Youth Group Games - Group Games

Back Scratch Encouragements

Encourage each other through back scratches in response to a characteristic
How To Play
Players find a comfortable area and spread out on the floor, laying on their stomaches, face down, eyes closed. The facilitator walks around and taps 6 or 7 people who stand up.

The facilitator then reads a characteristic such as "good listener" or "leader". The people who are standing up then walk around the room and scratch the backs of all the people they think match that characteristic. The facilitator goes through around 10 or 12 characteristics.

The facilitator then has the scratchers lay back down with their eyes closed and the facilitator chooses 6 or 7 different people to stand up and it repeats until everyone has had a chance to stand.
11 Ratings
11 Ratings

This sounds really cheesy. Very awkward. -L (Nov 13, 2009)

It works but it has to be the right setting - such as a camp at the end of the week, and the students have to really have gotten to know one another. -Jon (Jan 13, 2010)

Seriously? Come on... -Raja (Jan 10, 2013)

I'm glad it's not belly rubs -Paul (Jul 9, 2013)

Ermmm for them to lay down on their stomach, I don't think it is a good idea. Come on, you expect girls to lie down? It will be so awkward. Although it is quite good game with a good concept, I think this can be improved or changed a bit. -Soo Zee (Nov 9, 2013)

Ouh haha what a game -Martina (Nov 9, 2013)

Have people write down their encouragements on post-its. Then put the post-its on everyone's backs. Once everyone has had a chance to write something and stick it on people's backs, everyone stops, reads the comments and there is a general warm, fuzzy feeling all round. People are genuinely and pleasantly surprised to hear encouraging words from their peers. People are usually extremely generous. Have done this with children and adults. -Emily (Jan 19, 2014)

Seriously? Who posted this and was it 1950? -Boo (Oct 14, 2015)


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