ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Family Camp Icebreaker #1

Updated on June 30, 2011

What is Family Camp?

Family Camp is a camp that has about 30 families (about 120 people) going to a camp for one week, that during other weeks in the summer, the camp is used for week-long kid's camps. Many of the families that go to this camp have been going for many years while others drop off and new families join. As a result of this mix of families we have an icebreaker event the very first night we've arrived to help people meet each other. I have organized this icebreaker event for the last few years and so will devote one hub each to each of the icebreaker events I organized. I want to share these icebreaker events because they could easily be tweaked just a little to be used for any other type of icebreaker event.

Photo Commonalities

This icebreaker has more or less everyone with a digital camera looking for one or more other people that has something in common with themselves, and then getting a different person to take their picture.

Setup

In advance of the event, prepare the commonality phrases (more examples of which can be found at the bottom of this hub). On each page printed in landscape, print in large letters the phrases and have one, two or three copies of some of the ones that would be likely to be really common. Print two phrases per page and center each one in the top half and bottom half of the page. Examples of commonality phrases could be:

  • I have one or more dogs
  • I have been to Europe
  • My first name starts with the letter 'M'

Now cut the pages in half lengthwise so that each phrase is on its own half-page. At Family Camp it is easy to divide the whole group up into sub-groups as the families are all in cabins, so I could make 12 stacks of these phrases, one for each cabin. In your icebreaker, find a way to divide your group into roughly equal groups of about ten to twelve people. Sort the phrases so that no one group has a duplicate commonality phrase.

Icebreaker Time!

  1. Instruct the groups to assign the phrases to people within their group, if there is anyone in that group who matches that phrase, they will get that one, for example, if someone in your group has 'been to Europe' and that is one of your phrases, give that phrase to that person.
  2. Next instruction is to send each person with a phrase and a digitial camera out to try to find someone who meets that phrase who is not from their own group.
  3. Once a person is found who meets that phrase, a photo is taken with the person holding the phrase so the phrase can be in the picture. If the phrase holds true for the seeking person, they should also be in the photo. For example, John is in group A and has been to Europe, this phrase is assigned to his group, he looks for someone from another group who has been to Europe, he finds Sam; John and Sam find a third person to take their photo with the two of them holding up the phrase 'has been to Europe'.
  4. As the event goes on, eventually some of these phrases end up being very popular and so larger groups of people form for whom the phrase holds true and so they are photographed all together.

Post Icebreaker

If you have a laptop available, gather up all of the camera memory cards and store all of the photos from the icebreaker together on that laptop. This allows for a slide show to be shown later on in the week of camp to let people see all of the photos that were taken. Also, the photos can be sent back to all of the campers once the week of camp is over.

Example Commonality Phrases

Keep in mind that at Family Camp we have kids as well as adults, so some of the phrases below would apply to the kids that are at camp. Also, for the names that are listed, or the people whose first name starts with ?, I had access to the list of names of the campers before camp started so I could pick the names and letters that I knew would have more than one person involved.

  • entering second grade
  • entering third grade
  • entering fourth grade
  • entering fifth grade
  • entering sixth grade
  • entering high school
  • is in highschool
  • name is Mike
  • name is Tara
  • name is Jen or Jennifer
  • name is Graham
  • name begins with 'J'
  • name begins with 'S'
  • name begins with 'R'
  • has been to California
  • has been to Europe
  • has been to Australia
  • has been to Saskatchewan
  • has been to New York City
  • has a vegetable garden
  • is a night owl
  • is an early bird
  • plays hockey
  • plays chess
  • plays piano
  • was born in Ontario
  • was born in the US
  • have more than five email addresses
  • have more than three phone numbers

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      That's a great idea if you want to have your parish be more cohesive and community minded.

    • profile image

      Robin71 

      7 years ago

      This sounds cool, I might see if we can use it for some events at our church. Thanks

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      RT, thanks for stopping by, I do hope this gives someone the idea for an ice breaker.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 

      7 years ago from the short journey

      Fun stuff in a well-done hub. Thanks for the ideas!

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Thanks Cap, it really was a terrific icebreaker when I ran it. I'll probably do it again next year as it has been quite some time since last I used it.

    • capalynn profile image

      capalynn 

      7 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Very good information, and a great way to get people to mingle who ordinarily wouldn't, especially in a large group setting such as camp.

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      RJ, yes, we have lots of fun. Thanks for the vote.

      Angie, Happy C-Day to you too, thanks for the vote.

    • angie ashbourne profile image

      angie ashbourne 

      7 years ago

      Hi! Good Hub! Vote Up! Happy Canada Day! Angie

    • Reynold Jay profile image

      Reynold Jay 

      7 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      A great icebreaker. It sounds like you have a lot of fun with the famliy camp. I've never heard of anything like it. Wonderful and up one too.

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      7 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Thanks for the vote, I hope this Icebreaker gets used by someone other than my camp by someone who reads this hub.

    • mattdigiulio profile image

      mattdigiulio 

      7 years ago

      Phil, thanks for the info. I remember my nephews went to a 4H camp that was used similarly at different points of the summer. Sounds like a lot of people, but a good time. voting up.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)