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The aim of this challenge is to use a candle to burn through a water balloon, which should then extinguish the candle.


Water balloons
staves and sisal


To start, hang water balloons at various heights from the ceiling. Split your Scouts into teams and draw a base line some distance away from the balloons. Provide staves and sisal (or bamboo canes and rubber bands), as well as one candle and a match per team. The challenge is to make a pioneering structure such as a tripod, plus a long pole tied with sheer lashings, to reach the balloon from the base line. The structure should be used to hold the candle and position it beneath a balloon. Meanwhile the pole can be used move the structure into place and then to hold a match.


  • indoor Pioneering, indoor

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