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Captain's Orders

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How To Play Captain's Orders

This game is excellent for a competitive group. It tires everyone out really quickly and can provide a good opportunity to award a prize to the winner.

You have one person to be the leader or "Captain". He has to call out different actions but is limited to some (or all) of the following actions to call out. Pick and choose the best actions for your group. Or make up your own and share them in the comments.

Man Overboard
Players have to drop to the floor into planking position.

Captain's Coming
Players must stand at attention and salute the 'captain'.

Starboard / Port
Players must run to the designated side of the room.

Scrub The Deck
Players must squat on the ground and scrub the deck.

Climb The Rigging
Players must stand up and pretend to climb the rigging.

Man The Lifeboats
Three players have to pair up. They must sit in a row with the two on the end holding their hands out to make a boat shape and the person in the middle rows the boat.

Find North
The players have to pair up into groups of three and point in one direction.

Titanic
A boy and girl pair up. The guy gets on one knee and holds the girl by her waist while the girl sticks her arms out imitating the scene from the movie "Titanic".

Submitted by Anon on 21 Mar 2012 12:00:00

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good game! for titanic i can see that be awkward. instead boys pretend to drown and girls paddle or something.

Posted by nate on 24 Apr 2012 at 7:44:09

Thats a good idea nate. If you wanted to maybe alter the game and have a little fun. Personally the Titanic in my opinion was a love story so I think that player move is fine as it is

Posted by Chris on 21 May 2012 at 7:18:12

With young people being so knowing these days we try to limit any physical contact between boys and girls. even having a spare moment to talk has caused problems in the past. so the titanic call is extreemly inappropriate for youth groups hosting young non christian youth. we have a call called find the island, everyone climbs on a chair because the ship sunk.

Posted by on 14 Dec 2012 at 12:29:57

We played this in a way that ended up pretty much being Simon says, with the last person to perform the action out, and with some added actions such as the floor is lava, and their personal favourite touch the shoes of a certain youth leader. Hilarious to watch, and even better if the leader doesn't know it's coming. Game went really well, but I wouldn't use the titanic action for the same reasons as Nate.

Posted by Jim McIntyre on 7 Jun 2013 at 5:53:15

We played this exact game during my my university's orientation! We called it ships&sailors. We had Captain's coming (salute and don't move), at ease (can move around again) beached whale (lying on the ground), mermaid (lay on ground and wave prettily), 5 men pointing north, 3 men rowing a boat, titanic, 4 men eating dinner (group up and act like you're eating), Ships (run left), sailors (run right) and then we would add whatever else we wanted, but it was always a great time! A hit with all the students!

Posted by on 18 Sep 2013 at 3:26:10

Haha..funny but interesting.

Posted by roxy on 24 Dec 2015 at 1:45:13

When we played this as a youth group, we did "crows nest" where 3 kids had to link arms in a circle facing outward and we did "captains table" where 5 kids pretended to stand in a circle around a table and eat.

Posted by KT on 10 Nov 2016 at 4:31:38

Some others:
Sink or Swim
The player have to pretend to drown.
Walk the Plank
Two players have to pair up. One stands with their arms behind their back as if handcuffed, while the other stands behind them and points as if towards an imaginary plank.
X Marks the Spot
Three players have to pair up. Two players huddle together and look at a map, the other player lies down with arms and legs out wide as the X.

Posted by Laura on 18 Nov 2016 at 10:02:58

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