1999 Activity Ideas

Politically Incorrect

Submitted by: Cardinal Sin
Skills required: Physical,Mental,Social
Difficulty: Easy
Location: Unimportant
Timeframe:

Politically Correct

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Skills required: Mental,Social
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Unimportant
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Individuals
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
This would be in conjunction with another activity. The object is that the activity must be such and must be performed in such a manner as to offend no one. A meal could also surfice.
Potential Variations

ice hockey in indoor building

Submitted by: jason scully
Skills required: Physical,Mental,Social
Difficulty: Easy
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Substantial
Basics of the activity
we play a deaf league teams young to adults age groups
we follow hockey rules and refree can be used and travel teams too and dorm for young and adults get deaf coach or hearing coach who know signlanuage
Potential Variations

Which Steve?

Submitted by: Lou
Skills required: Mental
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
A trivia contest based on the people with the same first name. People come up the the appropriate last name to answear questions.
Potential Variations
Possible a Jeopardy type version.

Frozen Turkey Toss

Submitted by: John
Skills required: Physical
Difficulty: Average
Location: Unimportant
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Individuals
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
Participants toss Frozen Turkeys at a variety of Targets, including rings, holes,
Paper Targets, distance throw, height throw. Also useful as an alarm clock.
Potential Variations
Devise a method to automatically drop a Turkey on a Sleeping camper if not awake by the time BigBro sees fit.

Placemat Contest

Submitted by: Steve Donohue
Skills required: Mental
Difficulty: Average
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
Creation of a themed placemat for each meal. This activity would need to take place before Winter Camp, since it is fairly time consuming (printing alone took more than 30 minutes per mat).
Potential Variations
Contest could be done by grouping on days, meal type or some other category. Mats could be designed by individuals or teams. One or more meals could have colored pencils and crayons on hand for designing a placemat on the spot (Caveman dinner, for example).

Boston Ball

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Skills required: Physical,Social
Difficulty: Average
Location: Outdoor
Timeframe: Day
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
It's basketball the old Boston Celtics way. You have to pass the ball to everyone on your team before you cna take a shot...if you don't and you score, the other team gets the points and the ball......the only problem is coming up wiht basketball hoops, but we could make them out of a basket a lot of rope and some logs...or someone could figure out how to bring some up.....the only other problem is where we could play (the road maybe...)
Potential Variations
We also have Philly Ball which goes whomever the ball is passed into must take it coast-to-coast (this person can't pass to anyone)

Boston Ball

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Skills required: Physical,Social
Difficulty: Average
Location: Outdoor
Timeframe: Day
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
It's basketball the old Boston Celtics way. You have to pass the ball to everyone on your team before you cna take a shot...if you don't and you score, the other team gets the points and the ball......the only problem is coming up wiht basketball hoops, but we could make them out of a basket a lot of rope and some logs...or someone could figure out how to bring some up.....the only other problem is where we could play (the road maybe...)
Potential Variations
We also have Philly Ball which goes whomever the ball is passed into must take it coast-to-coast (this person can't pass to anyone)

FOUR PLAYER PING PONG

Submitted by: DEREK PELLAND
Skills required: Physical,Mental,Social
Difficulty: Demanding
Location: Unimportant
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
FOUR PEOPLE PLAYING A PING PONG GAME.
Potential Variations

waterball

Submitted by: Derek Pelland
Skills required: Physical,Mental,Social
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Outdoor
Timeframe: Day
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs:
Basics of the activity
shoot steel ball on cable with fire hoses to other teams side before they shoot it to your side.
Potential Variations

The Cat's Quizzer

Submitted by: Steve Donohue
Skills required: Mental
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Day
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
The teams compete in a trivia contest. They get nine mistakes before they are eliminated from the contest.
Potential Variations

McElligot's Pool

Submitted by: Steve Donohue
Skills required: Physical,Mental
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Outdoor
Timeframe: Day
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
Using extra large balls, the teams compete in a game of billiards. The field should be either the frozen surface of Beaver Lake or the Field Sports area. The key is that the pool table be huge, probably not even in scale with the billiard balls, which should be at least beachball size.
Each team works in cooperation to try and make their shots. The cue stick should be a pole long enough to require two or three people to use it effectively.
Potential Variations

