I found this game on Pinterest, although I can’t remember where since I didn’t pin it. This game is really simple and pretty cheap. It requires 20 feet of PVC pipe, which you can pick up at a hardware store for about $3-$4, a couple PVC 90° elbows (about $0.30-$0.40/ea), and a blue tarp, I grabbed a 6′x8′ one at Big Lots for $3. Total cost was just under $7 for me.
- 1/2″ PVC Pipe
- 6′x8′ Blue Tarp
- 2x 1/2″ PVC 90° elbows
- Box cutter
- Duct Tape
- 3+ balls, bean bags, etc. - This game will work really well with your Homemade Bouncy Balls
- Hang up the tarp or lay it out flat on the ground. I hung mine from our back patio
- Using your box knife, carefully cut shapes in the tarp. Cut them however large or small you want and however many you want. TIP: The stars are REALLY hard to cut properly, I wouldn’t do that again.
- With your duct tape, tape up the edges of each shape. This will provide some structure and prevent the tarp from fraying
- Lay the tarp down and cut 2 lengths of PVC pipe to fit down the sides with a little extra room to spare (Roughly 6-6.5′)
- Fold the edge of the tarp of the pipe and duct tape it to itself running all the way down the tarp. This will create a small “pocket” for the PVC pipe
- Attach the 2 PVC elbows to the top of each side pipe
- Measure and cut a length of PVC pipe to fit across the top into the elbows to complete the frame (Roughly 7′ – remember, you lost a couple inches from folding both sides in and from the elbows)
- If you want to make a base, you can add a 1/2″ ‘T’ to the bottom of each side pipe and a piece of 1/2″ pipe out each side, I would recommend at least 3′ on either side. You can also add elbows and connect the base in the front and back to make it more sturdy.
- I opted for the cheaper method and cut off a portion of the side pipes at the bottom and sanded them down into a stake to make them easier to stake in the ground to hold it
- One thing I like about the lack of the base on mine, is that I can pop the cross bar out easily and roll the whole thing up, which makes storage and transport very easy!!
- Setup the target either on your base or staked into the ground.
- Establish a throwing line a certain distance away.
- Establish point values for each target with smaller targets being worth more points
- Once you’re setup, take your balls, bean bags, or whatever you’re throwing and take turns tossing at the target.
- After a set amount of rounds, the player with the most points wins
- A couple of obvious variations are changing the distance and the number of balls being thrown.
- Since this game is “waterproof”, this could also be a summer activity. Have your Cubmaster (or other scout leader) place their head in the targets and throw wet sponges.
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