Games with a Purpose You can Use

This is our third post of Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois’ series “Games With a Purpose You Can Use” (see part one and part two).

Whenever I’m at an event I have a list of games in my “mental back pocket”. I’ll explain times I use the game and how you can use them to your advantage during a troop meeting, at a camp overnight or any other time your girls need something to do!

Game: Everybody’s It!

Purpose: This well-loved game is the perfect energy burner! I use this as a quick 5 minute transition game when girls need some time for physical activity, especially useful after sitting down for a long time working on a project.

Space needed: A large room or open play area


  1. In this game everyone is it, all the time! Girls should start the game spread out away from each other. Count down 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 then shout “Everybody’s It!”
  2. At that point, girls should begin running, attempting to tag others while trying not to be tagged themselves. When a girl is tagged, she should squat down so others know she has been tagged. If a pair of girls touches each other at the same time, they must both squat down.
  3. After most girls have been tagged you can bring everyone back in to the game (no need to wait for one winner, that’s not really the point!). Explain that as you yell 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 girls can pop back up to get away from others, then yell “Everybody’s It!” and the chase begins again.
  4. Go on until the girls tire out and are ready for the next activity.

I’ve shared just a few of the games that I use with purpose to build friendships, promote healthy living and to harness the energy of a group of girls over the blog post series, “Games With a Purpose You Can Use”. Feel free to share YOUR favorite game with a purpose in a comment!

That’s all for this week of outdoor program with Angela Ventris. Check back next week for more excited news and adventures in outdoor program!

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