Here's some fun for those boring summer days yet to come. If you follow this link, you will find the rules to the game 'Capture the Flag' from the 1947 Scoutmaster’s Handbook. Here’s a shortened version:
Capture the Flag - This is one of the most popular outdoor games for scouts.
Traditional Rules: From the 1947 Scoutmaster's Handbook, pp 447-8:
- Space – Large;
- Type – Strenuous;
- Teams - Half Troop;
- Formation - Informal ;
- Equipment - Two Signal Flags
Each team has its own territory in which its Scouts are free to move as they please … The object … is to enter the enemy's territory, capture the flag, and carry it across the line into home territory without being caught. … If the flag is successfully captured, it must be carried across the line into home territory...
Here's a version adults can play:
Capture the U.S. Flag - This is one of the most popular political games.
Political Rules - From the 2000 Republican Handbook by Carl Rove:
- Space – United States;
- Type – Political and Patriotic;
- Teams – Republican and Democrat;
- Formation – By Party;
- Equipment - Two United States Flags
Each party has its own blue and red territory in which its members are free to display the U.S. flag as they please … The object … is to enter the other party’s territory, capture the U.S. flag, and carry it across the line into home territory without being Swift Boated. … If the flag is successfully captured, it must be displayed prominently on cars, houses, clothing, etc. in the home territory...
The Republicans have captured the Democrat’s U.S. flag and, for now, the flag is theirs alone. But the game is far from over. It’s time for the Democrats, who are no less patriotic, to go on the offensive and recapture the flag.