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Play-it-forward Hunger Games
Sun, Nov 1 12:00 AM – Fri, Nov 20 11:59 PM EST
A remote and safe virtual event to support Scouting and the Food Bank of South Jersey.
Garden State Council Scouting presents: Play-it-Forward Hunger Games.
Garden State Council, BSA, has partnered with PIF^2 to kick off the Season of Giving with a virtual fundraising event that benefits Scouting as well as the food programs that provide safe and nutritional food to people in need throughout South Jersey. The Food Bank of SJ distributes food, provides nutrition education and cooking courses, and helps food-insecure families and seniors find sustainable ways to improve their lives. By their estimates, FBSJ are serving as many as 50% more food insecure families in South Jersey than before the pandemic.
For Scouts in Garden State Council, the first week of November is usually synonymous with “down time,” especially in a year when travel during the Teachers Convention is not exactly easy. So, we arranged the Play-it-Forward Hunger Games to inspire Scouts in all programs to have a little STEM-related fun while also doing some good. This creative competition challenges all Scout units with mobile gaming, coding, fundraising, and community fun! Hosted by the Garden State Council, the event will showcase the competitive coding and gaming skills of 250 participating Scout Troops and their Scouts.
How it works:
1.) Download the PIF^2 App (Apple/Android).
2.) Use the PIF^2 App or the Givebutter campaign page to get friends and family members to make a donation in your unit's name on Givebutter. This is a unit competition to see what Pack, Troop, Crew, Post, Ship, or Lab can raise the most support to fight food insecurity in our community! Look for your unit's position on the Givebutter Leaderboard.
3.) On the PIF^2 App: Enter competitions, play mobile games, code a game with Hopscotch, share funny content, stay in touch with event updates/videos, vote for best Scouting games developed, comment on content, and raise funds with Givebutter!
4.) Earn prizes and bragging rights by "playing-it-forward" and helping others in need through FBSJ.
Game Development with Hopscotch:
Scouts: Build your own game! Each participating unit will get a free account with Hopscotch, an iOS app-based game development system and over nine FREE coding modules! Scouts can work as a team to learn coding, develop the best (Scouting appropriate) game they can, and add it to our Hopscotch community classroom game site for everyone to try! Community voting will help us pick the top three games! Winners will be announced November 7th!
Which unit can raise the most money to help the Food Bank and Scouting in South Jersey? The donation leaderboard on Givebutter will show the progress of each participating unit. So, spread the word about the Play-it-Forward Hunger Games and invite friends and family to play and to donate. When they donate, they can credit their donation to your unit or Scout, to help in the competition. The more donations we collect during the Game-A-Thon, the more we can help the Food Bank of SJ this November!
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and Play-it-forward!!!