Since Choconut is a small camp, it is easy to organize big games for all the campers, and many of these, like Pony Express, the Gold Rush and the Flour Bomb War have become traditional. Most of the big games are planned in secret and come as a surprise, adding to the excitement of strategy and luck.
Sometime during the summer, all the campcraft skills are put to the test in the biggest all-camp game: The Villa Hunt. Begun at the time Pancho Villa made border raids into the United States before World War I, the game is a chase in the square mile of woods and fields that surround the camp.
Secretly chosen from the campers and counselors, the boys in the Villa Party disguise themselves as desperadoes and make a surprise raid on the camp. After lots of shouting and whooping they disappear in the woods. The other campers then gather their gear and set after the bandits.
For three days, the hunters track Villa, camping out during the entire game. Each time one of the Villa is caught, he is given a half hour to get away and the chase begins again. At the end of the game, Villa makes a last rush into camp, trying to touch the bell without getting caught by a camper. Nobody is sure who wins the hunt, but everyone has an exciting time and endless tales are told about it afterwards.