Prepare numbers 1 to whatever (20?) on some card or laminate. SPread over a suitably sized area. Each Scout in turn has to run, in numerical order and stand on each number card. Time as a team. First person will be slower as they do not know where each number is, last person should be quicker.
- throw in some pre-prepared sums to complete / solve
- safe codes – one member shout out safe codes (or sum to solve) others tand on correct numbers)
- mastermind style, have prepared safe code: Scouts have to stand on numbers, each time leader says number of Scouts correct and number correct but in the wrong place (obviously not revealing which ones…). Count up how many attempts to solve safe code
number cards; safe codes / sums; timer
Select a suitable size welly boot and throw! Variations:
- stand with your back and throw between legs or over shoulder as far as possible
- throw face on and hit target to throw into bucket
- different size welly boots
- blindfolded with one team member guiding
- like skittles!
welly boots; buckets or target/s
Authentic Ancient Greek game apparently.
Like apple bobbing – but with grapes and olives.
tub of water, grapes, olives, groundsheet
No, I can’t pronounce it either. Good game though.
Ephedrismos was a popular game whose name is derived from the Greek word for “sit upon.”
Two players place a stone upright on the ground and throw other stones at it from a distance.
The player who fails to knock over the upright stone then carries the other player on his back while the winner’s hands cover his eyes.
The pair runs around in this fashion until the losing player touches the stone.
An equal sized pairing of Scouts is best.
blocks or stone/s, ball of small stones, safeish playing area
Self explanatory really. Set some ground rules if appropriate to Scouts.
2 people, small table or bench, or if not available lying down facing each other
Marbles self explanatory.
To play a simple game of Knucklebones:
To begin the game, each player tosses all five knucklebones in the air and tries to catch as many as possible. Each player then repeats the procedure using the knucklebones that he or she caught the first time. The score each player obtains in this way determines the order of turns during the game.
In the most common variation on this game, the first player throws all of his knucklebones on the ground. He picks one up, which becomes known as the jack. He tosses the jack into the air, picks up another bone from the ground, and catches the jack as it falls. He transfers the picked-up bone to his free hand and throws the jack again. This procedure is repeated until the player has picked up all of the knucklebones. If a player drops a bone, misses the jack, or moves a bone inadvertently, he is out and the next player takes his turn. When a player succeeds at picking up and holding all the bones during one turn of play, he goes on to try to pick up all the bones at one time. When the player has picked up all the bones in this way, he then tries to pick up bones in groups of first three and then four.
small stones or similar, marbles, playing area
A slightly simpler version…
Set up a ring using rope, pair Scouts up one on one, about same height and build. Aim is to get opponent out of ring. Warn about foul play, stop in event of any hint of misdemeanours. Set time limit if necessary. According to the Scouts involved set some ground rules to avoid any injury.
rope, whistle (in order to save your voice…)
Standard blind food tasting – some suggestions:
Small rolls sprinkled with poppy-seed and honey
Prawns in a sauce
Nuts and fruits
Check for allergies prior to starting… Mayba avoid nuts altogether.
selection of Greek food, blindfold, covers for food, spoons, water, cups
Using your creative imagination produce photographs from glo-sticks and such like. Use a camera mounted on a tripod for maximum stability and be prepared for some trial and error. The brighter the glo-stick the better, DSLR cameras also work best as you are able to adjust the light settings. Ideas include:
firework style – throw glo sticks or run around
writing – Scouts stand in a line and repeat a letter each to spell out word, alternatively one Scout spells out an entire word
people – get a Scout to stand in a pose, move the glo-stick around their outline
dslr camera/s, tripod/s, glo-sticks or other glowy things, ideas, a dark night, a small amount of patience
Balance coins on the back of your hand in one minute. Coins can be of any shape or size and hand must be held unsupported.
Actual world record – see their website for full rules.
coins (lots), stopwatch