scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Compass game
Fri Nov 05 1999 - 22:23:41 CST
Jan Mussler asked:
> Does anyone know where I can get the dimensions and coordinates for a
> game I saw at SMF? The leader had a chain that was maybe 50 feet long
> with numbered metal tags every 5 feet (maybe 10 feet). You stretched
> it out and were given a card with directions to follow and a compass.
> You started at say number 1 and (hopefully) ended up back at another
> (hopefully correct) number on the chain.
You can very easily design your own with a piece of graph paper, a ruler and a
protractor (and a little knowledge of geometry). Lay out your horizontal
10" long (scale:1" = 10') on the paper. This is your 100' E-W rope on the
Put a dot at each inch marker and number them(these are your stakes/tags).
Now lay out however many legs you want for each course (i.e., for a 3 legged
draw a 3 sided figure ending starting at one point and ending at another).
the directions for each course measure each leg in inches & convert to feet
(e.g., 3.25" = 32.5'). Use the protractor to measure the angle clockwise
the vertical grid lines to the line representing that leg. The vertical grid
magnetic north. Then put each course's directions on a card. Only you know
stake each course is suppposed to end at.