Outdoor Youth Group Games


Needed: 2 Trash cans and foam bricks (Our group got ours at Home Depot) and 6 orange cones

Prep: Break into teams, and then have bricks spread out in the middle of a field. Place cones in front of trash cans (a foots length away, position may vary). The cones are the boundary markers. Also have 2 cones lined up as midfield line.

Rules: Have both teams lined up behind trash cans before u yell go or blow a whistle. Players can only grab one brick at a time. No hiding bricks in pockets only behind the back. You can have no passing or passing backwards, (or forward if u want.) There are no goalies in this game… no guarding of the trash cans at all. Players either score or get tagged (When a player is tagged by opposing team, the tagged player goes all drops the brick where he/she was tagged and goes all the way back to the starting position. Then can go and try and score again). Each time a player is tagged the brick is dropped and they must go to starting position. Players can not cross boundary line to score, if someone crosses the line and scores a brick is taken out (No Point) The game is played till all bricks are scored or can be played timed.

Game History: I kinda came up with this game on the spot….Invented it I, I think. LOL The game is pretty fun and can wear some people out…. and can get a little rough, accidents have happened when my youth group has played. So hope you enjoy and be careful!

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Some youth directors have to deal with this thing called “Winter”. Going to college in a northern area taught me this game. You will need a corn broom (you know, the one that doesn’t have the plastic thing on it) for each youth. You’ll also need a large snow-covered field. You’ll want to set out the boundaries (hockey ice size) and pack down the snow in the field before the game starts.

The rules are basically the same as hockey except you have brooms instead of hockey sticks. You’ll also want a soft, bouncy ball. We used an old, deflated volleyball. Make sure that the kids use the broom end of the broom.

The best part about this game is that it equalizes those kids that tend to run faster and hit harder. There is a neat element of finesse.

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Buck Buck

Divide into two teams. Then have the one team form a human horse by taking six people (you want big and strong people to do this job). The first person stands up straight then the next person puts his arms around the first persons waist. The third, fourth, fifth, and sixth person do the same on the person in front of him/her (be sure to make them tuck their heads inside) The other team lines up about 15 feet from the horse. The object for this team is to collapse the horse by putting a lot of weight on it. The object for the human horse is to hold the six from the other team. Then switch the team that collapses the other team and holds there horse up wins, but if both teams hold or both collapse then you decide the winning by the team that held the most people before collapseing. Another rule is that the people on the horse cannot touch the ground inorder to stay on the horse. If they do they are out. It is a great game that your youth will beg you to play.

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Buck Buck

Buck Buck is best played outside. You need two teams of 3or4 each. It is best if you dont let boys and girls play this together, Use your own discretion.

Team one starts out chosing one person from there group to be first, this person Stands away from the other team and bends over so the upper body is parrallel to the the next person stands right behind them also bent over just like the first, the second persons head should be about to the first person’s stomach. Then the 3rd person lines up the same way behind the second and so on. Then the other team stands about 10 or 15 feet away from the bent over group. One person on that team yells BUCK BUCK (to warn the bent over team they are coming. They then run at the bent over group and jump on so that they are spread over as many of the bent over group as possible. Then the next person in the second team does the same team, eventually team two will be stacked up on top of team one.

THE POINT. To make the bent over team fall.

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Our youth group is insane.
When I came they asked if I played bucketball. They then told me of a game that sounds like a basketball/football/rugby combo. Two buckets (garbage cans, milk crates, holes in the ground) are placed at either end of any kind of field. The group is divided into two teams. The ball used could be any ball – football, soccerball,
nerf ball, rugby ball, small child (actually
there might be a concern there). The goal is
to get the ball into the other team’s bucket.
Any means necessary to score, or stop the other team can be used. You can kick the ball, run interference, tackle, throw the ball forwards or backwards. The only thing not allowed, is touching the bucket to cover it or move it. It is insane. It is rough, but our girls love it – once they get over the intense fear. It is wise to have a
cell phone near by for 911 calls. 🙂

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This is a great game to play when you’re outdoors surrounded by natural obstacles. Use it to enhance a hike, a campout, or just to kill time in the neighbourhood. No skills, no equipment, no budget, no problem. It’s really easy. Once your group knows how to play, you can play anywhere, anytime and students love the game. I’ve only tried it with about 10-30 players, so you’d have to adapt it for larger or smaller groups. Here’s how to play.


