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Island Tug of War Game

Island tug-of-war is an adaptation of traditional tug of war which not only requires strength but also agility and balance. This game is appropriate for all ages from Cub Scouts to Scouts BSA to Venturers.

Youth always enjoy a good game of tug-of-war, but the boys and girls who are much larger always have a big advantage. This version seemed to even things out, with the smaller youth 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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