Early and Mid Adolescents

Sundae School

On the last day of our Vacation Bible School (VBS), we had each child write down five (5) things that they learned during VBS. Then, we presented each child with a pass to go to “Sundae School”. Each child was allowed to make their own ice cream sundaes in “Sundae School”. We had ice cream, fruit, marshmallows, gummy bear, nuts, M&M’s, chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, caramel, whipped cream, and sprinkles.

It was a fun way to end VBS and we were able to relate it to the Bible.

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Banana Rumble

Give everyone a banana. Everyone puts a mark on their banana to be able to identify their’s. All the bananas are put in the middle of the room in a big pile. Everyone is in chairs in a square around the room around the pile. Be sure to be in a square shape because each side of the square is a team…4 sides–4 groups.
When a signal is given, everyone rushes to find their banana. The team that has their bananas and is sitting down first wins. [Doing this game several times is likely to get a few squished bananas out of it so make sure you have quite a few extras.]

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On The Wall Twister

Instead of using a Twister board, use pieces of construction paper in the same colors. Tape two of each color on the floor near a wall, in rows, just like on the Twister board. Tape the other two of each color on the wall above the floor to complete each row of colors. Then play just like regular Twister! It’s fun to watch the kids try to contort themselves with a new challenge on the old game!

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Birth Of A New Year Party

The New Year is typically characterized by the exit of Father Time and the entrance of Baby New Year. This event is based on babies. Everyone should come dressed like a baby. The following games can be played. 1.) Best Dressed Baby 2.) Baby Picture Guess: pictures are brought and put on a wall and people are a piece of paper with the corresponding numbers and must match them up for points. 3.) Baby Buggy Race: get an old buggy or stroller for each team and have a race, relay style with each person pushing the carriage around a goal and back with a teammate riding on it. 4.) Bottle Drinking Race: fill a bottle with juice and have races.

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Four Corners

Must have a room with 4 corners. Someone is “it” & stands in the middle of the room. Everyone else, while the “it” person is counting to 10, everyone else runs to one of the 4 corners. At 10, the “it” person pics a corner. 1,2,3 or 4. Who ever is in the corner picked is out, & must sit in the designated “jail” area. It will wind down to 2 people- the last person standing, wins.

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Giving Good Gifts

You need a paper sack, a big and bright gift bag, a large and rough rock, and a soft blanket. Ahead of time put the rock in the sack and the blanket in the gift bag.

First bring the rock out and ask the kids if this would be something good to give to someone. Ask if you could hold onto this, if you could sleep with this at night, etc. The rock is like “Hate” and it isn’t something nice to give someone or hold onto. Then bring out the blanket and ask the same questions. The blanket is like love. It can surround you and make you feel warm all over. It is nice to give to someone else (wrap it around someone’s shoulders as you say this) to let them know that you care. Jesus said that we are to love not only the people that we like, but also our enemies and pray for those who try to hurt us. Since Jesus died to save EVERYONE, then I think we should listen to Him!

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Clothespeg Game

While the music is playing, everyone runs around with clothespegs on the back of their shirts and tries to grab other people’s pegs. When the music stops, whoever does not have a peg is out and the space to run around gets smaller every time the music stops.

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Parable of the Seeds

I organized a wonderful visual teaching of the parable of the seeds to our “New Youth” group–(grades 5 & 6, and some 7th graders). I asked them one day what was something they had a hard time understanding during the church service on Sunday that maybe we could study-and most said when parables about seeds are talked about, they didn’t quite get it. So, one day, I brought 4 oblong planter-pots (about 2 ft long-the size is so that with a group of, 12, for example, each one can have room to plant something in at least one of the pots, getting everyone involved) to our Wednesday night service. One of pots contained large rocks across it that were all the same size–which represented a “pathway.” The 2nd contained med size rocks across the entire bottom, then filled the rest of the height with soil, which represented the seeds being scattered onto the rocks that eventually withered away because the roots were not deep enough. The 3rd contained dirt with a mix of weeds, rocks, sticks, etc that I had dug out of my yard, which represented the thorny soil that robbed the desire to know God and begin to worship other things. The 4th contained “good soil” with nutrients-which of course represented “good soil!” I also brought along a bag of sunflower seeds (the planting kind–not the eating kind!), a bottle of miracle growing liquid, and a watering can. We went outside, and started w/the 1st pot, the “pathway”–as we scattered the seeds, and went on down to each pot. As we went along, we stopped after each pot, and the youth reflected on each parable that each pot represented, and what it meant while I read Jesus’ explanation of what each one meant.
Just several days later the seeds began to grow! Of course pot “1” did not (the seeds “disappeared!”); pot “2” began to grow, and after 2 weeks the 2 inch plants began to die (wither)! Pot “3” grew also, but those 2 inch plants began to get “choked out” by the weeds that were still alive!–and pot “4” was full of abundant 6-7 inch plants that looked perfectly healthy! (oh, we added a little miracle grow at the beginning to pot 4 to show that God’s miracles are always happening!) This was such a visual experience for the kids, and they really did learn what these parables meant! Plus, we get together to water the plants every week and talk about the scriptures they each represent! It was inexpensive, and productive! And the kids absolutely loved doing it!

