Re: Team Games
Susan Ganther (susan@EMAIL.UNC.EDU)
Wed, 1 Feb 1995 13:10:57 -0500
We stumbled onto a variation of Predator at our last meeting that made
everyone realize the value of working as a team.
In the game predator, one cub stands at the top of a hill and turns their
back on the group which is at the bottom of the hill. He counts to ten
aloud and while he is counting the predators stalk him. When he gets to
10 he turns and looks and anyone not hidden from his view has to go back
down the hill. You play until the prey is captured (tagged) by a
predator, then the successful predator switches places with the prey.
We thought it would be fun to try changing the game, so that they prey
could be at the bottom of the hill and the predators could come from
anywhere. If the prey looked in the direction of the predator, the
predator must freeze. If the prey spots the predator moving, the predator
must take 10 steps away from the prey. If the predator is not moving, the
prey can not 'see' the predator.
Well, the first time we played, the predators all ran off in the same
direction and became frustrated because the prey could always catch them
I suggested to the Cubs that they spread out in different directions and
use a team strategy of distracting the prey so that another predator
could sneak up from behind. This time they spread out and took turns
getting caught moving, while the prey was distracted by dealing with the
predators that had been seen, the others were able to approach.
Afterward we talked about how Wolves hunt in Packs, and the importance of
teamwork to a successful hunt. They loved it.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City