‘Man Overboard’, also known as ‘Captain on Deck’ or ‘All Hands on Deck’ is an icebreaker game for a big group. It’s a game that requires each participant to form groups according to the captain’s commands and is bound to result in much joy, laughter, and bringing the participants closer together.
More than 20 people
About 10 minutes
1. First, the participants should stand around randomly in a clear, open area. Ensure the area is sufficient for them to run around.
2. The facilitator will give a command and the participants have to react accordingly:
- ‘Captains on the Deck’ – where everyone stands at attention, salutes and say “Aye, aye captain”
- ‘Lighthouse’ – a 2 person combo where one person stands up straight while the other circles around him/her.
- ‘Man Overboard’ – a 3 person combo where two people hold each other’s hands and the third person stands in between them looking overboard while turning right and left.
- ‘Row the Boat’ – a 4 person combo where participants line up and pretend to row a boat.
- ‘Eat the Grubs’ – a 5 person combo where participants stand in a circle and pretend to eat with their hands.
3. After each command, there will be some participants that didn’t manage to find a group. They are eliminated and will be spectators until the end of the round.
4. The last few survivors left standing will be declared the winners.
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Captain on Deck
Captain on Deck is an icebreaker game for a big group. It’s a game that requires each participant to form groups according to the captain’s commands and it is bound to create much joy, laughter, and bring the participants closer together.
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This is a great list. I’m an avid reader of various team building activities, as I am a summer camp coordinator so these lists are very helpful, and I was originally working off of this list: https://unicefkidpower.org/fun-team-building-activities-for-kids/ But i definitely enjoyed this list as well and can’t wait to try some of them out with counselors and campers this summer!
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