We've gathered together numerous resources for ice-breaker games, youth activities, weekend schedules, and promotional materials to aid youth groups in leading OAFC Training Weekends.
Ice-Breaker Games & Activities
Most Common OAFC Ice-Breakers:
For weekends, we'd go around the circle and say name, age, hometown, etc. and one other thing in some category, i.e. favorite ice cream, favorite bible character, what you had for breakfast, or a food that you like that starts with the same letter as a your first name or something similar. We'd also often have the next person or the person across the circle repeat that person and then add their own. That is really just to get names out there. Then we move to the excitement, almost always "Who's your neighbor?" I feel this is the best game to get to know a lot of names fast and most people seem to have fun with it.
Who's Your Neighbor:
This is a good game for getting to know names while having fun.
1 Person in the middle of a circle of chairs the number of individuals present, minus one for the person in the middle, calls upon people, "Who's your neighbor?" The person called upon must give the names of the person on their right and left. If they cannot do this in a 10 (ten) count, that individual goes to the middle.
If they can give the names of both, the person in the middle asks, "Do you like your neighbor?" If they say, "Yes," the person in the middle must find another person to ask. If they say, "No," they are asked, "What kind of neighbor would you like?" and they supply a characteristic (like, "who wear blue suede shoes"). Those to the right and left of that person must get up and move to a different chair and all who share the characteristic requested must get up and move to a seat at least 2 chairs over. The person in the middle also seeks to find a seat. If, rather than "yes," or "no," they say, "maybe" then everyone in the circle must get up and find another seat. The person remaining in the middle without a seat now chooses the next person to call upon.
Going on a Picnic:
This is a good game for learning names that isn't as active as Who's Your Neighbor.
One person begins by saying, "I'm (say your name) and I'm bringing..." and they say an item with the same first letter as their name (e.g., "I'm Matthew and I'm bringing Mustard"). The next person repeats his neighbor's name and item and then says his/her own,(e.g., "This is Matthew and he's bringing Mustard, and I'm Kevin and I'm bringing Kumquats") all around the circle until the first person repeats all of the names and items to conclude the game.
Have You Ever...:
This is a good game for getting to know about people who's names you already know.
As with "Who's Your Neighbor?" the group sits in a circle with equal chairs and participants minus one with one person in the middle. The person in the middle considers something they have done and then asks the group, "Have you ever...?" (e.g., "Have you ever been overseas?"). All who have done this and the person in the middle must move to find a new seat at least 2 seats over. The one who doesn't find a seat is in the middle. Repeat.
Never Have I Ever...:
Variant on "Have You Ever" but instead of something you have done, you say something you've never done and anyone who has must get up and try to find a chair.
Slap, Slap, Snap, Snap
This is a fun and challenging name game.
You slap your right leg then you slap your left leg. Then you snap your right hand and snap your left hand in a little rhythm. slap slap snap snap slap slap snap snap. There is a King or Queen who is the rhythm starter who has to be followed by the rest of the group. The first one on the Throne usually starts fairly slow and is an experienced ambassador thus allowing for difficult to dethrone and also allowing for youth to catch on to the game. Every time the person on the throne starts they say their name on the first snap with their right hand. Then they say someone elses name with the snap on their left hand. So like slap slap Mark, Ben . This then passes the game on to Ben. Who also tries to say the names on the snaps. So for example slap slap Ben Katherine. Here is the twist. If the person messes up and does not say the names on the snaps they get up and move to the beginning chair to the right of the King on the throne. Also if Ben were to mess up and say slap slap Kim, Ben, then he also would have to give up his chair and go back to the beginning. After the person leaves their chair moving to the 1st chair all other people between the empty chair and 1st chair move one to the right to fill the empty chair.
Outreach & Promotional Resources
Conference Exhibit Table Example