Like Trading post meets Civilization
List of Challenges, Money, Shopping List, Coloured Pens, Rulers, Glue Sticks, A3 Paper
This is intended to for for a long time (if not for ever). We do it once a term on our program (on request of the scouts) and once set up it is a very easy wet wether plan B.
Start's like monopoly, give each patrol a certain amount of money (see attachments) and land (paper A3)
With the money they can use the shopping list (see attachment) to buy stuff (houses you write on how many occupants), everything on the shopping list is colour coded, i use paper of those colours to cut out squares to represent what they have bought, which is then stuck onto their land (A3 paper) they can then buy electricity/sewarage/water/phone line/roads etc, these are dawn on using different coloured pens, and you change them per cm for how much they want.
They will very quickly run out of money and to get more they need to do challenges (see attachment) and every 20 mins or so you go around and give them "tax" (money equal to how many adults they have living in their village, look at the houses).
You can be creative to get them to undersatand how to build an equal and balaced community buy saying
"you have too many houses you need to build a power plant to power them",
"there is no where for them to socialize" (pub, cinema)
"there is no where for them to worship"
"there is nowhere for the kids to go to school"
"there are alot of people with pets, you dont have a pet store"
and for everything that isn't as good as it could bew you give them no or less money as tax becasue the people are "refusing to pay tax becasue they are unhappy"
IF YOUR FEELING CRUEL!
My scout's are quite used to this now so have started adding some little tricks in.
- Add pet's to the house dog / cat to start with, which means they need to puild a local park etc for you to walk them. Then add spiders, snakes iguana's etc, so they have to start buying "Specialised stores" like Exotic pet store.
- Occasionally on a house write "Squatters" and instead of giving them the money when you do the tax round take it away.