Youth groups create great places where Christian youth can get together in safe and encouraging environments. Most youth group activities center on weekly Bible studies and occasional missions work and community services. However, every youth group needs to do something out of the ordinary at times to find different ways to connect with each other. These are five of the best ideas for youth groups to explore this summer.
5 Adolescent-Friendly Ideas to Explore this Summer with Youth Groups
A youth group retreat is one of the best ways to combine a Biblical emphasis with fun activities in a new environment. Most retreats are held at event centers in interesting locales, such as in the Rocky Mountains or at state parks. For example, the National 4H Council Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, offers gorgeous outdoor beauty with fabulous indoor venues for both day and weekend stays.
An Amusement Park
For youth groups looking for a thoroughly fun way to let loose, an amusement park trip may be the answer. These types of trips provide a way for youth to split into smaller groups and try out roller coasters and other thrilling rides. Similar options include water parks or go kart tracks.
Those looking for a quieter time in the outdoors can head to a campsite. Tenting is usually very cheap even for large groups. Youth always enjoy playing typical outdoor games, such as those found at Christian Camp Pro, as well as sharing testimonies and singing songs around a roaring campfire.
A Trip to the City
Youth groups from rural areas will enjoy visiting a metropolitan area where they can explore downtown areas. A trip like this requires a great deal of planning to coordinate schedules, find reasonably priced lodging and create meeting places and times. Some youth groups like to combine a city trip with mission work, such as working at a homeless shelter.
A Christian Concert
A concert by a favorite contemporary Christian band can be a great way to connect with other Christians over a shared love of clean music. Most major cities hold concerts by major bands, such as MercyMe or Casting Crowns, at local event centers at least once each summer.
Special events are a fabulous way to invite youth and teenagers to Christian events in a nonthreatening atmosphere. These events typically focus on fun activities, such as sports or social activities.