Puff Suits

This activity is an amazing relay/team race activity that, with a little prep, can amp up your next overnight, retreat or party. My teens love it, and it usually fills 10-20 minutes, depending on the group size, number of rounds, enthusiasm, etc. Go to Walmart/K-Mart/Target/Costco/local retail venue? and purchase a few sets of the largest…

Build Up

On overnights, retreats, lock-ins, lock-ups, lock-downs, pretty much any type of lock-related events, I like to pull this little gem out for the youth. It’s a great team-building activity, a little out-of-the-box, easy and fun. Divide up the youth into groups of 2-4 and present the group with a box of graham crackers and frosting…

Piggy Bank Pile Up

Looking for a fun relay game? All you need is a couple dollars’ worth of pennies and some buckets. It takes minimal set up and is a great team-building, trust building activity. You can do this as a set of pairs, or large groups. One member of the team has to transport a dollar’s worth…

Up & Down

What this game lacks in a good name, it makes up for in a 10 on the delightfulness meter. It’s a fun ice breaker and gets people out of their heads. You will need an odd number of people, so if there are an even number, you play too. Have your group circle up and…

Giant Dodgeball

Dodgeball is fun, but sometimes my teens throw too hard or too aggressively. I think it’s the Wheaties. Dodgeball is no fun if someone gets hurt, so if we want to play, we need some adjustments. One of the adjustments we use often is we play with yoga exercise balls. It adds a whole new…

Water Balloons 2.0

As promised in my Pirate Toss entry, here’s my post on non-water filled water balloons! I host a huge annual event on our Kick-Off weekend called Mess Fest, an event that is outrageous, messy (obviously), and a great draw for new youth and friends.  One of the things I use for several games at Mess…

Circle of Death

This is an activity that I have used for larger retreats with ABSURDLY great results. There is a little prep, but there are no supplies needed, other than a piece of paper ripped into strips, as many strips as there are people in the group. As I said, I like using this activity with larger…

Sumo, Robot, Ninja

This is a one-on-one game or ice breaker I have used before with fine results, but when I adapted it as a group activity, the roof blew off this sucker. Divide your larger group into smaller groups, it’s best to do 3+, but it can be done with pairs. The rules are as follows: Sumo…

Pirate Toss

  We’ve all played the old favorite toss – across game with our partner with an egg, water balloon, hand grenade (don’t judge my childhood), where we toss the object to a partner, take a step back and they toss it back to us.  Easy, safe, old, boring.  Spice it up, yo. Go to the…

TP Dodgeball

Need a low-cost, high fiber…er..I mean fun, high fun game for your youth? Maybe you just have a lot of extra toilet paper. Either way, I don’t want to know. Go to Walmart or Costco, buy the cheapest toilet paper rolls you can, and prepare for TP Dodgeball. First, start the roll a little before…