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Giant Pick-up Sticks, again

The inimitable Chris Saeger writes: "Over the weekend we had a picnic for the ISPI Potomac Chapter. They wanted some kind of game to play so Becky and I thought we would try a version of giant pick-up sticks.

"We used twenty 1 inch x 10 ft. pvc pipe and colored tape on the ends. A little bendy but very light weight and they could fit in the car :-)

"We played teams, but we couldnt remember the rules about scoring so just had each one worth the same points. You only got to get one stick at a time. (this we called european union rules) Then a twelve year old who was playing, suggested that if you picked up a yellow stick you got to go for one more on that turn. (this was dubbed french rules) We played french rules."

Junkyard Golf at Southwest Airlines

"The Junkyard Golf experience was a success! We went junk hunting (similar to trick or treating) throughout our Headquarters and collected lots of fun things to use in our golf event.

"We divided up the Teams into nine groups of four. Each was designated a hole. They had 15 minutes to create their miniature golf hole. Then two from each Team played a round of nine holes, and then switched with the next two. They thoroughly enjoyed the game and really got into the creation of their own hole. We gave away Four awards (ribbons) to the most creative hole that truly demonstrated junkyard golf... We also gave one to the highest score and to the lowest (the best golfers) AND to the most enthusiastic Team who really cheered and coached players as they played their Team hole. (We handed out score cards to keep score.... Our Leaders really like competition and this added this particular element for the game)

"Looks like we have an activity that is a keeper for future Camp Cultures. Thank you again for the Guide and most of all for a great idea for a Team Builder, fun event. This fit perfectly with the environment and goal for the morning's activity."

- Cheryl, Director, Leadership Training, Southwest Airlines

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Mondo Croquet

Mondo Croquet - played with bowling balls and sledge hammers.... (sent in as a comment to my story on Collosal Croquet).

I must apparently add an observation: Mondo Croquet is perhaps the junkiest expression of junkyard sports that I've so far encountered. Sledge hammers. So deliciously tool-like and constructively destructive in their veritable essence. Bowling ball - clearly, bowling balls of the used persuasion - getting hit and chipped and potentially utterly disfigured by the carefully channeled violence of it all. Smashing. Simply smashing.

Thanks to Singlenesia for the find.

Collosal Croquet

Croquet. Very big croquet. Collosal, even. Think about it. Do something about it, like these people at Burning Man 2005. And these people, shown here, who apparently played with a truck for a mallet. Whilst here we see a scaled-down, more accessible, beach ball-using croquet thingy as played on the rainy streets of Toronto's Kensington Market.

And then there's the veritable World Giant Croquet Federation, even.

Let me know if you find any more of these Collosal games. Croquet, bowling, golf, whatever. I'm big game hunting.

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