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Picnic Game Kits. A number of cities have arranged kits containing supplies for social activities to be loaned picnic groups. The Sacramento, California, Recreation Department has prepared game kits both for picnics and parties which are available for all groups wishing to use them. Both kits are packed in wooden boxes with handles and are of a size which will fit into the rear seat of any car. Each is labeled as to content, and it is specified on the top of the box that the kit has been made available by the Recreation Department of the city.
In the picnic kit is to be found all necessary equipment for soft ball, volley ball, water polo, dodge ball, croquet, horseshoes, Badminton and checkers. Rules for the use of each game are included. The social recreation kit consists of twenty-five progressive games. Each game is prepared in an attractive manner with scoring values and similar items painted on the game in large black figures. Each game has a number painted. in black on a white background on a piece of three ply veneer panel about eight inches high. The lettering at the top of the panel is about three inches high. Underneath the lettering all information is given relative to the game, such as what the game is, equipment necessary, playing procedure, and scoring methods.
Last year the Community Recreation Association of Decatur, Illinois, inaugurated its picnic service. A picnic director served schools, churches, clubs and other groups by planning and conducting picnic programs,
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and by making available free picnic kits containing bats and balls and other game equipment. The director conducted thirty-five picnic programs, planned as many more, and the kits were loaned to twenty-four organizations.
The Recreation Service of the Salt Lake City, Utah, Park Department supplies picnic kits with equipment for various types of activities. The kits contain horseshoes, tenakoit equipment, a first aid kit, game rules and picnic game suggestions, supplies for volley ball and soft ball, and informal game equipment such as darts, bean bags and sponge balls. A charge of 50 cents a day is made and a $2.00 deposit is required. The department also offers sound equipment for use in parks which may be secured at the rate of $1.50 an hour.
Popular Games in Pierre. At the beginning of last summer a croquet set was placed on each playground in Pierre, South Dakota. No other game held such a continuous interest for the younger children. Tournaments were held for boys and girls of all ages. A surprising interest was also shown in checkers, and children of every age were eager to play the game. Many of them made their boards and men from pasteboard or
In the April issue of RECREATION, under the title "Go to Your Nearest Playground," we told of the experiences of a number of cities in conducting their summer playgrounds, and of some of the activities which were popular. Here are some additional suggestions.
scrap wood. Tournaments were held in various sections of the city.
A Publicity Suggestion. The Watsonville, California, WPA Recreation Department has had its activities broadcast daily at 1:30 P. M. over Station KDON under the title "The Date Book