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…

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…

Blind Partner Tag

Looking for a fun, fast-paced game to get your youth riled up AND build some team-work? That’s a tough combo, but look no further… This game is a short-term battle between two partners, blindfolded and holding hands, and the rest of the group in a circle holding hands around them. The partners’ job is to…

Leading the Blind…

This one is an oldie, but I was talking to someone the other day, and they had never heard of it, so here we are. I like to use this activity to lead a group to a prayer session on retreat or into a more serious activity on mission trip. It works well to focus…

Group Lunch

This team-building game is an easy add-on to any retreat or overnight. It’s little prep and low-cost. You will need a bandana per person and a meal to eat. I usually have the teens pack a lunch or if you are in a cafeteria setting, that works too. Ordering pizza is less of a challenge,…

Epic Blind Counting

This one is a great team building activity for any size group, but especially large groups. It’s no set-up, no prep, and can be a great activity to do on the fly. Have the group circle up facing outward. You can have them link arms or touch shoulders, but it doesn’t matter, as long as…

Balanced

This game was born out of a fallen tree outside our retreat center several years ago. I am always looking for good team-building activities, and this panned out nicely. I had all of the teens stand on the log in a straight line. From that position, they had to reverse the order of themselves on…

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…