.

    More recently, we've taken a supply of bungee cord for water balloon canons, that can also be incorporated into a ballista type thing. We used to work water rockets into something somewhere too. We also took a supply of half decent elastic band powered planes, then had a flight competition.

    By far the most popular was the gate post building. Some of them got quite high, although you need the right supplies on site for it right enough.

    We haven't been able to camp in patrols for a long time, so its been a while since we did any of that stuff on camp. A lot of it is good for a troop night though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ihatecamping View Post
    The weak link is always how to attach the scoop holding the snowball/water balloon to the long pole.
    I guess the easiest way might be to have two parallel poles on the throwing arm, to stop things twisting. Mind you, I remember spending a good part of a morning building a large trebuchet. In the end we decided on my fellow-leader's trainers as the missiles. The Guides in the next field looked quite worried. We achieved a throwing distance of about six inches

    I think we'll take up this idea (the water bombs variant). Assuming the weather holds!
    SL, 11th Hitchin

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