Arctic Games Challenge

Arctic Games Challenge includes games played by Inuit children and communities to increase the physical and mental skills needed for survival. Many of these games often stressed physical strength, endurance, agility, and tolerance of pain for enduring the cold winter months and hunting terrain. Full body techniques and adjusting to your environment can vastly improve your results – let’s see what works best for you!
Equipment/Space Needed:
  • Tape or pylons as a starting line
  • Measuring tape
  • String, a kickable object, a person or open doorway

Kneel Jump

100 points

Begin in a kneeling position, behind your marked starting line, with toes pointing behind you. Use your full body to leap forward, landing stood up on both feet.

Challenge Zone:
  • Try reaching your distance jumped, but instead, hopping from a plank position.
Highlight Reel:
  • Jump beyond the length of your own height

One-Foot-High-Kick

100 points

Suspend a target from a string away from a wall or unsafe objects, OR, ask someone to hold this object out for you at a safe distance without getting kicked. Take off from both feet, kick the suspended target with one foot, and land on the same foot you kicked at that target without losing your balance.

Challenge Zone:
  • Two-Foot-High-Kick – Take off from both feet, kick the target with both feet, and land standing up on both feet without losing your balance
Highlight Reel:
  • Attempt an Alaskan high-kick

Snow Snake

100 points

Mark a release or starting line. Swing and let go of a long smooth object so it slides across the floor/snow-ground surface from the release point as far as you can possibly make it go.

Choose Your Challenge:
  • Try to beat each previous attempt.
Challenge Zone:
  • Draw your own snow snake design!
Highlight Reel:
  • Build your own snow snake track