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Care of Countryside
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Cloak of Romance
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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.


The Viking Invasion  (Raid). 
Totem Raid  (Raid).
Staffs  (Raid).
Highwaymen  (Raid).
The Wreckers  (Raid).
A Polar Dash  (Cordon-Breaking).
Bandits and Police  (Cordon-Breaking).
Occupying the Thicket  (Cordon-Breaking).
Border Raiders  (Cordon-Breaking).
Foiling the Robbers  (Treasure-Hunt).
Compass Trail  (Treasure-Hunt).
The Lost Leaders  (Man-Hunt).
Motor Bandits  (Man-Hunt).
Ned Kelly  (Raid and Cordon-Breaking).
The Gold Standard  (Raid and Cordon-Breaking).
Rum and Tea  (Raid and Cordon-Breaking).
The Rival Archaeologists  (A Mixed Bag!).
The Surveyors  (For Rover Scouts).
Escapes  (For Rover Scouts).

Two Specimens of Actual Instructions Issued for District-Level Wide Games:

Capture the Flag at Coleman Green
Robin Hood and his Merry Men


More Wide Games by A. W. N. Mackenzie

The following older Wide Games are from Mackenzie's Games for Scouts.  The details are not as elaborate as the Wide Games above, but the high quality of these games makes them worthy of consideration for adaptation.


bulletHostile Raiders


bulletDispatch Bearer
bulletRival Dispatch Bearers
bulletJoining Camps
bulletCargo Boats and Cruisers


bulletFive Treasure-Hunts
bulletThe Holy Trees of the Incas
bulletThe Glory of Africa


bulletSearch for Prince Charlie
bulletSpy Hunt
bulletEscaped Convict
bulletThe Fugitive
bulletSearching for Fugitives
bulletIndians and Settlers


More Wide Games by Baden-Powell

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.


bulletFlag Raiding ("Capture the Flag") 
bulletOne Tree Away 
bulletBomb Laying 
bulletSnow Fort
bulletDash for the Pole 
bulletAmbulance, French and English


bulletDispatch Bearers
bulletDispatch Running 
bulletTelegraph Cutting  
bulletJoining Forces 
bulletThe Pathfinder
bulletSmugglers over the Border


bulletThe Traitor's Letter 
bulletTorn Manuscript


bulletScout meets Scout 
bulletSignaler's Game 
bulletSpider and Fly 
bulletScouting in the Open
bulletSpot your Staves 
bulletScout Hunting 
bulletLion Hunting 
bulletEscaped Smoker
bulletWill O' the Wisp
bulletShowing the Light
bulletNight Outposts
bulletFox Hunting
bulletFollow The Trail 
bulletArctic Expeditions
bulletSiberian Man Hunt
bulletOn Trek (Scouting for Boys)


16 More Wide Games by John Thurman


Gilwell Wide Games


See Also:

Night Games!

Stalking Games

Quick Planning Guide for Wide Games

Training for Wide Games

Preparations for Wide Games

Cloak of Romance

Other Types of Games:

Special Needs Boys' Games
Laser Tag Alternatives
Game Leadership
Compass Training Games
Highland Games
Baden-Powell's Games
Dan Beard's Games
A. Mackenzie's Games
G. S. Ripley's Games
Ernest Seton's Games
J. Thurman's Games
Advancement Games
Relay Games

 Games For Boys






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!Quick Guide! ] Conquest Type ] Cordon-Breaking Type ] Man-Hunt Type ] Raid Type ] Seizure Type ] Treasure-Hunt Type ] Treasure Type (UK) ] Introduction ] Training ] Care of Countryside ] Playing the Game ] Preparations ] Cloak of Romance ] Night, Winter, Water ] Descriptions ]

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