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Group Programs and Ideas for Youth Group Meetings



On these pages you will find well-crafted group programs that mostly revolve around a certain theme. In the respective program descriptions included are in part games from the game collections, but you will also find additional brand new games. If you can adapt the program concepts to your requirements, or can even expand on them, then the next program ideas for your yearly program or camp program will be achievable.

Game Events - needing some preparation

  • Casino evening

    Casino evening: All players and members of staff dress in smart clothes. The room is stylishly and nobly decorated as a casino.

  • The vagabond evening

    The vagabond evening: One week beforehand all kids are told to come in ripped and in the most scruffy clothes possible.

  • Baghdad Mufti Camel Rally

    The Muftis from a suburb of Baghdad have decided to have a big camel rally event together.

  • The Scavenger Hunt

    We call them rowing regattas, chaos games or scavenger hunts. What is it actually? In short: the kids have to look for something which is specified. This might be a theme, simply an object or a number of objects.

  • Cocktail Party

    Cocktail party in the Youth Group with some games and cocktails

  • Fish and Fisherman’s Party

    A fishy evening with fishy games and questions. Have fun!

  • Indoor house game

    This group game is a mixture between a treasure hunt and scavenger hunt and is suitable for small groups (described here for groups of 5 children) and is an indoor alternative to a scavenger hunt.

  • Chocolate and Biscuits

    Build a wall made from biscuits and chocolate with brilliant tasks, you’re sure to have a tasty evening.

  • Action-Memory

    Action-Memory is a mixture of Memory, Sagaland and Cluedo and can be played with 5-10 children.

  • The lively board game

    The "lively board game" is a combination of dice games, movement games, action games and a quiz.

  • The train game: „On the old railroad“

    The boys must find “gold” and “coal” hidden within the house (hide enough at the beginning of the game or keep hiding new supplies during the “train stations games”). They can buy “railway tracks” with this.

  • Break in

    This is a cooperation game for a small group with max. 8-10 players.

  • High point: A crazy evening

    It is a crazy evening. The aim is to find out who the craziest boys are.

  • The ultimate winter beach party

    Everyone receives a written invitation for entry to the party: A list of requirements is given (e.g. Hawaiian shirt, bathing suit, shorts, flip flops, beach mat, diving mask, beach hat, sunglasses)

  • Hawaii beach party

    In winter: The room should be decorated for summer with sun, beach, Caribbean palms, sand, deck chairs, straw mats etc.

  • Indoor Football Games

    Games based on football themes but all games are indoor games.

  • Trailer trash evening

    Trailer trash evening: some situations („Bring me a beer!“), some games (burping performance and others)

  • Bird flu ahoy

    Bird flu ahoy - group games around bird flu, chickens and eggs

  • Toilet Rally Games

    The games involving toilets, toilet paper, farting and other themes can be varied. A little bit crazy.

  • Sporty evening

    Management through socio-cultural dynamics

  • “Youth Research”

    Youth Research: The motto of the whole evening is: What happens when...? This motto is presented with different experiments and presentations.

  • Safari Games

    20 crazy action games in the jungle

  • Hard nuts – an evening with nuts

    When the nuts and almonds are ripe in autumn, you can easily turn them into a group session with nuts, almonds and even chestnuts.

  • A new year begins…

    The kids are welcomed to the first group session of the year. You can make reference to the previous year as well as coming year.

  • 2nd Life

    Second Life: The aim of the game is to achieve fame, wealth and to gain honour.

  • Harry Potter Day

    On the Harry Potter Day the children will be transported into a fantasy world which should be similar to the world in which „Harry Potter“ lives.

  • Parachute Cloth Olympics

    Cloth Olympics with various blankets, cloth, bed sheets or a parachute.

  • Vivaldis Four Seasons

    Vivaldis Four Seasons: some parachute games. The respective music is played for the individual seasons/games. The players try to incorporate the melody and rhythm in the game with the cloth / parachute.

