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             Youth Retreat Activities Guide




Activities


                Are you more like this or that?
                      Things in common
                    Missing Piece Activity
                        Famous Duos
                      Apprentice Activity
                 Marshmallow and Spaghetti
             Sales Presentation: How to sell Relay
                       Animal Scramble
                  Tuna Fish & Shark Activity
                  Who is Affected by Cancer
                          Frying Pan
                            Limbo
                         Human Knot
                     Two Truths and a Lie
                       All My Neighbors
                  Silly Sam and Inquiring Ida
                       Circle of Friends
                         Trust Circle
                          Big Booty
                      Screaming Ninjas
             Mix & Match Celebrities with Cancer
                        ACS Jeopardy
                    Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap
                     My Reason to Relay
                    Paper Airplane Game
                       The Shoe Game
                       The Artist Game
                     The Birthday Game
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                              Are you more like This or That?

Objective: This on-your-feet activity helps team members get to know each other and
appreciate each other on a new level, while learning how to capitalize on their
commonalities and diversity.

Materials:
-Sign that says ―THIS‖, sign that says ―THAT.‖

Procedure:
Hang a sign on one side of the room that says THIS and one on the opposite side that
says THAT. Make sure chairs and tables are arranged so that participants can easily
move around the room.

Stand in the center of the room, and follow the script below. Encourage participants to
explain their choices to the opposing side of the room during each round, but keep the
conversation brief and the activity moving. Follow up with the discussion questions, or
make your own.

―To learn more about our commonalities and differences, I‘m going to read pairs of
items, and if you feel that you are more like the first item, move to the ―This‖ side of the
room (point to the sign). If you feel that you are more like the second item, move to
―That‖ side of the room (point to the sign). You‘ll do this for each round. Ready?‖

1. THIS is the sun, THAT is the moon.
2. THIS is chocolate, THAT is vanilla.
3. THIS is a sandy beach, THAT is a snowy mountain.
4. THIS is summer, THAT is winter.
5. THIS is a rollercoaster, THAT is a merry-go-round.
6. THIS is an elevator, THAT is an escalator.
7. THIS is a cat, THAT is a dog.
8. THIS is yes, THAT is no.
9. THIS is go, THAT is stop.
10. THIS is a lake, THAT is a river.

Discussion Questions
What did you learn about each other? Were there any surprises?
What‘s the longest list you created? How does diversity impact a team? How can we
capitalize on our commonalities and our diversity to strengthen a team? Etc.
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                                  Things in Common
Objective:
To give people a personal connection with their fellow participants, and to make the
group more comfortable with each other. This is a good activity to do as a follow up to
―Are you more like This or That?‖

Materials:
Writing utensils and notepads for participants.

Procedure:
Make sure that there is plenty of room on both sides of the room for people to move
about. Stand in the center of the room, and read the following script. Mix in with the
participants and partake in the activity.

―Please find a partner from anywhere in the room. Jot down your partner‘s name and
together create a list of all the things you have in common. This list can contain anything
– outside interests, zodiac sign, hobbies, family, anything you find in common. Aim for at
least 10 items, but don‘t stop building your list until I announce that time is up. You have
two* minutes. * Begin!‖
(Announce when two minutes has elapsed.) ”Find a new partner and repeat this
process.” (Do this for three to ten rounds.)*


*Depending on time constraints, cater the time limit in between 1-3 minutes. The
number of partners can range from 3-10.


                                    The Missing Piece

Objective:
To develop team work and problem solving with the help of outside resources.

Materials:
-1 children‘s puzzle (about 15 pieces) per group

Preparation:
Prior to activity, swap 1-2 pieces from each puzzle with another puzzle. Place all the
puzzle pieces in individual bags and place them with the puzzle box that matches most
of the bags pieces. Follow script.

―You all have a puzzle in front of you. Your goal is to put the puzzle back together as
quickly as possible. Whichever team finishes first, wins! Begin!‖

Goal:
Teams will realize that they need to use outside resources to complete the project.
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                                      Famous Duos

Objective:
Allow participants to interact with each other, as well as practice communication skills.

