I wanted to bring the excitement of my weekend of London Monopoly back to my Guide Unit and came up with a wide game relating to the promise and the motto.
I was talking to Reed and Bowline about my idea and Reed suggested using QR codes. I don’t know about other Guide units but mine really love it when they get to use their phones for something so this really hit the brief for them.
I put together location sheets with a different Monopoly place or counter on each one, along with a generated QR code. Each QR code links with a word or letter.
I hid the location sheets around our hall, it would have worked really well outside but it was chucking it down last night so that idea was out the window. I was sneaky and hid them under curtains and behind doors.
The Guides set off and had to find each sheet and scan the code with a QR code reader app and write the answer on a sheet. They had a lot of fun! It got very competitive but if we ever did it again, I think smaller groups would be better, some of them got a bit bored if they didn’t have the sheet or the phone.
This was the answer sheet I put together. After they found all the words and letters, they had to figure out the answers. They recognised the words of the Promise and managed to put that together. The remaining letters rearrange to form the motto “Be Prepared”, that took them a little longer but they had fun trying it.
I tried giving them the cryptic Ungerground Station clues but I think they were a bit too difficult so we gave up on that and moved on to teaching the new Guides Captainball instead. Some of them are looking pretty good for getting onto the team.
They enjoyed the evening and I’d recommend the game to other Guide and Senior Section units if they are working on the promise. Its also a good time to talk about Pax Lodge since its in London.
Here are the resources if you wish to use them!
For homework – ask the Guides to download a QR Code Reader to their phone
Print “Location Sheets” then stick them up separately in the desired playing area, indoors or out – as obvious or hidden as you’d like
Explain how to scan a QR code and hand out an “Answer Sheet” and pen to each group – works better with small groups
Send them off to find the location sheets and scan the QR code on each one
Each QR code will give them a word or letter which they should write into their answer sheet
Once they have found them all they need to decode to find the answer
They should recognise the words of the promise and be able to write that out
The remaining letters can then be arranged to form the motto, “Be Prepared”