Outdoor Activities

Here is a great resource full of free outdoor activity ideas for your next event. Take a few minutes to read through the hundreds of outdoor activities listed below.

It is often challenging to come up with new games that have not been played before. The outdoor activities below contain many games your audience will not have seen. Keeping activities fresh and new is important in building an exciting program, and will keep people talking long after the event is over. If the weather turns, you can always look through our for indoor activities too.

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Set up the kicking, throwing, and blowing stations separately so groups can rotate through them with minimized waiting. Kick: Each scout stands at the kicking line and kicks one of his marshmallows as far as he can. His dista...[read full activity]


25-Yard Swim

One representative from each patrol/den will line up, and on signal, jump into the water, and race the 25-Yards to the finish....[read full activity]

Amoeba tag

Out of a large group, pick one person to be the Amoeba. They will proceed to chase people around and try to tag them. A tagged person must link arms with whoever tagged them. Whenever an amoeba chain gets to 4 people, they...[read full activity]


Ankle Tag

A scout is safe from being tagged only if he grabs the ankle of another scout, who is only safe if he's got someone else's ankle. Small game area suggested....[read full activity]

Ante Over

Split the patrol in half, and send each team on one side of the barrier. One person will yell Ante Over and throw the ball over the barrier. If anyone on the other team then catches the ball without letting it touch the gro...[read full activity]


Antelope Race

Each patrol forms a single file line. At a signal, the patrols race to a designated point. They turn around and race back to the starting point....[read full activity]

Art Gallery

Hang up the pictures around the room. Have scouts walk around with their pencil and paper, and try to identify all of the people in the pictures. ...[read full activity]


Backward Race

Line up scouts facing away from the shore, in a line parallel to the shore, or side of the swimming pool. On signal, they will run backwards to the shore....[read full activity]

Bag-Breaking Relay

Patrol/den relay: run up, blow up a paper bag, pop it, run back, and tag off the next person....[read full activity]


Ball Race

Every scout will carry a ping pong ball between their knees while they swim to the finish. If they lose it, they must replace it before continuing....[read full activity]

Balloon Ball

Split the group into two teams. One will form a ring around their balloon floating in shallow water. The other will line up on the shore, and, on signal, will attack and try to pop the balloon. They have three minutes to t...[read full activity]


Balloon Battle Royale

Scouts blow up their balloons and tie them to the back of their belts. As soon as everyone is ready, the scouts try to pop others' balloons without letting their own get popped....[read full activity]

Balloon Busting

Each balloon is inflated the same amount. Balloons are tied with the string onto the back belt loop of each player. Players pair off. On a signal, the pairs try to pop the other's balloon with their rolled up newspaper. When...[read full activity]


Blackout Fun

1. Blindfolded scout must correctly identify noises made (dropping stuff, striking a match, pouring water, etc) 2. Walk a certain number of steps, turn around, walk back to where you think the starting place is (I'm pretty su...[read full activity]

Blind Man's Knots

Patrols line up, each scout blindfolded. A leader passes a familiar knot down the line. Each scout can feel it for ten seconds and then must tie it with their rope, still blindfolded....[read full activity]


Blindfolded Steal-the Bacon

Play like the game Steal-the-Bacon, except when two people are called out to grab the bacon-flavored neckerchief in the middle, their team must first blindfold them, spin them around three times, and call out directions....[read full activity]

Broom-Sled Race

Using the broom as a sled, have one scout sit on it and the other pull....[read full activity]


Bucket Brigade

Form the patrol/den into a line, and place a milk bottle at each end. Fill one mostly full of water, and make a mark on the other that is 1/4" below the water line of the one with water. On signal, the patrol leader wi...[read full activity]

Bucking Bronco

Choose a scout to be the bronco and another to be the rider. The bronco must stay on his hands and knees. The rider holds on with his knees. He can hold on to the back or shoulders of the bronco. The bronco tries to throw ...[read full activity]


Bull in the Ring

Each patrol/den forms a circle. A person from another patrol/den is in the center of the circle. This person is the "bull." Each bull tries to break out of the patrol encircling him. VARIATION 1: The entire troop ...[read full activity]

Can It

Line up each patrol/den with a can at each end. Number each person in the patrol/den, starting over with each new patrol/den, and make sure all the patrols/dens have the same number of people. Have all participants sit down...[read full activity]


Candle Race

Each person of a patrol/den will run with the candle, to a destination, and back. They will then hand off the candle and matches to the next person. If the candle goes out, the person must stop and relight it, before contin...[read full activity]

Candy Hunt

Scatter the candy in shallow water. Contestants will try to find them in a given amount of time....[read full activity]


Canoe Logrolling

Stand one person on the bow gunwale and one person on the stern gunwale of each canoe. On signal, they will try to knock the other off....[read full activity]

Canoe splash

Have two people in every canoe. One person will paddle, the other will use their pail to try to fill up other boats until they sink....[read full activity]


Canoeing Tug-of-War

Tie the painters of two canoes together, with two people in each canoe. On signal, they will try to pull the other canoe past a given point by paddling....[read full activity]


Make a line across the center of the playing field and divide into two teams. One side is the "attackers." The attackers have 1 minute to cross the line and pull their opponents over the line. Once across the lin...[read full activity]


Catch Ten

Divide into two teams and make sure the players can tell what team they're on. The ball is passed from teammate to teammate. The first counts "one," the next "two," and so on. If the ball is intercepted a...[read full activity]