Materials:
-Pre-made slips of paper with couples (real or fictitious. see below)
-Tape

Examples of Famous Duos:
·Barbie & Ken
·Salt & Pepper
·Milk & Cookies
·Adam & Eve
·Spoon & Fork
·Cats & Dogs
·Batman & Robin
·Bonnie & Clyde
·Robin Hood & Maid Merriam
·Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus
·Football player & Cheerleader
·Ketchup & Mustard
·Eggs & Bacon


Procedure:
Pass out a slip of paper to each person, but tell them not to look. Follow the script.
Afterwards, use the discussion questions or ask your own.

―This is an activity called famous duos. Each of you are holding a slip of paper with a
famous duo—this includes everything from inanimate objects to people. Tape your slip
onto your neighbors back. Now, each of you are only allowed to ask ONE question to
everyone else in the room. Questions can NOT be phrased as ―Am I Bob Smith?‖ or ―Am
I Salt?‖ Questions that would be okay are, for example, ―Am I living or dead? Am I an
animal? Am I a type of food?‖ Alright, you may now begin!‖
Allow 10-15 minutes, depending on group size.

Discussion Questions:
What did you find the hardest about this activity? Did you find it easier to communicate
after you had asked a few people? Etc.
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                               The Apprentice, Relay Style

Objective:
To develop communication and presentation skills for ―the ask‖ in a meeting with a
potential donor.

Materials:
-Sign and location for each ―business‖
-5 Actors: Ms. Dermer, Mr. Roller, Mr. Mathis, Mr. Roller, and Ms. Pisani
-Already made slips with assignments

Procedure:
Follow the script, and help teams that are having trouble.

―You are now on the Apprentice, Relay style. The point of the activity is to gain as many
donations, teams, free venues, corporate sponsorship, and survivors by the end of the
game. Each team will be given 5 assignments, and you must assign a person to chair
each position. You are going to get a chance to move from stop to stop, and make ―the
ask‖ to each person. With your team, develop a strategic plan on how to present your
Relay and make your ―ask.‖ Each stop will be approximately five minutes, so time
yourself appropriately.

Discuss activity afterwards.

Twist:
Partners must find their stop by themselves with no direction from staff of which room
the contact will be in. There will be a sign above each door to signify the ―business‖. It
is a first come first serve basis. Reminder: You have only five minutes to make the
presentation and ―the ask.‖ Your earnings will be determined by your presentation skills,
and how well you persuaded potential donors.


Assignments

Team recruitment:
You will be meeting with Ms. Dermer, she is the Human Resource Director for BANK
US. Bank US has over 200 employees. Their bank has participated in other community
events but has never participated in Relay For Life.
Your Goal: 20 teams.

Logistics (venue):
You will be meeting with Mrs. Roller. She is the Vice-Principal of Canyon Springs High
School. Canyon Springs held a Relay For Life three years ago, and did not have a
great experience because of a low turn out and damaged grounds.
Goal: Receive donated field.
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Corporate Sponsor:
You will be meeting with Mr. Mathis . Mr. Mathis is the Marketing Director for Hotel
Nevada. Hotel Nevada is the number 1 hotel in Las Vegas. They donate a lot of money
to several community agencies.
Goal: Secure a $5,000 corporate sponsorship.

Food Sponsor:
You will be meeting with Mr. Roller , he is the owner of the ―Foodalicious‖ Henderson.
Goal: Sponsor survivor dinner

Publicity:
You will be meeting with the community events producer Ms. Pisani .
Goal: Ask for radio time and article.



                          Marshmallow & Spaghetti Building

Objective:
To develop problem solving skills

Materials:
-1 bag mini-marshmallows per group
-1 pack spaghetti per group
-1 roll tape per group

Preparation:
Hand out materials; each group needs own workspace.
There are no rules besides not sharing with other teams.

