Fun Outdoor Games

Fun Outdoor Games
Outdoor games are an excellent way to enjoy nature on top of the sights, sounds and smells nature provides. Most outdoor games require running or a form of physical exertion; a few are slower games meant for team building.

Capture the Flag

A classic game played by many youth groups and at summer camps, capture the flag is an action running game requiring only a center line, one or two flags per team and a designated jail area. To play, teams are divided evenly, given one side of the line or the other, and allowed five minutes to hide or place the flag(s) in their territory. This is especially challenging and fun in wooded or scrub terrain. Each team starts on their own side of the line, and players from one team attempt to run and locate the flag and carry it back across the line to their side to score a point. If tagged, a player goes to jail until tagged by a teammate and set free. Flags may be balls, pieces of fabric or other items that can be carried. Stipulating that the flag must be thrown across the line and caught by your team, not carried across, makes it more interesting. The first team to get 10 points wins.

Blind Walk

This is a calmer game and does not require running. To play, divide your group into pairs. One member of each pair must be blindfolded and navigate an obstacle course by listening to a team member. While walking through the obstacle course, blind players are not allowed to touch any of the obstacles. Obstacles can be lines of tape on the ground, tarps, logs, chairs and other small objects that can be stepped over. To make the game more interesting, you can also delegate "tempters" to walk around the course and try to distract blind players from following their partner's instructions by talking loudly or directing players into the objects. The first player to successfully navigate the course wins.

Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee is one of the most physically exerting games you can choose to play and is an excellent cardio workout. To play, two goals are set up on opposite sides of the playing field. Two teams are formed evenly and start in front of their own goal. To start, one team throws the Frisbee to the other team at the other side. Whether the team catches it or not on the first try, it is their Frisbee. Once it is thrown, the Frisbee is "live" and is surrendered to the opposite team where it lays when dropped. The goal is to throw the Frisbee from one player to another on the same team, finally throwing it to the teammate within the delegated goal area of the opposite team in order to score a point. Players may not move when they have the Frisbee, and the opposing team may intercept and block throws by the other players. The first team to five goals wins.

Article Written By Justin Chen

Justin Chen is a freelance writer and photographer with 6 years of professional experience in outdoor activities, extreme sports, travel and marketing topics. His professional work experience includes publication with KOMO 4 News Seattle, Fisher Interactive Network, and Demand Studios. He is a current Pre-Med student at Walla Walla University.

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