If you saw my Crossing Over Ceremony Board, then you know I had to buy a big box of clothespins, more than we needed. This is an easy inexpensive game for big or small groups that will use up those extra clothespins. On a side note, while dollar store clothespins work well for the board, they do not hold up well in the game. The ones I bought at Hobby Lobby were much sturdier.
They don't necessarily need to be on the sleeve, but somewhere that is easy to grab from is best. For our Crossing Over Ceremony, the Webelos were only given 2 clothespins, the Bears 3, Wolves 4, Tigers, 5 and younger siblings 6.
- You may only grab one clothespin at a time
- You may not cover a clothespin with your hands
- Once you have pulled a clothespin, you must then clip it on your own shirt, in view
- If all of your clothespins have been pulled, then you are out of the game
- No ganging up on one player
- No tackling (most of our scouts also play football)
- No pulling off someone who has fallen down.
- Remain in defined boundaries
A lot of rules I know, but boys can be wildly competitive and things can get out of control quickly. I've seen it happen, like the first time I ever played this with them. The game can end in two ways. The first which works well with smaller groups is playing until one person has grabbed every clothespin.
The second way is to secretly place some sort of mark on one of the clothespins. Just allow the kids to play for a certain amount of time. When time is up, have everyone check the inside of the clothespins they have collected to see if they have the one with the special dot. Do not let them know there is a specially marked clothespin because if they get it, they will secret it away until the end of the game. Again, something I've learned from experience. At the Crossing Over Ceremony, I awarded the winner a mini scout flashlight key-chain.
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