Kurtz's favorite icebreaker questions

By Sarah Kurtz McKinnon

kurtz@thesummercampsociety.com

Friends! Throughout the years, I have collected some favorite icebreaker questions. I have picked all of these up along the way, and I am hesitant to post because I don’t have citations. If you know the origins of any of these questions, please post in the comments! Until then, here is a <<partial>> list for your use just in time for summer camp staff training! Enjoy.

  1. What is something people don’t know about you?

  2. What is your favorite t-shirt, and why?

  3. Name the most famous person you have ever had a face-to-face encounter with. Explain.

  4. What is the most outdated piece of technology that you own and actually use?

  5. Describe the most memorable meal you have eaten.

  6. What was the first thing you learned to cook?

  7. What is the most interesting “ice breaker” question you have ever been asked?

  8. What is your most frequently-used emoji?

  9. What was your personality like in junior high school?

  10. What is the most artistic thing you have done lately?

  11. What was the first musical album you bought?

  12. What do you like best about your hometown?

  13. What is the oldest piece of clothing you own and still wear?

  14. Who was your best friend growing up?

  15. Name one of your favorite things about a family member or friend.

  16. What was your first email address or screen name?

  17. Have you ever ridden on a motorcycle? Explain.

  18. What is a song for which you thought you knew the words but later found out that you had them wrong?

  19. If a movie was being made of your life, which actor/actress would you want to play you?

  20. What was the first concert you attended?

  21. Who was your favorite teacher, and why?

  22. What is the most interesting place that you have been to wearing the shoes that you’re wearing now?

  23. If you were in the Miss America competition, what would your talent be and why?

  24. What was your favorite childhood toy?

  25. What is the “wall-paper” background on your phone or computer?

  26. What is one thing you really like about yourself?

  27. If given the chance, would you skydive? Why or why not?

  28. What movie have you seen multiple times?

  29. What is the strangest food you have ever eaten?

  30. If you could participate in one Olympic sport, what sport would you choose, and why?

  31. Have you ever been on TV or in the newspaper? Explain.

  32. What was the best costume you’ve ever worn?

  33. What is a unique talent you have?

  34. What is your full name? How did you get that name?

  35. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

  36. What is a tradition that you have?

  37. How long was your longest car trip? How did it go?

  38. What is your earliest memory?

  39. Do you or did you ever play a musical instrument?

  40. If you could win a “life supply” of anything, what would it be and why? Don’t say money.

  41. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

  42. When you are stressed, what do you do to relax?

  43. How would your friends describe you?

  44. What do you like to do on Saturdays?

  45. What is the dorkiest thing about you?

  46. What record in the Guinness Book of World Records would you be most likely to achieve, if you have not yet already?

  47. What is the best thing that you cook?

  48. What was your worst travel experience, ever?

  49. What was the last movie you watched? What did you think?

  50. If you had $1 million and you had to donate it to a charity, where would you donate it, and why?

Article photo by Roderick Cooney, www.thecampphotographer.com


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Sarah Kurtz McKinnon is a camp director, consultant and trainer. She's also one of the co-founders and co-facilitators of The Summer Camp Society! Reach her at kurtz@thesummercampsociety.com