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G3T – Giant Tarp Target Toss

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.

Materials:

  • 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

Instructions:

  • 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:

  • 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

Gameplay:

  • 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

  

Variations:

  • 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.

Achievements Fulfilled:

  • Tiger Elective #35
  • Wolf #10b
  • Wolf Elective #4f
  • Bear #15b (1/2)
  • Bear Elective #18b (1/3)
  • Bear Elective #18c (partial)
  • Webelos Craftsman #4 (1/4)

 

 
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