Mini-Stories: Ethos, Pathos, Logos

Base Camp in the year of COVID created various challenges to both the Faith Ascent staff as well as our Climbers. In years past, Base Camp was a five-day, overnight event. The overnight experience on a college campus allowed for ample time for Climbers to hang out, play games like Volleyball and Basketball, and just get to know each other better. With various pandemic regulations at play and no overnight stays possible, we needed to find ways to interact and get to know each other at Base Camp while:

a) Not touching the same materials as someone else (or, if touching, disinfecting immediately after)
b) Remaining socially distant

Throughout this year’s Base Camp, we played multiple games (like Bible & Logic based Jeopardy, as well as a giant, socially distant Connect-4), but only one game was played every day: “Ethos, Pathos, Logos”.


Learning how to play the game

The name of the game comes from the three forms of persuasion that Aristotle pontificated on over 2,000 years ago. Essentially, the game is the same as “Rock, Paper, Scissors”. 

Here’s how it’s played: Climbers chant and clap “Ethos, Pathos, Logos” and then point to either their head (ethos), their heart (pathos), or their mouth (logos). The mechanics of the game stipulate that pathos beats ethos, ethos beats logos, and logos beats pathos.

Most often, the game was played to see which of the five Base Camp teams got to go to lunch first. But most importantly, the “Ethos, Pathos, Logos” provided us with loads of entertaining photos!