Summer Youth Camp - Red and Black


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In this classic simulation game, youth learn that not everything has to be an “I win” “you lose” scenario. It can be win-win.

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Summer Youth Camp - Red and Black

  1. 1. Summer Youth Camp - Red and Black In this classic simulation game, youth learn that not everything has to be an “I win” “you lose” scenario. It can be win-win.
  2. 2. Game Materials About 20 slips of paper, 2 pencils, sweets Optimal Group Size Minimum of 8 youth Game Venue Can be played just about anywhere.
  3. 3. Game Preparation (You may want to put these on a poster or give a copy of these instructions to each team) Divide the large groups into two smaller groups, and explain that an experiment is about to take place. Give the following instructions: Each group will have 9 chances to choose a colour: either RED or BLACK. Choices are rewarded according to the following guidelines:
  4. 4. • If both groups choose BLACK – both get 3 sweets • If both groups choose RED – both loose 3 sweets • If one group chooses RED and the other BLACK – the group that chose RED get 5 sweets; and the group that chose BLACK loses 5 Two Requirements: (these must be stated clearly at the start): 1. Get as many sweets as possible 2. Do not hurt anybody
  5. 5. Game Play Send the groups to opposite sides of the room and have them decide on their first choice. To make a choice the group simply decides on a color and writes it on the piece of paper. Then they present their choice to the facilitator. The facilitator rewards the groups according to the instructions.
  6. 6. After the 4th or 5th round, ask if the groups want to negotiate – if they do, have them choose a negotiator and give the two negotiators a minute to decide on their strategy for the future choices. Then announce that the next round of choices will be worth three times as much. Continue the game until all rounds are complete.
  7. 7. Game Debrief 1. What was your group’s strategy? How did you decide what color to choose? 2. How did you treat the “minority” voice in your group? 3. Did your group fulfill the two requirements? How? 4. Did you trust the other group? 5. Why did/didn’t you want to negotiate with the other group? 6. When did you decide to try and beat the other group? 7. To beat the other group did you have to emphasis one requirement over the other?
  8. 8. Conclusion No mention was made of competition, beating or winning – this is our natural tendency! If both or one group became involved in competition even though no mention was made that the exercise was based on competition lines, suggest that this is our natural tendency to satisfy our ego through being superior to others, or for selfishness and greed. Ultimately this is the cause of poverty, war and oppression in the world. The Bible calls it sin!
  9. 9. Application What are some areas of your lie where you can work together for the benefit of others so that all can win?
  10. 10. Bible Studies based on the book of Jonah Only. This youth camp curriculum was designed to teach the basic truths of obedience in addition to evangelism in the context of a Biblical character. The advantage of going through a book and looking at one man's story is that we see not only the teaching but the example. It becomes much more real! Camp Curriculum - Whale of a Tale -> Tell me about “Whale of a Tale”
  11. 11. Creative Youth Ideas Camp Bible Study Series “Who Do You Say that I AM?” -> Tell me about “Who Do You Say that I AM?” Jesus asked the disciples, "Who do others say that I am?" It was easy to answer because it required no conviction, no commitment, and no risk. But then he follows that question with another, "Who do YOU say that I am?"
  12. 12. Live the Fruitful, Abundant Life Jesus Promised. Great for youth camps or weekly Youth Bible Study. There are 7 Primary Bible study Sessions in the series. -> Tell me about “Fruit Of the Spirit” Creative Youth Ideas Youth Camp Bible Study Series “Fruit Of the Spirit”
  13. 13. "The Great Adventure" is western themed Bible study series loosely based around the song of the same name by Steven Curtis Chapman. It was initially written for a large Texas Church to use for their Summer Youth Camp but has since then proven popular around the world. Camp Curriculum - The Great Adventure -> Tell me about “The Great Adventure”