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January 2018

Crowd Ski-Ball a Hilarious Camp Game!

By Mike Rollins

Remember Ski-ball? How about we take it to the insane level so that you can play it with a room full of teens at camp!? Basically this is ski ball but bigger and more epic.

Set a table up so only one side of legs are standing, to make a ramp. Select a volunteer who will be the ball roller. Then select several other students who will stand in the crowd with buckets of three different sizes: 5 gallon bucket- 1,000 points Smaller bucket- 5,000 points, and Golden bucket- 1,000,000 points!! Make sure you also give the person holding the golden bucket the XXXL t-shirt to help them be seen. Once a student is given a bucket, their feet are now “glued” to the floor. They can’t run around the room to try to catch a ball, but they can stretch to catch the ball.

Once it’s all in place, the ball thrower will roll the balls one at a time off the ramp and (hopefully) into the buckets! Play as many rounds of it as you want or switch out contestants on the stage to see who can get the most points. This game can get pretty intense if you have the right people on the stage and the right person running the game!


  • 3- 5 gallon buckets
  • 3-smaller buckets of the same color (like you use to build sand castles)
  • 1- smaller bucket (same as above) that is a yellow or gold color
  • 1- brightly colored XXXL t-shirt
  • 6- tennis balls
  • 1- 6ft or 8ft table
Mike has been working in student ministry for more than ten years now. He is currently serving in Mobile, AL as a youth minister at Christ United Methodist Church. Mike has a passion for building relationships with students and to teach them about God’s love and grace. You can follow Mike on Twitter: @mikeyrollins and on Instagram: @mrollins83