Bonkers – Best Youth Camp Game Ever!

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Bonkers - Best Youth Group Camp Game Ever!
Bonkers - Best Youth Group Camp Game Ever!
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I haven’t posted in awhile so I thought I better make this a good one.

I have been involved in our Diocesan summer camp now for about 14 years.  As a youth, a volunteer, and now the coordinator of the camp, this is always the favorite.

What You Need

This game only works with a larger group of people.  We have about 80-100 youth and about 30 counselors.  You could have less (or more), but would need to adjust a few things.  As I explain the game, keep in mind the numbers we had.

As far as supplies, your basic supplies would be:

  • Bandanas – 10 of two different colors (we use red and blue)
  • 10 Long Socks
  • Flour
  • Markers
  • Different Colored Yarn

Those are the basic supplies, but you will also need supplies for several stations.

How The Game Is Played

There are several stations that each of the youth must try to complete.  They get a string tied to their wrist every time they complete a station.  We would have 12 stations.  One person at a time can try to complete each station.  Each station can also form a line of up to three people waiting to do the station.  If you have 100 youth this would mean that about 1/2 of the youth are at a station and the other half are trying to find one that is available.

While all of that is going on, there are Bonkers (wearing red bandanas) running around trying to hit the youth with a sock filled with flour.  The youth working at the station and the three in line are safe.  Everyone else can be bonked. If you are bonked, the bonker will mark your arm with a marker and you are frozen until a medic (wearing blue bandanas) comes and saves you.  They will turn your mark in to a cross and you will be free to run again.

The game is played over a large field, with plenty of room to run around and is played for a set amount of time.

You count up points by adding all of the strings up and subtracting the number of bonks.

Other Helpful Hints

  • We had about 10 bonkers and about 8 medics each time we played.
  • Bonkers are not allowed to throw the sock at youth while they are running to get them.
  • Make the stations fun but not necessarily easy.
  • If possible have one person running the station and another tieing string on the the wrists of the youth.
  • Use a permanent marker so it is harder to wash off during the game.
  • Youth are only allowed to complete each station once.

What Types of Stations To Use?

Here is a list of some ideas for stations that you can use:

  1. Spin around a bat 10 times and shoot a finger dart at a rock
  2. Drink 2 glasses of water
  3. Catholic Apologetics (answer questions about the faith)
  4. Count to 100
  5. Balance a glass of water on your head and walk from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’
  6. Change in to one set of clothes, run to one end, change in to another set of clothes and run back.
  7. Name 5 counselors
  8. Talk for 30 seconds without saying the words ‘Like, Umm, or Hmm..’
  9. Tell a joke
  10. Carry 10 bats from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ and back all at once without dropping any
  11. Blow up a balloon, tie it, and sit on it to pop it.
  12. Take a piece of gum and blow a bubble
  13. Find a verse in the bible
  14. Make a paper airplane and have it land in a certain area
  15. (two people) Do the wheel barrel with each other from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’