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bulletPreparation for Map Making 
bullet Paper and pencils required 


Explain this game at a PLC and get two leaders to volunteer to bring drawings of about 25 recreational map symbols from a Scout Handbook. Put only one drawing on one 3" x 5" card. Fasten the illustrations to walls around the room with tape, and number each drawing. At the close of the Troop Meeting preceding this PLC meeting instruct the Scouts to study the symbols and bring paper, pencil and Handbooks to the next meeting, at which Patrol Leaders give pairs of buddies 3 to 5 minutes to study the symbols. After buddies quiz each other, Patrol Leaders quiz the entire Patrol.


The Game

First dictate the order in which the 25 symbols  appear in the handbook, while one buddy for each pair writes the names with a line in front of each name as illustrated, using both sides of a 3" x 5" card.

bulletHills or Mountains 
bullet Cemetery
bulletGood Road 
bullet Woods 
bullet Marsh 
bullet Stream 
bullet Pond
bullet Orchard 
bullet Power Line 
bullet Poor Road 
bullet Railroad 
bullet Hospital 
bullet Church
bulletRiver Bridge 
bullet Worm Fence 
bullet Wire Fence 
bullet Stone Wall 
bulletBarbed Wire 
bullet Plowed Ground
bulletU. S. Route 
bullet State Route 
bullet Grassland

Buddies walk around the room, study the drawings, confer in whispers, and write opposite each symbol on their card the number on the respective drawing.



When time is called Patrols assemble in their corners and correct their own score sheets deducting four points from 100 for each error. The Patrol having the highest average score wins.



This is intended to be an easy task, and each pair should get a reasonably good score. For older players call the name of a symbol and let each individual sketch the figure or sign.

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