Sweep Potato Game July 13, 2009Posted by thetrainerscorner in Uncategorized.
Tags: Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Den Games, Meeting Helps, Outdoors, Scout Leaders, Training, Webelos
Hello fellow Scouters,
One game that my two dens used to enjoy playing was a game we called “Sweep Potato”. It was a fairly easy game to play, and the boys always enjoyed it. I picked up a couple of cheap brooms from a discount store, and a couple of large, similar-sized potatoes (one broom and one potato for each team). Add some cones to mark of the end zones, and we were ready for fun.
We would play this relay style, with the boys handing the broom to another player and sweeping the potato back and forth, with the winning team the first one to finish. But there are other possibilities you could do. You could make it a timed game, with points for each time they pass the line in the allotted time. You could sweep the potato one way, then run it back. You could sweep the potato down the line then run it back without using your hands. You get the idea – mix it up and have fun.
One rule we enacted when we played this was no pushing of the potatoes with the brooms. Boys are smart and will quickly learn to push the potato instead of sweeping it.
You can use other things for them to sweep. You could use lemons, balloons, footballs, etc. The point is to use something that doesn’t roll straight. It’s much more fun this way.
– Scouter Jeff <><