Here are some fun games that our troop likes and are played quite often.
Jump the shot: Scouts make a circle around one scout, who is in the center. That scout has a rope with a heavy object tied around the end like a ball. They swing the ball in a circle along the ground and scouts in the circle have to try and jump over it. If anyone is hit by the rope they’re out. The last person left wins.
Never Have I Ever: Make a circle of chairs facing inwards with one less chair than scouts. The person without a chair stands in the center. They make a statement about something they have never done. For ex. I have never been to Japan. If anyone in the circle has been to Japan they have to stand up and find a different seat. This way there is an opening for the person in the middle to try and sit down. Then whoever is left without a seat after all who have done the act have moved, is in the middle. Whenever we play this we say “never have I ever” done blah blah blah. This can confuse some people but it means the same thing as “I have never”…
Steal the bacon: Scouts are divided in to two teams, often by patrol. The teams stand on opposite sides of the room facing each other in parallel lines. Designate two scouts from each team to give numbers to their team. The first person is one and so one. A safe object is placed in the exact center of the room. The person running the game or designated individual will call out a number within the ones used to number off teammates. A person from each team should team should have that number. At that point the scouts whose numbers have been called must run to center and attempt to bring the object or (bacon) to their side of the room. Whoever gets the bacon first runs towards their team, while the other person attempts to tag the player. If they get tagged the round is over, if not that team gets one point. You may kick the bacon towards your side to avoid being tagged right after picking up the bacon, but must cross the line while holding the bacon or else it doesn’t count.
Crows and cranes: Scouts are divided into two teams, like by patrols. One team is called the cranes and the other the crows. They stand on opposite sides of the room parallel to each other. When it time for the game to begin teams move till they are just beyond arms distance from each other in the center of the room. An announcer may either crows or cranes. If they yell crows, then the cranes must run and attempt to reach their side before getting tagged by the crows, and vice versa. Once you are tagged you join the other team. Once one team is gone the game is over.
Shuffle Your Buns: Scouts make a circle of chairs facing inwards. One scout gets up from their chair, leaving it open, and stands in the center. The goal for the scout in the center is to sit back down. The other scouts are trying to prevent that. Depending on which direction you decide to go, the scout on the left or right of the empty chair will move to that chair. Then the next one will fill that chair. This continues to happen as the gap moves around the circle and the middle scout tries to sit down. Once they succeed the person who failed to move into the seat is in the center.
Team sleds: Requires foot sleds which should be in the troop room. Sleds are two long wood planks with ropes attached at intervals along the plank. About 5 people stand on a sled. Each puts their feet on each plank and grabs the ropes from both planks with corresponding hands. The goal of the game is to work together with your group and walk towards a destination. You must time when to lift the planks or else it it doesn’t work. There are two sets so patrols can compete and have competitive races.