  • Bremen Town Musicians

    A fairytale evening: fantastic and exciting. Of course you are able to change some elements. After each game another part of the fairytale is read out.

  • Themed day: fairytales

    Themed day: fairytales: The obstacle course has 10 stations. If there are 5 groups a group can begin at each second station.

  • Godfathers and Mafiosi unite

    The entire evening should be set up in Mafia style. Each participant and the group leaders should dress like Mafia; in such a way that you can see from afar that this can only be the Mafia i.e. dark sunglasses, dark baggy (because of the holster) jacket and a Mafia hat.

  • A day in “Villa Villekulla “

    As a basis for the following games one can use the theme of ‘Pippi Long-stockings’ or ‘Villa Villekulla’.

  • “60 small Friendship makers”

    Here you will find predominantly short games and tasks that are wonderful for a games evening or to end a day of recreation.

  • Winter-Beach party

    A winter beach party in the group hall. Set up the evening as if it were peak summertime.

  • Battle of the sexes

    A games evening in the form of a show; battle of the sexes – boys against girls, girls against boys.

  • Games all about the apple

    In autumn during the apple harvest, an evening of apple-related games.

  • On the Farm

    The room is decorated with various animals and balls of straw, and games that match the themes of the ‘Farm yard and animals’ are played on the farm.

  • The Italian Evening

    The Italian evening is suitable for before of after the holidays.

  • Super-agent training evening

    A games evening centred on James Bond, agents and exciting agent training.

  • To Blox-Mountain with Witch Lilofee

    A games evening in autumn with a theme of witches, magic and Walpurgis Night

  • The Olympic Socks Game

    The Olympic Socks Games: A games evening with socks and tights: only suitable for old socks because some of them won’t survive this evening.

  • The Trash Evening

    Trash can be used to play games, to design instruments or make costumes. You can find everything you need at a recycling centre. Or you can collect everything that might be useful.

  • The War of Colours

    This game is principally a water fight - but just principally. After all, there are a few elements added to make the game a bit more interesting and demanding.

  • Clever running game

    Clever running game: skills, speed, creativity, problem solution techniques are required and promoted.

  • Getting to know you games

    Getting to know you games and surprise games: with and without Kinder eggs

Game Shows

  • Ice Breaker Show

    With the show the ‘ice’ should be broken (primarily on the first evening) i.e. the children should get to know one another and the leaders better. In doing so, above anything else, inhibitions should be reduced.

  • Macho-‘Carnival’ games

    A macho-like games evening during the carnival all about Macho. Who is the coolest Macho?

  • Ludo

    A game for 16 players; which is based on Ludo.

  • Will he do it, or won't he?

    A volunteer from each group goes out of the room. The group explains what the volunteer has to do. The group then has to guess whether he would do it or not.

  • Pizza Show

    Pizza Show: spectacular evening show for children and youth groups in which a pair of candidates have a chance at the main prize at the end such as an invitation to the local pizzeria instead of eating in camp.

  • Typical woman | Typical man

    Typical woman or typical man: let the kids to think about what makes a typical man or a typical woman and try to show this with photographs.

  • Gladiator games

    In this gladiator game used as a group game, 4 teams fight against each other.

  • Hollywood-Evening

    The aim of this evening is to get to know the world of film (talk of Hollywood) more closely. Who doesn’t dream of becoming of a big film star, and one day shooting a film in Hollywood or becoming the director? This evening is the first step in the direction of becoming a “Film Star” of the ‘big screen’, and the ‘Oscars’.

  • ‘Top model’ search

    This game or these games are based on the well known TV- show e.g. ‘Germany’s next Top Model’ (Pro 7), and are ideal if the youth groups are predominantly comprised of girls.

Station Games

  • Game of life

    Game of life gives you the chance to go through a whole life in one day. At each station you are confronted with different life situations, where you have to make a decision. It is important to know that all your decisions have consequences for your “life”.

  • Roman games

    Roman games: A Roman afternoon (game afternoon) for approx. 100 children

  • The settlers

    The basic principle of this settlers game is a station run.

