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These games are Included through the courtesy of the Seminar Press, Springfield, Mass., and were collected for Cantonment use by Professors Elmer Berry, 0. L. Fritsch, and G. B. Affleck of the YMCA College.


Over the Top

Play with the medicine or basketball.  Men in line in straddle position.   Ball passed over head from man to man.  Last man receiving ball vaults over the legs of men as they stand in stooped position.  Others continue until first man finishes.

Through the Tunnel

Men in same position. Ball passed between Iegs or over head.  Last man crawls through, pushing ball ahead with head and hands. Others continue.

In and Out

Same formation.  Ball passed either between legs or over head.  Last man runs in and out through the line, and others continue.

Over and Under

Same formation except that balls alternately passed over head and between the legs.   Last man vaults over one and crawls between legs of next man.  Others continue.


Same position.  Ball passed through line between legs.  Last man tucks ball between knees jumping on side of line to front and others continue.


Same as above, except that last man butts ball along side of line with head, not being allowed to use hands.

Medicine Ball Roll

Same position.  Ball passed between legs, last man running to front of line.   Others continue same.

Leap Frog Race

Players stand in stoop-stand position as first man straddle vaults over backs, he getting down on end of line and second man beginning to leap frog jump over line, so continuing until all men have had their turn jumping over backs of others.

Flag Race

Various combinations can be used.

Skin the Snake

All men in line stoop over, grasping the left hand of man in back with their right between legs.  Last man lies down.  Line continues backing until all are lying. Return to starting position, all men standing.  (This should be executed as quickly as possible.)

Human Wheelbarrow Race

Grasp legs of team mate by the ankles. He runs forward on hands, forming a human wheelbarrow.

Centipede Race--Three Methods

a--Column of six or eight men, or even more, may be used.  Line forms closely together, with arms about waist of man In front.

b--A long pole between legs of all men.

c--A rope between legs of all men.

Rescue Race--Sometimes called Carry-man Race

Carry man same as a wounded soldier is carried on back, with one arm over shoulder and crotch hold.

Caterpillar Race

Each man in line stoops forward, grasping the man in front around ankles. Continue to race, keeping time same as in Centipede Race. Six or eight men are usually used on a team.

Dizzy Izzy

First player with a baseball bat or stick of about the same length runs a distance behind a line; there he stops and places his chin on the end of the bat or puts finger on chalk mark on floor making five revolutions quickly around bat; he then runs back passing bat to next player in line.

Human Obstacle Race

Three men are placed as human obstacles in line with team, at intervals of ten yards apart; the first position of attention, the second In leap-frog position and the third in straddle position.  Players are required to run around the first man, leap over the second, and crawl between the legs of the third; then run around object, returning and tagging the next player, who repeats.  For variety include a somersault.

See Also: 

Dan Beard's Collection of Leap Frog Games & Terms.

Betsy Miller's Collection of Relay Games

Indoor Games

Outdoor Games

Circle Games

Games of Tag

Informal Games

Games of Strength

Stunts (aka Skits)

Ripley's Games For Boy Scouts
Many More Games for Boy Scouts
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