The Double Ladder - Going Through the Tunnel - Climbing the Table - The High Jump Running the Ladder - The Tape Tangle - Double Hoops - Climbing the White Wall - Running the Tight-rope - Crawling Through the Barrel - How to Start the Race
A sufficiently exciting course may be made with the help of the most ordinary accessories, to be found in the house or garden in the space of half an hour, the course being laid out on the lawn, or any other wide space of turf, or in the corner of a field.
The difficulty of the various obstacles to be surmounted should vary, to a certain extent, according to the average age of the little guests, though a small, lithe, active boy of seven or eight years will often beat competitors ten or twelve years old.
The children should be invited to arrive at half-past three, for an obstacle race is by no means a lengthy affair, clad in their very oldest clothes-jerseys, with short knickerbockers for the boys, and short, close-fitting skirts, or kilts. worn over serge knickerbockers for the little girls.
Earlier in the day collect together a dozen long, ring-topped iron meat skewers, a clothes-line or skipping-rope, a bundle of white tape, an old travelling-rug, an empty barrel with both ends knocked out and all protruding nails carefully removed or hammered flat, so that there are no sharp points sticking out anywhere, a long single ladder, a double ladder, if there happens to be one in the garden, a couple of big flowerpots, a long, narrow, springy plank, two big wooden hoops, a small roller-towel, a couple of walking-sticks, and a strong, deal-topped, four-legged table, besides a piece of wide white tape to act as starting-point and winning-post.
Have these accessories piled in the middle of the chosen course, and arrange them into obstacles, laid out in a large circle or oblong, from five to ten yards apart, in the following way:
1. Winding In and Out of a Double Ladder. The double ladder is laid on its side and opened for a couple of feet at the free end, and pegged down to the ground to prevent its overturning. Competitors must wind in and out between the rungs from one end to the other.
2. Going Through the Tunnel. The tunnel consists of a travelling-rug firmly pegged down at the four corners, underneath which the competitors have to crawl. (N.B. A wide fold of a couple of feet at least must be made in the rug lengthways before pegging it down, in order to leave space for the children to crawl through. If it were pegged out flat, no one could get under it.)