Your team has received information that a group of marauders in the area might try to enter your camp. They have already found other camps in the area and are trying to collect supplies. You have worked extremely hard to build your fort and fill it with your stuff. Now you need to find ways to keep the bad guys out.
The first part of defending your fort is to be aware of who or what might be out there trying to get in. The best security plan is like an onion, it has layers. Your plan should begin with making a perimeter of at least 3 layers. For our purposes, we will make a smaller perimeter. The first layer is your home base or the fort itself. The second layer is the area just around your fort, maybe your yard or the fence around the fort. The third layer is outside the fence.
- Once your perimeter is all set, draw a sketch on paper of what it looks like. Be sure to add all the things around the fort that someone could hide behind.
- Next, set an early warning device where an intruder might try to enter. A simple and safer device is a long string about 6-12 inches above the ground tied to a can filled with a few pebbles. This will act as a tripwire warning. When someone bumps it, the can will rattle, and you will hear it – if you’re paying attention.
- The next thing to do is to make obstacles or a fence around your fort. You can use anything you can find to make the intruder move sideways to an opening in your fence. The object is to make them go where YOU want them to go. This is called channeling. If they have to go to an opening in the fence, you can see them trying to sneak in.
- The next part of the plan is to defend your perimeter or the fort itself. Remember, this is a game, so be careful not to hurt anyone. You can use water balloons, squirt guns, or other play items to defend your fort. The goal is to practice defending the fort, not to hurt the other team.
- All good defenses include an escape plan. Identify how you would escape if you are outnumbered or losing the fight. Add this information to your sketch.
- Notepad or survival journal with a pencil
- Long string or fishing line for the tripwire
- Metal can with a few pebbles inside for the alarm
- Something to make a fence or barrier that people cannot climb over
- Flashlight in case you have to operate in the dark
- Water balloons or other play items to defend your fort
What We’re Learning:
- How to work as a team
- How to set up a defensive plan
- How to survey our property
- How to sketch
- How to set up an alarm device
- How to pay attention/guard against intruders
- How to react under pressure
- How to know when to retreat from a dangerous situation
- Never set a trap or device that could hurt anyone
- Be careful with strings that could trip someone. Tripwires are not supposed to trip people only make noise
- Have an adult help with all sharp tools and pointy objects
- When defending your fort do not use any weapons that could hurt someone, this is only practice and gameplay
- Always wear safety gear as needed