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Phong Tag

No – it’s not a typo. I really do mean ‘Phong‘ not ‘phone’. This game is hilarious. Everyone gets one leg of an old nylon. Pour in about a 1/4 cup of flour into the nylon and let it settle down to the toe. By holding on to the open end of the nylon, you now have a tagging device that can reach up to six feet when it stretches with momentum as you swing it around. Even better yet, it also allows you to eliminate all questions of whether or not someone was tagged – as each time someone gets hit, it will leave a white phong mark visible to all. You can incorporate this with regular tag, frozen tag, capture the flag, steal the gold, or just about any ‘tagging’ game you can think of.

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Points to Ponder

This discussion starter has a wide mix of questions from goofy to generic to personal to spiritual. Have all the following questions written down on a sheet of paper and pass it around the circle. You can either have everyone answer the next question on the list (ie. Person one answers question one, person two answers question two…) or you can have them pick and choose which questions they want to answer. If you choose the latter, send a pen around with the paper and have them mark off what questions have already been answered. Either way, be sure to have them read the question aloud before they answer so everyone else knows what the question is.

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3 Blunders of Game Leaders

The first time you are asked to run games for a bunch of youth – be it at a youth group, a camp, or anywhere else, you are going to make mistakes. Not because you lack effort, not because you lack natural ability – but simply because you lack the experience of having done it earlier.

They say “there’s no teacher like experience”, but they never said the experience had to be your own. So from my experience, here are 3 blunders of game leaders – in hopes you can avoid the experience yourself.


Steal the Gold

This game appeals to all types of players. There is sneaking through the bush, running full-tilt from pursuers, guarding the home base, scattering from the approaching super soakers. Whatever their style, this game has it.


You will need a large playing area including both field and bush. This area will be divided into two equal halves with pylons. Within each half, you will mark off two squares about 20 ft. sq. each. One square should be in the field, the other in the bush. Within each square there will be a bucket of gold (yellow painted rocks) – enough for about 1 per player per bucket. You will also need super soakers (or some other type of water shooting device) and bucket of water for refilling.

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