Reverse Hockey

Submitted by: Nova_Craft
Skills required: Physical,Mental
Difficulty: Nigh Impossible
Location: Unimportant
Timeframe: Day
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
This is hockey with a twist. The game is played the same as normal hockey, but the points are awarded a little differently. Instead of scoring a point by getting the puck/ball in the net, you score by hitting the goalie with the puck. If you take a shot and it goes in the net, the opposing team gets the point. Basically what ends up happening is everyone plays hockey, except the goalies who end up playing dodge ball all night. There's only one rule that MUST be emphasised, the goalie can't leave the crease.
Potential Variations

Variable volleyball in the Round

Submitted by: Mister Horn
Skills required: Physical,Mental
Difficulty: Average
Location: Outdoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Entire Group
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
This is a variation of 4-way volleyball. Basically the court is a large circle which can be subdivided in four (or more sections that will vary in size thourghout the game. On any given volley your team may need to defend half the circle area, or perhaps only a thin sliver of a couple feet. Any number of things could determine which court changes and how much. I leave that part of the development to the analytical minds.
Potential Variations

Murder game

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Skills required: Mental,Social
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Indoor/Outdoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Individuals
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
Umm let's see this is so nto my suggestion......it is the game you all played like a long time ago at some wintercamps way back when....I like the idea though and feel that it dhould be looked into particularly maybe with a mock trial in conjuction (which i previously suggested)
Potential Variations

Snow Bowling

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Skills required: Physical
Difficulty: Average
Location: Outdoor
Timeframe: Day
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
Umm geez...we bowl with pins and a bowling ball in the winter outside, on the ground.
Potential Variations
We could do human snow bowling where teams will like fling or slide or a person will run and slide on their stomachs to knock doown the pins...we would need to do this on ice...but we can always make our own ice slick.

Polar Bear Swim

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Skills required: Physical,Mental
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Outdoor
Timeframe: Day
Work as: Individuals
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
People go and take a dip in the cold, cold water at one of the swim areas.....they can get a polar bear patch...but we would need to be careful for frostbite and hypothermia.
Potential Variations

Spinning bat tee ball

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Skills required: Physical
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Outdoor
Timeframe: Day
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
We play a game of tee ball........the only thing is that before you bat, you have to spin around ten times with your head on the bottom of bat (believe that is like the butt of the bat but whatever).
Potential Variations
This could also be changed into spinning bat relay......you race but first you spin around the bat ten times.

Foot Volleyball

Submitted by: OV
Skills required: Physical
Difficulty: Average
Location: Outdoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
Construct a low net, grab a ball and play volleyball with your feet instead of your hands. Improvise.
Potential Variations
Play four way foot volleyball. I'm not sure the kind of space that is available to you, but if you've got the space, you could also play this inside.

Wrestling: video game style

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Skills required: Mental
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Individuals
Equipment Needs: Substantial
Basics of the activity
Basically, we have a wrestling video game tournament. This would require a lot of video game players (like as in N64's or playstations or whatever), a lot of t.v.'s, a lot of indoor space to set up the machines and to play in, and a lot of controllers. I personally don't like this idea because I would rather do some physical activity, but I am posting it anyways because it was sent to me by someone. The major problem I foresee with this activity is that it would be fairly difficult to get our hands on a fair amount of games and video game systems (so that everyone could play). However, this could be very fun and also an activity that the younger scouts could do very well at (due to both the likelihood of them playing it and the basic familiarity to fighting games in general) if we choose to do it and could get enough games.
Potential Variations
From what I see (since there were no variants suggested in this email) we could also make it maybe a tag team tournament, or we could make it into a fighting game tournament- including wresting games (this would give us a far greater chance of having enough games).

Say What Karaoke

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Skills required: Mental,Social
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Night
Work as: Individuals
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
Anyone seen say what karaoke on mtv. The first round people sing along to any song of their choice. In the second round, they have like a karaoke wheel of death. Then after each round, judges assign point values to different categories (like accuracy, style and performance). The game will work better obviously with a karaoke machine but I suppose that even a word sheet would suffice. But then whomever gets the best score usually wins a prize. The only downside to this activity is that some people may not want to sing...but then I suppose they could be judges.
Potential Variations
This activity could be done with individuals, or groups, or mixtures of both.

Math Game

Submitted by: Big Bro
Skills required: Mental,Social
Difficulty: Demanding
Location: Unimportant
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Entire Group
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
Take a group of things that can change, like x, y, and z.
Each one who plays has points based on the way those things are used in math. The group can vote to change the things and thus your points. No one should know how your points are made, so that you can hide your goals in a change.
Potential Variations
Play by teams, but this would not be as good since those who knew math would do all the work for their team. We could, if we did teams, have one of the things set to each one on the team, so that one would be the sole one to try to change the thing for their math.
We could make the game more if one of the things that changed was a feat you could do, like a race or a leap or time spent to help cook and clean.

