Challenge: Make an active game.
First off, the game above is NOT my game, nor can I take credit for the picture. I have no idea who did it or where it originally came from. I found it when someone posted the link on Twitter. That being said, it is an awesome game. Today I had the training group play a version of it where we used bandannas for the human signifier. I also told people that when they were zombies, they totally had to act like zombies. Hilarity ensued.
The zombie game is a good example of the direction that I want to take with this week's game. I want it to be something that can be communicated oraly in under a minute. I also want there to be lots of room for variation. Most of all, I want it to be loads of fun. I want the pure silliness of what you are doing to overcome you. I want it to be awesome.
You may have noticed that I changed the wording of the challenge just a little bit form outdoors game to active game. I did this for 2 reasons. First, even outdoor-type games can totally be of the laidback variety. My goal is not for it to be laidback, but for it to be a very active game. You will run, jump, laugh, sweat, and have the potential for great bodily harm if you are not carefully. Second, I don't just want the game to be playable outdoors. It will most likely require a lot of space, but so does dodge ball, and that is mostly played indoors. As long as you have adequate room (or maybe inadequate room if your group is into that) you will totally be able to play the game indoors.
I was talking to one of the other councilers today about why fitness for adults is so boring. Why does it have to be all conditioning and highly structured sports? Why can't adults just run around and have fun? How much more likely would you be to get your heart really racing if you were playing a giant game of zombie in a gym with like 30 other people? Let me tell, you would be very likely to push yourself way harder than you normally might just because you would be having fun. As long as you can shed your serious adultness for a few minutes that is.
The trick is to come up with a game like this that isn't out there already. This part may be impossible. If I come up with something and discover that people already play that, then I will just have to come up with something else. This will probably happen several times. At least until the end of the week...
Just a few quick housekeeping notes: A Facebook page for Junk Salon is totally on its way, I just haven'r actually done it yet. Also, within a day or 2, there will be a landing page just for CRC where you can download any of the previous week's games. ALSO also, Wahrk is the Sound Cloud Hero here in Austin. I have some ideas about things that I am going to be doing with Sound Cloud in the near future, so stayed tuned sports fans...