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Favorite Youth Group Games: Capture the Flag Pole

Youth group gamesIndoor or Outdoor Game; Sr. High Only; 20 or more kids

While I would never recommend the TV show MXC (Most Extreme Challenge) to anyone due to the dialog’s sexual overtones, I happened to see this on TV and thought it would make a great youth group game. Rather than explaining it, just watch this video clip I put together:

We played this tonight at Sr. High youth group and it was a blast! I bought two 10 foot poles of PVC for a couple bucks each, which worked okay except that some of our taller guys could easily jump and snag the flag without too much difficulty, so I’d recommend using a pole that’s closer to 15 feet tall. Also make sure you have everyone take off their shoes and jewelry before playing.

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Posted on November 18, 2007

  • Nat

    How do you stick the pole in the ground? Or is it simply held up by your team?

    • Yeah, some of the team stay behind to hold the pole up, others from the team run to grab the other team's flag.

  • Did you use any rules so someone didn't get kicked in the face, or body slammed? I love the idea, just afraid it might get a bit brutal.

    • Yeah, it gets a bit brutal. That's half the fun! :) We don't really make rules — we just tell them to keep it safe and appropriate. They know where that line is and respect it pretty well.

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