String Burning Race


Equipment:  For each team, two 2-foot sticks, two 3-foot lengths of twine, two matches.

Action:  In advance of race, the two sticks are pushed into the ground, 24 inches apart; one piece of string is tied between sticks 12 inches off of ground; the other, 18 inches above ground.  Whole patrol gathers native tinder and firewood.   Patrol selects two representatives.  On signal, the two Scouts lay the fire (but not higher than lower string) and light it.  After lighting, fire must not be touched, nor may more wood be added.

Scoring:  The team wins whose fire first burns through the top string.