Island Tug of War Game

Usually I put my den chiefs in charge of organizing the games at my den meetings. Here is one DS came up with. I think he learned it at NYLT or den chief training. Anyway, the Cub Scouts loved it.

Boys always enjoy a good game of tug-of-war, but the boys who are much larger always have a big advantage. This version seemed to even things out, with the smaller boys having a chance at winning also. The idea is that pairs of scouts stand on “islands” while playing tug of war. So agility and balance are needed just as much as strength.

Island Tug of War Game


  • 1 five gallon paint bucket for each scout
  • 1 rope (about 25 feet) for each pair of scouts


  1. Pair off the scouts. This game is played one-on-one.
  2. Give each scout a five gallon bucket and have them place them upside down about 15 feet away from each other.
  3. Have them stand on their buckets and hold an end of the rope.
  4. When ready, they each begin pulling on the rope, trying to pull the other one off of the bucket.
  5. If one of them falls off of the bucket, the other one is the winner.
  6. If one of them drops the rope and the other pulls it so he reaches his opponents end, then the one with the rope is the winner.

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