Summer Youth Camp - Willow in the Wind


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Use this group building game to build community, teamwork, and trust within the group as members rely on the support of the group to prevent themselves from falling.

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Summer Youth Camp - Willow in the Wind

  1. 1. Summer Youth Camp - Willow in the Wind
  2. 2. Game Description Use this group building game to build community, teamwork, and trust within the group as members rely on the support of the group to prevent themselves from falling Game Materials Blindfold (optional)
  3. 3. Game Preparation This game requires a minimum of 8-10 persons to have an appropriate sized circle. Impress upon participants that this is not a time for joking around, but a time to be serious and inspire trust in each other. They need to be encouraging and affirming, helping to alleviate the fear associated with trusting someone else.
  4. 4. Game Play 1. Blindfold one volunteer or have them tightly shut their eyes. 2. The group of 8-12 people form a circle shoulder-to-shoulder around the blindfolded volunteer. Spacing is determined by crossing their arms across the chest, palms gripping opposite shoulders and facing toward the inside of the circle.
  5. 5. 3. The blindfolded volunteer is to then to keep a stiff back and fall backward pivoting only on the heels of the feet to allow freedom of movement. The rest of the body should be kept straight. 4. Those in the circle carefully pass the volunteer around the circle using their hands as a willow gently flexing in the wind.
  6. 6. 5. On occasion gently change the direction of the volunteer being passed around the circle. The volunteer is totally under the control of those in the circle. 6. Allow each member of the group to try being the volunteer.
  7. 7. Discussion Ideas • Trust: How did it feel be forced to rely on someone else? What fears did you have? Did you trust they would prevent you from harm? How does this relate to trusting God with our lives? • Support: In this game we have to support someone in the group. Do we as a group have an obligation to look out for each other? What are some of the ways we can support each other in our lives?
  8. 8. • Reliance: In this group, the person in the center had to rely on the group. What are some of the ways we have to rely on each other in the Christian life? Do we need each other?
  9. 9. 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”
  10. 10. 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?"
  11. 11. 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”
  12. 12. "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”