Campfire storytelling template to make employee training more fun (a.k.a. way less boring!)

edited November 2022 in Template Ideas

Employees spend hours sitting in training sessions and sifting through orientation manuals to learn the know-how for their new positions. But the reality is that the bulk of employee knowledge is gained through storytelling. Employees train each other by sharing their personal and professional experiences.  

Campfire leverages our natural storytelling tendencies by giving players a format and a space in which to share work stories—of trial and error, failure and success, competition, diplomacy, institutional history, and teamwork.

Campfire is useful not only because it acts as an informal training game, but also because it reveals commonalities in employee perception and experience, creating a shared reality and opening the possibilities for a new one.

Number of Players


Duration of Play

30–45 minutes

Source: This game was originally invented by Sunni Brown and posted on by Dave Gray. It was inspired by Tell Me a Story: Narrative and Intelligence (Rethinking Theory) by Roger Schank and Gary Saul Morson.