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Weights and Measures

This is an inter-Patrol competition.

The Umpire has a small spring-balance, a measuring tape and a watch.

Each Scout has a paper bag. A bucket of sand and a spoon are provided for each Patrol.

The Umpire orders something like this in turn:

"No. 1 of each Patrol put 1 lb. of sand in your bag." (1 mark per oz.)

"No. 2 cut a piece of string 11 inches long." (1 mark per 1/2 inch).

"No. 3 put 2 ozs. of sand in your bag." (2 marks per 1/2 oz.)

"No. 4 open your mouth for 30 seconds. Go!" (1 mark per second.)

"No. 5 estimate the weight of this parcel." (1 mark per oz.)

"No. 6 estimate the length of this piece of rope." (1 mark per 2 inches.)

"No. 7 estimate the length of the clubroom" (1 mark per foot.)

"No. 8 estimate the height to the ceiling." (1 mark per foot.)

Each competitor is allowed half a minute to complete his task, which must then be stopped and not touched again.

The Umpire (having timed the mouth-openings) weighs and measures the different items. A correct estimate counts 100 marks. Suggested deductions are shown after each item. The Patrol with the highest total wins.






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