You can only play this game once every three to four years. It’s a game students don’t forget and won’t fall for the next time. Recruit three students (preferably guys) and escort them out of the room to a place where they can not hear or see the leader. Leader quietly tells students the joke and rules to keep the students engaged.

Tell the crowd to sell the game by cheering for students as they participate. The louder the better.

You need two broomsticks or two umbrellas for this game. Bring one student in at a time. Tell the student, “You are going to compete against the other students in a game that requires you to mimic me perfectly as the leader.” Tell them to sit down in the chair across from you. Give them the stick. “Repeat what I say and mirror the image that I say. The crowd will be cheering you on and judging you in the end.” You as the leader make the first dramatic move. You hold your stick high, stand up, and say “OOGA-BOOGA-BOO.” They do the same motion and repeat. Make sure everyone cheers for them. It is also a good idea to have all students surround the playing area so that the volunteer cannot see or sense someone coming up behind them. The leader continues to make dramatic moves while standing and outcries of OOGA-BOOGA-BOO as the volunteer mimics.

On a predetermined cue (example: leader spins around twice) another leader comes up behind the student with a bucket of water and fully soaked sponge and lays the sponge down in the volunteer’s seat. The leader sits down and the kid mimics. Wait for the kid to feel the water seeping up through their pants at the moment of full soaking. Bring in a new chair, laugh with the student and ask them not to let the next student in on the joke. Repeat with the next student.

It’s also good to get the leader in the end so the students can see it’s all well and good.

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4 Responses to “OOGA BOOGA BOO”

  1. asmith180 January 19, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    I’ve heard of this before. Always a good time with students!

  2. chadswanzy January 19, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    It’s a classic but few people have bothered to do it.

  3. Ty Gallenbeck January 25, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    We love this game, we do it slightly different, but is a favorite “initiation” for both our Young Life and youth group. Our kids adapted the finding nemo initiation into it and it’s hilarious. Chanting ooga booga as the person enters with one person doing the “screaming” and then when they arrive they do the “welcome to mount want to hauk a loogie” and the whole group yells “Shark bait ooh ha ha”. Anyways here’s a link to a video of course I started filming after the shark bait part but if you’re a visual person like me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBbPTTD_p60&feature=player_profilepage

  4. philly kid January 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    This is suppose to be a secret and not tell the world.

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