Spending one’s summer at Christian Youth Camps is certainly fun and memorable for most teens. Among the many things they look forward to in these camps are the different games that are played. These games are great ice breakers and getting to know you ways in order for everybody to have a great time. Playing games with biblical themes is a great way to learn valuable lessons while having fun at the same time.
The Banana Lesson – Form several teams and give each team a banana. The instruction is to cut the banana into several pieces and with thumbtacks and glue try to put back the banana together again. It would surely be entertaining to watch the kids trying to make the banana whole again. After the game discuss the lesson learned which is it is difficult to undo mistakes in life. Kids would be made aware that there consequences for their actions so they should think first before doing something wrong.
Who Are You – Write the name of a biblical character on index cards. Make as many index cards for all kids to have one. Tape the index card at the back of each kid without them knowing what was written. Make them go around the group asking each other with “yes” or “no” questions about their biblical character. The first one to figure out his biblical character wins. Follow this up with lessons on identity an d what makes people unique.
Take a Hike – this game make the kids open up and get to know each other better. Place tape marks on the floor in a circle. Make each kid stand on a mark with one kid standing in the middle of everyone but without a mark. Make him reveal something unique or quirky about himself and those who can identify will have to “take a hike” or scramble to find a mark to stand in. Repeat until the kids have told something about themselves. Follow this up with a lesson on the surprising things the kids learned about each other and how most of them actually have many similarities.
Bombs Away – Find a space that is four feet wide and twenty feet long. Mark the area with a tape and take seven pieces of construction paper and scatter them all over the area. Break the teens into groups and assign a guide for each group. The objective is to have all members navigate the area blindfolded to get from one end to another. The guide will give them directions but each time a member steps on the boundaries or bombs(construction paper) make loud noises like hitting a pot with a spoon as if a bomb is going off. After everybody has done their run, follow this up with lessons on trusting God’s direction.