|"A GAME CALLED SCUM" by Chris Burkholder|
YOUTH GROUP LESSON 15
|MATERIALS AND ADVANCE PREPARATION:
1 You will need one deck of playing cards for each 6 students.
2 Dry erase board, newsprint, chalk board and markers
3 Magazines and newspapers, scissors, glue stick and poster paper
4 Bibles for each student
Invite students to take the magazines and newspapers and cut out pictures of people they would like to get to know or hang out with, and also those they would not want to be associated with.
Make two collagesone with people they’d like to be with, and one with people they would not want to be with.
Leave the collages for future discussion and move into the game.
PLAY THE GAME:
Divide the group in small groups of 4-6 people (No less than four, and more than six starts to be a lot of people, even though it can be done). Each group will play a game called “Scum.” The rules of Scum involve “social classes” and card playing. The highest position is called the President, followed by the Vice President. The lowest position is called the Scum; second to the lowest is the Vice Scum. If there are more than four in a group the middle one or two persons are just citizens or middle class. All of the cards (no jokers) are dealt out to the players. The President then picks his/her two worst cards (or any two cards of his choice) and gives them to the Scum. The Scum then gives the President his/her two best cards. The Vice President does the same with the Vice Scum except they only trade one card. The citizens, or middle class, do not trade cards. Then the hand is played. The objective of the game is to get rid of your cards first. The hierarchy is determined by the order of who goes out first.
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