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Games to Play With a Large Group


Kids love it when we adults get a bit silly. And I think we adults, secretly love it too. Remember the long summer evenings of playing hide-and-go-seek, or sardines with friends? Why does that have to stop now that we're older? Gather a few families and meet at a park to play some favourite childhood large-space games. At IAWAH we love to play a variety of large group games, sometimes in the woods, and sometimes on the soccer field.

Here are three classics that a lot of our large group camp games are based on.


1. Capture the Flag: A classic team game. Two teams each have their own color flag (or object) placed in their "home base." The objective is to steal the other team's flag and take it to your own base. Players can tag or capture opposing players if they enter enemy territory.

2. Sardines: An active game that is played like hide and go seek — only in reverse! One person hides, and everyone else searches for the hidden person. Whenever a person finds the hidden person, they quietly join them in their hiding spot. Soon, the hidden group starts to look like a bunch of sardines!

3. Kick the Can: One person (or a team of people if the group is large) is designated It and an empty can is placed in the open playing field. With eyes closed, It counts to 50, and the other players run and hide. It tries to find and tag each of the players, keeping a close eye on the can. Any player who is tagged is sent to the "jail," usually located near the can. The rest of the free players attempt to kick the can before being tagged. If they kick the can without being caught, they set all their captured teammates free.

Today's article was written and provided by our friends at Camp IAWAH. Learn more or consider booking a Cabin, Tabin or Canvas Tent in the IAWAH Campground this summer at



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