The following are some Boys Brigade relay races which you may find of use in your own Boys Brigade company. If you have any relay races of your own that you would like to share then please use the comments section at the bottom of this page. We would love to hear from you.
Relay races are quick to organize, fill up some free space in the program and are good to get squads competing against each other. Some are traditional running races and others are a bit wacky. You will need to assess whether each relay race is suited to the ability of your own Boys Brigade boys and whether you have adequate supervision to play the relay race safely.
We accept no responsibility for accidents or injuries while playing these relay races. Also remember that it is not permitted to play contact sports with boys over 15 along with boys under 15. For all games you should ensure the age gap is as minimal as possible.
A very fast and non stop relay race. Split the boys into 2 teams. Mark out a large circle or square. Each team stands inside the circle/square at opposite sides. One boy from each team runs round the outside of the area with a baton. When he returns to his team he hands the baton over to the next person on his team, who then sets off. To win the race you have to catch the other teams runner. Speed is important, but most important is a smooth hand over of the baton. Otherwise the opposing team can catch you!
Each player runs to the bottom of the hall and back again holding a balloon between their legs. They then pass the balloon onto the next team member who repeats the process. If they balloon slips from their legs they have to start again.
Ball Relay Over
Teams form a line and try to get a ball from one end of the hall to the other bypassing the ball backwards over their heads with outstretched arms to the player behind, who does the same until the ball reaches the person at the end. They take the ball and run to the top of the queue and repeat the process. The first team to touch the top of the hall with the ball is the winner.
Ball Relay Under
Teams form a line with their legs outstretched. The person at the top of the line passes the ball through their legs to the person behind who does the same until the ball reaches the person at the end. They take the ball and run to the top of the queue and repeat the process. The first team to touch the top of the hall with the ball is the winner.
Place chairs at regular intervals down the length of the hall. Each player in turn dribbles a ball round the chairs to the bottom of the hall and then back. This race can be repeated but this time passing the ball through the legs of the chair.
Place a chair at the bottom of the hall with a balloon for each person on the team. Each team member runs to the bottom of hall and before they return they have to blow up the balloon and burst it.
Place a chair at the bottom of the hall with a cream cracker for each person on the team. Each team member runs to the bottom of hall and before they return they have to eat a cream cracker. (Very difficult as everyone tends to shove the whole cracker in their mouth and then find they have not enough saliva to swallow. The secret is to take small bites.) Just be careful none chokes and no one is allergic to any of the ingredients (particularly nuts).
See if you can obtain some dvd promotional posters. Cut the posters into shapes to create a jigsaw. The first team to assemble the picture correctly is the winner.
Marbles on Teaspoons
Each team member runs down the hall back while balancing a marble in the bowl of a teaspoon without dropping it. Or you could use a potato and spoon.
Attach a plastic cup to the top of everyone’s shoes using some string. The team captain is then given a large bag of popcorn. Once the whistle blows the cups are filled with popcorn and one at a time each team member runs to the top of the hall and empties their popcorn into a container and then returns for a refill. After an allotted time, the team with the most popcorn in the container is the winner. Make sure you have a brush handy. It is very messy.
You will need a sheet of newspaper for each boy. Teams stand in files. Place a chair some distance away from each team. Each boy stands on half of his sheet of newspaper. The rear boy must step on each piece of paper until he reaches the front boy. He puts his own newspaper down and stands on it. As soon as the rear boy has moved the next boy may start his move to the front. The first team to reach the chair is the winner. Boys must step on the paper and no more than two boys may be on a sheet of paper at any one time.
Toilet Roll Mummy
On the sound of a whistle each team has to wrap a team member up in toilet roll. The first team to do so is the winner. There should be no skin or clothing showing. Make sure you have your camera ready for this game.
If you have any relay races you have used in your own company, and would like to submit them to the list we would love to hear from you.