Skip to main content

Volunteering at Scouts is changing to help us reach more young people

Volunteering is changing to help us reach more young people

Volunteering is changing at Scouts. Read more

Discover what this means

Right tools for the job

Go head to head and race across the board by naming the right tool for each job

Back to Activities

You’ll need

  • Printed copy of the game board (or chalk or masking tape to mark it on the floor) and copy of the questions
  • Eight red and eight blue counters (or colours of card circles or chalk)
  • Images of tools (optional)
Tools game board
JPG – 795.4KB
Game board and questions
PDF – 88.2KB

Before you begin

  • Place the printed copy of the game board on the floor, or use the chalk or masking tape to copy it onto the floor.

Play the game

  1. Split into two teams; the red team and the blue team.
  2. Each team must make their way across the board (the blue team from left to right, the red team from bottom to top), one hexagon at a time.
  3. The red team chooses a letter first. They must choose a letter touching their starting area (G, P, C, or T).
  4. The person leading the game will ask the same letter question from the question sheet.
  5. Anyone can ‘buzz in’ when they know the answer. The person leading the game points at whoever is first, and the player answers.
  1. If the player answers correctly, they get to place a counter of their team’s colour on the letter (or colour it in with chalk of their team’s colour). This hexagon is now part of their path across.
  2. If the player answers incorrectly, the first person on the other team to ‘buzz in’ can have a go. Teams take it in turn to answer until someone gets it right.
  3. The player who answers correctly chooses the next letter to play for. The letter must touch either their starting area, or their path so far.
  4. The winning team is the first to create a path to their finish line.


This game helped you develop practical, useful skills.

Do you know more about tools than you did before you started?

Which tools did you already know?

Could you name the tools without any clues?

Do you know how to keep yourself safe when using these tools?

Why is it useful to know which tool to use for different jobs?


All activities must be safely managed. You must complete a thorough risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Always get approval for the activity, and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Provide images of the tools. Players can pick an image, rather than naming the tool, if they don’t know the tool’s name.

Get as many of the tools mentioned in the game as possible – you could ask people in advance to bring in any they may have at home. Ask the players to pick up the tool safely, and talk about how to use it. They could show how to use it, if it’s safe to do so.

Make it accessible

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.