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Retired climbing rope–An old, stiff rope that has been used too much to climb and is too hard for lead rope knots can be made into rings. Take about a 3-foot piece of rope and form a circle 12 inches in diameter, weaving the end in and out of the “hole.” Since the rope is rigid, it will stay in this shape. Place the rings on the posts and have the riders bring them to you while you hold your hand out. Have the riders pick them up and “ring” a cone in the middle. These rope rings are durable, can stand all sorts of weather, and if the groundskeeper mows over them they are cheap and easy to replace.

Beth Powers

Certified Horsemanship Association



Alka-Seltzer Wars

Interested in beating the heat at camp? “Alka-Seltzer Wars” will help campers cool off, while keeping them active and engaged.

Preparing for the war takes quite a bit of work, but the payoff is worth it.

First, purchase as many Alka-Seltzer tablets as you have campers (you might want a few extras in case of catastrophic tablet failure).

Next, drill a small hole directly in the center of each Alka-Seltzer tablet and run a string through the hole to make a necklace for each camper.

Divide the campers into teams or have them play as individuals. The object of the war is to spray, douse or soak the other team’s Alka-Seltzer tablets until they dissolve. Once a camper’s tablet dissolves and falls from the necklace, the camper is out and should turn into a cheerleader or water carrier for whoever remains.

The last team/person with an intact tablet wins the war and should get a prize (some spicy food perhaps)!

Paul A. Schlag, PhD

Assistant Professor

Western Illinois University

Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration Macomb, Ill.


Pipe Nightmare

One of our favorite team-building games is called “Pipe Nightmare.” I think we adapted it from a book by Michael Brandwein.

You can't go wrong with buckets of water fun!

Take 4-inch PVC pipes, each four feet long, and cap one end of each pipe. Drill an equal number of one-quarter-inch holes spaced evenly around the entire circumference of each pipe–the more holes drilled, the more of a challenge this will be!

Drop a tennis ball or rubber ducky into the bottom of each pipe.

Divide the group into teams of 4 to 6 and provide each team with a pipe and some way of transporting water (cups, pitchers, small buckets) from a water source (pool, lake, or a basin filled by a hose).

When the game starts, teams rush to fill their pipes with enough water to float their ball or ducky to the top. Since water leaks out all of the holes, it will take each team’s collective efforts to plug the holes using their fingers, arms, knees, toes–and get very wet in the process!

This game is a hit on hot summer days and teaches teams to strategize and work together to accomplish a common goal.

Kevin Lam

Laurentian Camp Cherith

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (campsite is in Lanark, Ontario)

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