―This is a team activity to build problem solving skills. You will have 20 minutes to make
the highest tower possible. Work with your own group, but don‘t share your ideas with
other teams. You may begin!‖
When time is up, have a judge decide which tower is the highest, and give prizes.

Goal:
Hopefully each team will nominate a captain so that the process goes smooth. Also, if
they tape the tower to the wall it will be the highest!
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                    Sales Presentation: How to Sell Relay for Life

Materials:
-One normal, every-day household item per group.
Item ideas: brillo-pad, toothbrush, toilet paper, rubber gloves, tissues
-Poster board
-Markers

Procedure:
Each team needs its own table/workspace. Give each team an item. Follow the script.
―Each of you has been given a household item. Your task is to build a sales presentation
to effectively convince the audience to buy this item. You are to design a poster, and are
welcome to use any other sales technique. Be creative!‖
Time: 15-25 minutes
Have each team show their presentation.

Closing statements:
The purpose behind this activity is to demonstrate the importance of selling the idea of
Relay For Life. You can use the same concepts you used in your sales presentations. In
order to get people on board, they need to become interested in the event. Using the
right technique, you can motivate people and get them excited!


                                    Animal Scramble

Objective:
To become comfortable within the group and practice communication skills.

Materials:
-Cards or slips of paper with animals on them (depending on group size, vary number of
each kind of animal, i.e. 10 pigs, 8 cows, 9 ducks, etc.)

Procedure:
Pass out a card to participants, and tell them not to share the card with anyone else.
Follow the script.

―This is an activity called Animal Scramble. You have each become an animal! When I
say GO, move your way around the room and make your animal noise. When you find
another animal of your type, link arms and search for the rest.‖
(Wait until most groups have formed)
‖Now, in your groups, find two things that everyone has in common. You can‘t unlink
arms until the you figure it out.‖
Have each group share what they had in common at the end.
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                                    Tuna Fish & Shark

Objective:
To practice ―the ask‖ and communicating. This is a good activity to follow talking about
―How to sell Relay.‖

Time: 10 minutes

Procedure:
Split the room in half, with an even number of people on each side. Half of the room will
do the tuna fish scenario, and half will do the shark. Follow the script.

―Everyone grab a partner! Let‘s talk fish. It‘s all about the Hook, Line, and Sinker, right!‖
Let‘s talk about tuna fish. They are not scary or intimidating, and we‘re comfortable with
them (we eat them occasionally after all); we don‘t get nervous thinking about this kind of
fish. This side of the room (gesture to right) is the tuna fish scenario, and the other side
of the room is the shark scenario.‖

―Now, Lets talk tuna. The tuna fish is the minister at your church. You both know each
other, and you are comfortable around him. You have the opportunity to visit with him
about getting youth and church members involved with Relay. He has agreed to meet
with you, but he only has 5 minutes.
From you and your partner, choose one minister, and team recruitment committee
member. You have 5 minutes to see if he can help you in getting teams from this
church.‖

―For the other ½ of the room - We are making it a little tougher for you! You are dealing
with a shark! This shark is a big-wig from the largest employer in your town. He is
intimidating and makes you nervous, but also seems friendly and open-minded. You are
not that familiar with the company or anyone who works there. He is very busy and
finally said he‘d give you 5 minutes of his time. You need to get this company involved in
Relay--they have hundreds of employees!
One of you needs to be the shark and the other, the team recruitment person. You have
5 minutes to talk about Relay and describe/sell RFL to him/her. ―

Follow-up:
Ask for one tuna fish group and one shark group to come up front and role-play this out
– Offer prizes!
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                                        Trait Trader
You have just taken a job as a trait trader in the fictitious exchange, the Personality
Market. You are a new executive, and it is very important to you that you do well in your
new job. To do so, you must trade wisely and end the game with a trait that applies to
you.

1. In a moment, you will be given a piece of paper (trade slip) with a personality or
character trait written on it (e.g. tall, creative, adventurous, quiet, etc.) Write your name
on the slip.

2. You must trade your slip with someone else. If your new trait also applies to you, write
your name on that slip. If not, move to step three.