  • Treasure hunt for a children’s birthday party

    We are the wild pirates and are being followed by soldiers for our terrible deeds. A whirlwind took hold of our ship, lifted it from the sea and carried it across space and time to this place. We are stranded and have landed in the middle of Wangener woods. The ship is damaged, the booty is heavy and the soldiers were close. We could not take everything with us. We buried the treasure - you can look for it - it is still there to this day!"

  • Nicholas has a problem

    Games centred on St. Nicholas (Santa Claus). Help Santa Claus so that the Christmas celebrations are not cancelled.

  • FANTASY GAME: Christmas is cancelled!

    What a shock... the radio and television stations have not been talking about anything else for days now. The whole world is holding it’s breath. What has happened? Father Christmas has turned to the press with an explanation. He has said that the Christmas festivities will have to be cancelled this year.

  • Outdoor Children’s birthday party

    A scavenger hunt with treasure, tasks and super adventures: exactly the right thing for an outdoor children’s birthday party for children between 6-12 years.

  • The 4 element Olympics

    The 4 element Olympics with Air – Earth – Water – Fire

  • The big race | Bike rally

    4 teams manoeuvre their way around a course with a bike through the surrounding area. On the way around the course the teams must prove their rally skills at the different stations.

  • Treasure Hunt

    The Treasure Hunt Game is focussed on activity where participants move from one point to another other. The aim of all the running around is, aside from each group obtaining the best possible score, a prize that beckons to everyone i.e. treasure.

  • The Treasure of Captain Jack Sparrow

    The unscrupulous pirate Jack Sparrow does not know where he has hidden his treasure. Because of his forgetfulness he made a map to find the treasure. Jack Sparrow has cut the map into pieces, and has distributed the pieces to his seafaring mates.

  • Discovery in the forest

    For the entire forest game approximately 2 hours need to be factored in. Choose suitable spots for the activity stations before hand e.g. stations 5 +9 need spots where many fir/ pine cones can be found.

  • Harvest rally

    An evening based around Thanksgiving with nice games and creative tasks.

  • The Labyrinth of Doom

    The Labyrinth of Doom: Before the beginning, the respective players are blindfolded and led to the entrance of the labyrinth.

Adventure Games - Role Plays

  • Pirate game

    Pirate game for a large group as an adventure role play

  • The difficult land purchase

    You are members of your club and on the search for a suitable place for the tents for a youth camp.

  • Asterix and Obelix

    An adventure and role play game: Asterix and Obelix and the magic potion

  • Asterix and the Romans

    Asterix and the Romans is a game that lasts the whole day. It is split into various sections starting from a chariot race, a run, the construction of a camp, the search for the druid, and finally a big evening meal.

  • Two suitcases full of bibles

    A role play evening for seminars and camps

  • The Name of the Rose

    The Name of the Rose is an exciting action packed fantasy game, with costumes, a medieval atmosphere and no losers.

  • Welcome to Smurf Village

    Because of the magic all Smurfs have become egoistic and do not help each other anymore. The problem is that that they need each other. And so they can not solve their daily problems. The Smurfs become sad and argumentative.

  • Murder in Bostrak

    The director tells all those present that somebody was killed in this palace and that they have to solve this crime.

  • The Greeks and the Temple of Athen

    The aim of the game and the group’s job is to find the Greek treasure and to earn enough money for the renovation or new build of Jupiter’s temple.

  • The Secret Castle Dungeon

    This game can be played by small and big groups. For each station you need sufficient leaders to play the roles of the castle residents.

  • Outdoor Adventure games - Samurai camp

    Outdoor Adventure games - Samurai game: an organised army of Ninjas has been observed. Ninjas are in actual fact lone warriors. There must be one/several people pulling the strings and organising them. The children go off to investigate.

Ready set theme nights

  • Banana Joe | An evening with bananas

    Games and ideas with bananas. A theme evening with a message for young people.

