Reinforcing skills is an important part of a Scouting program. If you can use a game to turn it into a fun activity, it can also encourage cooperation and help leadership skills develop.
This is a traditional Scout lashings game which might date back to Baden-Powell himself. It practices Scoutcraft (lashings) as well as cooperation and problem solving.
This can be used with just one group or patrol as a team building activity or with multiple groups as a competition. It would also work well with First Class requirement 3c:
Demonstrate tying the square, shear, and diagonal lashings by joining two or more poles or staves togetherFirst Class Requirement 3c
Snapper Fishing Game – A Lashings Game
Materials (for each patrol or group)
- rope or sticks to marks two sides (riverbanks)
- four poles – each four to five feet long
- several (at least three) pieces of rope or cord
- one mousetrap
- Use ropes, sticks, or something similar to mark two “riverbanks” approximately 15 feet apart.
- The mousetrap should be set on one side of the “river”.
- On the other side, the patrol should work together to lash the poles together with the pieces of rope or cord.
- After they have lashed them all together, they should use their long “fishing” pole to snap the mousetrap.