Susan Ganther (susan@EMAIL.UNC.EDU)
Thu, 13 Jul 1995 10:49:03 -0400
I was reading the reprint of the original BSA Handbook and saw the canoe
tag game. This inspired an idea for another game afloat. It is a little
heavy on equipment requirements so may be best played at camp, but might
be possible for some units with access to plenty of rope.
Each craft (canoes, rowboats maybe even small sailboats would work) trails
an 8 foot line tied to an inflated bicycle tube. This is the target, it must
not be reeled in by passengers or interfered with but must float freely,
and can only be shifted defensively by rowing or paddling the craft.
Each craft also has one 30 - 50 foot heaving line attached to a weighted
float, a tennis ball in a sock might work but might be a little light
depending on the rope you use.
You capture another craft by throwing your heaving line and scoring a
bullseye in their tire tube with your float. All throws must be made from
a sensible kneeling or sitting position, if a unit leader spots anyone
standing to throw they must surrender their craft. A captured craft must
raise it's paddles or oars paddle end pointed skyward until all but one boat
has been captured (the winner).
I'm looking forward to trying this game out with my Pack in the fall. If
anyone gets the chance to try it before then, I'd love to hear of any
refinements your unit come up with.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City