Saturday, 03 May 2003 12:00

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Assign as many stations as games and leaders available. Put one game at each station and "tweak it" as to create an aggressive 4 minute point earning encounter. Ex. Guesstures: everyone takes a turn acting an item from a card. You get 1 point for a correct answer and minus 2 for a pass. Jenga: as soon as a team arrives at the station they must erect the tower. then each person takes a turn at pulling a piece out. 1 point for each piece taken out, minus 5 for knocking the tower over. (You have to figure out how to score each station w/ each game. Make it your own) Break group into even numbered teams. each team starts at one station, then has 4 minutes to accumulate as many points as possible. at 4 minutes a timekeeper yells, "Switch!!!" then they must move to next station. when all the teams have done each station, you add up all the points from each station and then you have your winner. It involves some set-up work, but once the game is going everyone has a great time. KEYS: "Don't lose time in between stations, your next 4 minutes starts at "Switch" / "Get to the next station quick and quiet so that the station can be explained to you as quick as possible" "Don't be to loud or another team may eavesdrop some answers from you". This was a game i started doing on retreats, but have found that you can do it anywhere and add or subtract different stations as you want. For example, once i had a stillness & silence station where for 4 minutes the group had to sit completely still and silent while the station leader yelled screamed, picked his nose to try and get them to move. the team started with 20 points in the beginning and then lost a point each time someone moved or laughed. You can put in a bigger station like a free throw station if you have the equipment. OTHER GAMES USED: Scrabble: Take a handful of scrabble letters, each group gets point for words formed of 3 letters or more with bonus for bigger words. Bunko: Get a handful of dice, each person takes a turn rolling until 4 minutes is up, i point for each 5 rolled, bonus for four 5's rolled etc. the list goes on and on, that's the great thing about it, there all the room you could want to make it how you want it to look.

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