3. Trade again. Your goal is to end up with a trait that applies to you and to have written
your name on more slips than anyone else.

4. When the facilitator calls out ―exchange closed,‖ the game is over.

5. You may stop trading before the exchange closes. Remember, your goal is to end up
with a trait that applies to you and to have written your name on more slips than anyone
else.

Materials Needed
Prize
Trait Slips (Consider: Over 5‘8‖, Born in the 70s, Red Hair, Curly Hair, Athlete, Creative,
 Talkative, Adventurous, Quiet, Bossy, Demanding, Funny, Dare Devil, etc.) You design
       the slips based on your group. Remember to be sensitive to age, gender, etc.
Time
Allow 12 - 15 minutes for the game and then call ―exchange closed.‖ Next, ask everyone
 to turn their trait slip to the side that holds the names of the traders. Ask your first trader
  to say his or her name and to read his or her trait, stating whether or not it is true about
them. Then, ask the others in the group to raise their hands if the trader‘s name appears
   on their trade slips. Count the hands. Move to the next trader and repeat. When done,
   award the prize to the trader with the most slips signed who has a trait that describes
                                     him or her on the final slip.

                               Who is Affected by Cancer?

Objective:
To highlight the prevalence of cancer.

Procedure:
Have everyone in the room stand up. Follow script.

Please sit down if this relates to you:
-If you are a cancer survivor
-If there has been a cancer diagnosis in your immediate family (mom, dad, siblings)
-A cancer diagnosis in your extended family (grandparents, aunts, uncles)
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-A cancer diagnosis of a friend
-A cancer diagnosis of a classmate
-A cancer diagnosis of a teacher or school worker
-A cancer diagnosis of a neighbor
-A cancer diagnosis of someone you have met

If anyone is still standing, thank them for their support.

―Thank you for your support. Now you know all of the individuals in this room that have
been affected by cancer. Please remember who you sat down for, and you will soon
have a chance to honor and remember that person.

Transition into Luminaria Workshop (decorating bags, and ceremony)


                                         Frying Pan

Objective:
This is a great morning activity to wake up participants in a crazy way!

Procedure:
Invite one person up to be the Chef. Have him/her invite up to 5 more individuals to be
breakfast. Instruct the 5 ―breakfast‖ volunteers to lie down on the ground. Have the Chef
name a breakfast food he/she would like the others to be. Have him ―turn up the heat‖ as
participants shake/scramble/wiggle in the frying pan (when he/she turns down the heat
they will calm down and barely move.) Once the food is sufficiently ―cooked‖ participants
can take a seat!
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                                           Limbo

Objective:
This is a great morning activity to wake participants up and get them moving!

Procedure:
First, turn up the music and make sure everyone is having fun 
Have two people hold a stick horizontally starting at around shoulder length. All the
participants must form a line and go under the stick by leaning without touching it. Once
a participant touches the stick, they‘re out! Keep lowering the stick once everyone has
had a chance at each level. The people who are ―out‖ can cheer the other limbo-ers on.
Give the winner a prize.


                                     The Human Knot

Objective: To learn how to work together and become familiar with names.

Procedure:
Ideal group size is approximately 10, but it can be done with anywhere from about 7 to
16. Much higher or lower and the task doesn't really work. The more in a group, the
more difficult the task, partly because of the complexity, and partly because there is
physically less room to move. Split the participants into groups, and tell them to form a
circle shoulder-to-shoulder. Follow script.

―We are going to do an activity called the Human Knot. Everyone should place their
hand in the middle, and grab someone else‘s hand until everyone is linked together.
Introduce yourselves to the person you are holding hands with. The hand you grab
should not be of the person standing right next to you. Without letting go, you need to
untangle yourselves. You may readjust your grip, but do not let go! Use each other‘s
names while you untangle yourselves. GO!‖


Notes:
It is important to provide appropriate help if the activity proves too difficult. This might be
encouragement that it can be done (some groups lack confidence and would give up too
early), helping a couple of people communicate to find a solution to part of the knot, etc.
Or this might be allowing an unclasp-reclasp. How much to give is a fine balancing
act. The task should be challenging, but especially as an initial activity, it should give the
group some initial confidence and momentum in being able to work together to solve
problems.

