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Capture the flag

This game encourages team members to work together to plan their strategy — splitting into defenders and attackers to collect the opposing teams flag, whilst protecting their own.

Capture the Flag works best in an large outdoor space, with a few hiding places. Fun for children and adults alike, it’s a game that brings people together and gets everyone moving outside.

Here’s how to play…


Step 1

Appoint an ‘umpire’ to set up the game, keep an eye on it as it runs and bring it to an end (a whistle is helpful!).


Step 2

Define the area of play — this can usually be done using naturally occurring boundaries: lines of trees/hedges, fences, rivers, car parks etc.


Step 3

Split into two teams and walk each team to opposite ends of the play area.


Step 4

Each team establishes a base in which to place their flag (it doesn’t have to be a flag, it could be a brightly coloured blanket or item of clothing). 


Step 5

The base should be a few metres across and the team are not allowed in their own base.


Step 6

Start the game. The aim is to collect the opposing team’s flag and return it to your own base without being tagged by a member of the defending team.


Step 7

When a player is tagged, they must return to their own base to start again and the flag is returned to the defending team’s base.


Step 8

The game ends when a flag is captured and returned to the opposite base.


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