Here are some quick programme ideas some last 5 mins others you can build a whole series of evenings around. If you have any comments on them or any programme ideas of your own please let us know the more of you that use and add ideas the more helpful the resource becomes.
These games are taken from a variety of sources but you should adapt them to suit your Explorer where necessary.
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Author: Alex Bates | Date: 16th October 2018
Such a simple skill which we all did as youngsters whilst sitting around the campfire, why not bring it indoors for the winter.
You do not even need to supply the knives given most Explorers tend to have their own, albeit poorly maintained. Bring a knife sharpener such as a Lanksy and show them knife maintenance followed by having a go at whittling one of the below items:
|Item||Difficulty||Starting Wood Size|
|Hedgehog Wooggle||Easy||3cm diameter|
|Cutlery Set||Medium||7cm wide sawn into 1-2cm thick planks|
All you need is wood, knives, axe, saw and a drill should you be making the woggles.
Author: Alex Bates | Date: 14th October 2018
Equipment needed is a marked centre line and tables which are set about 2-3 metres back from the centre line, around 80 paper cups and about 60 elastic bands which are reasonably good to fire and a ping pong ball. Safety googles are a must plus long sleeve clothing where possible.
Each team has the ping pong ball which is 'The Queen' which they are to build a castle to protect the queen. The queen is hidden within a cup within the fort made from paper cups. The objective is then to make the other teams queen fall off the table by firing elastic bands to destroy the castle and dislodge the queen so she falls. However when playing the rules of dodgeball come into play for the teams; if you get hit with an elastic band you are out, if your elastic band gets caught you are out and the team which caught the band can have a player return to the pitch, head shots do not count. If the team gets eliminated through the dodgeball rules the other team wins. Other rules - you are not allowed to cross the centre line, every cup needs to be part of a paper cup tower. It is advisable to have atleast 2 leaders referring, one to watch each team to tell those that get shot as they cannot always feel it.
Author: firstname.lastname@example.org | Date: 20th October 2011
Pass the Tea Light team relay. This is a skillful game that needs everyone in the team to pay attention and work together.
Equipment : Tea Lights, Spoons, Chairs
Time : 10 - 30 mins
Split the unit into teams. You will need to arrange a row of chairs for each team with enough chairs for 1 each. Each explorer will also need a spoon. The Explorers will need to stand on the chairs. The first person will have a lit Tea Light on their spoon and they will need to pass it to the person next to them. The winning team is the team that get the lit tea light from one end to the other the quickest.
If people cheat make the tea light go back 2 chairs or pause for 10 seconds. To make it more difficult move chairs appart and turn our main hall lights. If you light the Tea Lights 5 mins before the game they should stay alight better.
Please remember that the Tea Lights and hot wax can burn so do a good safety briefing before hand and make sure you have done a thorough risk assesement that you are happy with