Stretch & Twist

As camp time gets ever closer (wasn’t it just yesterday that we had closing ceremonies?) it’s time to jumpstart camp and get the ideas flowing.

Continuing from last month’s column, and the January Programming Ideas article, here are some more ideas to get campers and staff going for the season.

Keep sending your ideas into Camp Business so that we can share them and give every camp great ideas. What comes around goes around! See “You Don’t Say! (link below) for another great icebreaker from Chuck Rowe, Territorial Boys Work, Camping, and Community Center Consultant Central Territory, The Salvation Army. Thanks, Chuck!

Related Article: You Dont Say!

Stretching

General stretching: Just stretch! Starting from the toes and working your way to the head is usually a good idea. Do not roll the head all the way around –- just side-to-side.

Stretch Wave: Instructor starts with a stretch, then the person next to them stretches in the same manner, then the next, and so on, creating a wave of sorts. When the stretch returns to the instructor, the person next to them tries a new stretch and the madness continues.

Animal Stretch: Pick you favorite animal… How do they stretch? Now simulate. Everyone can take turns!

Stretch Twister: In pairs, play a game of stretch twister. Pick appropriate parts of your body for the pairs to link up with. Examples include elbow-to-elbow, toe-to-toe, hip-to-hip, hip to elbow, toe to hand… you get the idea.

Story Stretch: Make up a story, and stretch to it; simple as that. For example, “I woke up this morning and reached for the remote” (simulate reaching for the remote), then the stretch and story is taken over by someone new.

Stork Stretch: Stand in a circle. While holding the shoulder of the friend next to you, lift you right leg and place it on the thigh of the person next to you. Now try your left.

Mirror Stretch: Stand face to face. Choose one person to be the mirror, and one to be the “real” person. Now pick a situation (like waking up in the morning or going to the store) and mirror each other. Switch roles.

Competition Stretch: Toe to toe, palm to palm. Using slow moves, one tries to “stretch” the other off balance. When a person moves their foot, the game is over.

Jump This (invisible jump rope): Using your imagination, have your group jump rope! Now get creative and have two people swing the rope and two jumping. How about the whole group? Have fun.

Flip Stretch (twist the arms): Standing back to back, holding hands, bring one side of your hands over your head, take your other pair inside the hands that are swinging over your head, then with the original hands, touch your toes. Repeat with the other side. I hope you watched this one!

Toe Touch Stretch: Standing shoulder-to-shoulder, toe-to-toe, approximately shoulder width apart, raise your right hand. Wave to the person across the circle. Now bend over and touch the left toe of the person to your right. Now try the right toe of the person on the right. Make some fun grunting sounds! Now repeat with the person on your left.

The Sunflower Stretch: Simulating the growth of a sunflower from when it was just a seed, start in a ball on the ground, now work your way to a standing position with your arms extended to the sun. Do this slowly in a “yoga” style.

Champagne Stretch: Start with the corkscrew. Use you imagination (please be appropriate). Now simulate the bubbles. And POP!!! Bubble over the edge. Use partners for added fun.

Counterbalance: Pair up. Holding hands, face-to-face, toe-to-toe, counter each other’s weight to a sitting position. Now try to get back up. Please keep safety in mind. Try back-to-back by linking arms and going to the ground to your bottom. Try to get back up. Have one pair find another pair for four. Four find four and so on.

Name Activities

Name Twist: Stand in two even groups forming two circles, one facing out, one facing in (looks like a two ring bullseye).

Introduce yourselves, and talk about a topic of the facilitator’s choosing. When done, the outside group twists one person to the left, introduces themselves and talks about a different topic. Continue until all people are visited.

Name Exchange: Start by greeting someone in your group (“Hello, my name is Joe,” “Hello, my name is Sue”). Now Joe is Sue and Sue is Joe, they go to greet another new person and exchange names with them. The goal is to find your original name. Once you have found your name, remove yourself from the chaos!

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