To give advanced groups a challenge, do the knot again, this time with no talking
allowed.
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                                  Two Truths and a Lie

Objective:
A get-to-know each other activity to challenge participants in a fun way.

Materials:
-Writing utensils and notepads

Procedure:
Tell everyone to write down two truths about themselves and a lie. Then introduce the
three "facts" to the rest of the group who tries to guess which one is a lie.

                                      All My Neighbors
Objective:
A fun, moving-around activity to build energy and loosen people up.
Materials:
Something to use as a place marker for each individual (a name tag, a napkin, a note
card). Works well with 12-60 people.
Procedure:
Ask participants to form a shoulder-to-shoulder standing circle and then have each
person take a step back. Give each participant a placeholder to place at their feet. Stand
in the center of the circle, and say
―This activity is similar to the game of musical chairs. As you‘ll notice, there is one less
place than people in the group. That‘s why I‘m in the center of the circle. So, I‘ll begin in
the center of the circle, but my task is to try and find a place on the outside of the circle
and have someone else end up without a place. The way I‘m going to do that is to make
a statement that is TRUE for me. For example, if I am wearing tennis shoes, I might say
‗All my neighbors who are wearing tennis shoes.‘ If that statement is also true for you,
then you must come off your place and find another spot in the circle. I could also say
something like ‗All my neighbors who love to swim,‘ and if that‘s true for you on the
outside of the circle, you must move and find a new place. You may not move
immediately to your right or left and you may not move off your space and return to it in
the same round. Let‘s do this safely. No running. No body checking, kicking or pinching.
OK. I‘ll start.‖
When you think people have had enough, simply say, ―OK, this is the last round.‖ Give a
round of applause or prize to the last person who ends up in the center.
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                                Silly Sam and Inquiring Ida

Objective:
To learn names. Easy activity to fill dead air.

Procedure:
Have all participants sit together in a circle.

Variety 1:
Ask each participant to choose an adjective that begins with the first letter of their first
name and one that really matches their personality. Go around the circle and let
everyone introduce themselves.

Variety 2:
Introduce yourself with an adjective that begins with the first letter of your name, for
example ―Silly Sam.‖ Now, the person on your right must name you, ―Silly Sam,‖ and
follow with her name, i.e. ―Inquiring Ida.‖ The next person must say the first two names,
followed by their own, and so on.

                                    Circle of Friends
Objective:
To allow everyone in a large group to meet each other. Great for a greeting or departure.
Procedure:
Form two large circles, one inside the other. Have the people on the inside circle face
the people on the outside circle. As the circles to take one step in opposite directions,
allowing them to meet each new person as the circle continues to move very slowly.

                                         Trust Circle


Objective:
To make participants comfortable with each other.
Preparation:
Follow script.
―Everyone get in a circle! Turn so that you are facing the person to your right. Now take
one step towards the middle of the circle.
(tell them to take more steps into the middle until they are basically touching the person
in front of them). Ok, on the count of three, everyone sit down slowly…One! Two!
Three!‖


                                     Race for the Truth
You and the other ―runners‖ in the room are about to embark on a race for the truth.
Your goal is to cross the finish line as quickly as possible by truthfully answering
questions about yourself as you follow the facilitator‘s directions.
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1. Line up on the starting line as directed by the facilitator.


2. In a moment you will hear a statement. If it is true about you, move forward one step.
If it is false, remain at the finish line.
3. Once all first moves have been made, the facilitator will make another statement.
Again, if it is true, move forward one step. If it is false, remain on the starting line if you
have not yet advanced. If you have advanced past the starting line, take one step back.
4. Repeat step three until the first ―runner‖ completes the race.


