Posts Tagged ‘camps’

Devotional: A prayerful review of your day

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

Often in life we move very quickly from one thing to the next, we rarely slow down to reflect on what God has been doing and saying to us during the day. Here's an outline your teenagers can use each evening to slow down and spend time listening to God. You can also use this as part of Night... See more

Senior Youth: Seasons & Soul Food

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra and Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

This talk and small group discussion guide uses the process of bread-making to teach about spiritual practices and growing with Jesus the different seasons of life. You could use it as a follow on from the Bread of Life.
Note: If you don't have the resources or time to bake bread, you could... See more

Community Builders: Girls Retreat

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Gather together all your girls and their friends for a sleepover, a weekend away, or even get together with other youth groups in your diocese or local area for one massive girls weekend.
A girls retreat creates a space where girls can just be girls. There can be open and honest conversations... See more

Community Builders: This is my story

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

'This is my story' is a small group activity which will help your youth share about themselves and their lives through the use of symbols to represent key events in their own life.
You will need: pens, copies of the 'My Story' worksheet - enough for one per... See more

Team games: The Gauntlet

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Like an obstacle course, teams have to navigate through a gauntlet style course where each team member has to perform a key task before tagging the next player.
Good tasks inclue sculling, speed eating, shooting a basketball, swimming, dressing up, jumping or climbing through obstacles,... See more

Team games: Obstacle

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Set up an obstacle course with unique situations for players to navigate through. Include challenges such as over under, climbing, speed eating station, jelly bath tub, rope net, car push, spread the toast, monkey bars and can scull. Teams can either race side by side or you can time each team as... See more

All play: Spotlight

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Spotlight is a classic night game. Play in teams or as individuals.
Set up a glowing goal that youth must get to from a designated starting point some distance away.
Youth must try and navigate through the dark to reach the goal without being ‘spotted’ by leaders weilding flashlights... See more

Team games: Rob the Nest

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Play with multiple teams in a large outdoor setting. Each team creates a nest (using a rope circle 3m in diameter) with 3 eggs in it (use larger balls) which they must guard.
They are not allowed within their own nests circle but to the opposition this is the ‘safe zone’. Teams must... See more

Team games: Woolly

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Youth are split into multiple teams depending on numbers. The object of the game is to seek out stations and bring to home base different coloured pieces of wool from each station.
Assign a leader to each station with a ball of wool. Each different coloured piece of wool is worth a certain... See more

Team games: Splat Volley

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

To play Splat Volley, you'll need two teams on each side of a marked out court area separated by a volleyball net. Instead of a ball, teams must lob water filled balloons of various sizes over the net to the other team.
Lobs must be underarm. If the other team catches the balloon, they... See more

Teaching Games: The Law: Exodus

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Activities you can use to help your youth to explore and relate to the story of Exodus. "The Law" is part 4 of a series on Exodus.
The Big Idea: Being obedient, living the way he requires
Passages you could look at: Exodus 19:3-6, Exodus 20:1-17, Matthew 5:17-20, John 14:15
Game... See more

Teaching Games: Manna & Water: Exodus

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Activities you can use to help your youth to explore and relate to the story of Exodus. "Manna & Water" is part 3 of a series on Exodus.
The Big Idea: God’s Provision & Trusting in Him
Passages you could look at: Exodus 16:1-27, 31, Exodus 17:1-7, Matthew 6:25-34
Whining... See more

Teaching Games: The Cloud & The Pillar of Fire: Exodus

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

If you're teaching on Exodus, then here are some activities you can use to help your youth to relate to the story. “The Cloud & The Pillar of Fire” is part 2 of a series on Exodus.
The Big Idea: God’s presence with us & his guidance by the Spirit
Passages you could look...
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Community Builders: Camp Debrief

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

After your latest camp, get the feedback rolling from your youth group with one throw of a dice!
Sit in a circle in groups of 4-10 with a leader. Take turns rolling a dice. Answer the question attached to the number rolled.
What was your favourite...?


  1. Worship experience or... See more

Teaching Games: Trapped: Exodus

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Activities you can use to help your youth to explore and relate to the story of Exodus. "Trapped" is part 1 of a series on Exodus, which you could run over four weeks or use all four sessions at a camp.
The Big Idea: Just as the Israelites were trapped in Egypt, we can also be... See more

How To: Planning events with purpose

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Whether you're planning a special youth event, service or camp, here's a step by step guide that will help your event run smoothly and take your youth to the next level.
1. Prayer
Prayer is an essential part of the planning process. It's easy to forget to take time to pray when we're... See more

Services & Liturgies: Let Your Light Shine

Contributed by: Phil Trotter


A Closing Prayer or Night Prayer for camps or youth group gatherings.
Equipment: Tea Light Candles (one per person) and a Lighter
Opening Reflection: Our Deepest Fear
Gather the group in a circle, seated so that all can see each others’ eyes.
Begin with the following... See more

Social Events: Click and Grab

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

A scavenger hunt where each team has a digital camera and a vehicle (with responsible driver!) to get around your local area. Give the teams a list of items which they are to either ‘click’ (take a photo of) or ‘grab’ and bring back to your designated meeting spot. Note: Nothing can be... See more

Community Builders: Warm Fuzzies

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Hand round a piece of paper with your name at the top and invite everyone to write a positive quality about you before passing it on to the next person.
Or for a twist on this classic activity, get one person to stand in front of a blank whiteboard. Give everyone else whiteboard markers, and... See more

All play: Double Dream Hands

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Get everyone to do a 2-3 minute workout using this YouTube clip - Double Dream Hands.
Follow it up with Double Dream Feet at the next meeting (or the next day at camp).
You've just got to introduce it enthusiastically - after that it works a treat. See more

Safety: Risk Management Plan for Youth Group Outings

An easy to use template to use when planning your next youth group outing, whether you're just heading out for the night, or away for a camp. Plus a handy checklist to make sure nothing important gets overlooked!
Risk Management Plan for Youth Group Outings (PDF, 37KB)
Risk Management Plan... See more

Checklists: Outings & Overnighters Checklist

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

A handy checklist to use when planning your next youth group outing, whether you're just heading out for the night, or away for a camp.
Pre Activity Check List


  • Offsite venue visited

  • Permission Slips returned

  • RAMS form completed

  • Medical... See more