Shield March

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Shield March
Topic Faith, Unity, Church
Group Size 100-200
Prep Time 5+ Hours
Setting Outdoors
Age Group Youth
The Point We succeed as Christians when we support each other

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Supplies Needed

How to Set Up

What Happens Then

Possible Problems

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Supplies Needed

  • 4-8 pieces of 4x8 foot ¼ inch plywood to make shields with
  • Make each shield 2x4 feet
  • Foam pipe insulator to go around the edge of the shields
  • Red paint for the shields
  • Rope for handles
  • Lots of water balloons, launchers, balloon slingshots and other items.
  • Drills, saws, nails, paint brush, and some other tools may be needed to build the shields.

How to Set Up

You will need a lot of shields for this event. Create as many as you need (about 1/2 to 1/6 of your total people). The plywood gets cut up into pieces two feet by four feet. Then holes are drilled in it so that you can slide knotted ropes through the holes and create handles to hold the shields. Finally, pipe insulation in placed around the edges for protection, and the shields get painted.


The field also gets divided up. There needs to be a start and end line, as well as seperate lines for when people can no longer launch balloons at people from various impliments.

What Happens Then

This is a great game, as it perfectly represents the shield of faith from Ephesians 6:10-18. The idea is to divide the people into groups. One group will be given shields and told to march across a field while everyone else is throwing water balloons at them. The idea is that those groups who form a shield wall will protect each other and succeed.


You will have about two groups of plywood shields, one to give to each team trying to advance up the hill and the other to the group preparing to go next. Each group should be at least 6-7 people, more is better.


Each group will try to advance up the hill while barrages of water balloons will be raining down on them. After they pass a certain point best explained by my illustration on the next page, then the water balloon launchers can no longer fire, but the balloons can be hand thrown. When they reach the second line they are at their destination and all firing ceases.


If any of the students are hit directly with a water balloon on their body they are “dead” and must stand still for the duration of the advance. If the entire team is wiped out they lose. The ultimate goal will be to get the entire team up through the ranks of the enemy water balloon launchers. This will be best achieved by forming a solid formation like the Romans did because they will be getting hit from multiple angles. Just don't tell them this and let them discover it themselves.


Unity and teamwork are the most important lessons of this game. They are seeing how with our faith we can draw close to each other and support each other, but alone we get demolished.

Possible Problems

This needs quite a few people, and a large field. For injuries the main issues are making sure that the shields can take the beating, and that any slingshots or catapults of water balloons stop before the group gets close enough that anyone could be hurt.


To really shine, some team needs to form what the Romans called a Testudo and pull it off. A group of leaders is the best for this, and they will need to practice. This works great with the Testudo of Faith Message Idea.

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