Center Miss

All troop members stand in a circle except for one. The one stands in the center of the circle. One of the balls goes to the center man and the other goes to a circle man. On a signal, the center man passes his ball to a c...[read full activity]


Chain Tag

The first scout tagged joins hands with "it." The next tagged scout holds to the first scout, and so forth....[read full activity]

Circle Link

Each patrol/den sits in a circle with their legs crossed and their arms linked. On a signal from the leader, they try to stand up without breaking the circle....[read full activity]


Circle Pull

Divide your patrol/den into two groups. Have one team outside of the circle and the other inside. Each team member tries to pull their opponents to their side of the circle. When someone crosses the edge of the circle, the...[read full activity]


The game leader will shuffle the cards and pick one. He will transmit this letter using morse code and the buzzer. The patrols/dens will take their card, and if a number on it is signaled, they will cover it up on their car...[read full activity]


Collecting Rainwater

Rainstorm ruining your campout? No problem. Roll up your tarp into a funnel, stick the small end into your bucket, and watch it fill with rainwater. Rain is clean and potable (usually)....[read full activity]

Compass Facing

Space all participants an arms-length apart in all directions. Designate the four walls or sides as the cardinal directions. Yell out a direction, like, "Southwest - Go!" and then, "Freeze!" When the di...[read full activity]


Compass Treasure Hunt

This is an excellent game for entry-level orienteering. Scouts are given compass directions on a slip of paper (printed from the next page). The directions take Scouts through a triangle-shaped course which, if done correctly...[read full activity]


The game leader will have a list of simple words (such as farraginous, fulgurating, tintanabulation, eutaxy, or cat) and throw the rubber ball (again, DON'T use a grenade) to a scout, while shouting out a word. The scout mus...[read full activity]


Cooking Gimmick Creation

Give all of the patrols/dens one cooking gimmick to create, such as a reflector, pot for boiling water, frying pan, fire tongs, soup spoon, ladle, and forks....[read full activity]

Cooking Gimmick Creativity

Tell patrols/dens to try to create a useful cooking appliance. Give suggestions to stimulate ideas, such as a reflector, a pot for boiling water, a frying pan, fire tongs, soup spoon, ladle, and forks. Tell them that they w...[read full activity]


Crab Ball

Make two goal lines about 40 feet apart. Split the group into two teams. Line each team up on their goal line. Everyone must always remain in the crab position, on their hands and feet, with their back to the ground. They...[read full activity]

Crab Crawl Relay

Patrol/den relay: The first person will get down on their back, and, supporting themselves on their hands and feet, walk to a line 30 feet away, while balancing their tennis ball on their chest. If it falls off, they must st...[read full activity]


Crack the DEW Line

Split the troop into two groups. Designate one as the DEW line, and the other as the aggressors. The DEW line scouts will line up, blindfolded, and extend their legs so their feet are touching. Each DEW line scout has two ...[read full activity]

Creative Designs

Assign specific task(s) to each patrol/den, to have them create something that will accomplish this. Assign all to one, or one to all, for variety in tasks. Give them a set time to build it. Assign a task(s) such as a devi...[read full activity]


Cross Tag

The scout who is "it" must chase the same scout until he is caught or until another scout crosses between them. The scout who crossed between the tagger and his prey becomes the one that "it" chases....[read full activity]

Crosses in the Circle

Draw circles on the floor about 15 feet apart. Make a circle about 6 feet in diameter for each patrol/den. On a signal, patrol/den members can leave their circle and try to draw chalk crosses in the circles of opposing team...[read full activity]


Crossing the Alligator Pit

You can either buy an alligator pit that is 20' long and wide enough for all of your patrols, or you can use your imagination. Patrols line up on the edge of the alligator pit (or line signifying the beginning of the imaginar...[read full activity]

Crows and Cranes

Split the group into two teams. Designate one side as crows and the other as cranes. Teams will face each other across the center line 2-3 feet apart. Game leader will call out the name of a team like, "Crrrrrrrows!&q...[read full activity]


Deer Hunt

The deer will stand in the middle of a 50-foot circle, and yell out the names of any people they see. If a player is noticed by the deer, and has their name called out, they are out. ...[read full activity]

Deer Stalking

One scout is selected as the deer, and will browse the woods. Any person that gets within 6 feet of the deer wins. If the deer notices a stalker, calls out their name, and points in their general direction, they must move 5...[read full activity]


Doctor's Nature Scavenger Hunt

Patrols are given the sealed letter. It should contain instructions similar to these: "Greetings, young scouts. Your senior patrol leader has come down with a horrible disease, the likes of which I have seen only twice b...[read full activity]

Dodge Ball

Split the scouts into two groups. One group will form a circle around the other. The outside group will try to hit the scouts on the inside with the volleyball. If they are hit, then they are out and must leave the circle. ...[read full activity]


Double Dodge Ball

Split the troop into two teams. Send one team to the middle, and split the other team to go to the outer courts. The outside people will try to hit the inside people with the ball. If a person is hit, they will join the ou...[read full activity]

Dragon Riding

Form all scouts into groups of 3 people. The will make a chain, one person will be the head, and the other two will hold on with both hands. Have two or three people be the riders. They must hook on to the back of a dragon...[read full activity]


Duck Waddle Pushups

Patrol/den relay: The first person will duck waddle up to a given point, do a set amount of pushups, and the duck waddle or run back to tag off the next person. If patrols/dens are unequal in number, have some do extra runs....[read full activity]

Dynamic Observation

Have a good storyteller tell a 3-5 minute story, while doing several actions, such as buttoning his shirt, walking back and forth, etc. Then have all of the scouts write down not everything the storyteller said, but did....[read full activity]