Materials Needed
2 Long Pieces of String for the Start and Finish Lines
List of Statements Related to The Group (e.g. ―I have worked here more that one year.‖
―I think we have too many meetings around here.‖ or ―I understand xyz aspect of my
job.‖
Time
Allow five to ten minutes for this activity.
Variations
o Narrow the scope of the statements to relate to issues at work, materials being
covered, etc.
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                                        Big Booty

Objective:
To raise energy in a group and have fun.

Materials:
-Prizes

Preparation:
Put people into groups of 5, and have each group select one person to be the “big
booty.” The rest of the people should number off, i.e. “Number One” “Number
Two” “Number Three…”

   1. Start clapping. "Big Booty" will establish a clapping rhythm which consists of the
      pattern 'pat - clap'; as in, you pat your thighs with both hands then clap. Start at a
      moderate tempo.
   2. Begin the game by singing "Big booty, big booty, big booty/ Big booty, oh yea!"
      This is to be sung in time with the clapping.
   3. "Big Booty" will initiate by saying the number of any other player in the circle.
      That player is then to say his own number, followed by the number of a different
      player, and so on. All this is to be said IN TIME WITH THE GIVEN CLAPPING-
      TEMPO. An example:

       All: “Big booty big booty big booty. Big booty, oh yea!”
       Big Booty: “Big booty NUMER ONE!”
       Number One: “Number one, NUMBER THREE!”
       Number Three: “Number Three, NUMBER EIGHT! ―

   4. If you fall out of rhythm, you are out and cannot play. The circle must close and
      everybody reassigned new numbers according to the new order of people in the
      circle. If "Big Booty" falls out, Number One becomes "Big Booty."

The game ends when there is only one left standing after the circle dwindles down in
members. (Award this person a prize)
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                                    Screaming Ninjas

Objective:
This activity is just for fun! It gets people excited and pumped, and gives a good sense
of competition.

Materials:
-Ninja Costumes (optional)
-Prizes

Preparation:
Put participants into groups of at least 5 people, the more in a group the better.
Follow script.

―This game is called Screaming Ninjas. Everyone please form a circle. The first person
will start off by putting their hands together and pointing at someone else, and screaming
―AHH!‖
The person that is pointed at will make and ―S‖ out of their arms (one arm pointing one
way above the head, and the other arm pointing the opposite way at the waist) while
screaming ―SO!‖
The third person, pointed to with the arm above the head, will cross their hands over
their chest and make two ―C‖s with their hands, and scream ―CO!‖
The next person pointed at (next to the person that is saying ―COOOO!‖) starts the cycle
all over again by screaming ―AHH!‖ and pointing to someone else.

The ―AHH!‖ ―SOOOO!‖ and ―COOOO!‖ should be screamed in a consistent rhythm, and
whoever falls out of the rhythm will be eliminated from the circle until there are three
people left (they are the winners). Forgetting their action when pointed to can also
eliminate a participant. Screaming the noises weirdly can get people eliminated, as well
as pointing at someone and looking at someone else.‖
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                        Mix and Match: Celebrities with Cancer

Objective:
To make a fun activity that allows participants to come together in a competition that
requires them to work as a team. It makes the participants dig into their vast memory of
pop culture!

Materials:
-Poster Board
-Construction paper (or cardstock/thick paper)
-Markers
-Tape (or Velcro)
-Prize

Preparation:
Get a piece of poster board big enough for a classroom to see. Divide the poster board
into spaces of equal size (nine boxes is a good number) and Write the names of
celebrities that have had cancer in each box, leaving space for the type of cancer below
their name (names of celebrities are listed below).


Example Poster
   Suzanne Somers                      Colin Powell                  Peter Jennings




Richard Rountree (Shaft)       Tom Green                       Charlie Watts
                                                               (Rolling Stones drummer)



       Walt Disney                     Sheryl Crow                Chief Justice William
                                                                       Rehnquist




Get construction paper and cut it into pieces that will fit in each box under the name of
the celebrity on the poster board. Write the types of cancer that the celebrities had, with
tape on the back of each square. Velcro can also be used (put the other side of Velcro
onto the board).

