Trade Up Activity for Boy Scouts


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Trade Up   Trade Up Activity   Scout Activity

This Activity is meant for Boy Scouts.
Required:
sheets of paper
aluminum foil
nails
tiny silver bells
golden tickets
candy bars
This is similar to Great Investments.

The object of this activity is to have scouts figure out a progression of trades needed to reach the end reward. You can use absolutely anything for the levels of trade, but it makes more sense if they seem more valuable on the way up. Also, using things that are not easy to duplicate helps and have the leaders keep items exchanged so they don't enter the black market.

7 or more unbiased leaders are needed to make the trades. Other than that, this activity works for any size group. If you have many leaders, have multiple ones at each exchange level.

Each leader is given the set of items that he can give away. He is also told what a scout needs to give him in exchange for the item. For example, a leader will give a scout a nickle in exchange for a penny and reciting the Scout Law.

Once the leaders have their items, they should be distributed around the area. When the activity begins, they can occasionally yell, "Get yer Nickles here! Bright, shiney nickles!" or some such thing depending on their item to exchange.

To start the activity, the leader just tells the scouts that many of the people around the area have free stuff to give away. The scouts just have to go and ask for items. Once they start, it becomes obvious what they need to do.

Here is an example ladder of exchanges, but use whatever sounds fun:



An alternate way to run this is to have a leader stand up in front with a big box of candybars or other "items of desire" and announce that he has one to give away to every scout. When the scouts say, "I want one!", he just says, "Sure, just give me a golden ticket - I'm sure someone around here has an extra one."

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