Re: Tom Brown Game
Steven Featherkile (madwolf@EARTHLINK.NET)
Wed, 28 May 1997 09:40:39 -0700
Joe Olivo wrote:
> I'm not sure I understand how the game is played. According to your
> original post, the guard has the advantage - the light is at his back and
> all that he has to do is maintain a visual fix on the flag until he sees
> someone approaching.
> Can you supply more information? Sounds like something that our scouts
> would enjoy doing on the darkest of nights.
Joe and Scouters...
I went back to the source, "Tom Brown's Field guide to Nature and
Survival for Children," Tom Brown, with Judy BrownBerkley Publishing
Corp, New York, NY 1989. ...and I quote...
"The Stalking game (Fort Apache"
This game is played much like the old game of "capture the flag," and is
best played at night. In this game, divide the children up into two
equal groups. Each group should then go into separate areas of the
landscape and build a fire, with supervision. Just outside the range of
the fire, or lantern light, the group should hang a white cloth, or
flag, barely visible from the camp. Four people are elected to stand
watch at the fire. They cannot leave a fifteen-foot-diameter circle, but
must stay within that circle and listen for oncoming stalkers.
The other members of the team then stalk away from their "fort," and
head to the opposing team flag. The object of the game is to remove the
flag without being seen or heard. If a stalker is "captured" by any of
the watchers, then he or she is sent back to his or her fort, to be
relieved by one of the watchers, that watcher now becoming a stalker.
If, however, a watcher hears a noise, and there is no stalker there,
then the watcher must then (sic) face the fire and discontinue watching.
Parents or instructors should be at each fire to check the stalkers and
Note: A single child can play this game by using the main camp and his
or her parent as watchers (sic)."
This book is a great resource, with lots of techniques and games in it.
I recommend it highly.
SM T319 La Mesa, CA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City