Grab Bag Games

Stuck on where to find a new game? Try the grab bag approach. Did you ever fill time on a rainy day with grab bag skits? You put, let’s say, 10 very random items into a paper grocery bag (they’re still around at the local grocery if you ask) and give a cabin 10 minutes to create a skit. The results are comical. (If you’ve never done them, now you have one new idea for your collection).

Here’s the grab bag approach to creating a new game. Gather a collection of staff together. (You’d be surprised at how creative your maintenance staff can be.) Bring some Mt. Dew, brew some coffee, tea, and add some cookies to a room with an atmosphere to create. You’re ready to begin a brainstorming session.

Think of some of the successful games that have worked for you or others. What successful traditions do you know that always seem to work? Think of successful venues, such as reality shows, rodeos or something like AWANA’s game circle. Break out the elements that make each thing successful. Choose five of them out of a hat and you guessed right, make a new game. The results are hilarious, fun and very useful.

What might you come up with if out of the hat you randomly selected lots of tennis balls, a flag, a game circle, tag and a blindfold? Start creating and do it again and again. The staff experience you have will alone be worth the effort. I saw a game last summer that incorporated elements of dodge ball, a game circle, Uno cards and Stratego. One camp cleaned out the program closet and had an uproariously wild game of Steal the Stuff (bacon).

I’ve created a game or two along the way on my own. A creative counselor will remember this exercise while stuck in her cabin on a rainy day and create the next camp fad. You can do this too, enjoy the success and have some outrageous fun. Let the games begin!


About the Ordinary Hiker

A Christian camp director for many years, I enjoy ministry and being outdoors. I refer to God's creative wonder as the testimony of creation, a special place where God brings His word to life. Its where I like to be and where God speaks in His gentle voice in the awe of His creative work.
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