Ball Horde Camping Activity

Ball Horde Camping Activity

Ball Horde   Ball Horde Camping Activity   Camping Activity

This Activity is meant for older campers.
Decide for yourself if it is appropriate for your younger campers or not.

Required:a hula hoop or circle of rope for each team.
one extra hula hoop or circle of rope.
as many tennis balls, softballs, nerf balls, ... as you can get - 40 or 60
Preparation:Lay out the play area of at least 30x30 feet.
Put a circle in each corner and one in the center. Place other circles around the perimeter based on how many teams you have.
Place all the balls in the center circle.
Notes:The idea is team cooperation rather than competition. The only practical way to win is to have everyone win.
Objective: Have all the balls inside your circle when time runs out in 3 minutes.

  1. Can not throw balls.
  2. Can not take a ball from another player.
  3. Can not guard your circle.

Tell teams to stand in or behind their circles.
Give 'GO' signal and start time.
After 3 minutes, call 'Time!' and have all return to their circles.

Give 2 minutes for each team to strategize before trying the game again.

Return all balls to the center and do another round.
There will be no winner again, so have all the teams return their balls to the center circle.
Have the teams gather around the center circle and share ideas as one large group about what they've learned and how they might win.
Answer questions that players may have and read the objective and rules once more if needed. Hopefully, someone will ask about moving their circle - and YES, you can.

The only way to win is to have all the balls in the center and then put every team's circle on top of the circle that is there.

When did you discover that it was not possible for only one team to win?
What did you do when you figured that out?
Do you think people tend to be more competitive or cooperative?
How can we apply the concept learned from this activity to other activities we do?

Ball Horde Camping Activity