  • Feelings and Emotions

    The aim of this evening is make the children aware of the feelings they experience and to help them keep their feelings under control.

  • The large black book

    We present the bible to the kids, try to find out what they already know and show them how the bible is still relevant to our lives today. This happens with games, quizzes and "talks".

  • Ideas for valentines day

    This chapter deals with games and events which all have something to do with the subject of love and romance. In preparation for this session, you could send each visitor a valentines card with the details about the session.

  • The opening gala for the football World Cup

    An evening with lots of games from different countries all surrounding the football world cup and the possibility for an evangelical message.

Quiz Games and Shows

  • Jeopardy

    This quiz game is based on the famous TV show „Jeopardy“. Two teams play against each other.

  • Bingo-Quiz

    Bingo-Quiz is a cross between a game of bingo and a quiz with certain categories and is a game for two teams

  • Bible quiz

    Bible quiz: 100 biblical quiz questions with 4 difficulty levels

  • Grand prix

    Grand prix: Questions, questions, questions

  • Ministrants-Outburst

    In the game “Outburst” the aim is to find the 5 words listed below when the clue/keyword is called out. 2 groups play against each other.

  • Who is who?

    Pieces of paper with biblical scenes are stuck to trees or spread out in the rooms. They must find out who is pictured and note down their name next to relevant letter on the answer sheet.

  • Easter egg hunt and quiz game

    Easter egg hunt and quiz game: Different coloured paper eggs with tasks and quiz questions are hidden in the playing area. These eggs must be found and the tasks must be performed or the questions answered.

  • Multi Media Rally

    Multi Media Rally: Action packed group game, in which the aim is to compile a 14 digit telephone number in the shortest possible time.

  • Mister X

    A brilliant group game played over a period of time. Detective groups search for the ominous Mister X.

  • Bridge Game

    You need: a game plan, questions (and a few replacement questions), pencils in different colours. Target: for each field they get one point. However: if three fields are connected (a bridge) you get five extra points.

Terrain and City Games

  • Nomad game

    Nomad game with camels, sheikhs and many fun

  • The Hulaboing - Expedition

    The expedition teams must collect as much Hulaboing as possible. This is a mysterious Extreme- Survival-Food and a dream for every survival fan.

  • Night time game

    In this night time game, the following goals are the main priorities: Fair play, no violence, knightly and honourable play, team work (extinguishing a fire together, solving questions and tactics)

  • Colonising the Wild West

    Colonising the Wild West: Boy’s brigade day, town game or terrain game

  • The Final Countdown

    This terrain game "The Final Countdown" is a game which has been superbly developed by a ministrant group from Austria. Contents: A bomb is hidden in the quarter. With the help of the "Special Forces" (=armed forces =members of staff) it must be located and defused.

  • The Final Countdown (Variation)

    This entry was sent in and is a variation on the original version of the daytime terrain game - The Final Countdown.

  • Star Trek terrain game

    This Star Trek terrain game was played with 400 boy scouts.

  • Discharge papers

    Salvation was a central theme in the middle ages. The people in those days were scared of purgatory and hell and did their best to make sure they would not land there.

  • Gruesome game and detective game

    Gruesome game and detective game: Viktor Frankenstein wants to create the perfect human from dead body parts. Eight people disappear without a trace in a small village in Denmark.

  • Christian pursuit in old Rome

    The holy house of the early Christians (a cave or grotto) has been discovered by the Romans and robbed. The problem is that they want to celebrate a holy mass on that evening.

  • Persecution of Christians

    The Christians must always keep themselves hidden and must provide the community with supplies.

  • Battle of the Gideon

    This is a adventure game based on the story of the calling of Gideon

  • Detection

    The kids are now told that they will be split into teams. They will be trained up as detectives at the police academy.

  • Pirate game

    Outdoor terrain game: Island natives and pirates

  • The plague animomasti

    The plague animomasti is a horror-action scenario for a creepy evening program

  • The skirmish in 2 PACt Land

    The skirmish in 2 PACt Land: The title is just a play on words! It is based on the role play game for PC, “Heroes”! Several weeks of work were put into this program and it was a complete success but very complex!

