Divide the group into teams of between 5 and ten people (If you are running a camp with small groups, split them into their small groups).
The game takes the form of a general knowledge quiz with fun and interactive categories. There are usually five categories, but there can be more or less than that. (Examples of categories are below) Get the teams to come up with as many correct answers as they can for each category and add up their scores at the end of the game. Needless to say - the team with the highest score wins.
1. "Conundrum" - Similar to the hit game Balderdash - put up a long, unheard of word with four possible definitions, only one of which is correct and get them to decide which they think is the correct definition. (Five different words should be enough)
2. "A Moment in Time" - Project a picture of a famous moment in history and get them to guess who the person, or group of people depicted is, what the event that they were at is, and finally what year the event took place. (This usually works well with sports, but other events like the Lunar landing could be used)
3. "Playdough pictionary" - get the teams to number each member in their team and ask the number ones to come up. Give each of them a lump of play dough and a word that they have to sculpt (nouns are easiest, adjectives are hardest) send them back to their teams and when they get the word right player two runs back to get the next word to sculpt and so on. Give the game about 8 or 9 minutes. A good team will get about 16 words in this time.
4. "What's that line" - Project the logo of a well known company and get the teams to write down the slogan of that company. A hard slogan can carry more points than an easy one.
5. "TRL" - create a music track combining a few seconds of about 8 or 9 songs. Play the track through and get the teams to identify as many of the songs, artists and, for bonus marks, albums from which the songs come.
It is a great way to break the ice within a group on the first night of a camp and the people playing the game really get into it. It requires a lot of preparation, but works very well and once completed is a resource that can be used again and again, with slight modifications. You can add in your own categories as well depending on the nature of the group you are working with. Great for young and older adults.
Submitted by Andrew Giliam on 12 May 2011 12:00:00Has this game been helpful?