November 14, 2020
Ever Want to Throw a Telephone Pole? A Boulder? A Battleaxe? Slay a Pumpkin with a Sword?
Now’s your chance. Get ready for Highland Games! Two weekends instead of one to thin the crowds and make social distancing possible.
The Longhorn Council cares deeply about the health and safety of all Scouts and their families. All 2020-2021 weekend events have been redesigned to incorporate the latest CDC, State, and BSA guidelines and make them as safe as possible during the covid-19 pandemic. Masks are required for 2020.
All events have new procedures for cleaning, sanitizing, hygiene, mask wearing, and social distancing to avoid crowds and to keep our Scouts outside where it is much safer than indoors. We’ll provide the cleaning and sanitizing supplies to clean and sanitize each piece of Highland Games throwing or tossing gear for each participant’s use.
Featuring professional Scottish Highland games weights, hammers, and much more. You will compete in fun and challenging Celtic tests of strength, endurance and skill. Highland Games is both an individual event and a team event for groups of 4-8 participants from Venture Crews and Troops (AOL Dens may attend with a Troop), held annually at Camp Tahuaya and every 4 years at the council camporee. Teams choose their participants for each Highland athletic competition. These competitions are open to all Scouts (AOL Dens may attend with a Troop), Venturers, Explorers and adults.
Kilts will be provided for the participants where necessary. Units are encouraged to make their own kilts!
Troops and Crews can also visit the annual Gathering of the Clans Scottish Festival in Salado, 3 miles south of Camp Tahuaya on the service road. The Festival runs from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. All participants receive a Camp Tahuaya Highland Games T-Shirt.
There are 2 age classes for youth in all of the events. “Light Weight” are age 11-14 years, and “Heavy Weight” are 15 and older.” There is also a Venturers Class, an Adult Class, and an Adult Coed Class. Team and Individual Awards will be given in each class.
Competitions are “Toss” events that go for distance and “throw” events go for height. Events are Traditional Events with professional Highland Games Equipment, plus several NEW Events. We add a few Scouting touches for safety in some events, like helmets.
Turning the Caber. A caber is a 16-20 foot long pole that is tossed end-over-end. The object is to balance the Caber (pole) vertically over your head, run forward and toss it so that it flips end over end and lands vertically. We use a lighter variant of the 90 to 120 pound logs the Scots use but it’s fun just the same! We’ll provide the cleaning and sanitizing supplies to clean and sanitize the cabers for each participant’s use.
Sheaf Toss. What’s a Sheaf? A sheaf is a 16-20 pound bag of hay (10-12 pounds for the light weights). What do you do with it? Hurl it straight up into the air over an adjustable crossbar with a pitchfork. It’s High Jump with pitch forks. Highest toss wins. We’ll provide the cleaning and sanitizing supplies to clean and sanitize the pitchforks for each participant’s use.
Weight Throws. Pick up the weight in one hand, sling it from side to side to gain momentum and throw it the farthest … or as far as possible. We’ll provide the cleaning and sanitizing supplies to clean and sanitize the weights for each participant’s use.
Weight Toss. You’ll stand under an adjustable height crossbar, hold the weight and swing it back and forth between the legs. On the final swing you bring the weight up in an arc. Then toss it over the crossbar (we hope). Highest toss wins. We’ll provide the cleaning and sanitizing supplies to clean and sanitize the weights for each participant’s use.
Clachneart. It’s a rounded stone and you throw it – like a shot put. You can spin if you want. Distance Counts.
Braemar Stone. What’s a Braemar Stone? Well, it’s like the Clachneart, except bigger and you can’t move when you toss it (no shot put moves). Again distance counts. We’ll provide the cleaning and sanitizing supplies to clean and sanitize the Clachnearts and Braemar Stones for each participant’s use.
Hammer Throw. Now using professional Scottish hammers! Another throw for distance event. We’ll provide the cleaning and sanitizing supplies to clean and sanitize the hammers for each participant’s use.
Farmer’s Walk. In the farmer’s walk, the competitor picks up two weights, each weighing up to 150 pounds and walks around a series of pylons. The winner walks the farthest. We’ll go a little light on the weight: you’ll use hay bales, bulky but not nearly as heavy. You get the idea… YOU must bring your own leather gloves for the Farmer’s Walk.
Pumpkin Slaying. Demonstrate your swordsmanship as you slay a pumpkin with a Scottish Claymore sword! . . . if you can hit it!We’ll provide the cleaning and sanitizing supplies to clean and sanitize the swords for each participant’s use.
Battle Axe Throw. The battle axe was issued to the 78th Fraser’s Highlanders, a military regiment from the Highlands of Scotland. The axes were light enough to be used with one hand and heavy enough to dent or puncture armor. The axes used in the competition are lighter than the original weapons, but safer to throw. In competition, the axes are thrown at increasing distances towards a target. The winner is the individual who’s axe, thrown from the greatest distance, strikes and sticks blade first in the targets. We’ll provide the cleaning and sanitizing supplies to clean and sanitize the Battle Axes for each participant’s use.
The Fell Race is CANCELLED for 2020. The fell race gets its name from the hills of Northern England where it originated. It’s a non-traditional endurance test of running and cross-country skills over rough terrain. This cross country race typically features several natural and man-made barriers. This event is just for the Fit!
Tossing the Wellie. Legend has it that this originated when Scottish husbands wore their muddy boots in the house. In retaliation, the wives threw the boots back at the husbands as they ran from the house to avoid the wives wrath. This game is all about distance and staying between the lines. We’ll provide the cleaning and sanitizing supplies for the “Wellies” for each participant’s use. YOU must bring your own leather gloves for the Wellie Toss.