Breaking the Ice on the First Day

by Chloe Banaszak

Chloe Banaszak
Chloe Banaszak

On the first day of SCATS, it is a tradition to do icebreakers after dinner as a way for campers to get to know one another. On Sunday, we had seven different activities for campers to do. Each counselor paired up with another to create an activity such as Night at the Museum, Sharks and Minnows, and more. Scampers were paired with one other counselor group as they participated in all seven icebreakers.

Counselor Sam Vitale and I hosted the Line Game, a game where Scampers crossed a line if a statement we said applied to them, such as “You were not born in Kentucky.” Then, if the statement prompted further questions — like “Where were you born?” — we would discuss the answers as a way for campers to get to know each other better.

Many of the icebreakers were active as well, to give the campers a chance to expend their energy. We offered Duck Duck Goose as well as Ninja. The previously-mentioned Night at the Museum provided a chance for creative students to pose in a strange position while counselors tried to spot movements to get them “out.”

At the end of the day, I asked my campers for their highs and lows of the day, and many responded that the icebreakers were their high, demonstrating that our campers thoroughly enjoyed this tradition, which will be continued through the years.