It gets a little crazy around our house on Saturday nights. Our 3 1/2 kids are allowed to stay up later since it’s the weekend, we have a cheat meal, wine and it’s movie night. I say “3 1/2” kids since one of them is not even a year old so he’s the low kid on the totem pole and is referred to as “half pint”.
Anyway, to understand the whole story here, I have to mention that I recently played paint ball for the first time in my existence. Oh, it’s always been on my bucket list but for some reason (life), I just never got around to it – until I had kids. There were three 11 year old’s and 2 of us Dads at the paint ball adventure. The weather was perfect, the mood was free spirited and lots of fun lay just ahead.
We paid our $205.00 total for unlimited paint ball and got our masks, rifles and ammo (500 paint balls each). We were told they would go fast by the pimply faced, sarcastic teenager who held down the supply desk. None of us had ever played paintball before so we had a lot of questions. And we got a lot of answers from Mr Sarcastic Teenager – reminded me of myself at age 17.
We were assigned a group of 30 people – 15 on each team. As I was wondering when I would get the rest of my protective armor, I heard a “yelp” from the another playing field. Some dummy must not have worn their protective armor and got hit by a paint ball, I thought to myself as I looked around for whoever was in charge of handing out protective gear.
Our referee appeared and greeted us telling us that he would be in charge of our games, we would have 10 minute game time limits, and we would switch to multiple playing fields during the afternoon. The boundary lines consisted of bright yellow tape and you were not supposed to cross the boundary lines otherwise you were out if seen. At the refs count of “1, 2, 3, Go!” the two teams scattered about running for cover. The other team had red arm bands on so that we could tell who to blast and who not to.
I never did get that protective armor.
The first game was chaotic, I didn’t know where to go in the heavily wooded forest. I tried to climb a tree and fell. I decided to play at the back of our group and let the other suckers shoot it out. Suddenly I heard footsteps from behind me, followed by automatic gunfire.
WHAP! WHAP! WHAP!
They got me. I had to raise both arms in the air and quickly walk off of the playing field with the other casualites (they shot me again during this walk off – apparently I have enemies everywhere).
During the rest of the games, I’d like to think I got better. I took a few out, implemented teamwork with my teammates and had a GREAT TIME! The kids loved it, hated to leave but we had played for hours and they were getting hungry.
I HAVE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO IMPLEMENT THIS INTO A BOOTCAMP
Fast forward. Saturday night. In case you don’t know this, wine makes you creative. As my wife and I settled in to watch “World War Z”, I cradled the Nerf Retaliator waiting for something to shoot. My kids know to stay in their rooms after 8:30pm so maybe one of them would try to sneak out providing me with some extra target practice.
I HAVE IT! I YELLED TO MY WIFE.
So here’s how to have a little nerf gun action in your bootcamp. You could use paint balls but they can hurt and can be a little messy. I recommend Nerf guns.
2 decks of cards ( 1 deck per team)
2 nerf guns ( 1 gun per team)
On the instructors “GO”, the two teams play deck of cards as they normally would.
If someone pulls either an ACE or a JOKER (make sure these cards are spread out in the deck), that person immediately yells “NERF ATTACK”! so that the opposing team can hear. All OPPOSING team members must STOP what they are doing and ALL run to the base (tree, car, bench, etc 30 yards away) and touch base before getting hit with a nerf dart. These darts shoot up to 75 feet and the Retaliator fires pretty quickly so you might want to give the OPPOSING team a 3-5 second head start.
If someone is hit (the instructor needs to be the ref here because some will say they did not get hit), that person now joins the OTHER team and helps them finish their deck of cards.
If a player IS NOT hit then they simply jog back to their deck of cards game, starting over on the card that they were working on.
The team that finishes their deck of cards first, wins.
notes – some people may take offense to getting “shot”. You know your group best. Rather than having the entire group run to base, you could choose 2 or 3 runners from each team making sure that they are cool with getting blasted.
You could simply play with flags. No gun at all. Instead of shooting the opposing team, have them pull the flag hanging from their waste (you supply the flags).
No I have not actually played this game myself but I will, I will. Let me know how it goes and if you make any changes to the game for the better.
Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator Blaster