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Pets escape wide game

on November 17, 2013

Here’s the wide game I put together as part of the pets badge. There were two patrols looking for scruffy, two looking for mittens. I had the younger girls looking for mittens, so the tasks were slightly easier. The wide game took about an hour and a quarter.

The story:

Scruffy and Mittens have escaped! We’re going to need all hands on deck to find them! Juniors – could you please do your best to find Mittens? Seniors – we’ll need you on the look out for Scruffy! When you’re looking for our fluffy friends, you’ll need to follow the clues, complete the challenges, and DO YOUR BEST.

Order of activities:

1. Make a ‘missing’ poster

 Equipment – paper, pens etc.

  1. Decode a clue

The clue was done using an English-to-webdings font, and read something like “please help find me, my paw prints look like this:” with a clip art picture of dog or cat paws.

  1. Paw prints trail

 Leading from the hall in different directions were paw print trails with different coloured backgrounds to indicate which patrol should follow which trail. The trails eventually lead to the next task.

  1. Gather water for bowl

 Equipment – buckets, bowls, spoons and/or cups. Buckets full of water were set up in a line, one for each patrol. Bowls for filling were set up opposite, about three meters away. Beside the buckets for the older girls (hunting scruffy) were tablespoons, and beside the bowls for the younger girls (hunting mittens) were plastic cups.

  1. Make a long lead

 A pile of ropes of all different lengths were provided. You could also use string or wool or fabric or grass or…

  1. Make a mini shelter

 A pile of balls of wool and paddle pop sticks were provided. This didn’t work as well as I imagined, perhaps pipecleaners or something else might be more useful. Or just pop a box of crafty bits where you want this activity to happen, and see what they come up with!

  1. Find a bone or fish

 This was just a clip art picture cut up and hidden.

  1. Scout’s  pace

 Always a good addition to a wide game!

  1. Ball/wool toss

 Provide tennis balls for the scruffy teams, and balls of wool for the mittens teams. I just had them aim for an area, but you could set up targets of some sort if you wanted to add complexity.

  1. Mud trail/wool trail

My fabulous junior leader set up these trails – for ‘mud’ she coloured in bits of paper brown and ran a trail about, while for wool, she used a whole ball of wool and ran it all around the grounds, ending up with poor mittens in a tree!

Here are the instructions for the teams – I had them printed & in envelopes and numbered. Guides were instructed only to open a clue when they’d completed the task prior.

Enjoy!

Scruffy Mittens
With Scruffy missing, you’ll   need to make up some posters to go around the local area!

Each guide will need one piece   of folded paper.

Everyone should do one third,   then refold to hide the top third and swap posters and do another third, then   swap again.

1)      On   the top third, write Missing and Scruffy’s name

2)      On   the middle third, draw the Scruffy’s head

3)      On   the bottom third, draw Scruffy’s body and some imaginary contact details for   anyone who finds Scruffy!

When everyone has done a   poster, stick them up on the wall near the stairs, and then move onto your   next task.

 

With Mittens missing, you’ll   need to make up some posters to go around the local area!

Each guide will need one piece   of folded paper.

Everyone should do one third,   then refold to hide the top third and swap posters and do another third, then   swap again.

1)      On   the top third, write Missing and Mittens’ name

2)      On   the middle third, draw the Mittens’ head

3)      On   the bottom third, draw Mittens’ body and some imaginary contact details for   anyone who finds Mittens!

When everyone has done a   poster, stick them up on the wall near the stairs, and then move onto your   next task.

 

Decode the information to find   your next task!

 

Decode the information to find   your next task!

 

Paw prints trail Paw prints trail
Pets always need plenty of   fresh water. Scruffy is sure to be thirsty when he is found, so make sure   there is plenty of water in his dish!

Out in the main courtyard, using   the spoon provided, transfer enough water from the bucket to fill the water   dish.

Take it in turns, and remember   you cannot move either the bucket or the dish.

When you’ve filled the dish, go   back to the hall for your next task!

 

Pets always need plenty of fresh water. Mittens is sure to be thirsty when she is found, so make sure there is plenty of water in her dish!

Out in the main courtyard, using   the cup provided, transfer enough water from the bucket to fill the water   dish.

Take it in turns, and remember   you cannot move either the bucket or the dish.

When you’ve filled the dish, go   back to the hall for your next task!

 

Scruffy will need a nice long   lead for walks when he returns.

Using three of the ropes   provided, work as a patrol to make the longest possible plaited lead.

 

Mittens will need a nice long   lead for walks when she returns.

Using three of the ropes   provided, work as a patrol to make the longest possible plaited lead.

 

Using the paddle pop sticks and   wool, build a mini kennel for Scruffy, thinking about what a dog would need   to be comfortable and secure.

Show a leader when you’re   finished to get your next clue.

 

Using the paddle pop sticks and   wool, build a mini basket for Mittens, thinking about what a cat would need   to be comfortable and secure.

Show a leader when you’re   finished to get your next clue.

 

Scruffy will need his bone when   he comes home. He’s probably buried it in the front garden…

 

Mittens will be looking for her   little fish toy when she gets home. She probably lost it in the front garden…

 

Dogs like to run, but if you go   too quick, Scruffy will get tired! As a patrol, practice your Scout’s pace   (20 steps walking, 20 steps running), going one at a time along the footpath   from the entrance to the carpark, down and around the corner to the front   door of the hall, and back again.