Eight First Aid Problems

Have the scouts explain the proper method to help these people. Problem A: A kid riding a bike gets hit by a car. A cut on his left forearm severs an artery and he has a simple fracture on his right leg. Problem B: A driver s...[read full activity]

Evolution Game

In this game, all scouts start out as an egg and try to evolve into a Butterfly by winning games. Eggs crawl on their knees. Larva crouch down and wriggle as they walk. Pupa stand up, but must hop with their feet together. Bu...[read full activity]


Famous Visitors

Tell the scouts you will be having a famous visitor come visit them (not sure what else a visitor would do), and they must guess their identity. Tell them that the visitor doesn't speak very good English (unless they do, you...[read full activity]

Fire Bucket Relay

Patrol/den relay: Place the buckets 50 feet in front of each patrol/den. On signal, the first person will race up, grab the bucket, and take it back to the next person in line. They will run it back to its original place, ...[read full activity]


Fisherman's Line

6-person relay: Scout 1 (Sorry, I haven't quite got all of their names down yet, so I will use numbers) will take the staff (again, a stick) and sit on a chair or rock, and hold it like a fishing pole. Scout 2 (holding the t...[read full activity]

Fitness Medley Relay

Patrol/den relay: The first pair steps up, and, on signal, ties their legs together with the neckerchief on the ankles and race around a marker about 50 feet away. When they get back, they will tag off the next pair in thei...[read full activity]


Flag Folding Display

Line up patrols/dens and place a folded American flag on a table or chair in front of each patrol/den. On cue, the first two scouts of each patrol/den will run up, unfold the flag, fold it properly and place it back, and run...[read full activity]

Flapjack Flipping

Line up patrols/dens 20 feet in front of their flapjack and pan. On signal, the first person will run forwards and flip the flapjack. Continue until everyone has tried it....[read full activity]


Freak Plant Hunt

Preparation: "Fix" plants in a given area by tying oak leaves on a quaking aspen, making an orange grow on a maple tree, make tulips bloom on a blackberry bush, etc. Explain to your scouts that there are some weird ...[read full activity]

Get the Message

Split each patrol/den in half and make one half senders and the other receivers. Line up the senders on one side of the room and the receivers on the other. The leader must whisper a message to the senders who, via morse co...[read full activity]


Granny's Footsteps

A leader will act as Granny, and stand 20 yards in front of the line of scouts, facing away from them. Granny will turn around and yell out names of people that are moving. ...[read full activity]

Grasshopper Race

Patrol/den relay: Have the first scout hold the hat between his knees and race around the marker about 25 feet away. When he gets back, he will hand off the hat to the next person. If it falls, it must be retrieved, and res...[read full activity]


Greased Watermelon

Float the watermelon in the water between two teams of scouts. Line up the scouts across from the watermelon, 25-feet apart. On signal, each team will race forward and try to pull the melon back to their own line....[read full activity]

Group Charade

The leader will come up with a big overall theme (such as camp outs the troop has been on in the past). He will whisper to every person one thing to do that was in a trip (such as being a backpack, a burning marshmallow, swi...[read full activity]


Gunwale Race

Only for experienced canoeists. Each person will stand on the gunwales in the stern. On signal, they will propel the canoe forward with a well-balanced knee action....[read full activity]

Hands-up Race

Line up scouts in the water. On signal, they will stick their hands in the air, out of the water, and, remaining this way, will swim to the finish....[read full activity]


Happy Hooligan

Patrol/den relay: Walk rapidly to a goal, with the paper cup balanced on their head, then walk back and tag off the next person. If it falls off, they must stop and replace it before continuing....[read full activity]

Hawaiian Handclap

Scouts sit in a circle or line and each receives a number. A 1-2-3 rhythm is established by slapping your legs, clapping, and then snapping, all in unison. Scout #1 calls another scout's number on the snap, and then that scou...[read full activity]


Hit the Bucket

Line up patrols/dens across from their buckets. Blindfold and give a stick to the first scout in each patrol/den. On signal (probably not visual, since they are blindfolded. Unless you want to rat out the cheaters) the sco...[read full activity]

Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Try this at your next meeting. Take your scouts on a Scavenger Hunt for the following items. When finished, have the Scouts deliver the food to a local church or foodbank for a needy family's Holiday dinner! ...[read full activity]


Hopping the Gauntlet

Line up half of the troop on a wall, and put every one else in the middle. The team that is lined up must try to get to the other side. The team in the middle will try to stop them from getting to the other side by shoulder...[read full activity]

Horse and Rider

Pair up and divide into two equal teams. Be in horse and rider position behind lines 20 feet apart, facing each other. The horses try to get across the opposite line without losing their rider. The rider attempts to dislodge ...[read full activity]


Horse and Rider Steal-the-Bacon

Play like the game Steal-the-Bacon, except call out two numbers, and have the smaller of the boys jump on the back of the other (or vice versa if you want to make it entertaining) and ride piggyback style (yes, you are riding...[read full activity]

Hot or Cold

Select one person to walk out of the room or the campfire circle. Have everyone else choose an article, such as a neckerchief slide or someone's button. The person that is "it" must come back and search for the it...[read full activity]


Human Chain Race

At a starting line, patrols line up with one scout behind another. With their right hands, the scouts reach between their legs and grasp the left hand of the scout standing behind them. This forms a chain. The patrol chain mu...[read full activity]

