Suggest an Activity

Why yes, it is stolen from our normal Add an activity thing. Even more entertaining, I plan to take everything suggested here and put it over there later. Suggest away!

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Submitted by: on Sunday, 13-Oct-02 12:10:53 EDT
Skills required: Mental
Difficulty: Nigh Impossible
Location: Indoor/Outdoor
Timeframe: Night
Work as: Individuals
Equipment Needs: Substantial
Basics of the activity
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Potential Variations
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Science Fair

Submitted by: Steve D. on Thursday, 23-Nov-00 16:09:26 EST
Skills required: Mental
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
Use a book like "Kitchen Chemistry" or Campers own ingenuity to put on our own little science fair of strange and unusual science (like the glowing pickle thing).
Potential Variations

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Fraud is a Felony

Submitted by: Steve D. on Thursday, 23-Nov-00 16:08:07 EST
Skills required: Mental,Social
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Individuals
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
Three or four panelists are given some unusual object and try to identify it. Players try to guess which of the panelists is telling the truth (sort of like Liar's club).
Potential Variations

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Bunny Slipper Marathon

Submitted by: Steve D. on Thursday, 23-Nov-00 16:05:42 EST
Skills required: Physical,Mental,Social
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Indoor/Outdoor
Timeframe: Day
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
Teams compete in a variety of simple games while wearing bunny slippers (hey, even the dean wears them in the movie).
Potential Variations
Could run it as a relay style race with each member of the team having to remove the shoes and pass them to another member of the team for his "leg" (whcih might just be running or could involve some other physical challenge).

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Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Submitted by: Steve D. on Thursday, 23-Nov-00 15:42:02 EST
Skills required: Mental,Social
Difficulty: Demanding
Location: Indoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
(That's the closing credits theme for the movie)
In this game, we play a variety of "world domination" board games. I'm thinking Diplomacy, Risk, Monopoly (okay, so it's just one town), Axis & Allies, whatever. The goal is for each team to score as many wins as possible. We'll have to work hard to come up with games that are known by enough players. Alternately, we could assign one experienced player as a teacher for the less common games.
Potential Variations
As above except players have to switch games and/or we use more popular games as a sort of "Mental Olympics".

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Smart People on Ice

Submitted by: Steve D. on Thursday, 23-Nov-00 15:37:30 EST
Skills required: Physical,Social
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Outdoor
Timeframe: Day
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
We're smart people so anything we do on the ice would qualify. I think human chess would be cool. How about Human Quarto where we have adult/youth, hatted/not hatted, gloved/not gloved, or whatever as variations.
Potential Variations
We could also totally emphasize the smart people part by (for example) creating a maze with squares on the ice. There are questions in various categories with a list of answers (about 5 for each question) players can move 1 square for each of the answers they name. maybe they can double their moves if they take a negative for each non-answer. The maze is a checkerboard deal, but you can't tell which squares are blocked until you step in them. maybe as an added thrill you go back to the start and aren't allowed to mark squares.

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Orbital Tracking Mirror

Submitted by: Steve D. on Thursday, 23-Nov-00 15:34:55 EST
Skills required: Physical,Mental,Social
Difficulty: Demanding
Location: Outdoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Teams
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
Orbital Tracking. Clearly we have the makings of a compass course or some similar round-robin activity. Perhaps we create an event where there are an even number of teams who runs stations in opposite orders (so team 1 mirrors team 4 and team 2 mirrors team 3). The goal could even be to guess which team you were closest to or to try to match your score closely to one of the other teams (the mirror).
Potential Variations

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Launch Problem or Design Problem?

Submitted by: Steve D. on Thursday, 23-Nov-00 15:33:45 EST
Skills required: Physical,Mental
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Outdoor
Timeframe: Day
Work as: Individuals
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
Your basic paper airplane contest. We could, of course, have some sort of categories too.
Potential Variations

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Mutant Hamster Races

Submitted by: Steve D. on Thursday, 23-Nov-00 15:29:50 EST
Skills required: Physical,Mental
Difficulty: Average
Location: Unimportant
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Individuals
Equipment Needs: Moderate
Basics of the activity
We do a genius night style activity with the objective being to build something that moves. We could devise a number of categories so there was more to it than just racing. Leaping to mind for me would be:
  • Engineering - Awarded for the most innovative use of the materials
  • Gravity - racing in the gravity assist category (kind of like a hotwheels track or a pinewood derby
  • Self-propelled - as long as the kit has some components that could create or store energy, this could work
  • Most Hamsterlike - okay so this is a category for the artistic among us (not me)
  • Rube Goldberg - the most preposterous design (even better if it works, but not required)
I'm sure there are other possibilities.
Potential Variations

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Impromptu Sled

Submitted by: Steve D. on Thursday, 23-Nov-00 15:28:32 EST
Skills required: Mental
Difficulty: Moderate
Location: Outdoor
Timeframe: Unimportant
Work as: Individuals
Equipment Needs: Light
Basics of the activity
Basically, we use materials at hand to produce sleds; not quite up to Jordan's carefully machined chairsled, but we could still have some fun.
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