It's called Eagle's Nest!
- Cones or other boundary markers
- Large rope or other space divider
- 4 hula hoops
- 6 large balls (kickballs, soccer balls, basketballs, etc. work best)
- Pick a large, open space in which to play this game. A large, open field or gym works well.
- Set up the playing space. Use the cones or boundary markers to create a large playing space. You need to make it large enough that your group can fit comfortably in the space, with plenty of room to run around.
- Use the rope or other space divider to separate your playing space into two areas.
- Place two hula hoops at the end of each area. These will be your "Eagle's nests."
- In one of the hula hoops on each side, place 3 of the objects (each team should receive 3 objects).
- Divide your group into two teams. Assign each team a side of the playing space and a "nest."
- The object of this game is for each team to "steal" the objects out of the nest of the opposing team, and bring them safely back to their side. The objects will be placed in the second empty hula hoop.
- Teams may have guards around their nests. However, guards must be five steps away or farther (this prevents too much blocking).
- Teams can create any strategy they think will work to steal the objects. They have successfully stolen an object by crossing to the other team's side, taking one of the three objects from that team's nest, and getting it back over the line to their side without being "caught."
- Once a person crosses the line into their opponent's territory, they can be "caught." This happens when a member of the opposing team tags them. If tagged, a player must "freeze" and sit in the spot where they were tagged. They can only unfreeze when they are tagged again by a member of their own team.
- Once unfrozen, players must cross back over the line to the other team's side. They cannot be tagged as they are going back to the starting position (this is a "free walkback" for players).
- If a player is tagged while they are carrying an object, they must return the object to the owning team's nest when they are frozen.
- The game continues until one of the teams has stolen all 3 objects from their opponent's nest.
This was a fun experience for all of our Jr. High students. It's a great camp game, too.
Have you ever played a game like this before? What memories do you have? Share them in the comments section below!