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“Atomic Pile” Activity at the Jamboree

Atomic Pile Team Building Challenge
Atomic Pile Team Building Challenge
From left to right: Corner Rope Handler, 2 Observers, Signal Caller
From left to right: Corner Rope Handler, 2 Observers, Signal Caller

This activity is so named because it’s supposed to simulate the manipulation of radioactive graphite discs in an atomic pile. Like all good team building challenges, it requires concentration, cooperation, and strict attention to the Scout who’s calling the signals.

The object of the challenge is to place and balance the log on top of wooden “cookies” (discs). The log is maneuvered by pulling in or paying out line from four ropes, each of which are threaded through a pulley and controlled by an individual Scout. The discs can vary in height, color, position or can be numbered, all to correspond with how many points they’re worth.

An additional test of skill can be introduced by challenging the Scouts handling the ropes to turn around so their backs are facing the log. In this way, they can’t see the position of the log and placement of the wooden “cookies,” and hence must rely only on the verbal commands of the signal caller.

Backs are turned!
Backs are turned!

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