Re: Pow-Wow Games
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Thu, 28 Mar 1996 10:03:41 EST
A good game is "Up in Alaska." However, you can localize it and call
it, "Up in Aroostook" (sp?) or something like that.
Divide up the boys into several groups. Have them count off so all the
"ones" compete against the "twos", "threes," etc. Don't pit the tigers
against the webelos.
The groups line up in files. Each kid is given a plastic spoon. The
kid in front is given a paper cup with a bunch of miniature
marshmallows in it. The kid at the end of the file is given an empty
paper cup. On the "go" signal, the kids pass the marshmallows to the
back of the line, one at a time, using the spoons. Once a marshmallow
has reached the back cup, the guy in back yells, "Up in Alaska!" which
is the signal for the guy in front to start the next marshmallow.
If a kid drops a marshmallow, simply pick it up and keep going. Let
this go on for several minutes. At the end of the time, the group
with the most marshmallows wins. We usually let the winning group do
a cheer for the others--they invariably pick the watermelon cheer
because it's so much fun to do.
Another good theme is balloons. You can come up with gazillions of
games using balloons--relay races, etc. Have the kids blow up
balloons against the clock; have them try to pop them by sitting on
them; have them race in pairs with a balloon wedged between them, etc.
Use your imagination.
Sixes and sevens is a good game in the "Group Meeting Sparklers"
booklet, available at your local scout shop. Have the boys mill
around in the center of the meeting area, and then you yell, "Give me
threes!" The boys then have until you count to ten to form groups of
three. When you get to ten, any boys not in a group of three have to
sit down. Then call, "Give me fives!" And so on. You can make it
tougher by speeding up the count to ten, or only counting to seven, or
something like that. Last kids remaining get prizes. This is a great
introductory game for your first meeting of the year, particularly
with a lot of new boys. It gets the new kids into the swing of things
The above have all worked well in my pack; they no doubt will in yours
CM, Pack 1515
GW District, NCAC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City