David Scammell (David_Scammell.Orlando_spg@XEROX.COM)
Wed, 9 Aug 1995 06:29:51 PDT
re: Jeopardy style questions from Robert Sharek
I did something very similar many years ago when Trivial Pursuit first came out
... I created a Trivial Pursuit: The Scouting Edition (no, I didn't resale it,
just used it to keep the boys interest). All I did was go through the basic
Scouting literature (BSA Handbook, BSA Fieldbook and Junior Leader Handbooks)
and wrote out questions on 3x5 cards. Then I started categorizing them. We
ran the game by teams, Patrols or 'mixed' teams (ranks evenly distributed
through all the teams).
Categories included Scouting History, Scouting Basics, Scouting Leadership,
Camping Basics, Cooking Basics, etc. I kept the questions on a lower level to
allow everyone an equal chance to participate. I did have advanced categories
for when we used the 'mixed' teams.
The trick is to keep the questions short and pick a specific item. For
example, let's take the additions to Tenderfoot requirement 11b (from Michael
Pagelkopf's 'New Requirements' message). One question would be to 'describe
first aid for frostbite' and another question would be to 'describe first aid
One very important point ... if a Boy has a different answer than what is on
your cards and he can show you Scouting literature that supports his answer,
give him the credit. We use this at Camporees also, playing 'True or False
Steal the Bacon'. You only use True or False questions and you have a Green
cloth (True) & a Red cloth (False). Read a question, call out the numbers and
watch 'em go. The boys really seem to enjoy this, as long as you don't drag
things out. Different boys have different versions of Scouting literature ...
we have put a limit on how old the literature can be (i.e., within 5 years).
Start off with the advancement requirements (because the handbook tells you
where the answers are found in the handbook) and you'll have many, many
questions to begin with and then you'll be able to expand by picking out other
items (History of Scouting, Parts of the Scout Badge, etc.). I did this once
at a Training Session for Adults (the old BLT - Basic Leader Training),
creating questions from the Training Syllabus & basic Scouting knowledge.
I hope this helps!
David L. Scammell
ASM Troop 227 - Orlando, FL
West Orange District - Central Florida Council
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