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  • Minefield

    Author: ian@mmscouts.org.uk | Date: 20th October 2011

    Minefield is a team building game that can take place inside or outside.

    Equipment :  Blindfolds, assorted bottles or obsticles

    Time :     10 - 20 mins

    Instructions :

    Get the explorers to cover the floor of your hall with objects like plastic bottles, cones, or other items you can find. Some Explorers are blindfolded and the others have to get their team members across the minefield without hitting the mines. If the blindfolded person hits a mine they sit down and become a mine themselves. You can play this game in pairs or as teams and the winning team or pair is the first across the mine field or the team across quickest.


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  • Spoons

    Author: ian@mmscouts.org.uk | Date: 20th October 2011

    Spoons Relay Race. This is a very energetic and fast game and can be played inside or outside.

    Equipment :  Spoons 1 per team plus 2 extra, chalk, bowl to put spoons in

    Time :     10 - 20 mins

    Instructions :

    To start off with divide the unit into 3 or 4 teams and get them to number off. Get each team to move to a corner of the hall or spread out along the edges. In front of each team draw a chalk circle (or use something to mark a small area like a hoop). Place all the spoons in a bowl in the centre of the room. Call out a number and the Explorers run to collect a spoon and deposit in their circle. They can only carry 1 spoon at a time and the winning team is the one who gets the most spoons. Once all the spoons have gone reset the game. The team who wins the most times are the champions. 

    You can change the game to make it easier of harder by putting more or less spoons in, Calling more explorers from each team to get spoons, allowing spoons to be taken from teams as well as the centre, making the playing area bigger, or using different items other than spoons.


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  • Human Dominoes

    Author: ian@mmscouts.org.uk | Date: 20th October 2011

    Human Dominoes is a game for the whole unit to show that everyone has something in common with the others in the unit.

    Equipment :  None

    Time :     10 - 30 mins

    Instructions :

    Gather all the explorers together and set them the challenge that they have to form a line of dominos linked by what they have in common. Start with the leaders to show the prinicple of the game. The first person says "On my left hand side I am {Insert Charactristic or likes} and on my right and side I am {Insert Charactristic or likes}". These characteristics can be colours, pets, football teams, hobbies or anything you can think of. Next 2 other people from the unit who share one of the charactistics stands on the side that is relavent. The new people to join then say the phrase as well including the characteristic that they joined for and a new one for the open side they have. Once everyone has joined up you need to find something in common between the 2 ends so they can join up and show that everyone in the unit has something in common. 

    Keep reminding the group that they all have things in common and do not single people out for being different. 


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