Education Outdoors Transforms the Lore of the Snipe into a New Game
Locate and capture your opponent’s mythical creature first to win the Snipe Hunt!
If your family enjoys spending time in the outdoors camping or if your children are in the scouts, chances are you have heard of the elusive creature of the forest, the Snipe. Traditionally nothing more than a campfire prank, Education Outdoors has transformed the story of the Snipe into a new family board game called Snip Hunt.
A tradition passed down through the generations, the Snipe Hunt originated as a tall tale told by parents and teens to younger children. Inexperienced campers are told about a bird or animal called the Snipe and the usually preposterous method of catching it, such as running around the woods carrying a bag or making strange noises such as banging rocks together. As children set off in search of the Snipe, their elders take in the antics and try to contain their laughter.
A twist on this fruitless quest, Snipe Hunt is an indoor or outdoor game of hide-and-seek where players try to be the first to find their opponent’s Snipe and return it to its nest. To play, the teams choose an area that will be the Snipe nest and two areas to hide their Snipes.
Each team turns their Snipe on and disappears to find the best hiding place for them. In five minutes the Snipes will begin chirping and their eyes will start flashing red so teams must hurry to get back to the nest before they giveaway the direction their Snipe is hiding. Once both Snipes are hidden, the hunt begins! The first team to return their opponents Snipe to the nest is the winner.
I remember going to girl’s camp as a child and hearing all about the mysterious “Snipe” that lived in the forest! I was, and still am, extremely gullible and was convinced I was going to be the first person ever to catch one! I haven’t thought about the Snipe since I was a teenager, until I was introduced to this game! What a great idea! And also the perfect opportunity to tell my kids about the legend of the Snipe! I couldn’t wait to try it out, so instead of waiting for a camp-out, or even the sun to go down, I had my kids hiding them around the house! We had a meeting place on the middle of the stairs. My son would hide his upstairs and my daughter would hide her’s downstairs. When they finished hiding them, we would all meet by the nest (our starting point). We would wait patiently until the chirping started and then they would race to find the other person’s Snipe! They had a blast for hours and couldn’t wait to show their other siblings how to play when they got home! We eventually did play it at night so we could see the eyes light up. They looked really cool! The Snipe Hunt game was a huge hit with our family and I would recommend it to anyone who loves hide-and-seek games with a twist!
Each game comes with two snipes, (named Biela and Smartin) and a Snipe nest. The packaging tells the story behind the legendary campfire animals. For more information on the game, including rules, visit www.educationoutdoors.net. Snipe Hunt retails for $24.99 and can be purchased at Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas, Books a Million stores and specialty retailers nationwide.
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a Snipe Hunt Game!
Ends 8/3/2012 at 11:59 PM ET. Open to US Only.
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Disclosure: I received a Snipe Hunt Game in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other manner. The opinions expressed above are my own and any claims should be verified on the sponsor’s site.