|Ideas for Names
General - GIC
Sergeant Major - QM
Medic - First Aider
Corporal - Unit Helper
Guider's Tents : Officer's Quarters
Patrol Tents : Air Raid Shelters
Store Tents : Bomb Craters
Cooking/Eating area : NAAFI
First Aid Tent : Field Hospital
Crafts and Games : make own ID cards, evacuees’ name
labels and "gas masks."
"Make Do And Mend" : using only the clothes they have brought
with them and anything they can borrow or scrounge, make themselves
a “new” outfit;
"Waste Not, Want Not" : make a useful item out of rubbish /
discarded stuff; matchbox furniture (a craft taken from a wartime
children’s book – you will need to collect empty matchboxes
for some time before camp) - doll’s house style furniture can
be made by glueing matchboxes together covering with newspaper
and painting them.
"Even The Walls Have Ears" – tell them that spies are listening
to their every word. If you overhear anything said within their
tents and can identify the speaker, she must pay a forfeit.
This might even teach them to keep their voices down at night!
"Be Like Dad And Keep Mum" - you would recognise this as Charades
or Give Us A Clue – patrols have to mime, or otherwise convey
without speaking, words or phrases, song / film titles etc..
Traditional games with minimal equipment : hopscotch if you
have a hard surface or means to mark out the squares, skipping,
ball games, hide-and-seek, tag in its 1000s of variations, any
singing ring games you can remember.
Night Game : (and a way of getting them back to their
tents quietly!) It needs to be dark for this one. Set the scene
: they have been to the local "Hop" with the GIs and have to
sneak backhome in the blackout without irate fathers finding
out. In pairs, and with a torch to flick on and off to avoid
tripping, they have to get back to their tents without getting
caught. Guiders spotting a light shout "Mind that light!" and
it must be put out immediately. They will stumble and giggle
as they try to move quietly, but take my advice and don’t catch
them unless they actually walk into you!
||("Rations" – everyone to have a "Ration
Book." ration the sugar – it will do them good!) The usual stuff
but heavily disguised with wartime names : Churchill Chilli, Hitler
Hash, Doodlebug Delight, plus real wartime delicacies such as
Spam, Dried Eggs, Oatmeal Sausages (delicious, believe it or not)
Blancmange and Potato Floddies. Haybox cooking. No bananas or
oranges – they were not available until after the war. If it is
the right time of year, go brambling (blackberrying) and cook
them to eat. BE CAREFUL. IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF IDENTIFYING HEDGEROW
FRUITS, DON’T PICK THEM).