Pass the Lifesaver

A mini-olympics team-building duel game for junior youth

How To Play Pass the Lifesaver

Give one life saver to each team.

Each member of the team has a toothpick which they keep pursed between their lips (*cough* cough* cigarette style.)

The team stands in a line and the aim of the game is to pass/thread the lifesaver from one person's toothpick to the next toothpick down the line with your hands held behind your backs.

First lifesaver to the end of the team's line wins.

The sturdy cocktail toothpick works better than the flimsy variety.

Materials Needed

Lifesavers & Toothpicks

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on 20 October 2008


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use straws then, that works too actually makes it harder...

Posted by Cindy on 8 Sep 2012 at 3:01:16

Are we getting that bad in churches that we won't allow kids to get within 2 toothpicks distance away from each other. With the amount of stuff our youth are bombarded with in the world, if we as youth leaders stop simple games like this because it sends the wrong message the kids, we are in real trouble. We need to make our churches and youth groups a safe place where kids feel comfortable talking and asking questions about sex and dating and such things. It seems a taboo subject in churches, no wonder there is sexual immorality rampant through the world including churches. Almost every new testament book in the bible talks about sexual immorality but we don't teach it or talk about it in churches and youth groups. We are the leaders of the future and we are not equipping our future kids with the skills to teach the next generation. I saw the big discussion on "if you love me honey smile" it almost broke my heart that simple fun games have been turned into a possible "sexual" game.

Posted by Come on!! on 28 Apr 2012 at 9:06:48

I'm also concerned about passing things mouth-to-mouth... not because of any potential for "inappropriate" behaviour, but for health reasons.

Posted by Average Joe on 1 Dec 2011 at 6:10:00

Skewers always work and you can use like a gummy peach ring or something like that, it helps keep the distance between kids and makes it interesting!

Posted by Youth With Insight on 29 Sep 2011 at 1:02:29

You can always use straws to keep the distance...

Posted by Sarah on 13 Aug 2011 at 8:42:21

I agree toothpicks and life savers are a little much for kids, but you can try STRAWS and a PAPER RING. My girlfriends had the Groomsmen do that at our friends' wedding(: with a paper heart ring lol

Posted by Evelyn on 4 Aug 2011 at 10:18:04

Another site I saw said you could use drinking straws and pretzels

Posted by Tallturtle on 12 Nov 2009 at 2:13:55

Yer toothpicks can be sharp... watch the eyes... maybe also recommend sunglasses... could be funny...

Posted by Shawn on 10 Nov 2009 at 5:13:24

how about using donuts with paddlepop sticks or even cheezels

Posted by Juzz on 19 Jul 2009 at 9:32:31

'holimoli oldy foly hahay jola ola bola hola hola rolatolaaalalallalalalalalallaalla or forget get 8it

Posted by anon on 22 May 2009 at 10:10:33

hello boys what are you doing and i am new to this club thingymajigy

Posted by thomas on 22 May 2009 at 10:06:30

well you can avoid any 'awkwardness' by having separate boys and girls teams!!

Posted by anon on 7 Mar 2009 at 2:04:15

uh...yeah I think I may be in some hot water if we played this game haha.

Posted by Chad on 19 Nov 2008 at 9:04:09

Its really fun, and if you keep your mind outa the gutter, you and your youth group will be fine! Some guys and girls will get giggly, so what? give the game a try! its loads of fun!!!
(Im 17 and weve played this game @ my church for @ least 5 years now)

Posted by Justine on 6 Nov 2008 at 8:11:01

I dont' want to sound old, but I don't know if kids should be passing things from mouth to mouth. It sends the wrong message.

Posted by anon on 29 Oct 2008 at 12:24:53
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