Ever heard of a BoxAthon? Well once your youth have tried it, they will be begging to do it again and again.
The concept is simple … You raise pledges to live in a box for 24 hours.
Have your youth gather up Fridge, Stove, Freezer, Wash / Dryer Boxes (all that you can get for free at the end of delivery days for any major retailer), have them bring box cutters, and a large roll of duck tape. We allow our girls to make “apartments” with girls and guys with guys, by joining their boxes to make large forts. They are allowed to bring items to keep them entertained (you can set any number of limits, we allow them to bring portable TV’s, Video Game Stations, and such, but we censor all material first and they are responsible to bring their own extension cords for these items as well as food). The less you have to supply as the leader the better. Give them about 1 to 2 hours to complete their structures, and then send them in their boxes. We allow 5 minutes on every hour to use the bathroom and stretch. I recommend doing this activity outside if possible, we just did one in our churchs gym (since it was January and all) and just the fragments from the cut boxes was a big enough mess, let alone all the trash teens make. Be prepared that your teens will get anxious toward the end, but overall they are going to have a great time!