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Tuesday, April 23, 2002
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LOST: An All Day Event They?ll Never Forget
Ever looking for another event besides
the proverbial mini-golf?? Well maybe your group would like ?LOST.?? Imagine
dropping off your students at a far off unknown location in teams of eight,
equipped with only a $100 bill per team, an envelope of crazy instructions, and
a video cameraman recording the whole thing!
It all started when
my dad recently spoke at his old church in Los Gatos, CA where he was a youth
pastor back in the early 70's.? (Let me put some perspective on this. . . Fuller
Seminary?s Chap Clark was a kid in his youth group!).? My dad came back telling
me great stories and insisting that I call their youth pastor Dale.? Dale had
just completed this event and the students were still talking about
The first minute I talked with Dale, I knew I had to share his idea
with all of you.? Many of you have seen shows like ?LOST? where they drop
someone off in the middle of nowhere and make them find where they are and find
their way home.? This is the same idea as ?Lost? and ?The Great Race,? but with
your youth group, and for only $12 bucks a kid.? Interested?? Keep
This is an event you can do for pretty cheap.? But it does take
a lot of work.? It takes a good staff ratio to ensure safety, and it takes a lot
of pre-planning.? WARNING: Do not cut corners on the planning of this event.
You are entirely responsible for the safety of your youth group.? You will want
to note Dale?s safety precautions and evaluate your own.? Use wisdom while
planning this event- use these ideas at your own risk.
He divided his group into teams of eight.? Each team of eight
students had two staff members, each with cell phones.? He divided teams by
picking names out of two hats: a hat full of the guys names, and a hat full of
the girls names.? This mixed students up with other students they hadn?t met of
different ages and genders.
The entire group took their church bus
towards an unrecognizable destination, 30 minutes out, placing blindfolds on all
the students.? They dropped them all off in a town called Walnut Creek, CA.
Each team got out and received a packet.? The packet had several numbered
envelopes in it and one $100 bill.
The teams would score points by the
1.? Who got to their final destination first
2.? Who had the
most money left
3.? Who guessed the closest to the final
Dale?s group started in Walnut Creek, riding BART (the
subway) into San Francisco to Ghiradelli Square.?? On their journey they had to
go through Chinatown and order a specific item in their packet that was written
in Chinese, they had to ride a taxi, ride a cable car, buy chocolate in
Ghiradelli, and a cookie in the San Francisco Shopping Center.? Each team had a
staff person video taping the entire day.
Dale said, ?I couldn?t have
planned the discussions that happened after this day.? Students couldn?t stop
talking about it.? They got a glimpse of what it was like to feel lost!? They
had to call a cab, ride the subway, order Chinese food and try to break a $100
bill!? We asked them questions like: What would you have done if you were
dropped off alone?? One student said, ?I have to be honest.? I would have opened
up all the envelopes at the beginning and cheated!??
I asked Dale how he
kept this event safe.
?Each team had two staff people who each had cell
phones.? We kept a 1 in 4 staff ratio.? When they booked the cab- they had to
get a cab that fit six people, including the driver, because I wouldn?t let them
split up from their staff person.? Then each team had to call three designated
times throughout the day.?
There you have it.? ?LOST.?? An event that can
kick off discussion after discussion about how we?re ?lost? or searching for the
LOST INSTRUCTIONSLOST 2002
Here are the instructions that Dale
included in each packet.? These included original instructions and individual
assignments in each envelope.? (Note: These are just to give you an idea.? I
don?t know all the specifics so please don?t email me and ask me how he did
assignment # 4 and what the clue was.? You?re on your own on that
Where are you? Where are
you going? How are you going to get there? These are all questions you need to
answer today.? One of your leaders has an envelope with all the necessary
information for your journey.? You must complete each assignment before opening
the next.? You have been given enough money for the day, but you need to spend
wisely.? You must record all of your expenses.
But first, do you know
whom you are making this journey with?
Your first assignment is to write
down everyone's name?
What city are you in?
Where do you think the
finish line is? Be specific.
(The team that is closest gets a fantastic
prize.? You cannot change your answer once it?s written.)
Once this page
has been completed you may open envelope # 1.
Your first assignment is to get to the Walnut Creek Bart Station.
It is too far to walk, but how you get there is up to you. Your team must travel
together. The map below might be a good way?
?(925) 555-3950 (This was an
actual number- I just changed all numbers for this article.) _ Info.
When you get to the Walnut Creek Bart Station, open envelope
Congratulations, you made it to
the Walnut Creek Bart Station.? Your first assignment is to call Dale @
408_555_3572 to check in.? Secondly, buy tickets, board the Bart and get off at
Powell Street in San Francisco!
When you have arrived
at the Powell Station, head towards the SAN FRANCISCO SHOPPING CENTER? Once your
team is off the train you may open envelope #3.
Go to the San Francisco Shopping Centre.? Find a place that sells
cookies.? Purchase a cookie, have everyone on your team take a
Go ride the Cable Car to
Get to Ghiradelli
Square.? You can get there any way you want? options include Cable Car, walking
or a Taxi!? (Try the latter, it should be the quickest!)
Buy a piece of
candy from any store in Ghiradelli Square.? Have someone eat it and then open
envelope # 6.
The final leg of
your journey!!!!? The church bus is near pier 17.? Get there any way that you
can! Muni (the trolley) is a good option but it's up to you!!!! Call Dale (408)
555_3572 so he knows you are in the home stretch.??
Your entire team
must touch the bus to finish.? Congratulations!? You made it!
TOUGH CHOICES: Equipping students to be making good choices about sex, drugs and music
I don?t usually pump local events, but if you?re
within driving distance of Sacramento, CA, you don?t want to miss TOUGH CHOICES
at the end of this week.? Myself, Jim Burns, Al Menconi and Phil Chalmers are
tackling the 3 biggies: SEX, DRUGS, and MUSIC!
For those of you out of
the area- I?ll be taking the sex seminar on tour soon.? We?ll keep you
UP THE GOOD WORK!
If you have any other youth ministry ideas you want to
share, please email me at God
Jonathan R. McKee
for Youth Ministry
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