Make at least two of these to make it into a competition. Follow script.
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―This activity is Mix and Match! Please divide into groups of 5-10. As we all know,
cancer doesn‘t discriminate. Here is a poster with celebrities who all have had cancer.
Your job is to match the type of cancer with the celebrity. Whichever team finishes first,
CORRECTLY will win a prize!‖

Celebrities with cancer:
Suzanne Somers – Breast Cancer
Edie Falco – Breast Cancer
Colin Powell – Prostate Cancer
Peter Jennings – Lung Cancer
Olivia Newton John – Breast Cancer
Richard Rountree (Shaft) – Breast Cancer
Kylie Minogue – Breast Cancer
Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones Drummer) – Throat Cancer
Joe Torre (New York Yankees manager) – Prostate Cancer
Tom Green – Testicular Cancer
Lance Armstrong – Testicular Cancer
Sheryl Crow – Breast Cancer
Scott Hamilton – Testicular Cancer
Bob Dole – Prostate Cancer
John Kerry – Prostate Cancer
Rudolph Giuliani – Prostate Cancer
Frank Zappa – Prostate Cancer
Nancy Reagan – Breast Cancer
Peggy Fleming – Breast Cancer
Julia Child – Breast Cancer
Patti LaBelle – Breast Cancer
Walt Disney – Lung Cancer
Nat ―King‖ Cole – Lung Cancer
Duke Ellington – Lung Cancer
John Wayne – Lung Cancer
Jay Monahan (Katie Couric‘s husband) – Colorectal Cancer
Bob Denver (Gilligan‘s Island) – Throat Cancer
Chief Justice William Rehnquist – Thyroid Cancer
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                                          ACS Jeopardy

Objective: To make a fun activity that teaches participants about the American Cancer
Society and our programs.

Materials:
-Poster Board
-Construction paper (or cardstock/thick paper)
-Post It notes
-Markers
-Tape (or Velcro)
-Prize

Preparation:
Get a piece of poster board big enough for a classroom to see. Divide the poster board
into spaces of equal size (nine boxes is a good number). Write names of jeopardy
categories in top squares and write questions in bottom squares. Be sure to cover
questions with post-its. Below is a list of potential jeopardy questions/answers:
Our 24/7/365 toll free information line
What is 1-800-ACS (227)-2345

Our website address
What is www.cancer.org

The city of our National Home Office
What is Atlanta

The four ways the American Cancer Society is working to eradicate cancer
What are Research, Education, Advocacy and Service

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
What is October

The third Thursday in November
What is the Great American Smokeout

ACS’ signature fundraising event
What is Relay for Life

39
What is the number of Nobel Prize Winners in Medicine and Science ACS has funded early in
their careers

The year the American Cancer Society was founded
What is 1913, as the American Society for the Control of Cancer the name was changed in 1945
to the American Cancer Society

Breast cancer survivors visit women who have been recently
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diagnosed with breast cancer
What is Reach to Recovery

Wigs, prosthesis, nutritional supplements
What are donated items available free of charge to cancer patients through our gift closets.

Volunteers provide transportation to & from cancer treatment
What is Road to Recovery

Prostate cancer survivors visit one to one with newly diagnosed
patients to help them make informed decision
What is Man to Man

Teaches women with cancer beauty techniques to help restore their
appearance and self-esteem during chemotherapy and radiation
treatment
What is Look Good Feel Better

This educational funding opportunity exists for those surviving
childhood cancer
What is the American Cancer Society’s College Scholarship Program

Educational classes primarily held in a hospital or cancer center
that provide straightforward facts and answers about cancer-related questions
What is I Can Cope

A community created by & for survivors and caregivers that can be accessed through 1
(877) 333-4673 (HOPE) or www.cancer.org
What is Cancer Survivors Network (great opportunity for patients, caregivers, loved ones to find
support especially in a smaller community where there may not be support groups)

This community event is a great opportunity to recognize cancer survivors & clients
services volunteers
What is Relay for Life

The best defense against lung cancer
What is not ever smoking or quitting if you do