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6 meeting scavenger hunt

We used a six week scavenger hunt that had a weekly prize and a grand prize for our kids. The kids loved it and we wanted to share it since we put a lot of work into it. I hope this comes out lined up ok. Some items are parish specific but can be easily changed.

Points / Items / Frequency
5 1 point each with a max of 5 points -Pantry Items – Non Perishable food(Dry food, can goods, etc.) for St. Vincent DePaul Society – Person who brings in most each meeting will receive an additional 1 point Every Meeting
5 For each youth brought to youth group that has never been to this youth group before Every Meeting
5 1 point each with a max of 5 points – Baby Items (New or Used) for 1st way life center. Baby clothes sized newborn to 2T, Onesies, Booties, Tights, hats, socks, receiving blankets, burp cloths, bibs, crib sheets, changing pads, hooded towels, bottles, diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, cereal, shampoo, lotion, diaper rash cream, etc.- Person who brings in most each meeting will receive an additional 1 point Every Meeting
5 Attend 1 Daily Mass Monday through Saturday each week between youth group meetings. Dated signature from priest, Deacon or youth group leader needed for credit. (Class masses do not count) Every Meeting
2 Letter of appreciation to FMIJ signed by Youth Group Member Sealed in envelope, stamped and addressed.(Limit 1 per FMIJ and only 2 per meeting) Every Meeting
2 Spare change for St. Vincent DePaul Society. Any amount of change will get points. Person who brings in the most each week will receive an additional 1 point Every Meeting
2 Pop Tops for cancer research- Person who brings in most each meeting will receive an additional 1 point Every Meeting
2 Your own creative idea for a scavenger hunt item Every Meeting
2 quote a bible scripture from memory 1 verse but must know book chapter and verse (Can not do same verse each meeting) Every Meeting
2 Call someone from youth group who was at last meeting to encourage them to come to next meeting Has to be a different person each meeting it can never repeat Every Meeting
2 3 facts you find interesting about Saint “Different Saint Each Meeting” Every Meeting
2 Box top/Campbell Soup labels for St. Margaret’s School. Person who brings in the most each week will receive an additional 1 point Every Meeting
2 Attend Youth Group Meeting Every Meeting
10 Attend Holy Hour “All Holy Hours before next meeting listed for points” First Meeting
5 Bring in a baby picture of yourself First Meeting
2 Find out Father Cal’s middle name – from St. Margaret An extra point if you can get him to give you a signature with his COMPLETE name First Meeting
2 3 Bandanas, handkerchiefs, or cloth napkins First Meeting
10 Attend Pro Life Procession on October 16th Second Meeting
2 How many Sacraments has Father Allen(From St. Margaret’s) received and what are they? Second Meeting
2 Favorite Saint from everyone’s “Favorite things” List (You can call and ask them if you do not remember) Second Meeting
2 Say the Gifts of the Holy Spirit from memory Second Meeting
2 Submit a name for our youth group to call ourselves (Be Creative!!) Second Meeting
1 Bring in a Rosary Second Meeting
2 What is Deacon Bob’s Patron Saint? – from St. Margaret Third Meeting
3 Say the Fruits of the Holy Spirit from memory Third Meeting
1 A picture of St. Peter’s in Rome + 1 each for the 4 major Basilicas Third Meeting
1 Relic of a saint Third Meeting
1 The words of 2 hymns always sung at benediction Third Meeting
1 The title, year, director of your favorite religious movie Third Meeting
2 Lion of Judah Prayer Community Leaders – http://www.lionofjudahcommunity.org or if no interenet access you will need to ask Fr. Allen for help Third Meeting
10 Help a Shut-In Day – Saturday We cleaned up their yard from fall Third Meeting
2 What is the Book and Verses of when Gabriel visits Mary and tells her she is having Jesus. Third Meeting
2 A Vatican coin or postage stamp Fourth Meeting
2 A Latin/English Mass Missal Fourth Meeting
2 A chapel Veil Fourth Meeting
1 A Sacred Heart Auto League Magnet Fourth Meeting
1 A Saint Christopher Auto Plaque, Statue or Magnet Fourth Meeting
2 How many pets does Deacon Mike have and what are their names? Fourth Meeting
1 – 5 Children’s books for St. Vincent DePaul. 1 point each max 5 points, 1 extra point for who brings in the most Fourth Meeting
5 A Written story of what you like best about youth group Fifth Meeting
5 Write your own prayer, that has not been published, or recited by a deacon or priest yet. Fifth Meeting
2 What is Father Allen’s favorite TV show Fifth Meeting
2 Name the 7 deadly sins and their counterpart virtues from memory Fifth Meeting
1 Name the 4 Theological and 3 Cardinal virtues from memory Fifth Meeting
