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2013-05-03 03:04:07 AM  
Oh, c'mon. No frog baseball?
 
2013-05-03 06:28:56 AM  
Pretty sure this is a repeat.  I had the same nod of satisfaction that they put finding a geocache on the list.
 
2013-05-03 06:58:34 AM  
if I lived down under, I'd put myself into a sealed bubble and never ever never leave it.  Australia == death world.
 
2013-05-03 07:06:30 AM  
No lawn darts?

No mumbly peg?
 
2013-05-03 07:36:17 AM  
35. Discover what's in a pond

Just don't looking in the one where daddy hides the dead hookers.
 
2013-05-03 07:36:30 AM  

Weaver95: if I lived down under, I'd put myself into a sealed bubble and never ever never leave it.  Australia == death world.


yeah, this. plus, how do they not fall off the earth? ...oh, really?
 
2013-05-03 07:42:14 AM  
14. Dam a stream

Sorry, kid...not without permission from the Planning Council, the Town Council, the county, the state, and an environmental impact statement, filled out in triplicate.

Hey, you'll get your merit badge in red tape, though...
 
2013-05-03 07:42:41 AM  
They could have saved a lot of space in that article by simply stating become a Boy/Cub Scout.
 
2013-05-03 07:45:53 AM  

Andromeda: Pretty sure this is a repeat.  I had the same nod of satisfaction that they put finding a geocache on the list.


Remember a similar thread. Added my two cents.
Got told my list was better.


/meh
 
2013-05-03 07:49:01 AM  
You can wash your arm in a pool of mud. You can chop a tree, prevent a flood. You can speak with a turtle just by flipping him around. You can build a boat, sail the sea. You can buy a moat, forge a key. Initiate the sequence, create catastrophe...
 
2013-05-03 07:52:44 AM  
42/50 for my kid. I've told him to build a damn several times, no go yet.

Also, "build a raft," should just be "go swimming."
 
2013-05-03 07:57:27 AM  
My kids are the outdoor types so we would call this list "the weekend."

/only nine year old in his class with his own set of crampons
 
2013-05-03 07:58:58 AM  
Ordinary day for a kid in Vermont.
 
2013-05-03 08:07:31 AM  
4. Build a denI always figured it was better for a kid to construct a deck or remodel the upstairs bathroom
 
2013-05-03 08:09:11 AM  
Removing lawn ornaments off of one lawn, and placing them on a neighboring lawn.
 
2013-05-03 08:09:40 AM  
Conkers and Poo sticks?

No thanks.
 
2013-05-03 08:10:06 AM  
My girls are 6 and 4 and I think they can easily cross off 35+ of those. I'm sure we'll add quite a few of the remaining ones this summer. The funny thing is that they came up with most of these on their own. Went camping last summer and they spent an hour or so damming up a little stream with rocks.
 
2013-05-03 08:10:18 AM  

vudukungfu: Ordinary day for a kid in Vermont.


But with less weaponry.

Seriously, nothing like archery?  That's still politically correct, isn't it?

I can see an Aussie rag not mentioning hunting, but still:  Target shooting, even if using a bow and arrows, is a good outdoor sport that teaches concentration and discipline.
 
2013-05-03 08:14:51 AM  

spittman: My girls are 6 and 4 and I think they can easily cross off 35+ of those. I'm sure we'll add quite a few of the remaining ones this summer. The funny thing is that they came up with most of these on their own. Went camping last summer and they spent an hour or so damming up a little stream with rocks.


What kid hasn't done that?  I mean unless you live in the desert.  Hell I was still at that when I was a teenager, even took an old discarded front door, loaded it in the station wagon and used it to dam up a stream.  Growing up rural, you do learn to make your own fun.

/my addition:  Catching a snake
 
2013-05-03 08:15:11 AM  
Isn't this from like 2 years ago? Has the internet run out of ideas?
 
2013-05-03 08:16:48 AM  

Cheron: crampons


Crayons made out of tampons, or (my preferred definition), tampons made out of crayons?  Taste the rainbow?  Pfft.  Bleed the rainbow.
 
2013-05-03 08:19:10 AM  
I grew up in the city and some of my favorite things are not on that list:


Tag a building
Set a bum on fire
Catch (and release) a sewer rat
Poke a stick at a dead bloated body down by the pier
 
2013-05-03 08:19:11 AM  

abhorrent1: Isn't this from like 2 years ago? Has the internet run out of ideas?


Yes, just like television. Yet here we are.
 
2013-05-03 08:19:22 AM  
Surprised myself at seeing just how many things activities on that list I did. I never thought much of it until now. That makes me feel pretty cool about my childhood. There are some things on the list I never heard of, and others they simply did not have when I grew up (Geocaching).

