Brotherhood Building Event Ideas

Simple Brotherhood Activities

Gavel Pass/Candle Pass

Gather the membership in a circle. The president begins the activity by sharing why he values his membership in the fraternity. When finished, he passes the gavel to the next member. Whoever holds the gavel has the floor. No one can interrupt him. Many chapters have adopted the tradition of saying “Proud to be (a Phi Tau)” at the end of each brothers turn.

  1. This is a great activity for chapters to do. Chapters have used this activity to air grievances, publicly praise their brothers one at a time, thank individuals, close chapter meetings, to send-off graduating members or to recount events at the end of a semester or school year.

Brother of the Week

This activity is a great one to use. Positive feedback and recognition is very important. This brief activity offers good recognition of brothers who do more than their share to build a strong chapter.

Post a large poster-sized nomination form in some high-traffic area such as the dining room, mail room, etc. Encourage brothers to nominate other brothers who during the week have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

During the next chapter meeting take 5 minutes and read the list of nominations, and ask the nominator to spend one min explaining why the person they nominated the person for “Brother of the Week”. You may wish to call on your brotherhood committee to select a winner or have a brotherhood vote by applause. Give that brother some kind of reward or inexpensive gift then make some kind of plaque with pictures of all the winners.


  • Paintball
  • Ropes Course
  • Softball tournament/game
  • Basketball tournament/game
  • Euchre tournament
  • Bowling
  • Volunteer work at community agencies
  • Etiquette Dinner
  • Serenade sororities
  • Play bingo at a nearby nursing home
  • Intramurals (Pizza after the game)
  • Tailgate before football game
  • Host Study Breaks during finals week
  • Wiffle Ball
  • Weekend retreats (at nearby state park)
  • Gavel Pass at end of meeting
  • Chapter Dinner
  • Road trip to nearby chapter
  • Ski weekend
  • Whale watching
  • Pro/semi-pro sporting events
  • White water rafting
  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Karaoke Night
  • Flag Football
  • University Athletic/Special event
  • Alternative Spring Break at a Hole in the Wall Gang camp
  • Laser Tag
  • Sponsor a little league team
  • Host sports camp for kids
  • Golf Outing (with Alumni)
  • Host Alumni Cookout
  • Parents Weekend
  • Host an open house and invite University Administrators/Staff and Parents
  • House fix-up day (men that work together, appreciate one another)
  • Host study groups for specified majors/classes
  • Casino Night
  • Host dinner for University President/Greek Advisor
  • Open discussion time before or after chapter meetings(to discuss current events)
  • Host a Habitat for Humanity house
  • Neighborhood snow shoveling/grass cutting/gutter cleaning/car washing for elders
  • Host an Easter/Christmas Party for nearby child care/day care center
  • Volleyball tournament
  • Lock-in (at campus gym)
  • Monday night football
  • Visit a nearby Museum
  • Coffee breaks before and in between classes in the morning (ask faculty members to attend)
  • Attend a nearby church/synagogue/temple/etc. as a chapter
  • Host a speaker (athletic coach/PKT National Representative, Local Leader, etc)
  • Take the time to facilitate a discussion at chapter meeting about something important (Talk about the current situation going on in Afghanistan. Do members of the chapter feel Pres. Bush is doing a good job? A debate within the chapter might be interesting.)
  • Attend Domain or Regional Leadership Programs
  • End every chapter meeting with everyone finishing the sentence "I am proud to be a Phi Tau because…"
  • Allow opportunities for brothers to practice speeches/presentations in front of the chapter and then critique his strengths and weaknesses.
  • Sing Phi Tau songs
  • As a chapter, choose one day of the week when everyone wears PKT letters
  • 18 holes of Golden Tee
  • Pool tournaments
  • Capture the flag in local neighborhood
  • Dodgeball
  • Darts
  • Foosball
  • Mom's/Dad's/Little Sibling's Weekend
  • Theme Dinner Nights
  • Hiking
  • Rent a bus for away games
  • Canoe Expedition
  • Golf Outings
  • Monday Night Football
  • Campus Athletic Events

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