scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Re: Knives
Rick Seymour (rick@KUDU.NET
Fri Jul 07 2000 - 13:10:25 CDT
G. John Marmet writes:
>I recall a popular (when out of adult sight) camp game from
> the 60s & 70s called "Stretch". I'm amazed none of us
> ended up with a foot pinned to the ground.
Pete Gerlach writes:
> I also remember pop bottle rockets in the camp fire.
I was in Scouting in the 60s and somehow managed to miss both "Stretch" and "Pop Bottle Rockets." I'll bet many others are not familiar with them either. Would someone send me "how-to-do-it" instructions for these so that I can post them on my non-Scouting Website, The Inquiry Net?
Speaking of boys & knives, in the late 1800's, Dan Beard (one of the Founders of the BSA), once wrote out detailed descriptions of the 24 Feats of Mumbly Peg. I have them posted in the Summer area of The Inquiry Net (but I haven't scanned the illustrations yet), see:
His introduction is as follows:
A Summer's day, a shady nook, a close-cropped green sod, two or three boys, and a jack-knife are the things necessary for a quiet game of Mumbly Peg. The first player takes the knife and goes through as much of the game as he can without a blunder. The second follows in turn, doing the same. The last one to perform all of the difficult feats is beaten, and must pull a peg, two inches long, from the ground with his teeth. The winner drives the peg with the knife-handle for a hammer, being allowed, by the rules of the game, three blows with his eyes open, and three with his eyes closed.
This usually drives the peg out of sight in the sod, and in that case the boys cry:
as the defeated player, using only his teeth, literally roots, until, with a dirty face and a broad grin, he lifts his head, showing the peg between his teeth. From the penalty that the loser pays comes the name of Mumbly or Mumbelty-Peg.