These clues will lead youth to locations throughout the church building and grounds. On each location, post a few slips of paper with the Bible verse number that points to the next clue. Give the groups the first clue. At the position of the last clue, put “return to the youth room and receive your prize.” This scavenger hunt took 3 groups of 4-6 middle schoolers 50 minutes to complete. It was made up using the New Revised Standard version of the Bible. The clues are arranged from easier to harder.
A few hints: The groups will sometimes pick up a clue that they find without having been led there. To prevent this, tell them not to pick up any clues unless the Bible verse led them there. Or, you could have them check back with a youth leader each time they pick up a clue to make sure they got the right one. If they don’t get the clues in order, it’s likely they won’t find all the clues.
It’s hard to find active things to do indoors here in Michigan, where it’s cold ten months out of the year. The kids really enjoyed this and it was nice for the youth leaders to lean back and watch them run around the church. It helps them become more familiar with both the Bible and the church building too.
Church front door–Matthew 7:7
music room—Psalm 149:1
communion table—Mark 14:22
Pulpit Bible–2 Timothy 3:16
baptismal font—Galatians 3:27
stairs—1 Kings 6:8
ice maker—Psalm 147:17
showers –Psalm 65:10
preacher’s chair—Jeremiah 52:32
furnace room—Daniel 3:23
church office—1 Timothy 3:1
drinking fountain—John 19:28
This game has been modified from www.suite101.com.
* Works best for groups of 15-30.
This is a two-part, team-building game. The first part of the game is a scavenger hunt; the second part is a teamwork game.
The first thing that’s needed is this: 1) objects for the youth to build with (like Legos or building blocks). The second thing you’ll need is this: 2) a photograph of those objects, built into a simple structure (like a small, simple Lego house).
Now form groups with three or four youth in them. Choose a leader for each group. The leader will receive a paper with: a photo of the simple structure on it, and also a clue telling the group where the building materials are hidden. An example of a clue might read, “The bread and the wine are carefully prepared…and your building materials are carefully hidden there.”
Then send the groups off to find the building materials. After they find the materials, they are to return to a pre-assigned location. The leader of the group will then direct the others in their group how to build their structure (only the leader can see the photo of the structure). The first group to create their structure wins a prize.
The youth leader should prepare enough photos and building materials for 6 to 7 groups (18 to 21 youth).
Divide your group in 2 teams. Each team heads out with an adult, a Digital Camera, some money, and the list below. Set an hour time limit when they will return and share their pictures with the group. Set up a way to project the pictures so everyone can easily see them.
Remind your groups to be polite! BEFORE they do any activity explain what they are doing to store employees and that there may be another group coming around asking to do the same thing… if they haven’t already.
Take a Picture of… (video optional)
- Group & stranger inside McDonald’s doing the song "Da, Da, Da, Da, Da… I’m Lovin’ It!"
- Group outside a pizza place pretending to hold a pizza saying, “Pizza, Pizza”
- Group in Wal-Mart standing by a Timex Watch case and pointing to their pretend watch saying, “It takes a licking and keeps on ticking”. This was an old ad slogan from the 1960’s.
- 2 people from the group in front of video store reenacting “Luke, I am your Father” from Star Wars.
- Our group with as many waitresses/waiters you can get at Applebee’s singing their birthday song.
- Group member inside KFC flapping their “wings” (elbows out – thumbs tucked under arm pits) making chicken sounds then saying “Unthink what you thought about KFC”.
- Someone inside Wendy’s who can remember the 1980s commercial “Where’s the beef?” and say “Where’s the beef?” as a group.
- Group inside Home Depot by the batteries pretending to be the Energizer Bunny (drumming & sunglasses help) saying “Nothing outlasts the Energizer. It keeps going and going and going…”
- Group & stranger inside Burger King singing the 1970s song “Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, special orders won’t upset us, all we ask is that you let use serve it your way. Have it your way, have it your way! Have it your way at Burger King.”
- Group at bank singing “F R E E that spells free credit report dot com baby”.
- Group & stranger in K-Mart pointing to a “Blue Light Special” sign.
- 4 from our group lying on a bed at a furniture store counting the Serta Mattress Sheep.
- Group inside grocery store holding a gallon of milk saying “Got Milk?”
- Group & stranger inside Quiznos saying “The Toasty makes it Tasty” – say it like you mean it!
- Group & stranger inside Taco Bell singing “It’s all about the Roosevelt’s baby”.
- Group working together to make a Christian symbol with their bodies in the grass in front of our church.
- A group member being a greeter at Wal-Mart or other store with greeters – make sure to ask the regular greeter first!
- A group member eating a Jimmy Johns pickle inside the restaurant.
- The group helping someone fold their laundry at a laundramat.
- The group and a police officer singing the theme to COPS “Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?”
- Group & employee inside a Chinese restaurant holding Chop Sticks – be polite.
- A SMALL team member being pushed in a Pet Supplies Plus shopping cart.
- The whole group inside one car at a new or used car lot – make sure to ask first and be careful!
