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No One Left Behind

No One Left BehindToday, we want to thank one of our followers, Gabe Rangel, who serves  as the Youth Director of First United Methodist Church in Bridgeport, Texas. He recently asked us about a game that could help teach students about stewardship.

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While most of our games aren’t usually tied to a larger point (other than to have fun!), we thought we might be able to help out with a game called No One Left Behind. To help understand how to tie the illustration, see our TEACHING POINTS at the end of the post.

PREP TIME- 10-20 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED- Each team will need: 1 Tire, 2′ x 4′ x 8′ foot board, 2 sturdy buckets (coffee cans work as well)

GAME TIME- 20-30 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS- 10-20 per team (additional people on teams will require more time)

INSTRUCTIONS

Find a large open space, at least 30 feet in length. Line teams up along the width of the space/field. Give each team their items and set the clock for 20-30 minutes.

Mark the starting point and end point (30 feet from the start). Instruct each team to select one leader for the game. Their goal is to get the entire team across the finish line without one person touching the ground with any part of their body. The catch is that they can only use the items you have given them. If anyone touches the ground, the entire team must go back to the start!

The game is EXTREMELY challenging, so don’t worry if they can not successfully navigate their way across the expanse. The goal of this game, unlike almost every other game we have, is to let this game serve as a teaching point.

Because of that, make sure to create teams that have a mix of students that might not always be together. It is also imperative that you NOT GET INVOLVED DURING THE GAME! If you are like me, you will want to, but resist the temptation. You can answer practical questions they may have, but that is all.

This is a great game where everyone can walk away a winner!

BONUS TIPS

1. Have another leader help with the explanation of the game and helping move items back to the beginning.

2. If you choose to help teams some, let items stay in place at the halfway mark. This means that they don’t have to continue to move the items back to the start if they elect not to. Placing the items onto the course is one of the most difficult and time consuming parts, so this will be a huge advantage. I recommend this if no one is coming close to finishing.

TEACHING POINTS

This game combines a leadership, teamwork and stewardship lessons. Depending on how you need to steer the lesson, you can use the brief teaching points below:

1. Leadership

During a game like this, you will find that leaders always emerge. It is always interesting to contrast which leadership styles work in games where they may be frustration or difficulty. Take some time to debrief immediately after the game with your teams. Point out the successes and the opportunities that teams had in regard to leadership. Here are a few questions to get your conversation started

Did your leader lead? (Did someone else who wasn’t the leader end up leading?)

How did it help/hurt the team?

Was encouragement given for success? Blame given for failure?

What is the most important quality as a leader?

Remember to steer the conversation where it needs to go, don’t let it be a complaining session, especially for teams that struggled. Go bigger picture and the leadership aspect into the future success of your group.

2. Teamwork

When I first became a youth pastor, we played this very game and it served as a pivotal turning point for our group. After playing, we sat down and talked about the importance of teamwork.

As I watched the game unfold, I was given specific instructions to say nothing, but simply observe. I watched as both teams struggle, argue, fight and ultimately battle to beat one another and accomplish the goal of reaching the other side. In my case, they had 30 minutes and one team was successful (with seconds to spare) and the other team was a mess. I really wasn’t sure how the discussion would turn out, but it wound up being quite fruitful.

Here are some questions that will help you extract some learning lessons:

How did you team work (or not work) together?

Compare how the team worked together when you started… midway through the game… near the end as pressure mounted.

How did teamwork play a part in the success/failure of your team to reach the other side?

Would you rather be treated well and not reach the other side or treated somewhat poorly and successfully reach the other side? (In other words, do the ends justify the means)

How can your group currently work together to accomplish a goal you have?

Remember to steer the conversation where it needs to go, don’t let it be a complaining session, especially for teams that struggled. Go bigger picture and the leadership aspect into the future success of your group.

3. Stewardship

The great thing about this game is that teams are given the same tools to accomplish the task, so it really boils down to how you use what you have… that’s stewardship!

While we often think about money when it comes to teaching stewardship, it’s really about managing the resources (time, talents/gifts, finances) that we’ve been given. In the parable of the talents, Jesus gave the same commendation to the each servant who multiplied the talents. His ire was reserved for the one who did nothing with what was given.

To illustrate this point, ask your teams the following questions:

How did you use your resources to accomplish the task?

What turned out to be a good/poor decision in the process?

How can using what we have help our group? How can it help the kingdom of God?

You can really elaborate on this point, but even a brief overview can help your group see the value of using what they have to move forward in the unique call that God has for your group. No matter what, make sure that no one is left behind!

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Yolks on You

Yolks on YouYolks on You is a fun game to bust out for a special night or to integrate into your camp or retreat. 

PREP TIME- 10 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED- Eggs, Clear Plastic Tube (1/2″), funnel

GAME TIME- 10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS- 2 per Contest (8 total people)

INSTRUCTIONS

As we mentioned, Yolks on You is a tremendously fun game that is sure to build some energy with your group. If you are at camp and already have teams, select one person from each team and have them square off against each other.