Camouflage is a variation of Hide and Seek. The object is to be the person who can hide closest to the seeker without being spotted, hence the name ‘camouflage’. The winner gets to be the seeker in the next round or may award the seeker title to another person.

Set Up:

To begin, pick a seeker. When the seeker is ready, he or she yells “camouflage”, closes his eyes, and counts to 60 (or whatever). The other players hide as close as possible to the seeker using trees, rocks, ditches, vehicles, etc., to block the seekers view of their bodies. Once hidden players stay in the hiding spot until seen or until called out when the game is over. You can specify the length of each game before hand (5-10 minute games are normal)


When the seeker opens her eyes, she should feel all alone, but know the rest of group is close by. She is allowed to pivot (like in basketball), but can’t move off her original spot. To catch someone, she must be able to see them. “I see a guy in a red shirt lying in the ditch.” When a player hears himself described, he is caught, and leaves the hiding spot without alerting the seeker to anyone else’s presence.

End Game:

Play until all players are caught or the time limit is reached. If players remain hidden after the time limit, yell “game over”, and all players emerge from their spots. The winner is the one who was hiding the closest. If necessary you can measure the distance by pacing a direct line from the each hiding spot to the seeker.

Once a winner is determined, he or she becomes the new seeker, and the former seeker gets to hide. It’s best if you can move the game to a new area so that the seeker has a different vantage point, and players can use different obstacles for camouflage.

(I first encountered this game at Stevenson Children’s Camp, in Ontario, Canada)

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Candy Commandos

This is a twist on a game we used from this site, but adapted for outdoor use.
We use a soccer field, and divide into two teams. There are 4 kids (2 pair) that don’t belong to a team, but do remain on their side of the field. Two of them are equipped with Nerf guns, and the other 2 are their helpers, retrieving darts, and taking candy from “shot” players. There are only two kinds of candy, and it is in a box or bag in each of the goals. We used harder, wrapped candy to avoid melting.
The idea of the game is to get all of the candy from one box into the other, and vice versa. You can only carry two pieces at a time, and if you are shot by a Nerf dart at anytime duing the game, you must sit down and surrender your candy to the helper. The goals are “safe” areas, and the “shooters” can’t enter the smaller box designated for the goalie. Every few minutes, a leader needs to blow a whistle or holler “free!”, so the players that have been “shot” can resume play.

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Candy Tag

Split everyone into two groups. Then both groups pick out what kind of candy they want to be. Pick one or two taggers. One tagger calls out a candy group. That candy group runs to the other side of a field. When they get to the other side they are safe. Then the tagger calls the next group and keeps going on until there is one person left. That person is the winner.

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Cannons Away

Place two teams on opposite sides of a large field, each with a flat, mid-sized target and a “Shoot From Here” line. The target can either be propped up or laying flat. Give each team a water balloon launcher and a supply of water balloons. Each team is trying to hit the other’s target by launching the water balloons. Have the teams rotate personnel on the launcher with each attempt. Go until the predetermined hit limit is reached.

It is possible to play this with more than two teams, but you have to have enough space to make it challenging for the teams.

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Capture The Flag

Divide your group into 2 teams, you also need to divide your playing area into 2 equal parts. (We use a field for the younger youth and the entire camp ground for the older youth). Each team has to designate an area to be used as a “jail” which can be guarded from 5 feet away. Each team also has to hide their flag from the other team. Once the game has started, opposing team members can challenge each other from across the line dividing the teams — they can pull each other over by any means possible. Once the person has been pulled over onto the opposite side, they are escorted to jail. Players can also rush or storm the opposite by running over the line to try and find the flag — but if you get caught — off to jail you go. (* Here’s a hint — the more people you get in jail the easier it is to rescue them, touch finger tips and stretch your line as close to the dividing line as possible *). Once a team member has picked up the flag and stands still he/she can not be tagged. Only when they begin to run can they be tagged out. Then they must drop the flag where they were tagged. After the opposite team’s flag has reached it’s opponents side–the game is finished.

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