Remember to keep to the paths!

 

Cats like to run around, but if   you go too quick, Mittens will get tired! As a patrol, practice your Scout’s   pace (20 steps walking, 20 steps running), going one at a time along the   footpath from the entrance to the carpark, down and around the corner to the   front door of the hall, and back again.

Remember to keep to the paths!

 

Dogs like to play with balls,   and play catch! So you’re in practice for when Scruffy gets back, work with   your patrol to throw a tennis ball from the curb near the big tree out the   front all the way into the little circle of seats.

Be accurate!

When you’re done, find the   barbeque to begin your final hunt for Scruffy!

 

Cats like to play with wool! So   you’re in practice for when Mittens gets back, work with your patrol to throw   a ball of wool across the hall, from one set of windows to the other.

Be accurate!

When you’re done, find the   barbeque to begin your final hunt for Mittens!

 

Scruffy left a trail of mud   when he ran away… chances are good that following the mud will lead to   Scruffy…

 

Mittens left a trail of wool   when she ran away… chances are good that following the wool will lead to   Mittens…

 

 

Scruffy Mittens
With Scruffy missing, you’ll   need to make up some posters to go around the local area!

Each guide will need one piece   of folded paper.

Everyone should do one third,   then refold to hide the top third and swap posters and do another third, then   swap again.

4)      On   the top third, write Missing and Scruffy’s name

5)      On   the middle third, draw the Scruffy’s head

6)      On   the bottom third, draw Scruffy’s body and some imaginary contact details for   anyone who finds Scruffy!

When everyone has done a   poster, stick them up on the wall near the stairs, and then move onto your   next task.

 

With Mittens missing, you’ll   need to make up some posters to go around the local area!

Each guide will need one piece   of folded paper.

Everyone should do one third,   then refold to hide the top third and swap posters and do another third, then   swap again.

4)      On   the top third, write Missing and Mittens’ name

5)      On   the middle third, draw the Mittens’ head

6)      On   the bottom third, draw Mittens’ body and some imaginary contact details for   anyone who finds Mittens!

When everyone has done a   poster, stick them up on the wall near the stairs, and then move onto your   next task.

 

Decode the information to find   your next task!

 

Decode the information to find   your next task!

 

Paw prints trail Paw prints trail
Pets always need plenty of   fresh water. Scruffy is sure to be thirsty when he is found, so make sure   there is plenty of water in his dish!

Out in the main courtyard,   using the spoon provided, transfer enough water from the bucket to fill the   water dish.

Take it in turns, and remember   you cannot move either the bucket or the dish.

When you’ve filled the dish, go   back to the hall for your next task!

 

Pets always need plenty of   fresh water. Mittens is sure to be thirsty when she is found, so make sure   there is plenty of water in her dish!

Out in the main courtyard,   using the cup provided, transfer enough water from the bucket to fill the   water dish.

Take it in turns, and remember   you cannot move either the bucket or the dish.

When you’ve filled the dish, go   back to the hall for your next task!

 

Scruffy will need a nice long   lead for walks when he returns.

Using three of the ropes   provided, work as a patrol to make the longest possible plaited lead.

 

Mittens will need a nice long   lead for walks when she returns.

Using three of the ropes   provided, work as a patrol to make the longest possible plaited lead.

 

Using the paddle pop sticks and   wool, build a mini kennel for Scruffy, thinking about what a dog would need   to be comfortable and secure.

Show a leader when you’re   finished to get your next clue.

 

Using the paddle pop sticks and   wool, build a mini basket for Mittens, thinking about what a cat would need   to be comfortable and secure.

Show a leader when you’re   finished to get your next clue.

 

Scruffy will need his bone when   he comes home. He’s probably buried it in the front garden…

 

Mittens will be looking for her   little fish toy when she gets home. She probably lost it in the front garden…

 

Dogs like to run, but if you go   too quick, Scruffy will get tired! As a patrol, practice your Scout’s pace   (20 steps walking, 20 steps running), going one at a time along the footpath   from the entrance to the carpark, down and around the corner to the front   door of the hall, and back again.

Remember to keep to the paths!

 

Cats like to run around, but if   you go too quick, Mittens will get tired! As a patrol, practice your Scout’s   pace (20 steps walking, 20 steps running), going one at a time along the   footpath from the entrance to the carpark, down and around the corner to the   front door of the hall, and back again.

Remember to keep to the paths!

 

Dogs like to play with balls,   and play catch! So you’re in practice for when Scruffy gets back, work with   your patrol to throw a tennis ball from the curb near the big tree out the   front all the way into the little circle of seats.

Be accurate!

When you’re done, find the   barbeque to begin your final hunt for Scruffy!

 

Cats like to play with wool! So   you’re in practice for when Mittens gets back, work with your patrol to throw   a ball of wool across the hall, from one set of windows to the other.

Be accurate!

When you’re done, find the   barbeque to begin your final hunt for Mittens!

 

Scruffy left a trail of mud   when he ran away… chances are good that following the mud will lead to   Scruffy…

 

Mittens left a trail of wool   when she ran away… chances are good that following the wool will lead to   Mittens…

 


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