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What You’ll Need:

  • Camouflage Paints
  • Camouflage / Green Clothing
  • Leaves / Moss / Branches etc

Getting into the Activity

Camouflage is the art of blending into your environment in order to try and become invisible. Camouflage is often used by the military on exercises to gain an advantage.

Encourage young people to come to the session wearing camouflage clothing or colours which will blend into the environment you are meeting in (i.e. if meeting in a forest / woods, then greens and browns would be ideal).

Camouflage Paints: Use camouflage paints to paint faces. This might be in the traditional 2/3 stripes across each cheek or by painting the whole face.

Camouflage Challenge: Once everyone is camouflaged up, take on the camouflage challenge. Young people should try to hide themselves in plain sight within a forest / woodland area. Beforehand explain the boundaries of the space you are using. Young people should then be given 5 minutes to try and use natural items around them to blend in. This could be using leaves on the floor, bushes, logs etc as well as their camouflage paints too. Once everyone is hidden, a young person or leader who wasn’t watching the group hide should walk through the area trying to spot the players. This person should not move anything, but just stand on the spot or walk along a selected path, looking around. The aim of the challenge is not to be spotted.

Keeping Everyone Safe 

  • Activity MUST be supervised by a leader or parent/carer at ALL times.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST assess risk before taking part.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST ensure that current Government guidelines are followed at all times (including social distancing, travel etc).
  • Please check for allergies before using face paints.
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