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Camp fire games


These games are good fun to play sitting around a camp fire, they are also a great way to pass the time on a long journey or any time you want to play a game with family and friends.

The Great Aunt likes…

Confound your friends and family with this game.  As we all know the Great Aunt is a very fussy lady and this game challenges everyone to work out what she does and doesn’t like.  Tell the group to guess one thing that the Great Aunt likes and one she doesn’t, start by giving them an example such as “The Great Aunt likes grass but she doesn’t like daisies” then let the group take it in turns to guess what she does and doesn’t like.  Tell each person if they are right or wrong but don’t give the secret away, let people work it out.  People keep playing once they have work the secret out as it gives everyone else more chance to get it.
The Secret
The Great Aunt only like things with double letters in. She likes coffee, coots, lollies and cheese but she doesn’t like tea, ducks, ice cream or bread.


One player thinks of a verb (try sailing, exploring, cooking or swimming) but doesn’t tell anyone else.  The rest of the players then start asking questions but as they don’t know the word they say “Pemmican” instead.  For example they might ask “Do you like to pemmican?”, “Have we been pemmicaning today?” or “Have I ever pemmicaned?”.  Keep asking questions until you have guessed what the verb is, the first person to guess the word thinks of the next one.

The Swallows went camping and Mate Susan packed…

Going through the alphabet, take it in turns to think of something that Susan packed whilst remembering what has been said before.  For example the first person might say “Mate Susan packed apples”, the second person would say “Mate Susan packed apples and a bottle of milk” until you get to the end of the alphabet.

Whispering Parrots

Play this game in a circle, the player chosen to start thinks of a short message (maybe a line from one of the books, a piratical phrase or something you’ve done during the day).  They then whisper it into the ear of the person to their right, the message continues around the circle in the same way until it reaches the last person who shouts out what they think the message is.  Is it the same message you started out with?

Spinning a Yarn

The aim of the game is to tell a story but each player is only allowed to say two words at a time.  Take it in turns, going around the group to say you two words but listen carefully to what everyone else is saying as it does need to make a story!

Swallows and Amazons Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger Hunt

If you’re going on a walk, visiting your local park or just enjoying the sunshine in the garden why not organise a scavenger hunt and see how many Swallows and Amazonsish items you can find?

You will need:

  • Scavenger Hunt Card, printed onto A4 paper, cut into two and, if desired, laminated
  • Pencil or white board pen (if laminated)

What to do:

  1. Split into teams if you like and search for the following items:
    • Something Mate Susan could use to start her fire
    • A stone shaped like a skull or bone
    • A feather for Ginty
    • Something the colour of Swallow’s sail
    • A stick the right shape for dowsing
    • The wrapper from Roger’s favourite food
    • Something to make a patteran
    •  Something to prevent scurvy
    •  A substitute for tent pegs
    •  A daisy “from the Beckfoot Lawn”
    •  A clean handkerchief (“or clean yesterday at least”)
    •  A flower the colour of the Amazons’ hats
  2. At the end compare what you have found.  Who has got the most?  Who has found the most unusual item?

If not duffers…

Don’t go anywhere without an adult’s knowledge and permission.


AusTARS (TARS Australia)
Prof Larry Harshman (Coordinator)

11 Brenda Grove
VIC  3160 Australia
PH 06 877 5048



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Roger’s Day Out in York 26th Oct 2013

 Roger’s Day Out at the new Chocolate Museum and the Railway Museum, York on 26th October 2013

Meet outside Museum Gardens at 11.00. The bus from the Park and Ride stops here. Do a short chocolate tour around York on route to the Museum. 

The Chocolate Tour lasts one hour and it has been booked for 11.40. This means a lot of the afternoon will be free.  We recommend lunch and then a visit to the Railway Museum which is free, or for those interested enough, a guided tour of the second-hand bookshops of York could be arranged.  

The maximum Chocolate Tour group is 20. 

To keep us as one group we have been pencilled in as 10 adults and 10 senior citizens.  It can be amended to include children.  Full payment must be made 7 days before and so we need to know before then how many are keen to come. We need a minimum of 15 to get the group discount. 

There are various cafés for lunching in – there is a church hall nearby which does cheap sandwiches and tea/coffee but it has no facilities.  The best option is Deans Court Hotel – where we have been before – as they are never as busy and will take a booking.  However, this could be a bit pricey.

The prices for the Tour are as follows:  

Date of Visit

Time of Visit








Customer Notes



Ticket Details


Ticket Price


Group – Adult

Group Senior







Balance Due


A child (5-15) would be £5.75

If we don’t get 15 Members, the price is as follows:

Admission prices: 

      Online Best Prices     Walk-up Prices      
Adult     £8     £9.50      
Senior Citizen     £7 (over 60)     £8.50      
Student     £7     £8.50      
Child (aged 5-15 years)     £6     £7.50      
Family (2+2)     £25     £28




Log Book Help

Log Book Guide

Download Logos for use in Signals (follow the links, right click on the image and select “Save image as…”)
Discovery Logo
Nautical Logo
Adventure Logo
Titty’s Challenge Logo
Susan’s Challenge Logo

How to Insert logos onto webpages:

  1. Click on “Add Media” and select “Media Library”.
  2. Search for file name appropriate to the event: Titty, for Titty’s challenges; Adventure, for Adventure events; Nautical, for nautical events; Discovery, for discovery events.  For the webpage please use the colour logos.  NB there is no logo for free choice events as any event can be a free choice event.
  3. Select the logo.  In “Attachment Details”, to the right, scroll to the bottom and from “Size” select “Thumbnail” to insert the logo at an appropriate size.


Log Books

Introducing TARS Juniors Log Book

Ship's Boy Badge Effect

TARS Juniors Log Books give you the opportunity to progress from being a Ship’s Boy or Girl to becoming an Able Seaman by attending five different TARS events.  Once you’ve completed your Able Seaman Log Book you’ll then have the opportunity for promotion to Mate and then to Captain.  Log books and badges are available from your regional committee.  Click the icons below to find out about each category and to find events happening near you.



Free Choice Events

Go to an event of your choice however there is a twist to this challenge, see your log book for more details.

Find out what events are happening near you soon:


Birthday Event (see page 14 of Singals)


Profesor Callum Walk
Mug and Book Day


Trip on the Betsie Jane
Eastern Region AGM


Birthday Lunch

South Western

Bring and Scoff (see page 8 of Signals)
Birthday Lunch (see page 8 of Signals)