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Water you taking?

Decide what equipment you’d take out on the water, and dash between ‘take’ and ‘leave’ to get it there.
Two Scouts dressed as paddlecrafts, deciding what they need to bring with them on a water adventure.
  1. The person leading the game should give people different water sports – some could be windsurfing, others rowing, rafting, and so on.
  1. The person leading the game should tell everyone which side of the space is ‘take it’ and which side is ‘leave it’. Everyone should stand in the middle.
  2. The person leading the game should call out a piece of equipment that’s used for water sports (or to keep people safe when they’re doing water sports).
  3. Everyone should do an action to represent the item (we’ve included some suggestions below), and move to the ‘take it’ or ‘leave it’ side of the space depending on whether they need the item to do their water sport.
  1. Once everyone’s reached a side of the space, they should check that everyone with the same activity is on the same side. If they’re not, talk about why – should they take or leave the item that was called?
  2. Everyone should return to the middle, and repeat steps three to five until they’re confident they know what to take.


This activity helped you think about trying new things – for most people, getting out on the water isn’t an everyday activity; lots of people won’t have tried it before. Does it help to think about what you’ll need to do and bring before you try something new? How do you feel about doing something new like a new water sport? Do you feel more or less ready after this game? What else makes it easier to try new things?

This activity was also a chance to be active. What kind of movements did you use in this activity? Would you use any of these movements when doing water sports? Which movement was the most fun? Were any tricky? Do you think water sports are a fun way to be active?


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.