team building games for Cub ScoutsBACK/EDIT
Wed, 23 Nov 1994 09:03:05 -0700
Re: The issue of team building games for Cub Scouts...
Is anyone familiar with an event that we call the "Chinese Fire Drill".
BTW, this one does NOT invlove cars at stoplights.
The setup is a long rope between 2 supports. A pulley rides one this
rope. Two other pulleys are secured to and below the first. A rope
through one of the lower pulleys holds a bucket suspended so that the
bucket can be raised and lowered. The rope through the second pulley
is connected to a plate attached to the bottom of the bucket. Two
very long ropes are secured to the pulley, and strung lengthwise along
the "runnung" rope.
The object is for a team of four or five Cubs to dip the bucket into a
tub of water at one end of the run, lift it, move it to the other end
of the run, and dump the water into an empty container. Further
criteria can be added to this, as in filling the second cantainer to a
certain line within a specified time; using 2 setups to have 2 teams
This is what it looks like (if you're an ascii stick person):
a |----------------------------P------------| b o
/ | c - || - d | \ |
guy / | B| | \ /\
rope -/ | R S | \ / \
R is the reciving container, S is the source container, P is the pulley,
and B is the bucket. a and b are the ropes that move the bucket from one
end of the run to the other. c raises and lowers the bucket, and d tilts
the bucket to be filled or emptied.
If a fifth boy is used, he is the leader. He directs the other four in
doing the job. None of the others can move without his direction. If
only four boys are used, one of the four becomes the leader as well as a
One other interesting aspect of this game is that if the bucket is being
pulled away from you, you have to follow it in, so that you can keep the
slack out of the rope, and be ready to pull it back the other way.
As I have seen it done, the boys run back and forth with the rope, rather
than feeding the rope one way and pulling the rope the other.
This is better done in the summer, as MOST PARTICIPANTS WILL GET WET!!
Chuck Bramlet, ASM Troop 323,
Thunderbird District, Grand Canyon Council, Arizona
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