Or maybe you are a little younger and have played the game in its newest incarnation: the family-friendly card game you can get from Target.
Either way the game is super fun, actually teaches you a thing or two about history and how hard it was to be a pioneer - so of course I HAD to turn it into a live action teen program! Mostly I modified the card game and made my own decks of cards so here is how you can do it at your library:
Supplies you will need:* 21 pieces of card stock or construction paper to create the board.
The board can be any shape you want, as long as it fits whatever room you are doing it in.
I decided on 21 pieces because the trail was around 2,100 miles, and this way each piece of paper equals 100 miles.
* A 6-sided die, the bigger the better. Mine was legitimately huge, as I used a box. This was great but it did only last through one program, so you might want a more durable option.
|I used a recycled speaker decoration from Summer Reading 2018's music theme. It died a noble death from being tossed about.|
Food - Clean Water - Wagon Parts - Bullets - Medical Supplies - Clothes - Oxen
* Print-outs of "events" deck of cards (printed on different colored paper from the supplies)
8 "Fort" cards
6 "River Crossing" cards
2 each of the following "calamities:"
Typhoid - Measles - Cholera - Dysentery - Snake Bite - Bad Water - Oxen Have Died -
Starvation - Thief - Broken Arm - Snow Storm - Broken Wheel.
Most of the calamities require the players to use their supply cards to avoid death.
(I am sorry but I am NOT about to type out all the wording I used on each card. If you REALLY want them, you can always message me and I can e-mail the actual cards to you. Or make up your own, don't be lazy! Haha!)
* Print-Outs of "Independence Missouri" (the start) and "Willamette, Oregon," (the finish line)
|My "supplies" cards. I used stock photos, and I laminated them.|
|Examples of one Fort card, one Calamity and one River Crossing card.|