Human Obstacle Race

These are three races with obstacles formed by patrol members for patrol members. First race: The patrol members stand in a line far enough apart from each other that they can clasp hands with straight arms. One scout then ru...[read full activity]


Hunt the Candy

Hide candy within sight of a main area. When a scout sees a piece of candy, he faces it and gives his patrol call. His Patrol Leader then locates and collects the candy....[read full activity]

Hunter, Gun, or Rabbit

Two patrols/dens compete in each round. Each patrol/den must decide whether to be hunter (stand with hands on hips; beats gun, beaten by rabbit), Gun (pantomime firing a gun; beats rabbit, beaten by hunter), or rabbit (hold ...[read full activity]


Hunter, Gun, or Rabbit Tag

Two groups of patrols/dens compete in each round. Each group must decide whether to be hunter (stand with hands on hips; beats gun, beaten by rabbit), Gun (pantomime firing a gun; beats rabbit, beaten by hunter), or rabbit (h...[read full activity]

Identified Flying Saucer Diving Contest

Patrols will line up on the dock or side of the swimming pool. The game leader will throw the discs into the water, and the scouts will dive for them. Do this three times....[read full activity]


Initiative Race

Have the scouts race back and forth between two markers in the water, a certain number of times, using a different stroke every time (such as crawl, breast stroke, back, side, and so on)....[read full activity]

Initiative Relay

Everyone in a patrol/den must run a different way (forward, backward, hopping on both feet, on one foot, et cetera). ...[read full activity]


Island Hopping

Line up pieces of paper. Have everyone stand on their pieces, leaving the extra one at the back. The scouts will then take the paper and pass it up to the front, allowing them to advance one piece of paper. This will conti...[read full activity]

Izzy Dizzy Relay

In turn, each patrol member runs to a line, puts his finger on the ground, and spins six times. Then he runs back to his patrol and touches off to the next scout....[read full activity]


Jump the Shot

The game leader will stand in the middle of a circle of scouts and start spinning the rope around. Once he builds up a steady circular motion, scouts will step in and jump over it as it spins at knee-length. If a scout is h...[read full activity]

Ladder Relay

Patrol/den relay: The first person will run up and lash one side of a rung onto a long pole, then run back and tag the next person off to lash the other side on. After the ladder is lashed together, everyone will run up and ...[read full activity]


Lassoing the Steer

Create a circle 12-18' in diameter with the can or log upright in the middle, and all of the scouts standing outside of it along the line. On signal, all scouts will attempt to lasso the "steer" and pull it outside...[read full activity]

Lava River Crossing

Patrols/dens will be given a set of blocks to use to cross the "lava river". They will throw or set them out on the ground to cross the area designated as the lava river. WARNING: Do NOT use a real river of lava, ...[read full activity]


Log-Rolling Relay

Patrols line up facing the course and the first two scouts roll the log around all the stakes and back for the next two scouts to roll. This continues....[read full activity]

Long, Short, Round

Each scout gets a number (some scout might need two numbers if patrols have uneven amounts). The long, short, and round objects are in the cans in front of the patrols. An empty can is behind them. The leader uses hand signal...[read full activity]


Luck Relay

One person stands in front of each patrol. The person has a coin in one hand. The first scout runs up to the person and guesses which hand the coin is in. If he's wrong, he runs in a circle around the person and guesses again...[read full activity]

Meat Grinder

Set up the meat grinder (carpeted cable reel) about 4-6 feet off the ground (may need adjustment) so that it spins freely on the pole. Each patrol/den must get each member over the meat grinder, without touching the top edge...[read full activity]


Missionary Tag

Form all people around in a ring and in pairs. Each pair must link arms. Designate a person to be the chaser and the runner (In case you didn't figure it out, the chaser chases the running runner). Pairs will link arms with...[read full activity]

Morse Dial Spinner

Sit scouts in a circle. Pass the spinner around, and give every scout a chance to spin it. Once it stops spinning, they have 5 seconds (you may need more for beginners) to yell out the corresponding letter or morse code (de...[read full activity]


Morse Dial Spinner competition

Have all the scouts form a circle around the leader. The leader will spin the dial, and scouts will try to identify the letter associated with the Morse code.The first scout to yell out the corresponding letter gets 2 points...[read full activity]

Morse Sit Down

Have scouts form a circle and walk around it. The leader will send out random Morse code on the buzzer. When the scouts hear any of the letters in the key word, "sit" they sit down. ...[read full activity]


Mow the Man Down

Each patrol lines up. When the game begins, the first two scouts in line grab the stick at opposite ends and hold it at knee level. They run on opposite sides of their patrol line, so each scout in line has to jump over the s...[read full activity]

Muscle Medley

Split into patrols. Each patrol member does as many pullups as he can in one minute, then as many situps as he can in a minute, then pushups in a minute, and then a standing long jump. You can have several scouts going at onc...[read full activity]


Nail-Driving Relay

line up patrols/dens and place their materials 20 ft in front of them. On signal, the first scout will run up and drive a nail into the wood, and then run back and tag the next person. NOTE: children may require supervision/...[read full activity]

Name That Fish

Hand the pictures or silhouettes (or smells, if you weren't paying attention earlier) on the walls around the room, and give patrols/dens three minutes to identify all of the fish....[read full activity]


Name the Merit Badge

Lay out the papers on the tables, and as scouts arrive to the meeting, have them walk around and name all of the merit badges. Once you are ready to start, have scouts swap papers with each other, and grade each other's....[read full activity]

Nature Art Gallery

Each scout, without consulting others, will walk around, and try to identify all of the pictures and write them on their papers. ...[read full activity]


