3, 6, 9

Type of Game Icebreaker Games, Moving Games, Team Building
# of Participants unlimited
Materials none
Where to Play inside or outside in a space large enough for your group to move around in

How to Play:
The leader tells the group to stand up and start “mingling.” This means the participants must keep moving around the space while the instructions are being given. The leader should play the game along with everyone else.

The leader will then tell the participants to choose another person in the room. They can choose anyone but they cannot make their choice known to anyone else, even the person they chose. They must make this decision silently and discreetly.

The leader then tells the participants that they must try to get 9 feet away from the person they chose without that person realizing it. The leader will give them some time to sort this out before he/she says “3, 2, 1, freeze.” At this point, everyone stands still.

Next, the leader tells the participants that, while keeping the first person, they must choose a second, different, person and try to stay 6 feet away from them. So, at the same time they will be staying 9 feet away from their 9-feet person and 6 feet away from their 6-feet person. Again, the leader will give the group some time to do this and then will say, “3, 2, 1, freeze.”

The leader will now tell the participants that they must pick out a third, different, person that they must stay 3 feet away from. They must do this while still remaining 6 feet away from their second person and 9 feet away from their first person. Once the group has had enough time, the leader will say “3, 2, 1, freeze” and everyone will stand still again.

The leader asks everyone to sit down in a group.

The Debriefing:
The leader calls up their 9 foot person (Participant 1) and then asks Participant 1 to call up their 9 foot person (Participant 2). The leader then asks the Participant 2 to call up one of their choices (the leader can decide if it will be 3, 6, or 9). The leader should continue this until there are about 4 participants standing and the leader was not following the last person to stand up.

For example, the leader chose Frances as his/her 9 foot person. The leader calls Frances up and asks her to call up her 9 foot person. Frances calls up Johnny and the leader asks him to call up his 6 foot person. Johnny calls up Penny. Because the leader also chose to follow Penny, he/she asks her to call up her 3 foot person. She calls up Robbie.

The leader tells the group that he/she was following Frances, Frances was following Johnny, Johnny was following Penny, and Penny was following Robbie. The leader points out that he/she had no interaction with Robbie because he/she was not following Robbie but Robbie made all the difference in what the leader had to do. When Robbie moved, so did Penny and Johnny and Frances and ultimately, the leader.

The leader should then relate this kind of situation to camp. It’s useful to tie this in with the way everyone’s actions or attitudes affect everyone else at camp. It’s best to tailor this discussion specifically to your camp or group.

Camp Leadership has a great video which shows how to play the game and how to debrief it!

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