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    Tracking

    I'm running my first pack event this week and I'm doing 'Tracking' - have you any pointers / tips you can pass on please.

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    If you're going to lay a trail for them to follow make sure you do it when you have time to do it properly, don't try to do it straight before you need it.
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    Make sure you have plenty of sticks and stones available. Even if is in a wooded park there may not be enough lying on the floor for several groups to use.

    If you are setting a trail put a hidden box of treasure at the end. I hated doing tracking as a Cub/Scout when you followed the trails then were simply told to 'Go Home'. It made me think that tracking was pointless.

    Anyway good luck.

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    We let each six set their own trail - but they are animal smugglers & have to hide their smuggled animals (laminated pictures) along the way - leaving signs to show the "customers" where they are! Havign laid the trail, they then swap with another six & they become the "customers" and have to find where the animals are hidden. Full details (which I think involves the exchange of money which we don't do) are somewhere on POL.

    Cubs take a quarter of the time to follow a trail as they take to set it!
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    Have some fun with them! I once took some 2"x12"x8' planks that were lying by a campfire and laid them out into the shape of a giant arrow. The cubs followed their signs to this campfire and then stood on the planks saying they could not find the next arrow!
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    My parents did tracking last week. They drew thesign on the blackboard.....and then made the sign on the floor out of Cubs!!! Apparently they all loved it, being water and arrows and go home. In the end, they had to identify 8 signs on a sheet, and create two of their own in their sixes. One for 'Danger' and one for 'Treasure Here'. One lot did a triangle with an exclamation mark in the middle for Danger and a treasure chest for the other one. They drew the signs on the sheets and then made the signs out of themselves on the floor! This week, my dad is going to lay a trail over some woodland and take them out.
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    You should have great fun with this! Allow plenty of time to set up , especialy if this is your first and as has been said have some sticks n bits handy just in case.

    Make sure they now the signs they'l be looking for, sounds obvious, but I have helped at more than one event where it was obvious they didn't.

    One note of caution. If its on public paths its not unknown for signs to disapear or be altered. If going in more than one group make sure leaders now where the route goes, maybe they could also have a few sticks with them to on the spot replace missing ones.

    Oh, and maybe (if you have time between everything else ) have a quick look at a nature book for some animal tracks, deer badger etc. If its through countryside some kids may spot some as they pay so much attention to the ground.
    You can even look at different peoples prints, size, tread, stride length

    Sorry, getting carried away now and not what you were asking about

    Have fun

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    Thanks everyone, some great tips / suggestions will let you know how we get on. Fingers crossed the rain stays away!!

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    http://www.scoutingresources.org.uk/...tracking01.pdf
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    http://www.scoutingresources.org.uk/...tracking02.pdf

    A really useful pdf which shows simple tracking signs - print one out for each cub, and then they can read your trail!
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    It is a good idea to have a Leader who knows the trail route to accompany the Cubs to prevent them missing a crucial tracking sign and so losing the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heron View Post
    http://www.scoutingresources.org.uk/...tracking01.pdf
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    http://www.scoutingresources.org.uk/...tracking02.pdf

    A really useful pdf which shows simple tracking signs - print one out for each cub, and then they can read your trail!
    Thanks for that

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    The route should be clear enough for the cubs to run round which they will if they get in the swing of it.
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