Nature Go-Down

Line up patrols/dens in relay formation. Have the game leader walk around and show an item to the first person in each line. If they do not correctly identify it, they must go down to the back of the line. ...[read full activity]

Nature Memory Hunt

Patrol can look at the display silently for a few minutes and then are sent off to collect as many items from the display that they can remember....[read full activity]


Nature Sensing

Each patrol/den will go outside and sit quietly, recording all the sounds that nature makes (car horns don't count). After 5 minutes, give patrols/dens 3 minutes to compile a comprehensive list....[read full activity]

Nature Snap

Patrols are given five minutes to collect as many small nature specimens (pine needles, feathers, leaves, twigs, etc.) as they can. At the end of the time, all patrols are called back to the meeting place. A scout from one pa...[read full activity]


Nest Banding

Each scout has a piece of yarn, and each patrol/den is assigned their own color. Scouts will comb over a defined area with set boundaries. Scouts will "claim" a nest by tying their piece of yarn or string around a...[read full activity]

Newspaper Basketball

Give each scout two pieces of newspaper. On signal, the first scout will crumple his newspaper, and throw it into the basket about 15 feet away. ...[read full activity]


Newspaper Good Turn

Have patrols/dens go through their newspaper and circle everything that could count as someone doing a good turn (like a textbook good turn, except newspaper good turn). ...[read full activity]

No Paddle Race

Put four people in every canoe. Without using a paddle, scouts will paddle to the finish using only their hands....[read full activity]


Obstacle Relay Race

Patrol/den relay: Stretch and peg the rubber band into the ground about ten feet (~3.3m for everyone else on this planet) in front of the starting area, put the barrel on its side halfway between the rubber band and turnaroun...[read full activity]

Ocean Race

Scouts will line up in waist-deep water on their inner tubes. On signal, they will paddle to shore, or the edge of the swimming pool, using only their hands....[read full activity]



Line up the troop 4-5 ft. away from the designated "O'Grady." O'Grady will yell out commands for the participants to do. If O'Grady yells out a command such as, "O'Grady says: touch your nose" then every...[read full activity]

O'Grady vs

Divide the group into two lines facing the "O'Grady." O'Grady will yell out commands for the participants to do. If O'Grady yells out a command such as, "O'Grady says: touch your nose" then everyone in t...[read full activity]


Old Plug

Four scouts make a line. The rest of the scout make a circle around them. The circle tries to hit the last man (Old Plug) in line with the volleyball. The others in the line must try to maneuver around and protect the Old Plu...[read full activity]

One-Handed Knot Tying

Split the patrols/dens in half and line them up, having 20 feet between the front scouts. The game leader will yell out a knot, and the front people will run up and, with one hand behind their backs, tie their end of the kno...[read full activity]


Over and Under Relay

Patrol lines up. The front player has the ball and passes it over his head to the player behind him. This continues until the ball reaches the last scout, who runs to the front of the line and passes the ball between his legs...[read full activity]

Over the Line

Split the group in half and designate boundaries and a line between groups. Players will walk up to the line and stick their arms out. They will try to pull the other team over the line to make them join their team....[read full activity]



Scouts stand in a circle and count off 1-2-1-2. Scouts are now standing next to people on the opposite team. Give a scout on Team One a ball, and on the opposite side of the circle, give Team Two a ball. Scouts pass the ball ...[read full activity]

Pace Test

Measure (accurately) distances. Mark the distance so you will know your mark but the scouts won't. Line them up and tell them to walk the distance you have marked (don't tell them you marked it) and then stop....[read full activity]


Patrol Charades

Each patrol/den will prepare a charade of an activity required for a merit badge. Patrols/dens will act out their merit badges one at a time, while the others try to guess the merit badge....[read full activity]


Mark a playing field at least 40 feet square. Two goal squares at opposite ends are 5 or 6 feet square. The patrol flagstaffs are planted in the center of the goal square, about 3 inches down. One patrol tries to knock the ot...[read full activity]


Ping-Pong Race

Scouts will line up at the starting point in waist deep water. On signal, they will try to blow their ping-pong ball to the shore or edge of the swimming pool....[read full activity]

Poison Stump

Have 10-20 people form a ring around the poison stump. They will grab wrists and try to avoid the poison stump. Whoever touches it is out....[read full activity]


Poison Web

Using the twine, tie segments onto something like trees, forming a web. Each patrol/den must get every person through the web. Each section can only be used once. If a person touches the web, they, or their entire patrol/d...[read full activity]

Pony Express Race

Patrol/den relay: On signal, all scouts will tie their rope to the leg of the person in front of them using a clove hitch. While holding the other end of the rope in a hand, they will raise the other hand after they tie the ...[read full activity]



Scouts split into three equal teams, each with his own number (if teams are unequal, scouts can have multiple numbers). The three teams line up in parallel lines, with the two outside teams the same distance from the center t...[read full activity]

Read it, Do it

Divide each patrol into two teams: senders and receivers. Station at least 20 yards apart. Patrol leader decides on a signalling method for his patrol. The first sender sends a message to his receiver to do something (Salute,...[read full activity]


Relay the Message

Station members of each patrol/den along a circular path about half a mile long. Give each member of each patrol/den a number. Number ones will group at the beginning of the trail, divide the trail into the proper amount of...[read full activity]

Riders and Horses

Put scouts in two lines. The back line is riders and the front is their horses. On command "mount," the back line mounts the front line. Simple commands are issued (sit on the floor, do a somersault, etc). Riders mu...[read full activity]


