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Journey through the Solar System Wide Game

on August 30, 2013

This is a wide game put together for our “Outer Space” sleepover. It took about 3 hours, and the girls had a lot of fun.

The overall aim was meant to be to complete all the challenges, as well as find puzzle pieces (different colour for each patrol), which would result in different aliens. unfortunately puzzle pieces were cut a bit too small, so that part didn’t quite work!

To set up the space, place a picture of each planet where you’ve decided the relevant activity should take place, so they can figure where each ‘station’ is.

At each planet, instructions for each patrol were put in colour-coded envelopes for them to collect, but you could easily just have them written once for everyone, or included in their ‘kit’ at the beginning with instructions to only open/read at specific locations.

Opening instructions: read by leader
Guides! We’ve had a top-secret message from NASA! Aliens have been spotted in our solar system, and brave people are needed to try and discover them, to see if the rumours are true!
Are you ready to have a huge adventure and find the aliens?
Each patrol will have a separate path to follow at various points on your journey – so be sure to be following your own clues, not other patrols!

As your first assignment, using the materials provided, you will need to build your patrol a small rocket from the materials provided. It will need to be compact enough to be easily carried through your journey across the solar system! Be quick, lift off will be in 10 minutes!
When your rocket is ready to launch, collect your flight instructions and solar system map from the launch pad to begin.

[provide crafty/recycling materials in big pile]

Begin your journey through the solar system by travelling to the Sun, using Scouts Pace.
Scouts Pace is a way of travelling quickly without getting too tired – walk twenty steps, then run twenty steps, then walk twenty steps, then run twenty steps. Keep repeating the pattern until you get to the Sun!

At the ‘Sun’ location:
Careful, the Sun is super-hot!
Uh-oh, the youngest member of your patrol is overwhelmed by the heat! Find them a cool place to rest, fan them down, and make sure they have a drink of cool water before you travel to the first planet in our Solar System: Mercury!

At the ‘Mercury’ location:
Mercury is named after the Roman messenger god.
Figure out the message you’ve been left, using the code.
[create a code using windings or similar. Be sure to also provide the key to decode the message!]
Code should read:
[leave some puzzle pieces roughly between Mercury and Venus – aim to have these quite a distance apart]

At ‘Venus’ location:
Venus is also known as the “morning star”, as you can often spot it in the early morning, looking like the brightest star in the sky.
Use the materials provided to construct a five-pointed star, before making your way to Earth. Remember to keep an eye out for alien evidence along the way.
[provide beads and pipe cleaners or other suitable craft materials]

At ‘Earth’ location:
On your return to Earth, before striking out for the next part of the solar system, be sure to re-fuel.
Collect your fuelling equipment and instructions from the kitchen. When you have finished refuelling, it will be time to set off for Mars!
[Provide materials for lunch or a snack – we cooked biscuits on the campfire, which took about 40 minutes or so including getting small fires going, but you could cook anything you liked]

At ‘Mars’ location:
Mars is known as the Red Planet. It is named after the Roman god of war.
Using the ropes provided, play Tug Of War. Try and figure out which people in your patrol need to be grouped together to get the closest contest!
When you’ve had enough, it is time to attempt to move through the Asteroid Belt.
[Provide a large rope suitable for tug-of-war. If possible, also provide cotton gardening gloves to protect hands from rope burn]

At ‘Asteroid Belt’ location:
As a patrol, you will need to make your way through the Asteroid Belt. You must stay together as a group, and be sure to have everyone in contact with at least one other member of the patrol.
If any patrol members get separated from the group, you all must return to the beginning of the Asteroid Belt and begin again.
[Set up lots of ropes criss-crossing all over each other as an obstacle course. We used lots of trees and strung the ropes between them. Our rules included the requirement that the trees at each of the corners of the space needed to be touched by all patrol members, but you’ll need to modify the instructions depending on how your rope maze is set up]

At the end of the Asteroid Belt:
Your next stop in your journey through the solar system is the largest planet – Jupiter!
To get to Jupiter, you’ll need to travel by skipping! Be quick, and key an eye out for alien clues!

At ‘Jupiter’ location:
Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system – its so large that all the other planets could fit inside it!
Using the gadget wood and rope provided, (and using correct knots and lashings if possible – share the knot book!), build the tallest, biggest structure you can, and try and fit inside all the members of your patrol.
When everyone has managed to get inside, head onto Saturn!
[Provide gadget wood and rope/string for lashing. A tarp or a sheet is handy to throw over the top of the shelter to see if everyone fits ‘inside’]

At ‘Saturn’ location:
Saturn is known as the ringed planet. Use the rings provided to each hula-hoop between two and twenty rings each (remember to do your best!)
When you’re finished, get ready to head towards the outer edges of the solar system – next stop, Uranus!
[provide several hula hoops]

At ‘Uranus’ location:
Uranus is the only planet to have a Greek name – Uranus means “strange axis”.
In honour of Uranus’ Greek name, gather small branches of leaves and vines, and make a laurel wreath for each member of your patrol to wear as you hunt for the final alien clues, and make your way to the final planet: Neptune!

At ‘Neptune’ location:
Neptune is the final planet in our solar system! Neptune is known as the blue planet, and is covered in ice.
Using the salt and string provided, try to remove the icecubes from the water without touching the ice cube. When you’ve removed the icecube, its time to return to Earth!
[provide string, salt, and ice cubes – in theory, sprinkling salt onto the icecube will let you put the string onto it, and have it refreeze enough that you’ll be able to lift out the icecube… but none of my girls had any success! The day was a bit warm, so it may be that it just wasn’t re-freezing properly]

Once you’ve got to Earth, make sure you’ve identified your alien properly before taking it to NASA officials for identification!


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