The age women should begin having annual mammograms
What is 40

Sunscreen should always be this SPF or higher
What is 15

Name the three-pronged approach to breast health
What is BSE (breast self exam) CBE (Clinical Breast Exam) Mammography

1960—ACS began a crusade to gain acceptance for this test & has decreased the death
rate of cervical and uterine cancer by 70% since its general acceptance
What is the Pap Test

This test is recommended for asymptomatic men/women age
50+ every 10 years
What is a colonoscopy
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Name 5 different vegetables all different colors

Name the two tests that can detect prostate cancer in its
earliest stages
What is a DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) and PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen, blood
test)

Name 5 different fruits all different colors

1980—Early detection guidelines for this cancer were developed
What is Breast Cancer

Number of states in the Mid-South Division
What is 6 (don’t name them as that’s final Jeopardy)

Location of Mid-South Divisions’ Corporate Headquarters
What is Birmingham, AL

123,700
What is the approximate number of newly diagnosed cancer patients this
year

Number of Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the Mid-South Division
What is 29

NHO
What is National Home Office

SPF
What is Sun Protection Factor

NCIC
What is National Cancer Information Center

BMI
What is Body Mass Index

FOBT
What is Fecal Occult Blood Test (screening for colon cancer)

NMCAW
What is National Minority Cancer Awareness Week                 (3rd week in April)

NBCCEDP
What is National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
(free mammograms and pap test to women who qualify, funded through CDC)


Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi
What are the Mid-South states?
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                            Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap Activity

Objective: To encourage sun safety and teach preventive activities.

Materials:
Bottles of SPF 15 Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Relay T-shirts
Hats

Preparation: Tell participants to divide into teams (if they are not already on teams).
Have them spread out equal distances from each other. Line up the slip, slop, slap,
wrap items approximately 20 feet in front of the teams. As you yell out the key words
(slip, slop, slap, wrap) have a team member run to an item and place it on themselves.
The team who finishes first gets a prize.

KEY:
Slip = Relay Shirt
Slop = Sunscreen
Slap = Hat
Wrap = Sunglasses

                                  My Reason to Relay

Objective: To give participants a better understanding of why they should join in the
fight against cancer.

Materials:
My Reason to Relay Handout

Preparation: Have participants complete the handout on ―My Reason to Relay‖. Once
completed have them separate the top and bottom part, the top part can be taken home.
While the bottom half should be given to your ACS Staff Partner to be sent back to the
participants one month after the Retreat.




                                 Paper Airplane Game

Everyone makes a paper airplane and writes their name, something they like and dislike
on it (You may also want to add additional questions). On cue, everyone throws their
airplane around the room. If you find an airplane, pick it and keep throwing it for 1-2
minutes. At the end of that time, everyone must have one paper airplane. This is the
person they must find and introduce to the group.

                                    The Shoe Game
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When entering, everyone must take off one shoe and leave it in a pile at the door. They
keep the other shoe on. After everyone is in. The host will distribute the shoes to people
not wearing the same shoe. When instructed, everyone must find the mix and find the
person who belongs to the shoe and get some info about them. They then introduce
their new friend to the group.

                                      The Artist Game

Give everyone a piece of paper and a pencil. In 5 minutes they must draw a picture that
conveys who they are with out writing any words or numbers. At the end of 5 minutes the
host collects the pictures. Show the pictures to the group one at a time and have them
try to guess who drew it. After this allow each of the artists to introduce themselves and
explain how their work clearly conveys who they are.

                                      Birthday Game

Have the group stand and line up in a straight line.
After they are in line, tell them to re-arrange the line so that they are in line by their
birthday. January 1 on one end and December 31 at the other end. The catch is that
they must do all this without talking or writing anything down.

                                Communication Drawings

Have the group to pair off and sit back to back on the floor (or in chairs). One person
needs a pen or pencil and a piece of paper. Give the other person a picture of an object.
The person with the picture has to describe the picture to the other without saying what
the object is, by asking the person to draw a series of lines, circles, squares and other
shapes and how these connect etc.

				
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