They omitted some things from the list that I did:

Make a tree house
Build a fort in the woods with leftover particle board and wood scraps
Explore a cemetery
Sneak out late at night to hang out with your friends
Hold hands with a girl (even as your friends are razing you).

The 70's, my youth - good times.
 
2013-05-03 08:19:43 AM  

eyemarten: Conkers and Poo sticks?

No thanks.


Skim a stone too.

Crazy Aussies.
 
2013-05-03 08:21:55 AM  
#1 Not a slide show so - Bonus!

also, as a kid I was lucky enough to do most of those things, as a kid my daughter has done most of those things, as a family we've done most of those things.

Sadly, you can't just stop the car, get out with your kids and feed the cows that are near the fence (pulled grass)  anymore.  Really frowned on

That GEO-crape to me is similar to a video game in that you need toys from home to make it work and you're always looking at one of the toys to see if you're going in the right direction.  No interest (for me - YMMV)
 
2013-05-03 08:23:42 AM  
No killing video game hookers? Sheesh.
 
2013-05-03 08:25:52 AM  
a bunch of us tried this


16. Make a daisy chain

until a couple of them did this


39. Catch a crab


thats the last time we did that.
 
2013-05-03 08:26:38 AM  

PunGent: 14. Dam a stream

Sorry, kid...not without permission from the Planning Council, the Town Council, the county, the state, and an environmental impact statement, filled out in triplicate.

Hey, you'll get your merit badge in red tape, though...


That's alot of effort for a dam merit badge.
 
2013-05-03 08:27:38 AM  

1nsanilicious: They could have saved a lot of space in that article by simply stating become a Boy/Cub Scout.


Except all I did in boy scouts for years was play darts in my leaders basement, put together a leather pouch big enough to hold 3 quarters and do 10% of the lame tasks in the handbook in his backyard.  And yes before you chime in I know my leader sucked.

I learned far more from my grandfather who was a WW2 vet and serious backwoods redneck.  He was the son of a Blackfoot Indian woman who taught me more about the wilderness and survival than any poof boy/cub/eagle scout could hope to know, sorry.  I respect that man more than any other as he was more than willing to teach me even as his heath failed near the end.

I mean no disprespect but every scout I have met (and I lived in a neighborhood with dozens) as been an overweight or skrawny nerd.  It does have good intentions but needs more mentoring and less "stay outside the saftey circle when chopping wood".  I know I am lucky to have a mentor like my grandfather and that the scouts serve to fill the void left by those without such luck, but the organization has been castrated and snowflaked to the point of failure.
 
2013-05-03 08:27:38 AM  
51. Crash your bike

Every kid should have a cool bike crash story.

/homemade ramp
//scrapes, chipped a tooth on the handlebars
///no helmet
 
2013-05-03 08:28:50 AM  
Introduce yourself to the local hospital/doctor, let them know you'll be back
 
2013-05-03 08:29:54 AM  

fruitloop: 51. Crash your bike

Every kid should have a cool bike crash story.

/homemade ramp
//scrapes, chipped a tooth on the handlebars
///no helmet


Mine involved a wasp, a tree and a broken collar bone.
 
2013-05-03 08:30:40 AM  
We played poo stick all the time.

/Different rules though.
 
2013-05-03 08:30:52 AM  
Looks like that list is skewed for the Pacific Northwest. Some of those are impossible unless you're in a particular region.
 
2013-05-03 08:32:54 AM  

FC Exile: We played poo stick all the time.

/Different rules though.


Yeah, that's not how we played it either...

ohokyeah: Looks like that list is skewed for the Pacific Northwest. Some of those are impossible unless you're in a particular region.


The list was cooked up in the UK.
 
2013-05-03 08:35:21 AM  
Holy crap.  I'm 50/50.  I win.
I'd add a whole lot of stuff to this list though.
 
2013-05-03 08:36:59 AM  
Came for jarts... leaving disappointed
 
2013-05-03 08:39:49 AM  
That is an idiotic article.    Get chased by a mean 'possum isn't even in the top ten.

Probably a hipster article.
 
2013-05-03 08:47:29 AM  
12. Make a trail with sticks

13. Make a mud pie

14. Dam a stream

16. Make a daisy chain

18. Create some wild art


Is this a list of euphemisms or something?
 
