Photo night

3 stars

Split into groups of 4-5 (make sure there's one leader in each group), and give each group a camera (or they can use their phones if they want). 

Draw up a list of things / objects / situations they need to try to capture on film.  Be creative with the list - make sure you include some simple tasks, but also some trickier things to find (or do). 

Allocate points to each item depending on the difficuty.

For example: 

Points Photo of...
10 A red four wheel drive
20 Members of your group squashed into a public phonebox (if you can find one!)
20 A members of your group on a swing
30 A member of your group shaking hands with an old man
5 A McDonalds sign
30 A member of your group behind the counter at McDonalds
10 A cat
30 A member of your group holding a cat
5 A stop sign
10 A personalized numberplate
5 Members of your group at a bus stop
5 Members of your group on a pedestrian crossing
30 A member of your group in a swimming pool
10 Your whole group 'planking' in a park

Be sure to set a time limit when people need to meet back.  Tally up the points and whomever has the most is the winner!  If you have time, share the photos on a big screen.   

Other variations include using a video cameras (rather than still photos), or tagging photos on Instagram using a predetermined hashtag, and/or tweeting on Twitter for 'live' updates during the night.

Make sure to add all the photos to Facebook or your youth group web site!




Features
  • Night
Objectives
  • Ice breaker
  • Team Building Teamwork
Space
  • Large area
  • Outdoor
Age
  • Primary or Elementary School
  • Teens (Age 12-15)
  • Teens (Age 16-18)
  • Young Adults

Group Size
  • Small Groups (1-9 people)
  • Medium (10-29 people)
  • Large groups (30+)

Duration
  • Longer (30-60 mins)
  • Medium (11-29 mins)
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To get instant results use a POLAROID camera & try to include a child from your group in every photo---it will make for a cute bulletin board! Example: Instead of just a stop sign, make it a stop sign with a youth member next to it.
FUN, FUN, FUN!
- Sister Michelle (2 Aug 2006)

We ran a night like this last month and added all the photos to our web site... it was great seeing what all the other groups got up to as well...
- dave (21 Aug 2007)

We had a brainstorm for creative ideas - here's a few of ours:

A member (or several members):
- going through McDonalds drive-thru on a bike
- sitting on Santa Clause's knee (only really works at Christmas time :)
- with someone famous
- dressed as a super hero (undies must be on outside)
- with the Youth Minister's girl/boyfriend or husband/wife
- on a Ferris Wheel
- with a furry animal (not a cat or a dog)
- with someone from another country (get passport in photo for proof)

It's also worth adding somewhere that groups shouldn't do anything illegal in order to get the photos!

- Jessica Harris (10 Dec 2007)

The following is the list of 35 things that our teens had a little over 1 hr to photograph. had a wonderful time!!! ended with a devotional on "picture yourself serving God". Enjoy the list...

Asian Sign
Route 66 sign
Vintage (old) automobile
Political sign
American flag
Dirty restaurant table
Total stranger eating french fries
Pizza delivery vehicle (with proof)
Group pic walking through drive-through of fast food restaurant
Group pic with Wal-Mart Greeter
Group photo (minus driver) in dumpster (not the church's)
1 team member in back seat of police car
2 team members "fighting" while wearing McCain & Obama masks
Team member(s) getting "kicked" out by a manager
Group pic with soldier(s) in uniform
Large bug(s)
ABC cheeseburger
Team member kissing Ronald McDonald
Map of New York City
Horse(s)
Sushi
Odd-shaped house
Pre-existing flat tire
Picture of the camera you are using
A very tall person (not a member of your group)
"I can't believe they still let this vehicle on the road."
Group leader with their "dream car"(other than the one they are driving)
"When I saw this, I immediately thought of Bro Doster"
"I can't believe I ate all those donuts"
"I saw this person that was having a REALLY bad hair day"
"When I saw this, I immediately thought of Mrs. Doster"
"This person is ready for Halloween WAY too early!!"
"This is really why the chicken crossed the road."
"This is what I want to be when I grow up."
"A mind is a terrible thing to waste…"

- Bro. Josh Doster (23 Oct 2008)

We did a very similar game at our youth, however we used a video camera, and the challenge was for them to film different things, the kids loved it, it’s a great laugh, and they can be so creative!
- tammy (31 Dec 2010)

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