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Pie Tin and Washer Game May 21, 2009

Posted by thetrainerscorner in Uncategorized.
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Hello fellow Scouters,

One of my favorite games when I was a Cub Scout leader was the old pie tin and washer game. It was an easy game to PieTinAndWashermake, and was small enough that I could keep it in my game backpack.

All you need for this game are a couple of pie tins and some fender washers (the ones I used measure 1-1/4″ in diameter). I had three sets of 10 washers, each set spray painted a different color (spray painted in a water bottle cardboard packaging base). This way when we played we could have either two or three teams, depending on how many Scouts showed up to the meeting (of course, you always hope that you don’t end up with a prime number of Scouts).

One thing that’s great about this game is that it is fun at all ages. We played it as Tigers all the way through our second Webelos year. It’s important to have games that are age-appropriate, and it is easy to achieve this by adjusting the line that you throw from.

When I set this game up, I cut out some cardstock circles to go in the pie tin. This helped stop washers from bouncing out once they land in the tin. I also would put a blanket or towel under the tins to help keep the washers from ricocheting away from the playing area. Then all you have to do is count the number of each color that lands in the pie tins – it’s that easy!

We made an annual tournament out of this, and the boys chose fun team names. We would play a few rounds and I would do my best to hide the count each round, to keep the winning team a surprise (this was more difficult to do as the boys got older). Once we even played it hockey style, by using the pie tins as goal posts and having the boys try to slide their washers between the tins.

And this game is not just for kids! We used this game as a gathering activity last fall when my district held its Cub Leader Specific training. The first class of the day (the former New Leader’s Essentials) went over in time, and we filled the delay with this game. The adult leaders had so much fun playing this that they didn’t want the game to end when it was time to begin training.

I hope you find this game a fun addition to your selection of Scout games. Have fun!

In Scouting,

– Scouter Jeff  <><



1. Howie - May 22, 2009

what other ‘games’ do you keep in you back pack

2. thetrainerscorner - May 22, 2009

Hi Howie, here’s what’s in my game backpack:

– Pie tin washer game (stored in a gallon freezer bag)
– Bean bags w/ small plastic bowls (w/numbers 1,2,3 written in them for scoring)
– Old cell phone (to play “Guess Who’s Calling”)
– Spoons w/ golf balls and ping pong balls, for relay-type games
– Baloons, for “hand’s free” relay games
– Index cards with various movie and cartoon character names (so the boys can act out the characters)
– Tennis ball and baseball
– Notepad w/ pencil (for score keeping, and a quick game of hangman)
– Coins and tokens (get some cups and you can play tossing games)
– Small Nerf football
– Ropes for knots
– Deck of cards
– Dice

This is most of what’s in there. Check out the Game Backpack blog entry for more details.


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