Games & Icebreakers, Outdoor Games

Civil War


This is a water game that requires a small field. Divide into even teams of any size and line each team up side by side, arm length apart, about 25 yards from one another on their own Territory Line. (like opposing armies in the Civil War.)

Arm each soldier with two water balloons each. Pick one team to go first, which means one team readies to “fire” while the other team has their backs turned. (This helps to keep from sustaining a facial injury). The team leader then yells “Fire!” If anyone on his team wants to fire (optional) they can throw one or both of their water balloons at the opposing army. Anyone who is hit has to sit down where they get hit. No one has to throw anything.

Then the tables are turned. The other team gets a chance to shoot. The first team has to turn around and the whole process is repeated. This mimics the war patterns of the Civil War, “if you shoot at me and I don’t die, I’ll shoot back at you.”

Then the Field leader (youth pastor) yells “Charge!” Both teams run at each other and try to “kill” the other players with their water balloons while trying to make it across the enemy’s Territory Line. The object of the game is NOT to kill everyone on the other team by hitting them with a water balloon but to get at least one team member across the enemy’s territory line. The first team that has someone to cross the enemy’s Line wins.

Have judges help with who wins and to determine close calls. If anyone argues with a judge, he/she is subject to water ballooning. Each time a winner is declared, a battle has been waged. 5 battles wins the war.

Added by Dave


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

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