Here is a quick in-the-trenches, real-life hint/help as you head into your summer camp and mission trip month!
It depends on the group and even the leaders that I have had over the years, but pranking especially at camps and retreats can quickly get out of hand! I have heard various theories and debates over whether to allow or not allow pranking, but either way here might be a great alternative?
What we did it a few years ago, and are re-introducing it again, is “THE K-N-A-R-P”!! If you can’t figure it out real quick it is the “Prank” spelled backward. KNARP-ing is challenging your students and even your leaders to start doing the backward pranks! Instead of doing something funny or even mean to another student, small group, cabin, or the other gender challenge them to do something nice instead.
You might think students won’t get into it, but you would be surprised, as guys cabins to a “sneak attack cleaning”, pick flowers, or even leave encouragement notes (*as encouraging as an MS/JH boy can be). We have done this a few different times with a few different groups over the years as pranks have started going a little too far and each time it has gone really well! Students have really bought in and the leaders as well, and it also creates great “teaching moments”, connections, and even some fun stories without the mess or hurt feelings.