Capture the Flag › IV: Why Play?

IV: Why Play?

What’s not to love about Capture the Flag? It’s easy to learn, it doesn’t require a lot of equipment, it can be played with all ages, but most importantly…it’s fun. CTF is also a great way to encourage physical activity, teamwork and strategic thinking. It’s an exciting, versatile game that has withstood the test of time. It can be adapted to so many different variations. You can play it day or night

There are so many reasons to play Capture the Flag, but these three reasons top the list:

1. PHYSICAL FITNESSTHE HEALTH BENEFITS OF HEART POUNDING GROUP ACTIVITY

People today are so busy on their phones and screens that they often miss out on all of the classic games from the past that encouraged physical activity and teamwork. It’s time to bring back these games along with more outdoor playtime. There is no end to the benefits of physical activity for every person. It builds strong bones and muscles, helps maintain a healthy weight, develops coordination, improves strength and endurance, and promotes emotional well being.

People today are so busy on their phones and screens that they often miss out on all of the classic games from the past that encouraged physical activity and teamwork. It’s time to bring back these games along with more outdoor playtime. There is no end to the benefits of physical activity for every person. It builds strong bones and muscles, helps maintain a healthy weight, develops coordination, improves strength and endurance, and promotes emotional well being.

If you have kids, the best way to get active is to not only be a good role model when it comes to physical activity but also to be active with them. You’ll get to spend valuable time together while staying healthy in the process. Your kids will especially love it if you get out and play Capture the Flag with them. The whole family will be entertained as they break teammates out of jail, sneak into enemy territory, protect base and steal the flag to win. And, it doesn’t feel like exercise when it’s fun.

2. COMMUNITY – BRINGING YOUR FAMILY, NEIGHBORHOOD OR YOUTH GROUP TOGETHER

Whether you’re hosting a group event or just going to one, Capture the Flag can be a great way to get a big group of people active and having fun together. It’s the perfect game for youth groups, neighborhood block parties or family reunions because it gets people in the group to loosen up, work with each other, and laugh out loud. Teamwork games like Capture the Flag can help new groups break the ice quickly and find things that they have in common. Because anyone can join in a Capture the Flag game, it quickly builds a sense of community across all ages.

3. IMPROVE SOCIAL SKILLS

Kids, adults, teens: We all spend too much time on our phones and electronic devices. In fact, many of us spend so much time on our phones that the art of conversation and teamwork is quickly leaving us. Team games like Capture the Flag can help build those social skills back up and teach us how to positively interact with others. Research shows that social interaction is vital for both physical and mental well-being, and good social relationships can help teens cope with the stress and pressure of teenage life. 

Another great way to help build social skills is to encourage and support your kids’ friendships and help them find activities that involve putting down their phones and connecting with these friends. Planning a Capture the Flag game gives kids of all ages an opportunity to interact with their peers as well as build friendships and have fun. In addition, they are practicing social skills every time they play like cooperation, compromise and decision making as players work together to plan strategies and overcome challenges and win the game.

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