Game whose goal is not known

Submitted by: Big Bro
Skills required: Mental,Social
Difficulty: Average
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Entire Group
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
Make or find a game where there can be more than one way to win. Don't tell those who play how to win. If the way to win the game is good, the game could be more fun. By that, I mean if the way to win is to work with one of your foes, or to have more than one way to win and have teams do things that help their "foes", then that would be best.
(So the rules say that you can win if you have more rocks or more leaves; one team goes to get more of both and winds up with five score of each; two teams each have three score of each - those teams share so that one was six score rocks and one has six score leaves and they share the win). Things could be learned from such a game.
Potential Variations
Don't play as teams.

Last Words

Submitted by: Big Bro
Skills required: Mental
Difficulty: Average
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Individuals
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
The last line of a tale is drawn from a hat and each who plays must write (or tell) a tale which ends with that line.
Potential Variations
Could be played to write your own last words or words which tell of your death
Could be played so that one knows the words and must tell a tale in such a way that his team says those words.
Could be played so that more than one tale was made for each set of last words, then a vote gets held to pick the best one.

Mock Trial

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Skills required: Mental,Social
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Entire Group
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
Basically we hold a mock trial. Some person iss the prosecutor, someone is the defense. We have a judge that holds order in the court. We have a plantiff and a defendant. We have some jurors and some witnesses. And then everyone like testifies.
Potential Variations

Lacross

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Skills required: Physical
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Outdoor
Timeframe: Day
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
we play lacross
Potential Variations

Two Games

Submitted by: Big Bro
Skills required: Physical,Mental,Social
Difficulty: Average
Location: Unimportant
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Entire Group
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
We play two games which are like, but not quite the same on the same field with four teams. Each team draws by lot which game it will play, but does not know who its foes are or what game the ones who aren't its foes have to play. It woudl be best if the games were close, so that it was not clear who was to do what. We could do this with our flag game, or with some sport, though I think the flag game would be more fun.
Potential Variations
You could play the same game with both sets of teams. In this way, you could have each team have one team which could help it though they were from the wrong game. It would take more work to set up this way.

What next?

Submitted by: Big Bro
Skills required: Physical,Mental,Social
Difficulty: Average
Location: Unimportant
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Entire Group
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
There are lots of tools which say they will tell us what is to come. We could bring some to camp, then try to use each one and make notes. We could have a list of things we want to know (Who will have a child, who will take a wife, who will get a house, or Will Tim Hunt have a child? Will Jeff take a wife? Will Steve get a house?). We then use each tool for each of the things and note what the tools say. In a year we check the tools to see which was the best.
Potential Variations

The Mean Game

Submitted by: Big Bro
Skills required: Physical,Mental,Social
Difficulty: Average
Location: Unimportant
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Entire Group
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
We put up a group of things that we want to know of each. We could have tests of all sorts, then take scores. Some would be things you do, like push ups, while some would be things you know, like math. When we are done we get all the scores and find the mean, then play a game where we guess who wrecks the curve, who is close to the mean and who is more or less than the mean.
Potential Variations
We could each have our scores and not share them, then the next year we could do the same test to gauge our skills.

Psi Test

Submitted by: Big Bro
Skills required: Mental
Difficulty: Average
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Individuals
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
We could find a test that would gauge who could "read minds" and then we could all take it. I don't think it would mean much, but it could be fun.
Potential Variations
We could try to fudge the tests so the things proved true in each case.

Old Wives Tales

Submitted by: Big Bro
Skills required: Mental,Social
Difficulty: Demanding
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Entire Group
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
We could do a day where we tried to find which things that old wives say are true and which are not. This would take some work, since we would have to find those things first, then make up a way to test them (like a watched pot will not boil)
Potential Variations
We could try to fudge the tests so the things proved true in each case.

Book Club

Submitted by: Big Bro
Skills required: Mental,Social
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Entire Group
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
Each one who comes to camp votes on a book we will all read. We then read and talk of the book on the web page. (This would mean a new wall I think). The book should be one that can be bought cheap and should be one that most folks would find of some worth.
Potential Variations
We could have two or three books, based on age or things we wish to know more of.

