Summer Staff Icebreakers

Continue until everyone has “screamed” their way to the sidelines where they can spend a few minutes introducing themselves.

Intensive High-Fives

The entire group greets each other in a progressively enthusiastic style in four stages:

1. Simply look at someone, shake his or her hand, and introduce yourself. Do this with three people.

2. This time, greet the same three people (in any order) with a high-five. Be sure to introduce each other again.

3. Greet the same three people as if they were your best friends in high school whom you haven’t seen in a while.

4. Greet those same three people as if they were your best friends in high school and you just learned they won the Mega Million lottery.

It’s surprising how the energy in the room escalates with each greeting.

While we all know lasting friendships are made among summer staff, those first few days of orientation can be uneasy for newcomers. A few of these icebreakers help everyone laugh and feel comfortable working together.

Silvana Clark has over 20 years experience helping thousands of children create arts and crafts projects. She presents keynotes and workshops on a variety of recreation-related subjects. She can be reached at (615) 662-7432 or via e-mail at

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