This is a great alternative club you can do. The Spring semester can be pretty long for kids and leaders, this can help mix it up. Here is what my friend Charles from Las Vegas told me about…
“All of our kids and leaders were told to dress up in weird outfits or costumes, bring a digital camera, and meet at one spot (Oxford Park) at 7:15PM. There, we gave directions being pretty stern on drivers only driving and not making phone calls or texts and to no speed, and obey the law. A team is whoever’s car you’re in. We released the first team starting at 7:30PM and released one team one at a time in about 3 minute increments and wrote down what time they started on their sheet. When all the teams are released, I headed to the last hangout spot. They had one hour to complete as many tasks as they can before they met at the hangout spot (East Side Pizza). You want to have a couple of volunteers (maybe committee or a leader in training) to take scores, and observe the pictures and items they brought because it’s a pretty exhaustive process, and the kids get pretty competitive. Teams literally come running through the door in hopes that they make it on time. You accept their sheet, look at the clock, and indicate it on their time of arrival. You take whatever items they brought and their digital camera and give it to the scorekeeper. While waiting for the scores, you can give announcements, show the camp video, and meet the new kids that are there. In the beginning, expect a bunch of phone calls from parents concerned about the logistics. In the end, you have a restaurant full of dressed up kids in weird costumes psyched about what they had just did the last hour.”
Sounds like an awesome event. I’m gonna try it. I recommend leaders drive. Maybe get other adults to drive too.
Here is the sheet they use. Thanks Charles!
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Last year spring sports began to cut into our club, at one point we only had one student show up, so I prayed and asked God what should be done. He had me do something similar. The way it worked is I had asked several people in the community if they would mind manning a station, and at each station the teams would show up and do a task, the moderator would mark the time that they showed up, and the time they finished plus any penalties or bonuses that they had obtained during the task. So there was no need to travel fast because the only time that mattered was the length it took for them to finish said task. we would release two teams at a time, one a black team and one a red team, the black would travel clockwise around the map, the red counterclockwise. we did this every five minutes till all the teams were released. heres the thing the teams only new where they were to go next, not the entire map. They found out their next step by getting an envelope with directions where to go next from the moderator after they finished said task. I hope this make sense, anyway the whole thing took about 2 and a half hours. but we had about fifty students show up to compete and our last couple of clubs had good numbers.