Camping For Boys eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 215 pages of information about Camping For Boys.

Such games as “Three Deep,” “Bull in the Ring,” “Tag Game,” “Leap Frog,” will be found to interest the boys during the after-supper period.

The following are campus games requiring apparatus: 

German Bowling

Plant in the ground two posts, leaving at least 15 feet above ground.  Spike a 10-foot piece across the top (see page 218).  An ordinary ball used in bowling is used by plugging shut the holes and inserting a screw eye in one of the plugged holes.  Tie tightly to this screw eye a strong piece of rope.  A good-sized screw eye is fastened in the cross piece of the frame, and to this tie the ball.  Nine bowling pins are used.  The score is the same as bowling.  The pins are knocked off by the return of the ball, as shown in the diagram.

[Illustration:  German Bowling]

Tether Ball

The upright pole should be standing ten feet out of the ground and firmly imbedded in the earth so as not to vibrate.

[Illustration:  Tether Ball]

The pole should be 7-1/2 inches in circumference at the ground and tapering toward the upper end.  Paint a black or white 2-inch band around the pole 6 feet above the ground.  Draw a circle about the pole on the ground having a 3-foot radius.  A 20-foot line must bisect the circle.  Use a tennis ball having a netted or tightly fitting linen cover.  The ball is fastened to a string with a ring and suspended from the top of the pole by a piece of heavy braided fish line.  The cord should allow the ball to hang 7-1/2 feet.  Tennis racquets are used.  The two players stand at point marked with an X in the diagram.  In the toss-up for courts the loser is the server.  The ball may be struck in any manner with the racquet, the endeavor being to wind the string upon the pole above the painted band.

Volley Ball

Stretch a tennis net across the campus and mark a court fifty feet long, to be divided equally by the net.  The play consists in keeping in motion the ball over the net from one side to the other, until one fails to return it, which counts as an out.  The ball used is similar to a football, only smaller.  The game consists of twenty-one points.

Many of the camps have tennis courts and hold tournaments.  This game is so universal and familiar that no description will be made.


Aquatic sports may be arranged so that active interest will be taken by all the boys, or they may be simply an exhibition of the swimming abilities of several boys.  The former is decidedly preferable.  Events should be arranged for the small as well as the large boys.

[Illustration:  The Human Frog at Camp Kineo]

 Athletics and water sports 221

The program of events should include a short dash, swimming under water, diving for form, fancy swimming and special stunts, ribbon awards or inexpensive cups to be given the winners.  The Life Saving Corps will have an opportunity to give an exhibition of their skill and alertness, as well as patrol the swimming beach.  Good reliable fellows should be appointed to watch each swimmer when in the water.  Run no chances at any time that boys are in the water.  The following water games have been suggested by A. B. Wegener.

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