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Monday, October 7, 2002
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FEAR FACTOR/GROSS GAME ADDITIONS. New Gross Games that people send in . . . that don't necessarily get added (but are sure fun to read!)
by Jonathan McKee
October 7, 2002
FEAR FACTOR/GROSS GAME ADDITIONS
New Gross Games that people send in . . . that don't
necessarily get added (but are sure fun to read!)
If you missed WORLD Magazine's article that irresponsibly thrashed
today's youth worker and gross games . . . then you really didn't
miss much. (But you can catch up on the hype by
But in memory of World Magazine's article, and in the spirit of
FEAR FACTOR, I thought I'd let you look at the type of games that are
being submitted to this web site each week. I won't be adding a lot of
these . . . but they are amusing to read. I thought I'd let you in on
some of the fun!
Fear Factor Box
We just got done with our No Fear Factor camp and let me share one of
the games we did. I had a guy in my youth group make a box out of plexi-glass
with a clear lid. The bottom is made so you can put your head through
it. We had our final contestants face this last challenge. They put
their head in and were told to put as many bolts and nuts together in 2
minutes while we dumped 300 roaches and 300 crickets in the box with
their head! The roaches made the crickets jump all over the place. It
was great. We bring this game out for our big events or the beginning of
the school year.
Have the "contestants" put one hand in a pot of real
"fishing worms" and moist dirt, while eating gummy worms with
the other hand. The first one to eat 10 gummy worms without taking their
other hand out of the real worm pot is the winner.
Sheep Poo Playoff
This was the 'Grand Finale' of our month long Fear Factor
competition. I think it'd be difficult to find students who would do
this if they weren't competing for a $200 cash prize...but it's worth a
shot. You'll want to start by laying out a few plastic tarps for floor
protection. Then take a plastic molded kiddie pool and fill it a third
of the way with pine bark mulch. Next, fill the pool with sheep (or cow)
manure until it's half full. Add water to it and mix it all around. Be
careful not to fill it too high with water because it will splash out.
Now comes the game...drop golf balls in the water and let them sink to
the bottom (we used 32). Each contestant gets one minute to fish out as
many golf balls as possible. The twist is that they have to get in the
pool on their knees and lock their hands behind their necks. They have
to remove the golf balls with their elbows. This is great because the
poo water gets all in their face (and everywhere else for that matter).
Talk about a way to get a couple hundred teenagers pumped about a youth
service. That was one of the best services we've ever had because it
immediately focused the entire audience on the front of the room.
Chicken Pox Epidemic
Have the "contestants" "break-out" in chicken pox
by covering their arms in washable red marker dots. Give each child a
wad of band-aids, and the one who covers the most chicken pox spots in 3
minutes is the winner.
This game is played just like baseball only substitute a baseball
with a frozen rock cornish hen or other small frozen bird from your
grocery store freezer.
We played a game at our camp this year that I call Trout Smash. I
cant remember if I got it from somewhere or it was a hybrid game I
smashed together, but it was so hilarious to behold I thought I would
send it your way in honor of World magazine appreciation month.
2 people teams.
One person on piggy back holding a trout.
Person carrying trout wielder has an egg taped to the top of their
"Horse" can't use hands, must only carry rider.
"Rider" must only use trout to hit opponents.
Object: Last team standing with an unsmashed egg wins.
*Use fish that have not been gutted, they will last longer.
*Place a paper towel on head then wrap with masking tape to limit hair
*Prepare to laugh your butt off!
Game addition: We stuffed the Trout's mouth with a grape and players had
to bite the grape out of the fishes mouth and eat it.
Ohhh what great pictures!
(see them here: www.gzyouthchurch.com)
Thanks for all the great work you do!
My kids are dying to play the ultimate frisbee with the octopus like
on your games page. I really want to get it together before winter hits.
My question is, should the octopus be dead or alive? Do you buy a frozen
one and let it thaw? Please let me know? Thanks so much!
No- I assure you- it's not alive when you play. You can find them
in the fish sections in many grocery stores, usually cold, not frozen.
Thanks for the reply. This is the last question, I promise. Does it
die during the game?
TAKING THE FIFTH AMENDMENT, I'M OMITTING MY SECOND RESPONSE.
OUTREACH MODELS THAT WORK. Ministries Reaching the Unchurched
by Jonathan McKee
October 7, 2002
taught a seminar at the Youth Specialties National Youth Workers
Convention called UNDERSTANDING AND REACHING THE UNCHURCHED TEEN
In this seminar, I
wanted to give more than just good statistics and proven
methods, I wanted to give some examples of some ministries who
are actually doing it! So before this convention, I wrote
a list of some ministries that I had seen who I had seen
reaching "unchurched teens" for Christ. I contacted
the individuals who ran these ministries and interviewed them
about their ministry to the "unchurched teen."
The ministries I contacted
HERE TO READ ENTIRE ARTICLE
Kurt Johnston's jr.
high ministry at Saddleback Church
Full Throttle, an
offsite teen center ministry at a church in central
Insight, a church
ministry in a small, one high school town, that brings out
Crossover, an inner-city
basketball ministry reaching hundreds
Campus Life, a para-church
on campus outreach
N E X T W E E K
IN THE "EZINE" FROM THE SOURCE
UNDERSTANDING AND REACHING
THE UNCHURCHED TEEN
Helpful hints from the training seminar
Jonathan taught at the West Coast Youth Specialties
National Youth Workers Convention
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