The Orthodox Olympics (13 +) (top)
Introduction: This game was developed by the college students of UC Berkeley for the first annual West Coast OCF College Conference held December 27 through 31, 2001 at St. Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, California. For pictures of it in progress go to the 2001 Event Galleries on http://yya.oca.org.
Note: As written, the game lasts about 20 minutes. To prolong the game create more stations.
Ribbons for each team (usually strips of different color fabric), Jump Rope,
small weights, blind folds, sheet with all stations.
Preparation: Each team needs a distinguishing “ribbon” to use as ID when going to the different stations. People are assigned to organize and lead each station. Each team is assigned there 1st station, Teams gather at the “starting line” and are given the rules.
Objective: Teams must be the first to gather all 7 ribbons, by completing seven teamwork-emphasizing tasks. Each team starts at the designated activity for your team. The starting point and finishing point are (name a place). After completing this first activity, you can proceed in any order. The first team to complete all challenges, obtaining all seven of their ribbons, and to reach the finish line first wins.
1. Your team must
complete the first station it is assigned BEFORE continuing. After this first
challenge is completed, the team is free to skip around, but be aware that
you may have to wait for another team to finish the activity if they arrived
first, depending on how many groups can be accommodated at a time at a particular
2. Everyone must be present at every station; the team cannot split up
3. There will be facilitators at each station to ensure the rules aren’t broken
4. You must ONLY take your own ribbon (honor system)
(You will want to alter these to fit your circumstances. Be sure to include
the location on the Stations sheet.)
1. “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven” Luke 6:23
- Location: Second red bridge (patio near the lower dorms)
It’s time to rejoice and be merry by literally leaping. Let’s jump some rope! Everyone in the team, who is not turning, must jump simultaneously 5 jumps. Two people from your team must swing the rope while everyone else jumps, in order to earn their ribbon from this station.
everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the
door will be opened” Matthew 7:8
- Location: Cafeteria (back entrance)
This one simple enough. Seek and you shall find. Follow the clues and find your ribbon.
Start at the X at the back door of the cafeteria. Walk approximately 22 steps forward to find the next clue, look behind you.
and I will make you fishers of men” Mark 1:17
- Location: Swimming pool
Christ made fishers of men. Following in his image, we too will become fishers, but not quite the same way. The flags are at the bottom of the pool, attached to a weight. You must work together given the resources available, or any feasible means to get your flag. Better hurry, time is ticking!
the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble,
he will not fail, for the Lord upholds him with his hand” Psalm 37:18
- Location: Room 10, Lower Dorms
God lifts us with his hands and does not let go. In this challenge, you can’t let go either. Your team, under facilitation, is arranged in a human knot and must get free in order to take the flag. Players form a close circle. Then everybody reaches out and holds tow other people’s hands. Now, try to untangle the “knot” without letting go. You may have to climb over arms or crawl under arms.
god is not a God of disorder” 1 Corinthians 14:3
- Location: St. Peter’s meeting room
Even though God is organized, as imperfect humans it’s often easy for us to confused in our lives. Even “dizzy” in the faith. Your team is lined up. Taking turns, a member goes to the baseball bat and spins around ten times, then must run the path indicated by the facilitator, and then straight back to tag the next team member. The flag is earned once each member has completed the course.
I, by your great mercy, will come into your house; in reverence will I bow
down toward your holy temple” Psalm 5:7
- Location: On the road to the Barn
Bow down to the Lord! Well, not exactly, more like bend back in praise. Each team member must get under the limbo stick (or rope). The catch (there is always a catch) is that as each of your team members passes, the stick is lowered. Once one team member hits the bar, you have to start all over again.
them; They are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall
into a pit” Matthew 15:11
- Location: Covered picnic area next to parking lot
This time, you
can be the eyes for your disadvantaged teammate. One team member is blindfolded
and spun around by the facilitator. The team must guide the blinded member
to the hidden flag. Only one person can speak at a time. You are only allowed
to use the words “hot” and “cold”. If it is taking too
long, you can start over with a new blind folded person, but the flag will
be re-hidden. You are not allowed to lead or guide your blind teammate through
touch, only verbal help can be offered.
Trust (For all ages) (top)
This game usually works well after your participants and staff have been together long enough to get to know each other’s names, and to develop some sense of belonging to the camp. This is especially true of the youngest participants. Make sure at least one of their supervisors is on each team with the youngest ones.
The set up: 4 poles or sticks, or anything that allows you to tie a rope higher than the waist of the tallest person participating.
The goal of the game is to have each team have to work together and form a plan to get their whole team over the rope or the poles in anyway without touching them. If they touch the rope/poles the entire team must start over. This will require them to trust one another since they will have to carry, haul, and push each other over the rope/poles. The participants will notice that it is pretty easy at the beginning of the game, but gets harder as the older kids have to get over. This is where the excitement begins.
*A few notes: