scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Getting to know you games--part 2
Mark Arend (mwarend@INTERNETWIS.COM
Thu Feb 17 2000 - 08:27:41 CST
If you can get your hands on a copy of "Group Meeting Sparklers" there are
several icebreaker type games that might work. One involves having members
of the group find others that meet certain characteristics; i.e. is named
Bob, is an Eagle Scout, has a sister named Nancy etc etc. Since you are
familiar (I assume) with the other leader :-) you could each work up lists
to give to the other Troop to complete. It might even help guys in your
Troop learn more about each other
A game that I've used for a group of 40, I call, "Who's my Partner?" You
make a list of known famous pairs/lovers etc. Some examples are:
The Lone Ranger/Tonto
Robin Hood/Maid Marian
Another game that I've used is collecting signatures for different
questions? Some examples are:
Married w/3 children: __________________
Had 7 car wrecks: ______________________
Is a lady Eagle: _______________________
Has green eyes: ________________________
Lived in Europe: _______________________
We call them "stupid games", but they're really getting to know each other
Have each person write down three things that are true about themselves and
one thing false. Have each read their list aloud and have the other troop
try and guess what the false statement is.
Divide a sheet of paper into 25 boxes. In each box have an objective, i.e.
"Find a scout with an older brother" or "Who had a birthday this month?"
or "Find a scout who has cooking merit badge". Have each scout seek scouts
from the other troop that the statement holds true for. Have that scout
sign the box. This is a timed event. At the end, have each scout read one
answer from his sheet and introduce who signed the box. That scout would
then read the next the answer to the next box and do a simular
introduction, and so on.
How about a "Scavenger Hunt" where you have to find someone in the other
troop who meets certain criteria and have them initial your sheet. (For
example: "Find someone who has a pet iguana" "Find someone who was born
outside the US" "Find someone who has been to Philmont"). Make two
different hunts, one for each troop, using questions specific to the
individuals involved (get your brother to help).
I've used a similar gathering activity at Outdoor Webelos Leader Training
for several years, and the participants always seem to have a lot of fun
with it. Being able to tailor the questions to the boys involved should
make it even better!
We used to do an intro game where we asked people to be one of four
animals. Each animal had a corner. All Lions in one corner, all beavers
in another, etc. Then the people in the group introduced themselves and
told why they identified with that animal. Then we did four colors. Again
the people introduced themselves and told why they identified with the
color. Then we did seasons or something similar. After about three
breakouts, we asked people to find someone they had not met in any of the
breakouts. Once everyone was paired up, we ask them to prepare an
introduction of their partner.
This was done with college age kids
I always like the one where everyone stands in a circle and I start by
saying "I'm Amy." Then I ask the person next to me to say "I'm (his name)
and she's Amy." The third person adds his name to the beginning.....you get
the idea. (I always start because I know the rules and can not remember
names!) This usually results in a heap of laughter when the people towards
the end get confused.
Also I have done ones where you introduce yourself and tell something about
your self that starts with the same letter and do the same thing as above.
If some of the boys already know each other, or even if they don't, they
can be paired and asked to introduce their partner, telling the group
something (or set a number of things, like 3) about him that they probably
do not already know. (we did this at BSBLT as an icebreaker, and it was
very interesting to find out what I didn't know about people I had known
Here's one thats always fun. (kind of like twister but better and works
with any number of people)
Everyone gather-round tightly (like a rugby scrim) and place there right
hand into the center and grab someones hand. Now place your left hand in
and grab someone elses hand, you may cross your arms if you wish. Now
unwind yourselves with letting go. It is possible to unwind into one or
more circles. Yes it will take some time. ( our Church youth group of 17
took 47minutes to unwind the first time they tried, and then only 11
minutes the next.) This is a great way to find out who are the leaders,
followers, shy, loners, etc.
didja get any good ideas? You can always use the classic "ice breaker" of
"Get a signature from some one (not in your troop) who":
-Is an Eagle Scout.
-Has green eyes.
-Is in OA.
-Went to National Jamboree
-Been to Philmont
And so on....
I try to mix in easy/hard items and Scout/not-Scout related. We use this
at many training events (all training events??) to get people circulating
and meeting others. Works pretty good. There aren't any winners/losers.
Another game (hate to admit I learned it at Cub Pow-Wow, but it is a good
Have everybody form up in groups of three (arms shoulder-to-shoulder).
Then when the leader calls a number, the groups have a short amount of time
to reform into that new size. So if he calls five, one group of three can
take two from another group, but it leaves a "single" who has to find a
group with an open spot. At the end of the interval any missed sized groups
drop out. Start slow (15-20 seconds or so to reform) and then shorten as
they get the idea. Its key not to use simple multiples (2->4 or 3->6 for
example). A pattern I like is 3->5->7->4->3 and just keep going (you will
find that odd numbers generally work better as people have to go in several
directions to regroup). There will be lots of yelling as they try to find a
I would think something based on maps (travel or topo) from your respective
areas could make the basis for a fun game.
Mark W. Arend, Scoutmaster Outside of a dog a book is
Troop 736 Man's best friend. Inside
Beaver Dam, Wisc. of a dog it's too dark