Scouts and Guides – We can help planning for the year!

Recently a couple of scout leaders called into the office in Grimsby entirely unaware we existed. We work with Scouting and Guiding groups all over the world, so when they arrived I explained the sorts of things we helped out with – and they left astonished that they had such a resource on the doorstep!

So, I thought I’d put together a quick blog post on what things we regularly help with when it comes to these youth organisations.

Fundraising

Scouting and Guiding groups are all run by volunteers with limited funds and when it comes to big activities, trips away etc, and it’s often up to the individual groups to fundraise.

There’s a number of different options when it comes to fundraising (there is a lot of blog posts on fundraising if you use the category menu you’ll find LOADS). But when they called in yesterday I went over the one we regularly suggest to scouting groups – which is our Skit and Clue based scripts.

These can be acted by the older Scouts and Guides (or Explorers or Rangers) or by the leaders themselves. The scripts are really easy to learn, or can be acted script in hand. They need minimal props. The guests can be parents with their children and the focus of the mystery plot is on exchanging clues to work out whodunit, so there’s no cross examination of the cast, which is what makes them so easy to perform.

The food can be pot-luck suppers, where guests bring something to share, or be catered very easily within the halls they regularly use, using pre-prepared meals from supermarkets. E.g. Garlic Bread, Ready made Lasagne and Salad, Vienetta (that’s posh ice-cream for those outside the UK who’ve not heard of it).

Various Scouting groups have raised money for trips, charities and other projects with these kits.

There are other formats of scripts available, like the Dinner party style games, all of which have been used to good effect with fundraisers, but for ease and simplicity, it’s the skit and clue script games that we suggest.

These come in at £49.99 to download, or a printed set for £69.99.

Fete Accompli is also available to registered charity organisations free of charge – just contact us for details and access to that version.

 

 Activities

Depending on the ages of the children involved in the groups, different murder mystery formats will suit different groups.

For teenagers like Explorers and Rangers – they often handle the standard dinner party games. These require good reading abilities and the ability to act in character. Teenagers enjoy these style of kits and can take part as the performers if you need to size them up to work with larger groups using the dinner party style scripts (Same game, different format to allow larger numbers).

We have a couple of mystery only kits that work with younger teens, and can construct kits to order for specific needs too.

For example, Mayday Mayday Murder was originally written for a scout group camp and included more than 20 characters, all male. It was adjusted after production for our more regular audiences. Mayhem at the Movies similarly was written to include nearly 40 children the first time around, and again was amended to a standard 12 player game for the website.

When it comes to younger players e.g. brownies, cubs, then you may find our children’s mystery kits are a better fit. Some of these are designed to be run in a hall. One game in particular “MI 4 3/4s the Party Palaver” is designed to be both educational and to work in halls with larger groups of children. Within this kit are 4 workstations which focus on fingerprints, footprints, decoding and crime scene analysis, as well as a series of more active game ideas on a spy theme to break up the work station time, and a final mystery to solve at the end. This was designed for the awkward 10-14 age range which falls between “kids party games” and “Adult mystery games”, and is ideal for Cubs and Brownies age range. With the benefit of being educational as well! It should work within 2 hours, but with the addition of extra games (ideas are always included in the children’s mystery kits for lots of other “bolt in” activities – then you can make one game last all day if you want to, so ideal for camps.

 I am a Guide leader and have used 2 of your murder mysteries at Guide events. We did Fete Accompli at one long summer camp in guernsey in 2011 and it is regularly talked about (especially the over acting of some leaders) and the mayhem at the movies has been used for older girls at a Baden Powell Challenge Adventure residential. I LOVE your games. Jackie O’Sullivan

 

 Spy camp box fillers

Many Guides and scout groups are now running spy camps or similar during the year and are looking for small “filler” toys to add to boxes. We can help there too. Many of our smaller CSI gifts are available to order wholesale and if you need 10-15 items we can often provide a bulk discount. We have access to CSI and children’s toy wholesalers and can often source “filler” items cheaper than smaller groups can e.g. water pistols, handcuffs. So just get in touch if you need to order something in bulk or are looking for ideas for CSI accessories to add into spy boxes as we can often help.

We can also supply evidence boxes empty and flat packed, which make for great spy camp boxes leaving you to fill them as you wish.

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Flexible and fun!

We contacted Red-Herring-Games for a party for a special occasion. Why going to restaurants to eat is the preferred activity to mark milestones is beyond me and my friends.   The choice of mystery was obvious, looking at the options from New Zealand on the web Red Herring stuck out from the international options.  A quick look at the site and games showed subtlety as well a range of choices.  The numbers you could have for each evening was important,  Red Herring had scaling options a good range of scenarios but most importantly were Jo and team being flexible, responsive and helpful.

Rachel McWilliam, Arts Development Officer, Lincs Inspire

Thank you Red Herring Games for the marvellous 'Murder!  Cargo Connections?' event that you organised for us as part of Museums at Night at the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby. The whole evening went so well and was brilliant fun.  I know from all the feedback that our visitors had a fantastic time. It was really good working with you and I have no doubt that we will do again in the not too distant future.  

A. Nonymous (council employee)

I would like to thank you and your colleague for helping contribute towards our successful conference last month.  Everyone really seemed to enjoy the evening and it was rewarding that so many delegates were able to participate in addition to the main "Actors".  Our conference evaluation froms included the following comments:
  • "Enjoyed the evening entertainment!"
  • The evening entertainment was great and the confusion made it great fun!"
With thanks and best wishes.

Sarah Spencer (Cleethorpes Chronicle)

I had no idea what to expect before purchasing a ticket for Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, which was being staged at a nearby hotel, and feared it might involve taking part in some way. However thankfully for me no acting was necessary, just some amateur sleuthing. "Wedding guests" of which I was one, were called upon to move from room to room in the hotel in groups, questioning a number of possible murderers with the aim of solving the mystery of the dead bridegroom. The interviewees were really fun characters and gave us all some good laughs. Of course they all had motives and it was a case of identifying the shiftiest. The wedding theme was particularly good, as it fitted well with the venue, the buffet that was part of the evening (with a wedding cake in the middle) and the fact that everyone had been able to dress up to fit in without going to the trouble of fancy dress. I didn't think I had enough "evidence" to actually accuse anyone but later regretted not even writing down my first guess as it wouldn't have been too far off the mark. The evening was great fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it and take part. I would definitely recommend Old, New, Borrowed, Blue as good for getting even reluctant or first-time mystery party-goers involved.  

Alan Young (Personal Touch Mortgages)

What a cracking nights entertainment! We don't get out much nowadays with 2 kids and this was exactly what we were looking for in a good night out. Lots of fun with tongue firmly in cheek and everyone kept guessing whodunnit right to the very end. Would definitely attend another!!!!!  

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