Waterlogged On Land

Campers remain in relay formation, allowing them to change order if they choose. Give the first person in each line a bucket of water and a sponge; give the last person an empty cup. Explain that the first person in each line will soak the sponge in water then will hand the sponge over his or her head to the second person in line. That person will then pass the sponge through the legs to the person behind. This over-and-under action continues alternately until the sponge reaches the last camper in line. The last camper will wring the water from the sponge into the cup and hand the cup to the camper in front of him or her. The last person will then run to the front of the line with the sponge and repeat the process. The action continues until one team has a full cup of water and wins.

Supplies: Buckets of water, cups, sponges

Holy Pail

Campers remain in relay formation, allowing them to change order if they choose. Give each team a bucket of water, an empty bucket and a plastic sand pail with holes in the bottom (the Holy Pail). The first person in line dips the sand pail into the bucket of water, runs to the end of the line, and dumps the remaining water into the empty bucket. That person runs back to the beginning of the line and hands the Holy Pail to the next person. This runner repeats the process. Continue until one team fills the empty bucket or has the most water in the bucket after everyone on the team has a turn.

Supplies: Buckets of water, empty buckets, plastic sand pails with holes in the bottom (or #10 cans or paper cups with holes punched in the bottom)

Arm Pit And Knee Race

Campers remain in relay formation, allowing them to change order if they choose. Give each team a bucket of water and three foam balls. Place an orange marker cone about 10 feet in front of each team. One by one, team members pull the foam balls out of the water, place one between their knees and one under each arm. Tell them they are to keep the balls in place and to hop or jump to one of the cones, move around the cone, and hurry back to their lines. Once back to the start, players put the balls back into the water for the next runner. A camper who drops any of the balls during the race must replace them before continuing. Repeat this until all the teams have finished.

Supplies: Buckets of water, small foam balls, cones or another goal marker

Race For Water

Campers remain in relay formation, allowing them to change order if they choose. Give each team a bucket of water, a cup and a two-liter bottle. The first person in line on each team lies down, places the empty two-liter bottle on his or her forehead and holds it steady with both hands. The second person fills up a cup from the water bucket, carries the cup of water to the teammate lying on the ground, and pours the water into the two-liter bottle. The two players then trade places. The game is over when each team member has both held the bottle and poured water into the bottle. The team who gets the most water in its bottle wins.

Supplies: Large cups, empty two-liter bottles, buckets of water

Milk-Jug Relay

Campers remain in relay formation, allowing them to change order if they choose. Put a two-gallon milk jug about 10 feet in front of each team. Give each team a bucket or bowl of water, a tablespoon and a paper or plastic cup. The first member of each team uses the spoon to put as much water as he or she thinks can be carried without spilling into the measuring cup. One by one, each team member carries the measuring cup to the team’s milk jug, and pours it into the jug. If any of the water spills on the way, the camper will have to return to the team and take one spoonful out of the cup. When everyone has a turn, stop playing, and measure the water each team put into the milk jug. The team with the most water wins.

Supplies: Two-gallon milk jugs, tablespoons, plastic or paper cups (all the same size)

Nancy Ferguson is an Outdoor Ministries consultant, specializing in the creation of program resources for faith-based camps. She is the author of several books, including Training Staff to be Spiritual Leaders. She can be reached via e-mail at nanfergi@aol.com

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