  • Golden Eye

    The aim is to find as many eggs (painted stones) as possible. Each child who goes on the egg hunt needs a number which is attached to their back.

  • Royal night time game

    This is a smuggling game at night with glow sticks, soldiers, a king and queen, smugglers and a kingdom which should become larger.

  • Terrain game: The wild wood

    The wild wood“ by Tonke Dragt. Different knight games were integrated into this story.

  • Biblical adventure game

    Biblical adventure game based on “A dead girl and a sick woman”

  • Terrain game – cathedral building

    We find ourselves in the middle ages, to be more precise, we find ourselves in Northern Italy. There has been a heavy earthquake in Assisi and elsewhere and many towns have been destroyed.

  • Art thieves in Art City

    Several art thieves have robbed the town’s art museum and have stolen the pictures of various artists.

  • The big Mafia family meeting

    Four Mafia families rival for supremacy in Liguria. Each of the families holds the monopoly on an illegal commodity: Counterfeit money, drugs, weapons or liquor.

  • Agent 00X

    Since his last mission in a fight against a Mafia clan, 007 is missing without a trace and cannot be found.

  • Chestnuts – an outdoor terrain game

    Chestnuts – an outdoor terrain game for autumn. The aim of the game is to collect as many gold shaving (wood chips) in Bucket as possible.

  • Island in the Sun

    We are on board of a huge sailing ship, background noise (A sinking ship from an mp3 track, the volume at full blast), the timberwork creaks violently and the storm rages. We hit a reef, the ship sinks and we have to save ourselves with our last ounce of strength.

  • Agent game

    Someone has stolen uranium from a nuclear reactor. Uranium is a basic product for the construction of an atomic bomb. The goal ist: Catch the smuggler of the uranium and bring it back to safety; expose other groups.

  • Strategy

    The classic among outdoor games: strategy, movement and group battle together.

  • Where is Professor Clueless?

    “Where is Professor Clueless” is game that deals with speed, fair play, skill and patience. The age of the players may not be too young because they may need to run around the village/town alone. The more players there, the more fun the game is.

Other Programs and Ideas

  • The murder game

    The interesting thing about this murder game is that it can be played over a number of days.

  • Iron Man

    The group is presented with 3 areas of discipline from which they must choose 2, which means that 1 area of discipline can be de-elected or the worst area can be crossed of by the leader at the end. Then they would be tested and judged in all three categories.

  • World trip

    The groups must make money to finance the world trip. A little profit should also be made. The game is lost when the world trip can no longer be paid for.

  • Detective games for a children’s birthday party

    This detective game was sent in and it was played and tested at a children’s birthday party with approx. 10 children (approx. 7 years old).

  • Large group game – The Connecting Game

    Large group game – The Connecting Game. We played this game within different youth camps afternoons with between 200 and 2000 participants.

  • Time travel

    Imagine that you on a journey back in time and you land in the stone ages on a village square with lots of people. You walk around, do not touch anyone but just look around carefully....

  • Gym exercises with a rope

    „Red Beard the pirate is looking for a new crew“. Some gym exercises with a rope – not just for the sport hour.

  • The world trip through the woods

    Games out in the open using nature and natural materials are always a hit and an afternoon in the woods, in nature is exciting.

  • Election Day

    Elections are pending. Different parties apply for the position; they present their election manifesto and hold a press conference.

  • Hut Construction

    In the context of a work group or a club i.e. within an extended session, build a hut in the forest

  • Camp Tower

    Camp towers are camp attractions. An approx. 6-15m high camp tower can be built from long wooden poles in 1-2 days. Building such a tower is not always a safe thing to do and requires special attention throughout the camp period.

