In its earliest incarnation, we had ribbons for the top three finishers in each event. When we moved to the Survivor theme, in the first year we had kids voted out, but that was kind of contrary to the whole "get the kids moving" theme and left bad feelings in the wake of the votes. In the past few years, we've gone to a point system. Teams are scrambled before each event, and then each member of the winning team gets a point. The kid(s) with the most points at the end of the day wins bragging rights. Of course, it's not nice to brag, so basically they just get to feel good on the inside. :)
Here's a look at some of the day's fun:
Sword soccer: (new this year)
|Jeff explains the rules|
|The blue team has their game faces on...|
|...while the red team is all about the stragegy.|
|Battling it out.|
Event 2: Face the Cookie (from Minute to Win It)
Kind of slow to get through the game, but visually hilarious.
|J. really struggled, so N (who's freakishly good at this game and |
could eat a whole bag of Oreos from his face in a minute) was coaching him.
Next up was the Elephant Relay. You have to knock over a row of cups with a tennis ball in the pantyhose "trunk". It's harder than you'd think, but good fun to watch your kids run around with pantyhose on their heads.
After that came the Electric Fence. It started low. Once the whole team was across the "fence", it was raised 6 inches and they had to cross again.
|It started out nice and easy.|
|Even after being raised the first time everyone got across no problem.|
|Good to know all N's middle school high jump experience wasn't wasted.|
|As the fence rose, teams really had to work together to get everyone across.|
|Lots of teamwork going on.|
|D. played stepstool|
|Higher still. Having tall teammates comes in handy.|
|If I hadn't been there when he was conceived, I'd swear he's half kangaroo.|
|Around here's where I started to get nervous that someone would get hurt.|
|I'm thinking this was around 48", but it might have been higher.|
|He cleared it, but landed on his hip. We hadn't had any rain for a looong while, so that sand was hard packed.|
The camera battery was running low, but I managed to get a few shots of the next game, where the kids had to try and knock a cone of their opponent's head with a water ball.
|Gentlemen (and I use that term loosely), take your places.|
|Nerves of steel|
|This was a good shot...except for the fact that they weren't supposed to throw overhand.|