Truth or Consequences
This event is performed in a game show format, where most of the camp is in the audience. Volunteers come onto the stage in groups of around 5 or 6. These contestants are grouped by their age so that age-appropriate questions can be used. Then a few quiz-questions, brain teasers or riddles are asked of the group. At the end of the round there is usually one or two winners, who get a candy prize for answering the most questions Ė or telling the most truth. The real fun starts with what the remaining players have to do next, as a consequence.
The Really Fun PartÖ
The consequence games are simple but provide a wonderfully entertaining spectacle of physical comedy for the audience. Usually they require liquids or foods that will be the most fun and messy when eaten or transported - often when blindfolded. Some consequence games are played individually and some are played in pairs. Each group of contestants (minus the winner or winners, who can be kept as assistants) will play one consequence game before being cheered off the stage to make way for the next eager group of contestants. Here are a couple of examples of consequence games:
- Musical chairs with everyone blindfolded, and a whipped cream pie (Iíll let your imagination describe the rest).
- Four remaining players split into two pairs. Each team member is given a hat with a paper cup glued on top. Water is poured into the cup of each teamís first player, and then they must transfer the water from cup-to-cup to their partner, who then pours the water into a bowl. The game is a race to fill the bowl.
- Players are presented with a pile of clothes. Blindfolded, they must each dress completely in the new clothes, using every item in their pile.
Nuts & Bolts
Number of Staff Required: About 15, made up from the following: 2 to assist with preparing contestants and the equipment for each game, about a dozen to supervise the audience and participate in a couple of the rounds of games (usually the first and last), and one person (probably the organizer) to be the MC who asks the questions and maintains the tempo of the event.
Number of Children Required: In this example about 30 campers participate on stage, while another 250 are in the audience.
Age Appropriate For: Age 7+ (For this example, all ages of boys and girls play together in this game, at a brother-sister Camp for 7-15 year olds.)
Duration of Activity: 60-90 minutes.
Estimated Set-Up Time: 1-2 hours: to type up age-appropriate questions, gather the equipment, foods and liquids for the game and to brief the participants about the upcoming consequences.
Space Required: As always this is dependent on the number of participants (including the audience), but this kind of event would typically be performed in a campís rec hall or theater.
YES! Print all games and skits
A CD player, 10 blindfolds, 20 paper or plastic cups, lots of old, silly theater clothing. Everything else you need will depend on the consequence games you invent.
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Submitted by: Dane Pickles, (Camp Kenwood-Evergreen)