Outdoor Youth Group Games

Water Works

Get a collection of various lengths of PVC piping and connectors, a bucket of water, a cup to scoop and pour the water, and a 2 liter soda bottle. One team member will lay on the ground with the soda bottle on his forehead. The rest of the team will then build a piping system out of the PVC parts.
The team must use every piece of tubing and each connector. The constructed pipe must have only two openings, one where the water enters and one where it leaves. Once the pipe is fully constructed, team members must pour water through the pipe in an effort to get as much water as possible into the soda bottle. T’s and X’s are a lot of fun in addition to standard “elbow connectors”.
It will usually take several minutes for the team to construct their “water works”. The camp I counseled gave each team a total of 10 minutes to complete the WW challenge.

Waterballoon Introduction

This is a great summer intro game, especially for inducting new seventh graders or any group of totally new students. As students arrive at your event put their name on a water balloon. When everyone has arrived distribute the balloons and make sure no one has their own name. The trick is for them to soak the person whose name is on the balloon they recieved while not getting hit by the one with their name. Some students are sneeky and follow the person around. Some have to ask many people who the person is, but that is dangerous because they never know who has their balloon. The last one standing gets a prize.

Waterballoon Valleyball

Your youth will love this game, ours did!

You need to get lots of water balloons, 2 buckets, or something to hold water balloons in, volleyball net, and at least 3 people on each team.
Volleyball rules are the same in this game, except you have to catch the water balloon rather than hit it. You may want to ask an elder volunteer to help keep the buckets full of water balloons. (You will go through a lot of them) As in volleyball, you start with a server. The server tosses the water balloon to the other side, trying to keep it in bounds. The team on the other side tries to catch the water balloon without it exploding on them or hitting the ground. This goes on until the water balloon pops or goes out of bounds. (Which is not very long) The team with the most points wins. You can also have a play-off if you have a big group. Just as volleyball, you have reach a certain score then the team that wins goes on to play another team until you have the champs. Lots of water fun in the sun. Make sure your girls don’t wear white shirts on this game day. It would be good to have a nice pizza party afterwards.

Watergun Commander

This is a watergun game. If you have kids with waterguns that would like something more structured than randomly spraying each other, tell them about this game. There are two teams, and on each team is a “commander” without a watergun that must be protected by the rest of the team with waterguns. Each team starts at opposite ends of the field and when the game starts, each team must try to shoot the opposing team’s commander, but if anyone gets shot, s/he must return to his/her own commander who resides at home base (the team’s side of the field) and start advancing from there. Once a commander has been shot by an opponent, the game is over.

Womp ‘Em Kickball

Play just like you would ordinary kickball except for one exception. The defense has foam pool noodles. The kicker runs to first base without getting womped. Once they leave first base they can get womped. They are safe from womping on bases also. We also say that womping is only below the waist. The idea is to slow the runner down not destroy them. Make sure to play with the bases a pretty good distance apart so that womping is more effective.
The game is a lot of fun plus the defense really has to get coordinated. Who is going to womp and who is going to play defense? Also defensive players have to make a decision to I womp or drop my noodle and go after the ball. Take pictures. It’s hysterical to watch them run the bases trying to keep from getting a real wompin’.

Yokes of Glory

Game Concept:
One student crawls on all fours, like a horse, while another student rides him/her. Each pair does so and fights others like they are knights. In order to win, a knight must break the egg that is taped to the head of another knight’s horse with their sword.

Supplies needed:
-Eggs, lots and lots of eggs.
-Wide masking tape (colored painter’s tape is even better, one color for each team).
-cheap, thin poster board.
-Trash bags are optional, only if you want to keep your kids clean.

Split your group into pairs, it is ideal to have one larger person paired with a fairly small person (i.e. High school student with a junior high student). After they are in pairs, place the pairs with other pairs to form two teams.
Have each pair choose who will be the horse and who will be the knight.

The knight will be in charge of rolling up the poster board and taping it into a sword. The looser the sword is rolled, the less it hurts, but the harder it is to break the egg. I always warn them not to roll it too tight, so no one gets hurt. I’m a fairly big and strong guy, so I have a policy that if I think someone made their sword too tight, I get to test it on their own head. Oddly enough, no one has ever rolled it so tight that I found it necessary to test.

The Horse’s job is a little more sacrificial. They not only need to crawl on all fours like a horse, they also need to tape an egg on their head and risk being very messy for the rest of the night. It is important to use masking or painter’s tape, any substitute has stronger adhesive and risks the participant of losing hair. Also, painter’s tape comes in multiple colors, which can help with distinguishing teams. The “horse” needs to tape the egg to the back of their head with multiple layers of tape. If the egg is taped to the front of their head, they can duck down and too easily hide the egg. The horse can also wear a trash bag over their shirt to get less messy, but honestly, they will get messy no matter what.

After the knight has a sword and the horse has their egg, escort the group outside to a grassy area that can be used as a battle field. Place each team on opposing sides and have the knight mount their horse, instruct each team to give their best pre-battle yell and then say, “go!” and let them go at it (hopefully, they will only fight those on other teams and not their own). When the horse’s egg is broken, both the knight and the horse are dead, the first team to annihilate the other team wins.