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J:\Karla\Camp Relay Activities.wpd - Kansas 4-H
Relay Game
Ideas for Camp
Ball Relay
Required: 15 sets of balls in various sizes, two ball bags and two hula-hoops
Players: Small to large groups
This game is great for a physical education teacher. Set up players in two teams. You will need
15 balls for each team. The balls for each team should match in size. You should use medicine
balls, basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, kick balls, volleyballs, etc. Each team should have the
same size and amount. In front of each team, place a hula-hoop filled with all their balls, the big
ones should be on the bottom with the little ones on top. All the balls should fit inside the hoop.
At the other end of the field will be a ball bag for each team (big enough to hold all the balls for
that team). The first person from each team is to grab a ball, take it down the field, stuff it in the
bag, race back and tag the next person who will do the same. You keep doing this until the last
ball is left. The person with the last ball will take it down field, stuff it in the bag, bring the bag
back to the front of the line where the hoop is and place all the balls back into the hoop. Once all
the balls are out of the bag and placed in the hoop that team wins, but the trick is they have to be
stacked correctly to fit into the hoop. The big ones must be on the bottom and the little ones on
Balloon Head Race
Required: Balloons
Players: Small to large groups
Organize players so that they’re into pairs and each team receives a partially inflated balloon.
When the game starts, teams must race to a finish line carrying a balloon between their heads,
remember don’t use your hands. On hot days try it with water balloons or through a sprinkler.
You can even try an obstacle course.
Banana Olympics
Required: Bananas
Players: Small to large groups
Divide the group into teams of 8-10 players and give each team a banana. Each team will
complete several series of different relays using their banana. Here are some ideas for those
1. The banana under your armpit and hopping on one leg down a field and back.
2. Place the banana between the knees and hop down a field and back.
3. Two teammates tossing the banana back and forth down the field and back.
4. Place the banana on the ground and each teammate must roll across the banana.
5. Teammates line up in leapfrog formation and first player hops over players while holding
banana and then tosses banana to next player in line to do the same.
Show the players all the relays that they’ll have to complete for the Olympics. You may have to
write them on a large white board so that all players will know what relay is next. Once a team
has completed all these relays someone on the team must eat the banana and the team that is
done first is the winner. Use your own ideas, add to the list or use only a few ideas. You can
adjust this game to all types of players including the disabled.
Created by R. Scheel, Fun-Attic, Inc.
Beanbag Bowling
Required: 5 bowling pins and 5 bean bags
Players: Medium to large groups
Play on a smooth flat surface like a gym floor. Divide players into four teams. Place one bowling
pin exactly in the center of a 30ft - 40ft circle. The other four pins will be placed evenly around
the outside of the circle. One player from each team will be on the outside of the circle standing
next to their bowling pin but slightly behind it. The player is given a FlingSock or beanbag to
hold onto while they run. When signaled the players are to run around the outside of the circle in
a clockwise direction. Once they make a complete circle they are to stand at their bowling pin,
toss their bag so that it will slide across the floor in an attempt to knock down the bowling pin. If
their bag misses they are to retrieve their bag and return to their throwing position and try again
until someone knocks down the pin. The team that knocks down the pin receives 5 points. The
next players on each team will do the same until all players have had a chance to do the relay.
The team with the most points is the winner.
Big Foot
Required: Large rubber boots and grass play area
Players: Small to large groups
Set up teams with each team assigned one pair of large rubber boots. These boots can be fishing
waders and it would be helpful if the players could just slide their shoes right into the boots
without taking off their shoes. Have teams line up behind the starting line. The first person on
each team must put on the rubber boots, race down grass course and back, take off the boots and
the next person on the team will do the same. When the last person on one of the teams crosses
back through the starting line first, they are the winners.
