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How To Play Commando

This one is insanely popular with all ages. Minimum age of 7 or 8 is recommend as anything younger is hard to teach.

This game is basically hide and seek meets red light green light. Choose a counter (preferably a leader/staff member). Their job is to regulate the game and call people out.

Pick 5-7 checkpoints in a circular shape spread out around the start/finish zone. These points can be cones laid out or ?that garbage can near the light post? or ?that large tree.?

The goal of the runners is to tag all the points and get back to the start zone without being seen by the counter. The counter must remain firmly in the same spot. The runners start running when the counter yells out a number. The counter will choose a number in their head (never less than five, usually never more than ten). He/she will then close his/her eyes and yell out that number very loudly followed by either ?fast?, ?medium?, or ?slow.? this dictates how many times the counter will say the word ?DOT? in between numbers

Fast = one DOT
Medium = two DOTS
Slow ? three DOTS

For example, if the counter yells ?SIX MEDIUM?, they will then yell out ?SIX DOT DOT FIVE DOT DOT FOUR DOT DOT THREE DOT DOT TWO DOT DOT ONE DOT DOT UP?

Once the counter opens their eyes, they call out people they see. It?s the runner?s objective to be hidden from the counter?s central point of view. The counter looks around for 5-20 seconds, thinks of another number, yells it, and starts counting again.

The tricky part is the counter isn't trying to get people out, just regulating the game. The counter can know someone is hiding behind that tree/wall/bush, but if they can?t see the runner, that runner is safe.

If you?re playing with a large group, do a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

Materials Needed

A large open space, hiding spots are necessary

Submitted by Waters on 21 Jun 2014 12:00:00

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Posted by Benny Boo on 22 Nov 2015 at 9:24:38

complicated but so fun

Posted by post-it-note on 4 Jul 2016 at 9:51:42

This is really good! a must have for a youth group game for getting to know names. it really works!

Posted by Theresa on 4 May 2017 at 4:16:50

I played this with my 8 and 9 year olds today, they loved it!

Posted by adunning on 17 May 2017 at 12:49:21

We added to this game by taking out large cardboard boxes, sheets, canes etc and allowing the children to build shelters and hiding places around the area. Half the fun is building the hiding spots.
Every one is crazy keen to play and when ever I take my class out to play it I am always joined by another class who want to join in!

Posted by Amanda Dunning on 5 Jul 2017 at 1:53:11

What do the question marks mean? :)

Posted by Hermione Granger on 5 May 2018 at 8:36:50

The explanation Mark's I believe are typos

Posted by Monika on 27 Mar 2019 at 1:02:00

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