ACTIVITIES FOR BOYS

Mallards and Hens

In this game, the boys form two lines opposite each other and lock arms. The side with the most boys is designated the "mallard" side and the side with the least is designated the "hen" side. The mallards go into the nearest pond and splash about idly, while the hens peck around in the field, looking for bits of corn. After ten minutes, a winner is declared.

Silence

In this activity, the boys are led into a room and instructed not to speak.

Fire Making

A team of boys is given a bundle of dry twigs, and a rival team of boys is given a box of matches. The first team to start a fire is the winner. This activity teaches the boys the importance of technology.

Buckets

A group of between one half dozen and one full dozen of boys forms a line. The nearest boy is given an empty bucket, and the furthest is given a quantity of water. The activity is considered complete once the water has been placed in the bucket. Spilling is expressly forbidden.

Dancing Dan

A large to medium-large group of boys is brought into a room. One boy is discreetly taken aside and informed that he is Dancing Dan.

Handshakes

Several boys are brought into the centre of town and then sent off in different directions. Each boy must seek out and shake hands with a stranger and then record that stranger's name and physical appearance in their logbook. At the end of the hour, the logbooks are handed in and checked for duplicates. The boys are awarded merit badges based on their behaviour throughout the exercise.

Marshmallows

An even number of boys gather around a fire. A whistle is blown, and the boys take out their marshmallows and begin to toast them. The boy who comes closest to golden brown without going over receives all the marshmallows and can eat them or divvy them up among his peers as he sees fit.

Marriage

Two boys are placed in a room with tall ceilings and instructed to get married. If they refuse, they incur no penalty.

Dog Parade

This is an activity for up to 20 boys. The boys are told to bring their dogs to a central location and then plan a parade for them. They are given papier-mâché, popsicle sticks, and a budget of up to 10 million dollars. Boys without dogs are excluded and must not be allowed to participate in the planning of the parade, although they may watch its execution from a distance.

Trading Lunches

In this activity, each boy is allotted a lunch and given the opportunity to trade it in for a different lunch. An eaten lunch may not be traded, except for a lunch which has also been eaten. There is no time limit for this game.

Favourites

In this game, each boy must write down his favourite and least favourite boy on a slip of paper. Immediately thereafter, the paper is discarded and the game stops.


Brendan Patrick Hennessy, 13 February 2008