Blinded Ball Retrieval
Required: Containers, balls and blindfolds
Players: Small to large groups
Separate into teams of 4-8 players and each team will have one container of balls and one
blindfold. Each container will have the same amount of balls about 3-5 depending on the size of
the teams. The container of balls will be placed about six feet in front of the teams. The first
player will put on the blindfold and then the balls will be dumped out. Each player will try to
retrieve 3 balls and place them back into their own container by following instructions given by
the rest of the team. Once they have done this they can remove their blindfold and return to the
next person in line. That person will put on the blindfold and the balls will be dumped. They will
also retrieve 3 balls for their container. The balls can be any balls that they find but they have to
go into their own container. If they put a ball into the wrong container it will count for the other
team. Caution the players not to run because they can bump into the other players that are
blindfolded. It’s best if only one person from the team tells the blindfolded player where to go. It
will take teamwork trying to keep quiet so that the player can listen for direction. The first team
done with the rotation is the winner.
Created by R. Scheel, Fun-Attic, Inc.
Four Leaf Clover Race
Required: Cut out two 5 inch clovers for each team
Players: Small to large groups
Set up teams with first person on each team holding 2 four leaf clovers. On “go” they are to
place the clovers in front of them to step across the course. When they step to the second one,
they are to pick up the first one while standing on one foot. Once they pick up the first one they
place that one in front and step on it. The object is to go across the course stepping on only the
clovers without stepping on the floor. If they step on the floor they must return to the starting
line and start again. You can use different variations of this game. You could line a gym up with
everyone holding clovers and the first one across is the winner. This also could be varied for the
time of the year, Valentines, Crosses for Easter, Bunnies, or Spring Flowers.
Ice Fishing
Required: Roasting pan, ice cubes, and marbles
Players: Small to medium groups
Fill a roasting pan with ice and then put marbles in it. You can break the kids up into teams and
then have each person on the team come and try to “fish” out one of the marbles with their bare
feet. The first team done wins. You’ll really like watching everyone’s expressions when they
stick their feet in the ice.
Submitted by Sean Macdonald, Bethel Brethren Church
Orange Eating Race
Required: Oranges
Players: Small to large groups
Divide into groups depending on participants and supplies. The object is for each person to help
peel the orange and eat it. Start out with everyone washing their hands and the oranges. The first
person from each team is to peal one piece of skin then hand to the next person in line to peal
one more piece of skin. Once the orange is peeled teams are to take one section of orange pass
the rest to next player and eat his section. First team done peeling and eating their orange is the
winner!!! (very appealing) Caution - don’t choke on the seeds.
Orange Relay
Required: Oranges
Players: Small to large groups
Divide into groups depending on participants and supplies. The object is to pass the orange from
one teammate to the next from under the chin without using your hands. If groups are small,
make them go around twice.
Ping-Pong Relay
Required: Buckets and ping-pong balls
Players: Small to large groups
For each team, have one bucket and five ping-pong balls. The object is to have players one at a
time, run barefoot down the course to where bucket and five ping-pong balls are on the ground.
They are to sit on the ground and using only their feet, pick up the ping-pong balls and put them
into the bucket. Once they have all the balls into the bucket, they are to dump them out, run back
to the team and have the next person do the same. The first team with everyone completing the
task is the winner. You could try water bombs instead of ping-pong balls.
Snow Blowing Relay
Required: Paper towel tubes and ping-pong balls
Players: Small to large groups
Set up each team with one ping-pong ball and one paper towel tube. If you wish to, you can
decorate the tubes by painting them or wrapping them with different types of wrapping paper,
but leave the two ends open. Set up the course with confetti-like snowflakes, stars and so on.
Each team member one by one will put their ping-pong ball on the starting line, get on their
hands and knees and blow through the tube to move the ball while going down the course and
back. The next player will do the same after receiving the tube from the previous player. The
first team done is the winner.
Created by R. Scheel, Fun-Attic, Inc.
Spoon Water Relay
Required: Tablespoons (for adults), large serving spoons (for children) - 1 per team; 1 bucket per
team, 1 large can per team (juice can works), water
Players: Medium to large groups
Divide your players into teams of 6-10. Place a bucket of water at one end of the field and the jar
or can about 10 feet away (20 feet for adults). Each team lines up behind the bucket of water.
The first person takes the spoon, fills it with water, and empties it into the jar or can. He then
runs back to the line and hands the spoon to the next player. The first team to fill their jar or can
Submitted by Janet Boileau
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