by Paige Keel/ July 23, 2018
In the summer, in order to help avoid the summer slumps when kids go on vacation and forget about church, the girls and boys ministries put on a summer competition.
For the past few years we have done Water War Wednesdays, a water-themed points competition between the groups of kids/youth on Wednesday nights. We divide the students into groups, either by their normal club groupings or we combine some to make the groupings equal (for example: Prims and Daisies). In years past, we have combined the Royal Ranger and Girls Ministries groups for the whole meeting time to complete the games and devotion. In recent years, our setup runs with the Girls Ministries and Royal Rangers competing in the games together, then dismissing into their groups to do devotions and work on badges or merits.
Games aren’t the only way the teams earn points. They also earn points by attending Wednesday nights, going to Sunday service, bringing their Bible, wearing club colors, and bringing friends. This gives incentive to keep doing the things we already encourage them to do, while adding the fun to keep them intrigued over the summer. The team concept also encourages them to hold each other accountable to come every week, especially after being on vacation or at camp.
Water War Wednesdays Earning Points and Rules
Team Banners: (rainy day alternative only)
First place—10,000 points
Second place—6,000 points
Third place—3,000 points
Deductions of Points:
We have one person in charge of tracking points. Each night the kids sign in at our sign-in table, and the leader of that table fills in all the information for us. If you don’t have that luxury, each leader should get a folder with their team sheet in it to fill out. In either case, the points tracker gets the sheets at the end of the night.
All leaders take turns heading up the games. A quick Google or Pinterest search will score you some ideas for games. Here is a list of ideas we have tried.
Water Balloon Toss
Water Balloon Hot Potato
Water Balloon Dodgeball
Bob for Water Toys
Put the Candles Out (with straws and water)With Water Wars Wednesdays, we have experienced growth and excitement during our summers.