Skit Boxes

  There are a few things I have found to be very helpful to keep on hand for times when the weather doesn’t cooperate, the group size is drastically different than I prepared for, the power goes out or any other form of direction-shifting event occurs.  One such item is a set of skit boxes….

Newbie Headlines

  This game is a great game for getting to know you, first-time group meetings.  I like to use it when confirmation classes first join the Sr. High ministry or when a small group first starts up.  It takes a little prep, but is an easy, fun game. Have everyone write 2 things that are…

Noodle Hockey

Working with a youth group, you can find that there are all levels of athleticism, skill and experience when it comes to games and activities.  In an effort to keep teens on the same playing field (pun maybe intended?) I try to use games that are different or strange, so as to limit the transferable…

Paper Ball Challenge

There are plenty of getting to know you games out there, there are even several that involve “sharing”, but this is the only one I know of that’s got a bit of strategy, too.  It’s also a great game because it takes no real prep and can be done anywhere. Give each teen a piece…

Welcome to Shark Island!

This is another one of my go to team-building retreat games.  It’s fun, tests personal boundaries and forces teens to work together.  It takes very little prep and no real supplies, but be sure that no one in your group’s ever lost someone close to a shark attack – if so, change the name to…

MEGA ball!

MEGA Ball has been an incredible investment for our group so I wanted to share with you guys!  We purchased a jumbo beach ball advertised as 8 ft., though I think that’s not exactly accurate, from Amazon (link below) for around $100 (it’s more expensive now, it must have sensed this shining endorsement coming).  Since…

Noodle Fencing

I first played this game at a young adult retreat in Texas, and I’ve been hard-pressed to find a more fun use for pool noodles. This is a great game as a high energy introduction activity, a one-on-one upfront game or a giant free for all. It’s not a leadership developing game or a team-building…

Magic Carpet Race

This is a fun team-building game for medium to large groups that is high energy, high intensity and a bit crazy, which seems to be the winning combination for most teens. It takes a few supplies, but little or no prep, so it’s ready to do at the drop of a hat. Divide your group…

Paint Mine Field

This is a fun new spin on an old favorite. Partner your youth up and give them a blindfold. Each group will work together to traverse a “minefield” to get to the other side unscathed. One will be blindfolded, the other will direct them verbally (meaning no touchie!) through to the other side. This is…

Noodle Balloon Race

If you don’t have a set of pool noodles yet, get some. There are so many applications, for the low, low price of a dozen noodles, your games will get real awesome, real fast. An example of one such game is this: Noodle Balloon Racing. I usually do this as a team relay, so all…