Mid and Late Adolescents

Demolition Kick Ball

Just like kick ball but with a twist. You will need a deck of cards to play. Use all the ace’s, two’s, and three’s from a deck of cards. As a player gets up to kick have them pick a card. If they pick an ace they run to first base and round the bases as usual. If they pick a two they run to second base first then third and home. If they pick a three they run to third first then second, first and home. The demolition aspect of this game comes into play when the teammates end up running in two different directions to get to home. ie. third to second second to third first to second second to first… My group had great fun with this game and I hope yours will too!

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Devil’s Advocate

Here’s something I sprung on the kids when I wanted them to take a serious look at how they live their lives in today’s society. I had them to pretend to be the Devil’s servants. They would each have to come up with what they think the Devil would want in 5 different areas:
1) how people view Jesus
2) how people view Christians
3) how people view the Bible
4) how people view evil
5) how people view goodness
(Of course, the areas you would want to deal with can be anything you think the kids would respond to best.) After that, I have the kids think of strategies to accomplish the Devil’s goals for each area. Let the kids be creative here. Then as a follow-up, do the same activity with God as the focus.

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Easter Egg Hunt for Teens

I usually work with teenagers, so I took a childhood idea, and made it a little more difficult for the older kids.

This took a lot of preparation, and you will need a concordance.

I gave each teen a scripture to start with. They had to read the scripture and find a hint in the scripture as to where the next egg would be, which would contain the next scripture, etc. I used places inside and outside the church. The concordance will help find a scipture to use for whatever may be around your church. I also put a piece of candy in some of the eggs, along with the scripture.

The hard part was giving each kid a different starting place. I listed all the scriptures several times on a piece of paper, and moved down one line with each new starting scripture. So they were all in the same order, but one group was behind another in the search. It helped keep them from getting bunched up. I had them all end together though, which just takes a little thinking about where to send them last. Each church can customize this. I used one color egg for each group. That way they didn’t get someone else’s message. And we knew who had skipped an egg by what was left around. Most of the kids really enjoyed this. Hope yours does too.

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Electric Fence

Divide group into two teams. For each team, find two trees close together. Take a length of rope and create a sort of web by cutting the rope and tying sections together with duct tape. The teams must get their entire team through the holes of this fence without being “electrocuted” (touching the rope). First one to do so, wins. A great activity that was a lot of fun!

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Elements of Love

I hope that I am not wasting your time but this worked really well with our small youth group of about 15 to 20. We read through I Cor. 13 (the love chapter) then we split them into groups of 3 or 4. I passed out grocery bags full of the weirdest stuff that I could find at Goodwill or around my house. Then gave them a piece of paper that had one of the elements of love in that chapter (ex. love is kind) each group had to take the time allowed and make a skit that used all of the props and that told a story of their phrase. Afterwards we made each group explain why they showed love and why they chose it. It was a big hit, we had a lot of fun and it really made them work together, which showed love and have fun too. This could work for other subjects to.

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Extreme Glow Stick Tag

Our youth group invented this game and it has proven to be a huge hit for out outreach games. Guys will enjoy it far more than the girls.

Find a large field. Lots of mud is best. We’ve also played in a slightly wooded field.

Have 5 youth each hold a glow stick of different color. Make sure you play at night when its really dark. Rainy nights are good.

The 5 youth stand at one end of the field and attempt to run to the other end of the field without being tagged… (we played grabbed… and if need be taken to the ground). Once tagged the runner surrenders and gives the glowstick to the person that caught them. That person than goes to the other end of the field and attempts the run again.

The runners that make it the end are rewarded with a CD, or something cool.

Be aware.. you will be exhausted after playing… and really, really muddy.

I’d love to here how it works out for you.

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Father – Daughter Dinner

We have had great success with a Father-Daughter Dinner. We send out formal invitations to the girls inviting her and her father. Then we put together a formal diner, complete with china dinnerware and catered dinner. Before dinner we have a photographer there to take pictures of the fathers and daughters and a time to chat. After the dinner we generally have a speaker. We have had college girls talk to the fathers, adolescent girls talk to the fathers, and even fathers talking to the girls for speakers. It has become an event that the girls enjoy and look forward to each year.

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Flame Battlers

Just like “Capture The Flag” except instead of flags you use bonfires. Each team is given a large garbage can full of water balloons to be used to put out the other team’s fire. The first team to completely douse the other teams fire wins. You will need to have adult leaders manning the fires and they are allowed to try and rebuild the fire after an attack. If you get caught on your opponent’s side you must give over your water balloons (they usually give them over from a distance before they are caught, by throwing them at the pursuant). We always play it with a jail and the captives can be set free if one of the free members on their team touches them.
[Ed. Note: Needless to say, but I’ll say it anyway, fire is involved so be very, VERY careful. As always, know your group and what they can handle.]

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This basically turns into an all out brawl, but our kids loved it.

Here’s the way it works.
1)Form two teams with an even amount of guys and girls.
2)Guys must play by only hoping around on one leg, like in Flamingo Football.
3)You have one ball per 30 kids and one adult officiating per ball.
4)The goal is to get the ball across the other end line, but there are some rugby related rules
– The ball can’t be thrown forward, only backwards or sideways.
– The ball may be only be advanced by running or kicking.
– Once the ball is scored, it is handed to the ref in charge of that ball and is then thrown to the middle.
– In the case of tie up, the ref says, “Jump” everyone stops and the ref throws the ball up like a jump ball in basketball.

This game is dirty, rough, and whole lot of fun. Feel free to email me with any questions.

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Food for Auctions!

I come from a small church, and we maybe have 8-10 youth in our core youth group. This is a great fundraiser for smaller youth groups. It tends to work better with pre-teens and teenagers.

We have a gentleman in our church who is a local auctioneer. Each year, he allows our youth group to sell the concessions during some of the auctions. Ask around; chances are there are auctions locally that need your help selling concessions. A lot of the auctions we’ve done are all-day events beginning early in the morning and lasting into the evening. A couple hundred people usually attend each auction.

We are set up prior to the auction selling coffee and donuts. Shortly after, we begin selling hot dogs, chili dogs, chips, cookies, other baked goods, and drinks (water goes well, especially during hot days!) Some local businesses will even donate items if it’s for a good cause. We ask ladies of the church to donate donuts, baked goods, cookies, and chili sauce. We also hand out tracks and invitations to church with their purchase of food.

Each person is assigned tasks during the auction: one person mans the George Foreman grill and grills hot dogs, one person prepares the chili dogs, one person is the cashier and keeps track of the money, one person is in charge of drinks, and one person hands out tracks/invitations. It’s a great time to fellowship together and invite others to our church. We spend about $300 for supplies prior to the auction, but we make anywhere between $900-$1,600 selling concessions!

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