Ring Ball

Have everyone form a ring around the person in the middle, or the monkey. The people in the ring will throw the ball around and try to keep it away from the monkey. The monkey will try to make the ball hit the ground. If t...[read full activity]

Ring Buoy Throw

Each scout will throw the buoy across the target line three times, and leave the rope coiled and ready for used....[read full activity]



Troop or patrol sits in a circle and chooses a scout to be "it." "It" leaves the room (if outside, "it" goes out of hearing distance) and the remaining scouts choose a "ringleader." Whe...[read full activity]

Roman Empire

You split into two teams, one is the Romans and the other is the Greeks. The two teams then go in different directions and each team sets up a base. The team with the last man(men) standing wins....[read full activity]


Rooster Brawl

What to do: Players grab one foot with one hand and hold it off the ground. They will try to knock people off balance, if both feet touch the floor, then they are out and must leave the designated playing area. If anybody l...[read full activity]

Rooster Fight

What to do: Players grab one foot with one hand and hold it off the ground. They will try to knock the other person off balance, if both feet touch the floor, the other person gets a point. What NOT to do: Stick two cocks in...[read full activity]


Rooster Pull

Put two people in a ring. Players tuck their length of rope under their belt at the back, and grab one foot with one hand and hold it off the ground. They will try to take the other person's rope (simulating a feather, thou...[read full activity]

Rooster Tag

Play the same as the game Rooster Pull, except have everyone in a large field, and if somebody falls, has their tail pulled, or leaves the field, then they are out....[read full activity]


Rubber Ball Relay

Patrols line up with the first scout holding the ball. When the game starts, the first and second scout hold the ball between their foreheads and carry it to the bottle. When the ball is on the bottle, the scouts can grab it,...[read full activity]


Patrol/den relay: On signal, the last scout in every line will blow up his paper bag and pop it on the back of the guy in front of him. Once that guy hears the bag pop on his back (might be kinda tricky if one of them is dea...[read full activity]


Scout Law Baseball

Draw a small baseball field on the floor or ground. Line up the batting team (first patrol/den up) behind the home plate. The umpire (game leader) holds all of the cards and allows the scout up to bat to draw a card. The s...[read full activity]

Scout Law Hunt

Patrols/dens split up. On cue, they begin searching through the newspapers for items that illustrate a point of the scout law. Scouts will tear or cut the items out, and record the point of the Scout Law on a clipboard as w...[read full activity]


Scout Law Hunt V1

Leaders select a difficult point of the Scout Law, and the first patrol/den to find an example of that in the newspaper wins....[read full activity]

Scout Law Relay

Each patrol/den takes twelve numbered slips of paper and writes one point of the scout law for the corresponding number drawn each. Each patrol/den will line up and each send one scout forward to pick a slip of paper and wri...[read full activity]


Scouting History

Give patrols/dens the following ten questions, based on the handbook. 1. Who was the founder of the Scouting movement? 2. what was his profession? 3. In what country was Scouting founded? 4. When was the first Boy Scout han...[read full activity]

Sealed Orders

Split the troop into two groups. Have each send up a representative to receive their written orders. They will take the orders back and show their team. On signal, the teams will attempt to carry out their orders. Give co...[read full activity]


Secret Signals

Half of each patrol/den is senders, and the other half are receivers. Each patrol/den will decide on a secret form of Morse code (such as tapping their right leg is Dit, and tapping their left leg is Dah). The senders will ...[read full activity]

Shark Trap

Have scouts form a ring by linking arms in waist deep water. Designate one person to be in the middle and be the shark. The shark will try to break out by any way they choose....[read full activity]


Ships in the Fog

Patrol leaders are inside the harbor, the mouth of which is formed by two chairs. Patrols are blindfolded in single file with their hands on the shoulders of the scout in front of them. The patrol leader must shout directions...[read full activity]

Shirt Rescue

Each patrol/den will send a pair of participants. One of each pair will swim out 30-feet. On signal, the rest of the people will jump off the dock, with a shirt in their mouth, and swim out to rescue their partner with the ...[read full activity]


Shoe Hunt

Create a circle with a 50 ft radius, and a circle at the center with a 10 ft radius. Each patrol can send in a team of 4 scouts. All participating scouts must remove their shoes and place them in the center, and then go to ...[read full activity]

Short Splice Tug-of-War

For each pair of teams: line up teams like in Tug-of-War, and place the 4-foot rope between them perpendicular to the dividing line, so that each end is facing a team. Give a 15-foot length piece of rope to each team. On si...[read full activity]


Shuttle Run Relay

Patrol/den relay: split the patrol/den in half and line them up across from each other 30 feet away. Place both batons at one side. The first scout from the side opposite the blocks will run, after the signal, grab block 1 ...[read full activity]

Sighting Arrows

Point the arrows at different landmarks. Scouts must accurately record the bearing of each object....[read full activity]


Signal Steal-the-Bacon

Line up two teams facing each other, with the "bacon" in the middle. Team captains at one end will receive a letter, and then signal it to their team. Each person in a team will be given a letter, so that they for...[read full activity]

Signal Step Contest

All scouts will line up on a line. The leader will signal a letter, then signal it again. The scouts will write down this letter. The leader will tell them what the letter was, and the scouts will show their written letter...[read full activity]


Simple Compass

Stroke one end of the magnet with one end of the needle. Tie the thread to the middle of the needle and dangle it. The needle will point to the poles. Mark the end pointing north....[read full activity]