  • Baking and Cooking

    Baking and Cooking with the youths

  • Christmas bakery

    During the Advent season a feature point of the schedule is the „Christmas Bakery”. These are just a few suggestions of many more ideas. Basler Leckerli is one of my favourite biscuit types to make during Christmas.

  • The Red Indian (sports hall) game

    The Red Indian (sports hall) game is a catching game for the sports hall or for outdoors.

  • Such a drama

    Each drama team receives a tale and the genre, music, 3 terms and some objects which match their subject matter.

  • Show-off games

    The game leader gives out a task. He now gives the player 4 choices about how well they will perform the task.

  • Carnival party

    Carnival party: It is very important that everybody wears a costume. Olympic Games and other ideas.

  • Survival Day

    A survival training course is perfect as a 24 hour programme during a camp. An initial tip for all “real survivors“: do not take everything too seriously!

  • James Bond & I

    James Bond training course: Here are a few ideas for a theme day or a camp. This is a game involving Secret Services, Agents and those who would like to be

  • Rosette Picture (Subject- Collage)

    Using the rosette picture as a collage, a specific subject can be taken up and highlighted. The picture can be used as an introduction to this subject.

  • Tchoukball

    With Tschouko the ‘throwing’ team receives a point if the opposing team fails to catch the rebounding ball before it touches the floor.

  • Kubb

    Kubb is an old, Scandinavian team game played by the Vikings

  • Connect 4

    Connect 4- making- and Games evening. First the game is made, following this a tournament is started

  • Group-ludo-game

    well known board game “Ludo” played differently.

  • Shuffleboard

    Make a shuffle board yourself; using it to play in tournaments.

  • The Great Pirate Ship Battles

    Three opposing teams have two hours to build a raft. In the end, the great pirate battle will take place on a lake.

  • Hunting Ducks - Duck hunting

    In this adventure game is about to hunt as much as possible ducks. That is the primary task. However, to win, it is important that you caught the same ducks at least 6 times.

  • Harry Potter Sport Games

    This group meeting as Harry Potter Games should be held in a sports hall. The youth workers dress up like the teachers of Hogwarts (cape etc.).

  • Stratego memory

    The basic structure of the game leans heavily on Stratego. After the game starts, both teams swarm out. If two opposing players meet and touch each other, they have to show their cards to one another. The card with the higher letters (A = the greatest value; Z = lowest) beats the lower card.

  • Youth Fire Brigade Gaming Night

    This game night is not only suitable for the young firefighters but also for fire enthusiasts, as a birthday party or the like.

  • Halloween Game Night

    To make a real Halloween night, it requires the appropriate clothing and decoration. Thus, the children should be asked to dress up as witches in advance, Dracula, ghosts and so on. The space should be pre-decorated.

  • Skiing games without snow

    This group session is for an ordinary day on the slopes, however, without snow and cold, but with quite a lot of games, a lot of fun and a lot of action.

  • My partner can

    The group lesson "My partner can…." is based on the show with almost the same name "Mein Mann kann" (“My man can”). However, children do not play with casino chips, but with sweets, which then are also their profit.

  • Youth group water games on dry land

    Youth group water games on dry land - funny games for a gaming night with your youth group.

  • In- or outdoor games: 50 Missions

    50 Game Missions as Indoor or Outdoor Games. The implementation of the 50-missions-game is suitable for 80 participants aged 5-70 years.

  • Extreme Activity

    Extreme Activity is a Prosieben (Pro- Seven) Show that aired on television regularly. The objective is that you guess as many as possible terms for your group. Alternately, always one of the group comes forward and draws or explains the terms using words or pantomime.

  • Phase 10th Games

    This game is based on the popular card game Phase 10th. There are 10 stations. At each station, several games are prepared. IF you can’t resolve one station, you have to go back one station. Ie, if you do not make the 3rd station, you need to go back to station 2.

  • Water games based on the "Game of World Records."

    The young people fight in five teams against each other. The groups will be established with the help of colourful water balloons. In each team contains 5 young people.

  • Beach Party without a beach

    These beach party games were played with 90 children.


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