Outdoor Youth Group Games

Be Still and Know

I used this as a fun game while doing a program about listening. But it’s fun anytime!

Set Up: Put chairs (that can get wet) in a circle. Fill up plastic cups about half way with water. You will need 3 filled cups per chair in the circle. Come up with around 10 questions that test the youth on a recent youth group/Sunday School lesson. (Examples below)

How to play: Have youth who are willing to “be still and know” sit down. I would suggest that for each youth that is sitting there are one or two others to help them. Explain that they will have to balance 3 cups and “be still” in order to not spill the water on themselves. If they spill a cup they are disqualified. Then they will have to “know” the answers to the questions you ask. (I play that in order to buzz in their answer they say “Be still and know”).
Each sitting youth must balance one cup on their head and one on each of their outstreched palms. (Have the other youth help with this) Once the cups are all balanced, start asking questions. Remind the sitting youth that their hands need to stay flat (gripping the cups so they don’t fall is cheating). Have someone keep track of the score for each youth/team. The youth/team with the most correct answers wins.
If I am playing with teams I remind them that this is about listening. If they feel like they want to talk I encourage them to send “good vibes” to their own team member by waving their arms toward that person helping them to remember the answer.
Some example questions:
What are the three parts of the trinity?
What is our church’s address?
What are the ten commandments?
Name six of Jesus’ diciples.

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Beach Egg Rolling

Materials needed: 2 quart jars or large plastic tumblers, 2 dozen eggs, beach with designated area to play game. Divide into teams and line up directly behind each other. One person (generally an adult) for each team will sit in sand approx. 15′ away from the start line, holding cup or jar level on the sand. Place one egg at start line, at signal, first person gets on hands and knees and begins rolling the egg along with face, cheek, lips, nose – anything from the head up but NO hands… object is to roll egg into the jar or cup being held at “finish” line. Each person on team gets their own egg… have paper towels and trash bag handy – eggs have a tendancy to “crack” when too much pressure is applied! When an egg breaks, lay another one down beside it and let the player continue on towards the “finish” cup or jar. First team to get all their eggs into the cup or jar wins. This is great when done on a public beach!! The spectators enjoy it and do a wonderful job cheering the teams on!

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Bigger Or Better

Have the youth group divide into teams, with four to six on a team. Give each team a rubber band. Have the teams, in a two hour period, go out into the community and ask for something bigger or better than the object you have with you. It does not necessarily have to be something of great value, just BIGGER OR BETTER! After the time is up have the groups meet back at the church to name the winners. You’ll be amazed how the community will give to a youth group and what you returned with from just a rubber band.

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Bigger or Better – Additional

This is an addition to the game Bigger or Better, you can gather the collected things and donate them to a food bank, homeless shelter or charity with your youth and tell the people your bargaining with and watch the generosity flourish!

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Birthday Log

What you need:
A big log

How to play: Everyone stands on the log. When the leader says to be quiet, everyone has to be slient for the rest of the game. Without speaking or getting off the log, everyone has to get in order of their birthdays from January to December. You can use your hands to signal what your birthday is. If someone crouches down, then someone can step over them more easily. When they think they have it all in order they tell the leader.

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Black Hole Soccer

This game of soccer works best with 2 teams of 3-6 players each. Two cones are placed in the center of a field about 10 to 15 feet apart. Each team tries to score a goal by kicking the ball through the goal in different directions. It’s a great way to play soccer without a lot of space required. We play with only 2 special rules: You can not run through the goal, and the ball must go across the goal on the ground. Having the 2 goalies standing in practically the same spot all game is often amusing.

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Blindfold Hike

This is a great game that I learnt while I was a scout and is best to do at night. The leaders blindfold everyone and you all pile into the back of a van (a bus works too if your kids don’t cheat by looking out the windows). Then you drive the kids around your town making sure that they will get very disorientated. Driving around a field or a vacant block of land for a while is good to do this. After about ten minutes of driving around, pull over in an area that you don’t think the kids will recognise. Let everyone out, and the object is to try and find your way back to your hall or church. This can also be done as a team competition as long as you take the kids the same distance from the hall. Make sure to have leaders with the kids at all times who know the area well. Water bottles are a good idea to take along as this game can take a very long time.

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Blindfold Kickball

This is a great teambuilding game. Start with two teams. On each team blindhold half of them and the other half are the eyes that lead the blindfold team member through the game. The other team also has half of them blindfolded and the other half being the eyes. Play kick ball as usual but with the bases in closer together, so the blindfolded people don’t have to run to far. Play a couple of innings and then switch the blindfolded people with the eyes so everyone gets a chance to do both sides. It’s a lot of fun and very funny to watch.

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Blob

The Blob begins innocently enough as a mere individual playing a game of tag. As soon as she catches someone, she joins hands with him. Now he’s part of the Blob, too, and they both set out hand-in-hand in search of victims. Everyone the Blob catches (only the outside hand on either end of the Blob can snatch at players) joins hands with it and becomes part of the lengthening protoplasmic chain. And thus the insidious Blob keeps growing.
Unlike your run-of-the-mill mad scientist created Blobs, this one is not content merely to ooze along, seeking its prey. It gallops around the field, cornering stray runners and forcing them to join up. (You’ll have to agree on boundaries for this game; some people will go to any lengths to avoid meeting with an untimely end at the hands of the primordial slime).
Moreover, the Blob can split itself into parts and, with its superior communal intelligence, organize raiding parties on the lone few who have managed to escape. The thrilling climax occurs when there’s only one player left to put up a heroic last-ditch stand on behalf of humanity. But alas, there is no defense against the Blob, and humanity succumbs. (If that seems unfair, well, that’s the plot.)

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Box: the Game of the Future

A large box or big plastic garbage can is the goal. If the ball hits any side or the top, the one who kicked the ball is the new goalie. Everyone plays against the goalie. Use a Nerf soccer ball or a volleyball. People will discover that working together is the only way to score, as they can get the goalie running in circles around his goal.

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