Skateless Skating

Line up skateless scouts at the starting line. On cue, they skate on the soles of their shoes towards the finish line....[read full activity]


Skating Race

Line up scouts at starting line. On cue scouts race towards the finish line....[read full activity]

Skin the Snake

Patrol members line up with their right hands between their legs, grabbing the left hand of the scout behind them. When the game starts, the last scout in line lies down, the scout before him walks backwards over him and then...[read full activity]


Skunk Tag

Players are safe from being tagged if they hold their nose with one hand and their foot with another. Letting go with either hand may result in becoming "it."...[read full activity]

Sleeping Pirate

Blindfold one person to be the sleeping pirate. They will lie down in the middle of the area with the blocks at their feet. All of the players will try to take the treasure from the pirate. If the pirate hears somebody and...[read full activity]


Snowball-Rolling Contest

Each scout prepares a snowball 1 ft. in diameter. On cue, each scout rolls their snowball for three minutes and then stops. ...[read full activity]

Spies in the Woods

Place pieces of paper 2-3 feet in the air on trees or bushes. Players will try to write their names on as many pieces of paper as possible without being seen by the spies. The leaders will be the spies, and if they see some...[read full activity]


Split the Match Relay

line up each patrol in front of their respective chopping blocks and axes. On cue, the first scout approaches the block and places his match head up on top of it. The scout has three tries to split the match with the ax. A...[read full activity]

Spoon Race

Each patrol/den will send a person. They will hold the spoon in their mouth and balance the egg or ping-pong ball on it. They will race through shoulder-deep water. They must swim 15-feet to the finish line. If anything f...[read full activity]


Standing Jump Relay

Create a starting line and have patrols line up behind it. The first scout in his patrol line jumps as far as he can with his feet together in the proper standing long jump way. The second patrol member in line starts his jum...[read full activity]

Star Hunt

Leader (mentioned above) shines the flashlight (also mentioned above) at a constellation. Each patrol/group must decide which constellation it is....[read full activity]


Static Observation

Have a good storyteller tell a 3-5 minute long story. Then have all of the scouts abdicate the premises. While they are out of the room, rearrange things, such as chairs, pictures, (please don't try moving walls) etc. If y...[read full activity]


Line up two teams facing each other, with the "bacon" in the middle. Game leader will shout out one or more numbers. Each person in a team will be given a number, so that they form a pair with someone from the other...[read full activity]


Step on It

Make two lines about 25' apart. Have patrols line up in relay fashion behind one line and give the first scout the three blocks. He lays out two and walks on them, then picks up the last one and puts it in front of him. He re...[read full activity]


Leader stands at an elevated position so he can observe all other scouts. The scouts move around within a specified area until the leader claps the blocks together. When they hear this, the scouts must freeze. If the leader s...[read full activity]


Suitcase Race

The first person in each patrol/den will open the suitcase and put all of the clothes on. They will the grab the suitcase, jump in the water, swim to a designated spot, and take off all of the clothes, packing them into the ...[read full activity]

Surprise Visitor

Have a person disguised as a traveling salesman waiting outside the meeting room, and come in in the middle on signal and try to sell his product. Since nobody is interested in buying Styrofoam replicas of the first waffle e...[read full activity]


Take the Mat

Two teams line up the same distance from a mat (or a 25 square foot chalked off area). On a signal, they race to the mat and try to fit on as many scouts as they can until the whistle is blown at the end of a minute....[read full activity]

Team Jump the Shot

Play like the game Jump the Shot, except give patrols/dens 50 points and every time one of their members is hit they lost five points....[read full activity]


Team Nail Driving

Line up patrols/dens 20 feet away from their materials. The first scout will run up, and has one swing with the hammer to hit the nail in, and then must run back and tag the next person. NOTE: supervise children as necessary...[read full activity]

Team Swim Relay

Line up the group on the dock. The first person will jump off, swim to the float marker, swim back, and tag the next scout....[read full activity]


Tenderfoot Relay

Patrols/dens line up. Send one scout to the other side of the room or field and turn around. The senior patrol leader will flash them a card with a Scout sign, salute, point of Scout Law, etc. After Scouts complete the action...[read full activity]

Tent Peg-Driving Relay

Line up patrols/dens. Tent Peg-Driving Relay. Each scout will run up and drive eight pegs into the ground, then pull them up for the next person. When a patrol/den has completed 8 runs, they win....[read full activity]


Tent Peg-Making Relay

Line up patrols and have one scout run up to the block and make a regular tent peg that is pointed at one end and notched at the other. When he finishes, he will run back the 50ft to the rest of his patrol/den and tag the ne...[read full activity]

The Black Knight

Designate one person as the knight, the rest are pawns. One pawn will throw the ball up in the air, and then all the pawns will run away from the center. The knight must grab the ball, and yell "Freeze!" When the ...[read full activity]


The Game

Everyone is always playing "The Game." Anytime somebody remembers it, they must announce, "I have lost the game," which will trigger other people to remember, and lose the game again. This will always con...[read full activity]

The Sieve

Split the troop into two teams. One team will line up along lines, and the other will tie neckerchiefs in an overhand knot around their arms. The attackers try to get through to defenders to the goal without losing their ar...[read full activity]


The Struggle

Facing each other, two scouts stand roughly a meter apart. They reach their arms out and lock fingers. They push towards each other until their chests touch and continue pushing each other....[read full activity]

Three Objects

Night Game. Pick one person as "it". They will pick three objects (such as a tree, a tent, and a lamp post) and point them out to all the players. They will touch him until he starts counting, then they must run ...[read full activity]