The game works best with 8 people. The 4 winners can then face off in the semi-final and then you can have a championship game to complete the drama!

Have two people come up per round and line them up so they are facing each other, with the plastic tube between them. Crack an egg and dump the white and yolk into the tube using the funnel. Shake it down into the middle of the tube and give each contestant one of the ends.

It is their job to try and blow the egg onto the other person through the tube. Give the countdown and see who has more wind power! The goal of the game is to make sure your opponent has egg on their face! Whoever stays clean is the winner!!

Alternate Version

Use Jello or thin out some pudding. It’s not quite the same, but works in a pinch.

BONUS TIPS

1. It will be important to make sure that contestants do not start blowing before you say go. If anyone goes early, reset the game (if possible) or disqualify the person who started early.

2. If you are inside, put down a plastic tarp and have a garbage can nearby to help with cleanup. 

3. Make sure to elevate the participants so that everyone can see. This is also a great game to work the crowd!

4. Award eggs to the winning team. Hard-boiled or scrambled work great!

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Chug a Hug

Chug a Hug
Chug a Hug 
is an awesome up front or team game that you can bust out for a big night or use at camp.

PREP TIME- 5 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED- 8 Hug Fruit Juice Barrels duct taped together (if you don’t have hugs, use a six-pack of soda)

GAME TIME- 5 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS- 8 per team (we recommend a minimum of 4 teams)

INSTRUCTIONS

Chug a Hug is super easy game that is fantastic for building energy. Before you begin, purchase a bunch of Hug Fruit Juice Barrels. Place eight together and duct tape them around the sides so they will not come apart. Keep in mind that you don’t want to actually squeeze the barrels too much or you’ll have juice all over as the participants open each barrel.

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Head Banging Boogie

Head Banging BoogieHead Banging Boogie is a great game for any sized crowd. It’s sure to get your participants moving and the crowd going!

PREP TIME- 3 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED- Pantyhose (knee-high or thigh-high) & Tennis Ball for each participant

GAME TIME- 5-10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS- 8 

INSTRUCTIONS

Before you begin your Head Banging Boogie Battle, stuff a tennis ball in each leg of pantyhose. Make sure it goes all the way to the end.

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6 Great Easter Games

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Easter is quickly approaching, so we want to help you out with 6 great Easter games!

Cadbury Egg Relay

Candy Connection

Easter Fact or Fiction

Egg Roulette

Peeped Out

Smelly Jelly

BONUS: Candy Pumpkin (change the pumpkin to a plastic bunny or egg)

Easter Fact or Fiction

Fact or FictionEaster Fact or Fiction is a fun game that requires absolutely no prep time and involves zero set up! Not only that, it’s awesome and helps you learn a few interesting facts about Easter.

PREP TIME – None

ITEMS NEEDED – Easter Fact or Fiction Sheet (download below)

GAME TIME – 5-10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS – Everyone

INSTRUCTIONS

Start by downloading your Easter Fact or Fiction sheet below.

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Donut Drawing

Donut DrawingDonut Drawing may very well turn in to your most exciting game after you play! It’s an awesomely fun, fairly messy, and incredibly hilarious way to engage your group.

PREP TIME- 3 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED- One dozen creme or jelly filled donuts (have more on hand for a larger group), 2 large white boards, cleaner & paper towels

GAME TIME- 10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS- Everyone, split into 2 teams (if you have a really large group, you may need to split the teams smaller)

INSTRUCTIONS

Donut Drawing is much like it sounds. The basic gist of the game will require teams to take the creme or jelly filling and draw simple pictures (suggestions listed below). That’s right, they bust open a donut, dive into it and start drawing! If the team guesses correctly, they are awarded one point.

Each team will have two 60-second rounds to draw, with a final lightning round being two minutes. During the last round, they will be able to guess as many as possible. Continue reading

Cadbury Egg Relay

Cadbury Egg RelayCadbury Egg Relay is a spin off a relay game. Our version is super easy and great if you’re looking for Easter games.

PREP TIME- 3 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED- Silver Spoons (metal work better than plastic), 2 Cadbury Eggs for Each Team (have extras) 

GAME TIME- 5-10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS- 8-12 Participants per Team (make sure they are even)

INSTRUCTIONS

If you are inside, start by laying down some plastic in the areas that your teams will play on. If you’re able to be outside on grass, you can skip this step. Once you’re done with that, line teams up in a single file line, with the first person approximately 15′-20′ from the end (you may want to mark the beginning & end line with tape, a cone, shoe, hat or whatever you can find).

The first person will then proceed to take their spoon and put it in their mouth, clamping down on it with their teeth to keep it steady. Next, put a Cadbury Egg on the spoon and explain the following: Continue reading


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