1 A Mass Card to have a Mass said for someone Fifth Meeting
2 Name 5 apparitions of Our Lady (Mary) Fifth Meeting
5 Ask any deacon of St. Margaret’s to tell you do something crazy at next youth group meeting and do it Sixth Meeting
5 Attend Christmas Caroling with Youth Group Sixth Meeting
5 We did the name before BUT come up with a name for our youth group AND make a creative sign on a 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. One of the names will become official and if yours is picked, you get an extra point. All kids and core team will vote on it. If you can not think of a name but you are creative, call Mr. Fleming and ask him for a name. Sixth Meeting
2 Button Hole Puzzle intact without shirt (1 – point if still on shirt) Sixth Meeting
2 16 Books of Bible Puzzle Sixth Meeting
5 Attend Holy Hour January 1st Sixth Meeting
5 List Book, Chapter and verse where each of the joyful mysteries can be found Sixth Meeting
5 Bible scavenger hunt 3 = 1 point, 6 = 2 points, 9 = 3 points, 12 = 4 points, 17(all) = 5 points Sixth Meeting
10 Recite Books of Old Testament from memory- If one is wrong you can try again following meeting Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
10 Signature of all members on St. Margaret’s Parish Council Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
10 Design and write up a game, complete with rules, for the youth group (indoor or outdoor) to play. Has to be your own creation of a new game or a known game with a twist. (Examples: Beach Ball Volleyball, bible verse tag) Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
5 Recite books of New Testament from memory- If one is wrong you can try again following meeting Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 A picture of 3 people doing the “Hear No Evil, See no Evil, Speak no Evil thing” Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
5 Say the 20 mysteries of the Rosary in order from memory Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
3 Current Officers with Names and offices/titles of all Knights of Columbus at St. Margaret’s Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
3 Current Officers with Names and offices/titles of all Legion of Mary’s at St. Margaret’s Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
3 Evidence of a personal visit to a monastery (Picture, Receipt from gift shop, etc) Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
3 Evidence of a personal visit to a shrine Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
3 A picture or statue of our lady of Fatima and written story Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 A picture of an officer of the law (+2 if you can get him to flash the Peace Sign) Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 Picture of yourself doing something GOOFY !!! Be Creative !!! Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 A Picture of a person with an apple on their head Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 An out of date bumper sticker (Picture or actual sticker) Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 Name all apostles from memory Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 Picture and autograph of you with your parish priest Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 A picture of Bishop Galante +1 if autographed Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 Picture of the oldest Catholic Church in the Camden Diocese Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
2 Your picture in front of a statue of a father or doctor of the church Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)
1 A picture of yourself at your Baptism and first communion 1 each Due By Last Meeting (Given out at first meeting)

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Fruit Bobbing Relay

Help: Optimal with 2 counselor/Helpers Min. 1

Materials:
Needed 1 or two (depending on size) Tub to bob for fruit
2 buckets for “Salad”
4 bananas
4 Apples
4 Pears
1 pine apple 
4 Kiwi’s
Set up
– All Fruit is divided into 2 groups 1 for each group
– Fruit is put in container for bobbing
– Teams are set up in lines ready to carry fruit a short distance in relay described below.
– Bucket placed at the end of line where fruit will eventually be deposited

Play:
a. First team member must Bob for fruit and then by mouth hand it to next person

b. Next person must bend knee and hold fruit in the bend> then hop to next relay.

c. Next two people must put the fruit between there foreheads and walk it to the next person, They are to drop the fruit onto his stomach.

d. The next person is in a crab walk position and must catch the fruit and then crab walk it to the bucket and without using hands get it into the bucket.

Ready for the Catch? (As if that wasn’t bad enough) All fruit will be skinless!

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