Three Ropes Game

Put the ropes in the middle of the playing field. Divide into two equally skilled teams. Issue each team member a different number. When a number is called, the two scouts with that number (both from opposite teams) run and t...[read full activity]

Three-Legged Soccer

At the ends of the meeting room, set up the chars about five feet apart from each other to form two goals. Split the group into two teams. Everyone will pair up, and tie their inside feet together. Designate one pair on eac...[read full activity]


Three-Man Tug-of-War

Tie the ends of the rope together and lay it on the floor or field formed like a triangle. Set a neckerchief or hat about 6 feet from every corner. Send up three scouts from different patrols/dens to grasp their corner in t...[read full activity]

Tiger in a Cage

Pick one person to be a tiger, and put them in a circle on the floor. This will act as their cage, which they must stay in. Players will run inside the circle to torment the tiger. If the tiger tags someone while staying i...[read full activity]


Tire-Roll Relay

Patrol/den relay: The first scout will run up and roll the tire around a marker, and then back to the start to hand off the stake and let the next scout go....[read full activity]


Select six scouts to be the submarines. They will line up in two lines about 10 feet apart. Each sub will be given several soft throwing objects. Everyone else will be ships and try to pass through the lines of subs withou...[read full activity]


Towel Race

Scouts will swim to a marker and back, all the time holding their towel above their heads. The towel must be completely dry for them to win....[read full activity]

Tractor Pull

Group players into pairs. One person is the tractor and gets down on their hands and knees, the other person is the driver. They will try to unseat other drivers, or pull them across a line. If a drivers' feet touch the gr...[read full activity]


Trail Signs

Patrol/den relay: Place the sets of cards in front of the patrols/dens. Leave the stack of picture cards face down, and spread out the cards with words on them out face up. The first scout will run up, draw a picture card, ...[read full activity]

Train Chase

Designate one person as it. They will try to tag other people. When they tag someone, they will go behind the first person and hold on to their shoulders. This will continue until there are four people, when they will spli...[read full activity]


Tree Hunt

For ten minutes, patrols are sent off to collect as many leaves from different trees as they can (that's ONE leaf per type of tree). They bring their leaves back to camp, lay them out, and try to identify them....[read full activity]

Trust Fall

The patrol/den will assemble below the platform. One member will climb on the platform. Facing away from their patrol/den with their arms folded and eyes closed, they will fall backwards. The patrol/den must catch the pers...[read full activity]



Line up two groups facing each other on a line. On signal, players take hold of the rope and pull....[read full activity]

Twig Hunt

The game leader will gather a set of 15-20 twigs or leaves, and identify them if he chooses. Then each patrol/den will try to collect an identical set....[read full activity]


Two-in-One Match

For book matches: Give the scouts each a match and have them split it into two by starting at the end with a fingernail. For wooden matches: Have them slice it right below the head and it will split easily....[read full activity]

Walking Statues

Two teams stand on opposite ends of a field or room, with a non-biased leader in the middle. The scouts on the teams must reach the leader, but they can only move when he's facing the opposite direction. The leader can turn a...[read full activity]



All of the patrols/dens will make a circle around the wastebasket. Start going clockwise, giving scouts a turn to throw the ball into the wastebasket. Each successful throw, where it goes into the basket, will earn one poin...[read full activity]

Water Basketball

Fasten the basket to the end of the swimming pool, or to a dock. Split the scouts into two groups. Each team will try to make a basket, which is worth 2 points. Limit game time to 5 minutes....[read full activity]


Water Buffalo Riders

In knee-deep water, pair up all of the scouts. One will ride on the other (piggyback style). The goal is to unseat the other pairs. The last pair still standing wins....[read full activity]

Water Dodge Ball

Split the scouts into two groups. One will form a ring around the others in the water and try to get them out with the ball. If a scout is hit by the ball, they must leave the circle. After a set amount of time, they will ...[read full activity]


Water Knot Tug-of-War

Play like Water Tug-of-War, except that each team must tie their rope together from the little pieces using sheet bends....[read full activity]

Water Poison

Have scouts join hands and form a ring around the floating object in shallow water. Anyone that touches it is out. If two people let their link break, they are both out....[read full activity]


Water Tug-of-War

Split the troop in half, and play just like the game Tug-of-War, except everyone is in the water....[read full activity]

Waterproof Match Containers

A 35mm film canister works well, but matches must be cut to fit. Shotgun shells and copper or plastic pipe work, but they require corks to be closed. If striker is included, put matches in with heads away from striker....[read full activity]


Wet Weather Fire Building

Like a normal fire-building contest, scouts are racing to light their fire first. Unfortunately, their wood has been dunked in a bucket of water for ten seconds....[read full activity]

What Do I Feel

Form all patrols/dens into a circle, face all of the boys towards the center, and blindfold them. Pass all of the items around the circle allowing each scout to feel them in turn. Once all of the items have been passed arou...[read full activity]


Wheelbarrow Race

Line up a pair from each patrol/den in shallow water (unless the wheelbarrow can hold his breath for a really long time). One person will be the wheelbarrow and walk on their hands, with the other person holding their ankles...[read full activity]

Whip the Rope

Patrol/den relay: The first person will run up, whip both ends of their rope, then run back to tag off the next person....[read full activity]


Winter Nest Hunt

Patrols/dens go on a winter hike with a leader with each. The leave at 5-minute intervals. Scouts will point out nests to leaders and then identify the nest....[read full activity]