Meal Class

Submitted by: Big Bro
Skills required: Mental,Social
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Entire Group
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
At the start and end of most meals there is a time when things are slow. We could do things in this time. One thought would be to choose folks to learn more of the theme for that day and then tell us what they've learned when the meal is done or as we wait for all to get to the meal. The class would not be like school; it could be fun, like a math or word game, or a big maze or some sort of thing like that. It could be like what was in the news for Math month.
Potential Variations

Twice-told Tales

Submitted by: Big Bro
Skills required: Mental,Social
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
The group is split in two teams. One from each team gets to read or watch a tale. He then gets some time to tell the tale to his team. The team then takes a quiz on the tale and the two teams try to score the most points on the quiz. The game could be played in rounds so that lots of folks got a chance to tell the tale, or it could be a bunch of small teams, but that would spoil the twice-told part. The key would be that the tale not be too well known, lest one team gain an edge.
Potential Variations
The teams could have to act the tale for their foes, or each team could skip the quiz and have to act the tale based on what they were told was part of the tale.

Group Hobby Draw

Submitted by: Mark-->
Skills required: Physical,Mental,Social
Difficulty: Average
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Entire Group
Equipment Needs: None
Basics of the activity
Modify the Hobby Draw by selecting a single hobby that everyone would pursue for the coming year, rather than picking out individual hobbies for everyone (many of which don't get touched). This has certain advantages: newcomers and people who weren't at the Draw could nonetheless be included in the year's hobby. At the next Winter Camp, we compare/combine efforts and see what everyone has done with the hobby. One example that comes to mind is matchbook collecting--everyone could probably contribute some unique elements to a massive collection.
Potential Variations

Telegraph Communication

Submitted by: Jeff
Skills required: Mental
Difficulty: Demanding
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Individuals
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
Set up telegraph offices between the two cabins. It may be a good way to summon people to meals and activities.
Potential Variations

Twilight Zone

Submitted by: Jeff
Skills required: Physical,Mental,Social
Difficulty: Demanding
Location: Indoor/Outdoor
Timeframe: Night
Work as: Entire Group
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
Ten chosen episodes of the Twilight Zone are written on cards. A card is chosen at random for the theme of the night's activitity or as the nature of the Universe for the evening's events.
Potential Variations

Scavenger hunt

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Skills required: Social
Difficulty: Average
Location: Indoor/Outdoor
Timeframe: Day
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
We have a big scavenger hunt with a weird list of stuff and a few hours to go find it...We' d need like cars and such to go and et it....It's fun caz it is silly.
Potential Variations

Sim city

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Skills required: Social
Difficulty: Average
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Individuals
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
Basically, we have a simulation marketplace of sorts where everyone sells some sort of thing, like cookies, or renting out use of a video game machine, or bed making or anything that they can think of to do. Then we give everyone a specific amount of fake money and they interact in this market palce. The person has to sell whatever their selling and has to decide when to sell it (as opposed to when to be out buying other people's stuff) and how much to charge and how to advertise and so forth. They also have to pay taxes to a tax collector (someone who will keep this money separate from their own) they have to rent space to set up shop and so forth. We actually did this in my fifth grade class and it was a lot of fun.
Potential Variations
I can't think of any but they are possible I'm sure

Air Hockey

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Skills required: Physical
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Individuals
Equipment Needs: Substantial
Basics of the activity
Get an Air Hockey table (I don't know where nor do I have access to one but it is a suggestion) and play air hockey. Somehow we could come up with a winter camp puck and we could have a tournament to see who wins a winter camp trophy of some sort. Obviously the down fall with this activity is where would we both get and put an air hockey table. But it still would be cool
Potential Variations
Just having an air hockey table for recreational purposes only (i.e. not an activity planned around it but just something to mess with)

Getting toknow you, getting to know all about you

Submitted by: Steve Clark (thoug I think Ron suggested something similar last year)
Skills required: Physical,Social
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
A good first day or first night activity. People are paired up with someone they don't know. Then there is a "the newlywed" style game where you try and predict how the person you got to know better would answer various questions or finish various statements.
Potential Variations
Can't think of any right now but I'm sure they are there.

Sledding on the face

Submitted by: Steve Clark (though I believe Harig suggested something like this)
Skills required: Physical
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Outdoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Individuals
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
We go sledding, enough said
Potential Variations
We could have sledding races or sledding relay races

Armageddon

Submitted by: Jeff Rand
Skills required: Mental
Difficulty: Demanding
Location: Indoor/Outdoor
Timeframe: Night
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
This is an overnight activitity involving facilities other than the BC Building. Three teams are formed, but it is not a competition, rather the teams will have to work together in order to defeat the forces of evil. Some unique ideas have been developed but must remain secret in order for the activity to work.
Potential Variations

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