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Capture the Flag (Wide Games)

Capture the Flag (Wide Games)

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 x Flag (or similar)
  • Cones
  • Bibs (to separate the teams)

Getting into the Activity

Capture the flag is a strategic game, all about trying to capture the opposite team’s flag, whilst defending yours from attack.

Firstly you will need to find a location, ideally with a number of objects scattered around so it’s not completely open. A forest with lots of trees would be idea for this. However, it can be played in an open field like a park, you may just need to adapt the rules a little and use a larger space.

  • Set some boundaries, where young people can not go past. This could be marked by cones, or by objects such as trees, benches etc.
  • Split your group into two even teams and designate them a home base. Again this can be a coned area or an object already in your playing area (tree, bench etc). You will also need to mark where halfway between the two bases is. Place a flag in each home base.
  • Start the game – the aim for each team is to capture the opposition’s flag. This is achieved by finding the flag and bringing it back to your team’s home base safely.
  • When a player is in their defensive half, they are able to tag a player from the opposition team. The player who was tagged must walk back to return to their team’s home base before they are “in play” again. During covid restrictions you may wish to consider other ways of ‘tagging’ such as throwing soft balls, water bombs, nerf guns or just getting within 2 metres of the other player.
  • If a player is carrying the flag, they can be tagged by the opposition team in either half. Once they are tagged, the opposition team must return the flag to their base straight away. The player that was tagged must walk back to their team’s base before being back “in play” as per normal.

Make the game more difficult by having plenty of obstacles in the field of play so young people can hide behind them.

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).
  • Shared equipment should be kept to a minimum and everyone should sanitise their hands before and after the activity.
  • Be aware of any trip hazards in your field of play and point these out to young people.
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