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Tracking

Tracking

What You’ll Need:

  • Twigs or Chalk

Getting into the Activity

Be on the lookout for clues, as you try to follow the trail of another group who are hiding in the trees.

The best place to play tracking is in a forest or woodland area. A large area with trees / bushes etc to hide behind / amongst is needed.

Split into two teams. Each team will need an adult with them. One team will be the hiders, these will be the ones who leave clues / arrows and then hide. The second team will be the hunters, these will try to follow the clues and find the hiding team.

How to Play: The hiding team head off first, as they make their way to their hiding space, they must leave arrows on the floor to show the way they have gone. These arrows can be created using chalk or they could be created using twigs to make arrow shapes. These arrows should be fairly visible, so the other group can follow the trail without getting lost. Once the hiding group are happy, they should find a good spot to hide. They should place an ‘X’ on the floor somewhere close by, so the hunting group know that the trail has stopped.

The hunting group should wait for a couple of minutes, before heading off to follow the trail. Keep following the trail until you find the ‘X’, when you will then need to look around to try and find the hiding team. If you lose the trail, re-trace your steps to the last arrow you found and then try again to follow the trail.

Once found swap roles, with the hunting team now becoming the hiding team. Keep playing for a few times, continuing to swap roles each time.

Leaders Tip: The leaders in each group should have a mobile on them, with the other leaders’ number. Should the hunting group be struggling, the leader with the hiding group can call the other group and provide them with some clues / help.

Keeping Everyone Safe

  • Activity MUST be supervised by a leader or parent/carer at ALL times.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST assess risk before taking part.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST ensure that current Government guidelines are followed at all times (including social distancing, travel etc).
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