Running a Club
The material I use is 'Youth for Christ's Rock Solid material. This is an excellent resourse as it deals with subjects which are relevant to young people, gives optional ideas including video clips, and can be adaptable to either a secular group or those more religiously inclined. In schools I go down the middle on this.
I always plan to have more material than I need. I always put the kids into groups. I always use a renumeratory system in the form of paper currency - in the case of young people - 'megabucks' (taken from Rock Solid's "how to handle your money" meeting). It is important that I never take megabucks off a team for wrong behaviour but rather use positive reinforcement.
We then have a couple of group games - perhaps pictionary, categories etc. The best games are those that involve the whole team and relate well to the theme. Then we will perhaps have a work sheet or a code breaker. A code breaker is an easy thing to make with todays word processors. Simply make an alphabet a-z underwhich through copy and pasting change text to a dingbat font (I use Journal Dingbats 10).
Then - 'Count up your megabucks!' The winning team for the session gets a Freddo bar + sweets while each of the rest get a few penny sweets.
Thats it in a nutshell said the squirrel:
- Random games
- Theme related skilled games
- 'crack the code'
- illustrated talk
- final fun game (if time)
- countupyour megabucks
- sweets and go!
For childrens clubs (see Fizzbang) it is much of the same thing but more adaptable agewise with games teaching etc. Also ... be flexible. Kids may want to talk about issues raised. ...and above all PRAY!