Lindsay LeValley

Frozen T-Shirt Contest

A day before your youth group meets, take several t-shirts, wet them, fold them and then stick them into a freezer overnight. Immediately before the contest, remove the t-shirts from the freezer. The object of this contest is to be the first person to unfold the frozen t-shirt and put it on. This will take a couple minutes because the frozen t-shirts will not open right away. This game is especially fun if done outside during the summer, but you can do it anytime and anywhere.

Progressive Dinner

In advance, assign and have several youth leaders or church members prepare a different meal course (appetizer, soup, salad, main, dessert) at their home. On the night of the dinner, the youth will travel from home to home to have each meal course. This is something that I have done several times and it is a lot of fun! Teens like it a lot because as we know teens enjoy food, but they also like to hang out with their friends. This dinner can also work with adults too.

Stock Certificates

This fundraiser is simple and work free. It is also great for mission trips or retreats. Create the “Stock Certificates” to put in your church’s Sunday bulletin. Start by stating why you are fundraising (for those clueless or whatever). The certificates also should include something like “Thank you for taking stock in our youth. As a stock holder, you are entitled to a personal letter from one of our youth.” Also include a place to put the stock holder’s address. Then give instructions to give to a certain person or to put it in your church’s offering with donated money. Remember that it is a good idea to accept any amount of donation instead of one set amount. Then while on the trip, have a youth write a letter to the stock holder thanking them for sponsoring them and telling them a little bit about the trip. The stock holders especially love getting mail!!