In our monthly area leadership meetings we highlight some of the leaders who are knocking it out of the park, based on our contact work tracker. In fact, we have seen a complete turn around in some of our WL clubs, which has been really encouraging. Another thing we do in our area leadership meetings is include some fun and one of the fun things we did was include a game where we broke up in teams and had leaders begin text message conversations. Now, these are authentic conversations, we just helped initiate them. If they went really long, that is totally OK. I’d rather them have a good convo with a student than listen to our area calendar details, they can get those later.
This might sound confusing, but follow along… last week we did Young Life, Young Life club. So basically a club with a “theme” of “Young Life”. We did this near the beginning of the semester to somewhat introduce some of the newer kids to a little intro to YL. We asked kids to come in any YL gear they might have. I also save up random leftovers from previous camps and such and gave them away during club, especially to the newer kids. We also had some of our junior leaders do the “If I Weren’t In YL…” skit.
Here is our plan and also the video of the skit.
Maybe you were online trying to find something to do at club this week and “ta-da” here it is. Thanks Drew!
Go to Walmart, Target or some place like that. Get teams of 5 or so and send them off to get 10 items in a shopping cart, then set a time and place to meet and exchange carts. The first team to return all of the items to their appropriate place wins.
Few rules I realized afterwards:
Teams must stay together
Give a time limit for getting the original 10 items
Threaten the walking thing so you don’t get kicked out. I threatened that the first team to get kicked out had to buy ice cream for everyone else.
Good times, goes quick.
“At Club these past weeks, we have done a game called "What would you do for a buck?" One kid is chosen by the crowd to do something crazy like drink a blended Happy Meal, and that kid invites all their friends to Club that night and encourages them to bring $1. $30-$45 is the norm for one crazy stunt at our Club and the student is given the option to keep the cash or turn it in for camp. If they use it for camp, we double it!
“A boy named Richard came this past week and gave us a $10 bill. We asked if he wanted change. He confidently smiled and said, "No change. Keep it all." You see, Richard was the boy doing the crazy thing that night, and he really wanted to go to camp. He took his last $10 and turned it in, knowing that money would be doubled for camp. Richard doubled down.”
I heard from some friends about a fun game people did at camp. Basically it is stretching for marshmallows hanging on strings while having a rubber band type thing under your nose. See the video below, but basically you can get some rubber tubing, or surgical tubing I guess is what it is called. They gave me the tip to have kids take off glasses. Looks like fun! Be careful! Thanks for the tip Jonathan!