- The group making a human pyramid in front of the library saying “Reading is FUNdamental!”
- Group inside Rite-Aid with a bottle of Pepto-Bismol doing the song and motions from commercial “Nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea”.
- 2 people in front of Cinema reenacting the line “Run Forrest, run!” from Forrest Gump.
- Group outside Arby’s saying “I’m thinking Arby’s” with the thinker pose.
- Group inside store holding a Dora the Explorer toy saying “Swiper no swiping!”
- Group inside Wal-Mart holding a jar of Smuckers Jelly with everyone saying their slogan, “With a name like Smuckers… it has to be good”
- Group flexing muscles In front of Recruiting Office or Armory Building saying, “Be all that you can be”.
- Group with a mouth FULL of M&M’s saying “Melts in your mouth, not in your hands.”
- Group at grocery store holding a box of Frosted Flakes saying “They’re great!”
- Group & employee inside any Subway with big smile saying “Eat Fresh”
- Group & stranger inside McDonalds singing the Whopper Song, “Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.”
- Group inside store holding a Band-Aid box singing “I am stuck on Band-Aid brand ‘cuz Band-Aid’s stuck on me! I am stuck on Brand-Aid brand cuz germs don’t stick on me! Cuz they hold on tight no matter what on fingers, toes, and knees. I am stuck on Band-Aid brand cuz Band-Aid helps heal me!”
Divide kids into teams of 5 or 6. Each team gets a camera and 2 packs of film (can be costly so get a deal somewhere). Allow for a couple of hours of daylight for good photos. Each team has a list of what to look for (Cars may be needed – plan ahead). Points are awarded for difficulty, the team with the most points wins. Teams leave church/parking lot at the same time with camera, film an older member to take picture and supervise. At least 5 members of the team must be identifiable in the picture.
Examples of photos to be taken… a.) hanging by knees from a tree. b.) Inside a police car with a policeman. c.) In a bath tub. d.) collecting candy while “trick of treating” e.) 3 members of the team in a dryer at a laundromat.
Prepare a list before hand of several items found in the mall. Make it a variety such as a 1 carat diamond ring and a Hershey’s chocolate bar. Have 10-15 different items. Break up into teams of 3-4 and give each team a copy of the list. They are then given 30 minutes to find all the items on the list for the cheapest price. Have them record the price and store for each item and meet back in the food court to compare notes. The team that spends the least for all items is the winner.
Look up Scriptures that contain the objects you would like the kids to find. Give them a list of several verses and then they have to look up the verses decide on an object in the verse that they can locate for the scavenger hunt. You may use this activity with the younger and older kids–Let the older kids who can read find and read the verses and the younger kids to find the
Example:Psalms 18:2″ The Lord is my Rock, My fortress and my deliverer, my God is my rock in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. ”
The object is a rock–but be prepared they may find another word in the verse. So have a list of the verses to except other objects in the verse.
You get people the kids won’t recognize and get them to walk around the mall wearing a piece of clothing that matches the colour of their secret name (Blue Gnu, Yellow Yak, Pink Penquin, etc). The kids have to collect the signature of each character.
However, they can only say “Are you the ?”. They can’t go around explaining how it’s part of a game and need to know if the person is the .
It’s also best to set a time limit and avoid HUGE malls.
I first learned this from my mom who would use it for our Family Reunions. It is a great way to get the kids/teens moving around, and even to involve the adults, and help everyone get to know each other.
Come up with a list of fun facts about people in your church. For example: Someone who has been on vacation to the Bahamas; Someone who has 5 (five) pets at home; Someone who has served in the military…
Using Microsoft Word (tends to be easier for me), create a table, and put each fact in each box. Leave space for a signature.
Here’s the deal, no one can sign twice (unless you’re desperately short of people), and you can’t sign your own paper. The first one with all the spaces filled in, wins.
Like I said, we’ve used this at family reunions, and I’m actually preparing this activity for my teen group. It’s a great way to learn about people you might not otherwise talk to. Also, with the fun facts, make sure you include things about people in all age groups if you are using this with the entire church!
This can be done on a Sunday night after church. Have a list of items that can be picked up from some of your local restaurants. Divide the group up into equal teams and then give them your list. Here is an example list: Napkin from McDonalds, French Fry from Burger King, Cup from Wendy’s, Pizza Box from Pizza Hut, A spoon from Applebee’s, Tooth Pick from Sonic, Salt Shaker from Chili’s. You can come up with your own list depending on what restaurants are in your own town. Use as much diversity as you can. Have the teams to meet back at your house or the church for build your own sundae. Remember to include one adult per vehicle to avoid speeding, cheating, and recklessness. Good Luck.
This is a fun way to spend a night. The kids split into groups, and each group gets a pizza crust with pizza sauce. The groups split up and go door to door asking for toppings, and at the last house you need to get your pizza cooked. Once your pizza is done, you meet back at the church and everyone must eat at least one piece of their own pizza. The best pizzas have at least 5 toppings and no more than 8. This is a great way to get your youth group known in the neighbourhood and the kids love it!