Types of American Wide Games
Most American Scouting Wide Games are divided into the following types (although many other classifications are possible):
TREASURE HUNT TYPE: Each of two or more teams attempts to obtain a treasure and bring it to safety against the opposition of the other teams.
SEIZURE TYPE: Each of two teams attempts to bring a treasure from one spot to the other, at the same time trying to seize the treasure of the other team which is moving in the opposite direction.
CONQUEST TYPE: Each of two teams attempts to conquer a specified spot of ground defended by the opponents, at the same time keeping the opponents from conquering its own piece of ground.
Types of English Wide Games
It is convenient for purposes of reference and description to group Scouting Wide Games in a few broad classes, but it should be emphasized that such divisions are not watertight compartments; anyone who has attempted to classify games knows what a difficult task it is; the basis of classification depends entirely on what aspect of the matter we have in mind. We might, for instance, group Wide Games according to the numbers of Patrols needed; or according to the type of ground available. The basis of classification we will use is the general character of the games. An example of each type is found by following the hyperlinks below. Suggestions are made for adapting it to numbers and ground; possible variations are also indicated.
Four Types of English Wide Games:
The bare bones of the game are revealed above. Detailed Descriptions below will illustrate how an atmosphere of romance and adventure can be added, and various Scout activities employed.
LIST OF SPECIMEN WIDE GAMES
The Viking Invasion (Raid).
|Rival Dispatch Bearers|
|Cargo Boats and Cruisers|
|The Holy Trees of the Incas|
|The Glory of Africa|
|Search for Prince Charlie|
|Searching for Fugitives|
|Indians and Settlers|
The following B-P's Scouting Games were the very first Scouting Wide Games. For additional general details for conducting them, see topics at the top of this page.
|Flag Raiding ("Capture the Flag")|
|One Tree Away|
|Dash for the Pole|
|Ambulance, French and English|
|Smugglers over the Border|
|The Traitor's Letter|
|Scout meets Scout|
|Spider and Fly|
|Scouting in the Open|
|Spot your Staves|
|Will O' the Wisp|
|Showing the Light|
|Follow The Trail|
|Siberian Man Hunt|
|On Trek (Scouting for Boys)|
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