Virtual games

Fun challenges to liven up your video calls

These new ideas will make you laugh and help you connect in your video calls

We know that meeting over video just isn't the same as meeting people face-to-face. But our virtual games should get you giggling and add some virtual fun to your next video call.

We've started off our games bank with these 5 great ideas - and each month we'll be adding 2 more.

Pick your favorite and get everyone in your call to join in!

Pass the pen

Work together to get a pen passed around your whole unit and back to your leader!

Everyone grab a pen. Your leader will start. They’ll move their pen across the screen and call the name of the Ranger they’re going to pass the pen to.

When they move their pen off screen, the Ranger’s name who was called then moves her pen across the screen and calls the name of another Ranger.

Keep going, passing the pen to everyone in your unit in a big circle back to your leader.

If you call someone who’s already had the pen, stop and start again! Perhaps you could do actions to show you have or haven’t had the pen yet to help. How long will it take you?

Now you’re warmed up, try introducing another object (that you all have at home – perhaps a spoon!) and see if you can pass two objects in circles around your zoom call.

Too easy? Keep adding more objects or rules to your game every time you play. 

Check out how Girlguiding volunteers and staff tackled this game:

Head to YouTube to find animated instructions for your group 

Are you up for the challenge?

Challengers assemble! It’s time to put your master virtual Rangers skills to the test.

Your leader’s going to choose someone to complete the first challenge. Then that Ranger gets to pick who goes next.

If you complete your challenge, you get a point. Before each challenge, vote to say if you think they’re going to complete it – if you’re right, you get a bonus point! Keep score as you go.

Challenges:

  • Can you tell three knock, knock jokes to someone else in your unit without hesitating?
  • Can you find three things in your home that are yellow in 20 seconds?
  • Can you balance a pen on your head for 10 seconds? What about standing up and sitting back down?
  • Can you draw a house with your eyes closed in 15 seconds?
  • Can you say the alphabet backwards without making a mistake?
  • Can you do 20 star jumps in 20 seconds?

Now you’ve got the hang of it, start thinking of your own challenges to set for each other and declare the Ranger with the most points the winner!

Dance party

Strike a pose! Together, choose a song that makes you think of your Ranger unit – it might be your unit’s favourite song, something that reminds you of camp, or a party you’ve had.

Come up with some crazy dance moves that you all must do whenever you hear that song.

Once you’ve mastered the dance moves, choose one Ranger to play the song at a random time during your next virtual meeting. When you hear it, everyone do your crazy dance moves together!

Keep playing it at every virtual meeting, changing the Ranger who plays it each time. 

Knife, fork and spoon game

Everyone grab a fork, butter knife and spoon.

Place them down in front of you, making sure the handles are closest to you, and the knife is facing away.

When your leader says ‘Go!’, lift one item of cutlery. If it’s the same item as your leader, you get a point!

The first Ranger to get five points wins and becomes the next caller. 

Too easy? Why not speed it up and see who can get the most points in 30 seconds!

Stay safe

Make sure not to use sharp objects, you can use plastic cutlery if you have this available. Instead of cutlery, you could also use different coloured pieces of paper or objects that everyone would have at home.

Photo captions

Before your next virtual meeting, stage a scene with household items and take a snap or draw a picture and send it to your leader.

It could be something that’s inspired you or get creative and create an abstract piece of art using your childhood toys!

In your next meeting, your leader will show everyone your photos or pictures. Take turns making up captions for the scenes and see what stories you can create.

Who knows, perhaps you’ll come up with the next big Ranger story!

Stay safe

Do not share any personal information in your photos, and if you’re using photos of anyone else, make sure to ask their permission before sharing.