Marco Polo On Land


Just enough water to be fun, and not enough to get sick if it’s still a little cool.

Choose someone to be Marco. Blindfold Marco and give them the super-soaker.  Then instruct the students that there are four rules:

  1. They must stay inside the boundaries.
  2. They must answer Polo whenever Marco says his name (though they do not have to yell).
  3. When they are hit by water, they are out and must exit the playing field.
  4. Persons who are not on the field must not respond when Marco says “MARCO!”

The last person standing is Marco next time.

To kick it up a notch:

  • Periodically make the boundaries smaller
  • Add an additional Marco after each round
  • Make someone being “out” expire after counting to 30 or 60 (this works best if you have a large number of Marcos)


  • Blindfold
  • Long-range water gun (super soaker)
  • Field
  • Cones or other method to designate boundaries.

When he is not playing with his four children with his wonderful wife, Jeremy oversees children, youth, and college ministries in addition to leading the evening worship service at Christ United Methodist Church in Mobile, Al. He is passionate about reaching people with the message of Jesus in a way that engages them with the movement of God. Jeremy is the Senior Editor of the Seedbed Youth Ministry Collective and the author of Reclaiming the Lost Soul of Youth Ministry. You can find a list of all his books, articles and resources for churches at his website: