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IGG PATHFINDER: Now you're a Guide 07

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Play a stalking game with your Patrol (Barnyard Bedlam)


 Peanuts in the shell
 Lunch bags or similar container
Safety note:
Check for nut allergy and use alternative small object if necessary


Introduction Use a large field or lightly wooded area (where you can still see all the girls). Shortly before game time, when the girls aren't around and when they won't be coming back to that spot, have a Leader distribute little piles of three or so peanuts in obvious and not obvious spots around the field -- at the base of tree, on top of a stump, in the shadow of a rock -- etc. Make lots of piles if you want a long fun loud game

Before Playing: Away from the site, divide the Guides into two or three groups. Make someone in each group the Farmer, and the rest in each group choose an animal to be (farm, forest, bird, whatever theme you've chosen). Each group must have a different animal. Each group practises making their animal's sound.

Explain the rules: They cannot go out of bounds for safety reasons. (Show them the boundaries, don't just tell them.) On "go", the animals (not farmers) from all groups will spread out and look for peanuts hidden around. They cannot talk at any time!!! (for reasons explained below) Once an animal finds a hoard of peanuts, she does not touch them or talk about them. She stands with her toes pointing toward the peanuts and makes her animal's noise *AS LOUD AS SHE CAN*! The farmer has to listen for her animals' noises. She hustles over to her animal (there's often more than one at once!) and picks up the peanuts

The "Bedlam" part comes in because:
1. There are girls everywhere making loud noises (strategy is for teams to split up so there could/should be 3 horses in different spots neighing!) 2. If a horse sees a pile and is neighing, a cow can run over and start mooing: whichever Farmer hears first and gets over, gets the peanuts. The Farmers have to listen well, and judge which pile to pick up first. Playing: Bring the girls to the site, and turn them loose! You don't have to have winners if you don't want, but the girls do! If you play it a few times over the day, with only a few piles each time, the different teams have a chance to win.


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