The Cup game
John Keimel (johnk@BRECKNET.COM)
Tue, 25 Jul 1995 10:14:39 -0600
THE CUP GAME:
Scouts/scouters/friends/anyone sit around the table, usually picnic table,
with a cup in front of each of them. The players pick up their cups, place
them up to their mouths and hum into them to warm them up for the game.
After a second or two of the humming, when all players are ready, the
humming grows to a crescendo and then the song begins, at which point the
players start passing their cups to the right of them. The cups continue to
get passed along in time with the song. If someone manages to misplace a cup
or not pass it correctly, the song stops and the offending player is removed
from the game. The players sing the words to the song until they run to the
end of the verse, then they repeat the song, but they hum it instead. The
cups continue to pass until they get messed up, and if all goes well, they
move on to the next verse: the silent one! The players pass their cups
around in silence, relying only on their knowledge of the song or the
number of cup taps it takes to get to the end. If they manage to make it to
the end of the silent round, they start singing again, only much faster.
So, these people are passing around these cups, singing, humming and in
silence, all the while trying to make the other people mess up, without any
physical contact. They can move their cup to a different spot on the table
if they want. But still near their right hand neighbor. They can flip the
cup over if they want. They can lay it on the side, but it CANT roll a inch.
So most just flip the cup over.
The most important part of the game comes near the end of the verse, where
the line goes 'ziggity ziggity zah!' At this point the players kind of do a
fake to their neighbor and pass the cup to themselves once and then over to
the right. It sounds strange and I probably wrote it poorly, but it's
usually where the newcomers mess up.
So anyway, the field of players is gradually whittled down to two, who then
put on their serious game faces and grab a cup in each hand (yes - four cups
two players!). They pass the left hand cup to their right hand and the right
hand cup to the other player. This is always done across the table. One of
the two is eventually eliminated, and the remaining is declared the victor!
This only lasts until the next game though, where the players all start on
For cups, I recommend good plastic yogurt cups. They should be the same
size, but we've played with everything from paper soda/pop cups, to ceramic
camp mugs filled with coffee. Hope this answered all the questions about the
cup game. I hope to be able to get a cup game going sometime, (I am
currently without a troop being as I moved to Colorado recently (hint hint))
and record the song. Then I'll take the song and put it up on my web site
(whenever I get to that one :). The song is mostly nonsensical, but there
seem to be some real words here and there. I'll post the location of the
song for everyone when I get it on the web.
Wow - long post ;)
Currently seeking a troop or district and a lodge in Summit County Colorado.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City