Fun Event & Activity Ideas

Nerf Wars


This event requires that each student bring 1-2 Nerf guns with them. (Be mindful that not all students can afford them, so be prepared with a few extras provided by the church.)

Upon entering the building for the event, each student will write their name on a tiny sheet of paper. Once everyone has arrived, a youth leader will mix up the names and randomly hand each person a paper with a name on it. If a student is given his/her own name, then give them a different name. When everyone who is playing has a name (other than their own), explain the rules of engagement for the assassins.

1. The name of the person on your piece of paper is your target. Your job is to ÒeliminateÓ them by shooting them.
2. A shot to the arms or legs counts as an injury, but 2 shots to an arm or leg counts as a kill. If you only get hit in the arm/leg once, you are still in the game all the way until you are hit again.
3. A shot to the chest or head automatically counts as a kill.
4. If you take out the person on your paper, you are to relieve that person of his/her paper and seek out THAT person.
5. If you do not know the person you are targeting, you are ONLY allowed to ask ONE adult leader who is not in the game for help in identifying who that person is.
6. Explain the boundaries for the game. (Will vary for each church, so establish them now and tell them if they venture past the boundaries, they are immediately out of the competition.)
7. When you hear the horn/siren go off, all players are to report to the meeting room (that you assign now) to see how many players are still alive and in the game.
8. If you are killed and put out of the game, you are to report to the meeting room at once, where there will be other games to play while waiting for the others to finish. (This helps everyone stay corralled and interested, even though they have been Òtaken out.Ó)
9. The last person standing is declared the winner!

Once the rules are explained, give students 30 seconds to spread out on the campus to get ready. When the 30 seconds are up, sound the horn/siren to begin the game.

Idea by Michael L.


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.


  1. billy
    April 15, 2012 at 12:00 am

    worked great for our kids, started out oring, but this really got them going, thanks for the great idea!!

  2. Thom
    October 22, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Has anyone run into parent issues with this being a violent game? I am considering this game but I don’t know how my parents will react to it. If so, how did you handle the situation?

  3. Devan
    May 17, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Thanks Josh! Looks like it will be fun.

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