2013-05-03 08:49:01 AM  
I did most of the things on the list.  I would add:

Dig for nightcrawlers
Head out fishing before dawn
Take a rowboat up some tiny little channels for no reason at all (but avoid the ones that have the surprise caches of a billion mosquitoes)
Have a competition at diving off a raft
Play kick-the-can as dusk changes over into night
Tell ghost stories around a campfire
Build and fly and chase a model rocket, and wonder ever after where it landed
Crawl or walk a tree that's fallen (or been placed) across a stream
Go on a hayride
Ride a minibike on an impromptu track on a cornfield at your cousin's farm
Discover and examine milkweed
Walk through a meadow on a sunny morning when there's been a hard frost
Put a penny on the railroad tracks
Pump your arm in the back seat and roll around laughing when the truck driver honks his horn
Eat a hot dog and drink a root beer from a tray on the car window
Go to a drive-in movie
Play sandlot baseball past suppertime and face your furious mother when you get home (my mom used to get way too mad about that)
Lie on your stomach in your room for an entire beautiful summer afternoon, with your mother urging you to go outside, and look at your astronomy picture books
Set up a gnarly Hot Wheels track on a rainy day
When your mom is mopping the kitchen floors, use the chairs she dragged into the living room to pretend you're on a bus/ship/rocket
Take apart everything on your bike and tinker with it, learn how it works, and put it back together
Run out of the back of the house and hear the screen door bang behind you
Stare inside the pocket of a kid's pool table and imagine that the pools of light from the other pockets are little streetlights in a miniature world
Actually fly to the moon and back with your two super-cool astronaut figures (your mom can testify that you narrated the entire mission)
Have a dog for a pet
Have a cat for a pet

When I was a kid, we never went to Disney (though we went to a place called King's Island a couple of times).  We never flew anywhere, went to anyplace exotic, or for example, did something like go to Sea World, and pay extra to get into a pool with dolphins.  (Nothing wrong with any of those things.)  We weren't poor but we were far from rich, so our excursions were in the car, pulling a trailer.  I've never regretted it for a second.  I had a lively imagination and I made my own fun.  I wouldn't trade it for all of the let-us-entertain-you-for-a-price experiences imaginable.

What I missed out on was the experiences with grandparents.  I had the coldest, crabbiest, most non-kid-friendly grandparents imaginable.
 
2013-05-03 08:53:54 AM  

AsBaile: Build a fort in the woods with leftover particle board and wood scraps


Pretty sure that's what is meant by building a den. My kids have one in our woods. I like to sneak into it while they are tromping around back there and when the older one comes into the lair I say in a thick accent, "I see colonel, you have failed to withdraw your men."
/guess you had to be there CSB
 
2013-05-03 08:56:02 AM  
My nephew would scoff at these non-swaggy activities, complain that he might get dirt on his $150 sneakers, and then ask for a ride to the mall.

The real shame is that his dad is a serious outdoorsman, and could teach the boy quite a lot. I guess it's good that he's not forcing his interests on his son.
 
2013-05-03 08:56:50 AM  
I guess I had a pretty good childhood:

Adventurer: 10/10
Discoverer: 7/10
Ranger: 9/10
Tracker: 5/10
Explorer: 9/10
Total: 40/50

Never actually played conkers, but we used to bowl with the nuts, which we called monkey balls, so I marked that as "done". Likewise, there are other activities which are similar enough to the ones I marked as "not done yet". Catching a frog is pretty close to catching a crab. Oh wait, I did catch crabs once...
 
2013-05-03 08:57:58 AM  
For growing up a in an inner-ring older suburb of Chicago that didn't afford one the nature opportunities that growing up in the country would have, I did okay on that list, not great, but okay (I also grew up in the 70's and early 80's where being tossed outside after lunch and forbidden to come back in unless you were bleeding until dinner was more common) .  However, I've never camped, hunted or tracked anything and don't plan to start anytime soon oh, and horses scare the hell out of me.
 
2013-05-03 08:59:16 AM  
51. Bear crawls
 
2013-05-03 09:06:16 AM  
This is from Austria, so they should gave stuff like...

1) Bait a Roo
2) treat a snakebite
3) Barbie a shrimp
4) Roll in red dust
etc.
 
2013-05-03 09:10:57 AM  

KarmicDisaster: This is from Austria, so they should gave stuff like...

1) Bait a Roo
2) treat a snakebite
3) Barbie a shrimp
4) Roll in red dust
etc.


5) Form a defensive pact with Germany
 
2013-05-03 09:12:39 AM  
So many of those are "just screw with nature" type items.
 
2013-05-03 09:12:55 AM  

Cheron: My kids are the outdoor types so we would call this list "the weekend."

/only nine year old in his class with his own set of crampons


My kids are the only preteens in their classes (actually, I'd be willing to be our entire state) with their own regulators and Junior C-cards.
 
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