Ice Breaker Blog

A new school year means a new year at Scouts, which means lots of new members! We’ve come up with this list of games to play with different sections to help everyone get to know each other. 

Common ground 

Suitable for: Scouts, Explorers and Network

Takes: 15-20 minutes 

Divide everyone up into groups of three or four. Tell everyone that each group has to find their common ground; something they’ve all done before. The catch is it has to be something they’ve all done, but none of the other groups has done, so they might need to come up with a few options! 

Two truths and a lie 

Suitable for: Cubs, Scouts and Explorers

Takes: 15-20 minutes 

Get the group to sit in a circle and ask one person to say two truths and a lie about themselves. After they have finished you, as a compere, must get the group to vote on which statement they think is a lie. If the majority get it wrong, the player goes again, but if they get it right, play moves on to the next player. 


Suitable for: Cubs and Scouts

Takes: 5-15 minutes

You will need: a chair and a tennis ball 

Form the section into two lines facing one another, holding hands. At one end of the line is a chair with a tennis ball on it: you stand at the other end. Get everyone in the section to close their eyes, apart from the two players nearest to you, and flip a coin. Whenever it comes up heads, the players have to squeeze the hand of the next person. This chain continues until the hand of the player at the end is squeezed. That player grabs the ball. Every ball picked up correctly (when the coin lands on heads) scores a point; any ball picked up incorrectly loses a point.

Never have I ever...

Suitable for: Beavers and Cubs

Takes: 5-10 minutes 

The section sits in a circle and holds out ten fingers in front of them. One player starts by saying ‘Never have I ever…’ and then says something that they’ve never done. Anyone who has done that particular thing then loses a life and has to turn a finger down. 

Coat of arms 

Suitable for: Beavers and Cubs

Takes: 20-25 minutes

You will need: paper, colouring pens/pencils, flag template. 

Get the group to divide their template into quarters. They should have descriptions of their favourite things in each quarter; these could be their pets, favourite food, sports team, activity and so on. After the time is up, ask each Beaver or Cub to stand up and talk everyone through their flag.