Lion Hunting

Tracking Irons, dried peas, tennis balls

A lion is represented by one Scout, who goes out with tracking irons on his feet, and a pocketful of dried peas, and six tennis balls . He is allowed half an hour's start, and then the Patrol go after him, following his spoor, each armed with one tennis ball with which to shoot him when they find him. The lion may hide or creep about or run, just as he feels inclined, but whenever the ground is hard or very grassy he must drop a few grains of corn every few yards to show the trail. If the hunters fail to come up to him neither wins the game. When they come near to his lair the lion fires at them with his tennis balls, and the moment a hunter is hit he must fall out and cannot throw his tennis ball. If the lion gets hit by a hunter's tennis ball he is wounded and if he gets wounded three times he is killed. Tennis balls may be fired only once; they cannot be picked up and fired again in the same fight. Bean bags are a good substitute for tennis balls. Made up in bright colors they are hard to lose. Each Scout must collect and hand in his tennis balls after the game. In winter, if there is snow, this game can be played without tracking irons and using snowballs instead of tennis balls.

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