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Clever running game

Preparation: 1 h
Persons: >15
Length: 2-3 h
Cost of materials: medium - high
Age: from 8 upwards
Location: outdoors
Season: summer
Action factor: high
Material: A clothesline, a band which is double the length, bucket with a hole, bucket without a hole to refill, measuring containers, tin cans with holders, ruler , 5 toilet paper rolls, fake doner kebab, 36 pieces of paper with a letter and a number, overview, dictionary, spaghetti, pan/tin can, matches, 15 newspaper sheets, fork, an Esbit cooker if required, empty wine bottle filled with water, stone, jar, package of peas, stick, thermometer, coded puzzle letter with 5 questions, code, eggs, marker pen, 3 potato stamps, stopwatch and stamp pad.
Aim: Skills, speed, creativity, problem solution techniques are required and promoted

Each group receives a Swiss number account with a credit of 100 Francs. The new (game) status is entered directly into the account at each station. The first group at each station provides the reference value. You should therefore make sure that the same group is not always first at the station.

  1. Water relay (river)

    Location: a flat river area in a conservation area

    Description: a taut line (clothesline) is tensed over the river and a bucket with a hole in the bottom is attached. The bucket is pulled back and forth across the river with the other band by a leader. The group (or just 5 members) stands in the river with a tin can tied to their heads with string. The group must now try to collect as must water as possible flowing from the bucket. The game is not played against the clock; it is over when the 2nd full bucket is empty.

    Material: a clothesline, a band which is double the length, bucket with a hole, bucket without a hole to refill, measuring containers, tin cans with holders and ruler.

    Points system:

    • Guideline: number of mm achieved by the 1st group in a measuring container = 150 Francs
    • Debit: per 1 mm below the Guideline result = 1.75 Francs
    • Credit: per 1 mm above the Guideline result = 2.50 Francs
  1. Quiet post: Toilet paper transport

    Location: starting point - conservation area

    Description: a toilet roll with 250 sheets is fully rolled out. The group forms a long line and must transport the rolled out toilet paper above their heads to the loud post. The longest intact piece is assessed afterwards.

    Material: 5 toilet paper rolls

    Points system:

    • Guideline: 200 sheets = 100 Francs
    • Debit: per sheet below 200 = 50 Cents
    • Credit: per sheet above 200 = 35 Cents
  2. Doner trade (a kebab salesman)

    Location: behind the hanging bridge

    Description: the group is hungry and has to buy a very luxurious doner kebab. But the doner kebab man is a salesman and is demanding a cheeky price for it. The group must therefore try to barter the price down. The doner kebab man has a range of suggestions to make the doner cheaper:

    Sing a battle song (between 1.50 and 3.50 Francs depending on the loudness level), 30 seconds of press-ups by 1 person (10 Cents per press-up), tell jokes (0.50 to 4 Francs depending on how funny they are), ...

    Material: fake doner kebab,...

    Points system:

    • Guideline: doner price = 150 Francs
    • Debit: not applicable (refer to quiet post)
    • Credit: X Francs discount depending on the tasks
  3. Quiet post: letter fruit salad

    Location: before the hanging bridge

    Description: there are numbered pieces of paper with 36 letters hanging on a railing; the letters can only be read once the paper is turned over. The group walks over the bridge in single file and must remember as many of the letters with the corresponding numbers as possible. The doner man has an overview of the 36 combinations and asks the group afterwards. At the end, the group has 1 minute time to make the longest word possible in a dictionary or somewhere on the camp. The groups are assessed on the right number/letter combinations and the length of the word they manage to make.

    Material: 36 pieces of paper each with a letter and a number, overview and a dictionary

    Points system:

    • Guideline: 28 combinations = 50 Francs, length of word: 8 letters = 50 Francs
    • Debit: for each combination under 28 = 2.50 Francs, per word letter = 2 Francs
    • Credit: for each combination over 28 = 2 Francs, per word letter = 3 Francs
  4. Noodle knots (???)

    Location: river mouth

    Description: the group receives a pan (or tin can), 3 pieces of spaghetti, 5 matches, 3 sheets of newspaper and a fork. The task is to fetch as much water as possible in the shortest time (from a river, pond, neighbour etc.), heat the water to cook the noodles and tie a knot in at least one noodle. It is recommended to take the noodles out of the pan one at a time because the first noodle is almost always too hard.

    Material: Spaghetti, pan/tin can matches, 15 sheets of newspaper, fork, an Esbit cooker if required.

    Points system:

    • Guideline: the 1st group's time = 150 Francs
    • Debit: per 1 second above the guideline result = 5 Cents
    • Credit: per 1 second below the guideline result = 6 Cents
  5. Quiet post: Estimation posts

    Location: wherever

    Description: the group must estimate different objects: water volume in a wine bottle, weight of a stone, number of peas in a glass, length of a stick, temperature of (river) water.

    Material: empty bottle of wine filled with water, stone, glass, packet of peas, stick, and thermometer

    Points system:

    • Guideline: measure everything first, per object = 25 Francs
    • Debit: difference: per 10 ml = 25 Cents; per 10 g = 20 Cents; per 50 peas = 35 Cents; per 1 cm = 50 Cents; per 1/10 degree = 45 Cents
    • Credit: exact hit = 5 Cents
  6. Egg throw (Wrombadschke)

    Location: high chair

    Description: the group meets Wrombadschke, the employee of the month, who lives on a high chair. At the foot of the high chair, there is a clue sheet with 5 questions in a secret language which only Wrombadschke knows. The group can receive coded letters from him. Each letter is on an egg which Wrombadschke lends to the group (against payment of a rental fee) and throws from the high chair. At least three different people from the group must catch the eggs. If they break, they must be paid for. The first three eggs do not cost a rental fee but every extra egg does. The group can request any amount of eggs until the clue can be translation. Afterwards, the clue has to be solved.

    Material: coded puzzle letter with 5 questions, code, eggs, black marker

    Points system:

    • Guideline: none
    • Debit: rental fee per egg from the 4th egg = 8.25 Francs, broken egg = 4 Francs
    • Credit: per solved clue task up to 30 Francs
  7. Quiet post: Clue

    Integrated in the loud post.

  8. Stamp relay (???)

    Location: Zig-zag path under the cable car

    Description: on an uphill route, three potato stamps with the letters S, A and B are spread out (bottom, middle and top). The group now carries out a relay race with the stamp pad as a baton: run up to the top stamp first. On the way up the hill, one body part beginning with the letter on the stamp must be stamped at each station. The group should have at least 6 different body parts with stamps at the end. (e.g. "B" = Belly, Breast, Bottom,...).

    Material: 3 potato stamps, a stopwatch and a stamp pad

    Points system:

    • Guideline: the 1st group's time = 150 Francs
    • Debit: per 1 second above the guideline result = 40 Cents, per different body part below 6 = 5 Francs
    • Credit: per 1 second below the guideline result = 45 Francs, per additional body part above 6 = 7 Francs
  9. Quiet post: Cook's hymn

    Location: Cable car station

    Description: the group must sing a song of praise to the kitchen staff/cooks: 1 verse and 1 chorus. The cooks award the interest to the account afterwards.

    Material: none

    Points system:

    • Guideline: 1 verse & 1 chorus
    • Debit / credit: interest between 0.25 and 4.5 percent depending on the assessment.

The attractive part is the new calculation of points: number accounts instead of just time and metres.

Authors: Jörg Löbker, Thorsten Schwand and Jens Schüren (Germany)

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