This article is from the Scouting FAQ, by Bill Nelson email@example.com, Soaring Golden Eagle firstname.lastname@example.org and Alan Houser email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
14.5 LEG PULL
I would organise this one with all the pairs of boys down the long
axis of the hall; Alans will have their backs to one long wall,
Berties with have their backs to the other long wall. OK. Good.
Now each person lifts his left leg in the air and holds onto his
partners left leg. Upon a suitable command, each player has to hop
backwards trying to pull his partner with him. The one to touch his
back on his own wall (or to cross a line - safer) wins.
This one comes from the playground and you may be a little wary to
encourage your little angels into such violence, but here we go. You
should probably slip a coin in each case to see who goes first, but we
shall assume Alan goes first.
Each player holds his hands together in a prayer position, such that
his fingers are pointing at the other player in front of him and his
hands are at chest height. Some suggest that the two players hands
should be close enough that fingertips are touching and this can be
enforced. Since Alan is going first, he will be attacking. (:-) This
involves his moving one of his hands and swinging it so as the slap
Berties hand, for example Alan may decide to use his right hand, in
which case he would slap Bertie's left hand.
Bertie's role in this is to try to remove his hands, and so foil
Alan's swipe. Bertie however may not move his hands until Alan's
fingertips have broken apart; if Alan successfully fakes Bertie into
doing so, then Bertie is required to hold his hands in place while
Alan exercises his right to a free slap. This can inevitably be
somewhat harder than combat slaps as preparation time is available. It
is observed that players wishing to retain friendship with their
opposition do not necessarily slap any harder here than at any other
So far Bertie has done rather badly out of the arrangement. However a
further important rule is thus; if Bertie successfully removes his
hands entirely and Alan thus misses, play changes over such that
Bertie is now attacking Alan.
The game finishes when one of the players submits to the other and
admits defeat. This is or course subjective.
Slaps is an excellent spectator sport, particularly in watching the
colour of their hands. My campers and PFC Summer camp picked this game
up rather slowly at first (I noted this softness in general in
American kids), but enjoyed in immensely once taught.