Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Music Tracks For Urban & Multicutural Young Life

Below are a ton of great YouTube tracks for Multicultural/Urban club camping, shared by John Jackson. 

Let There Be Light - John Jackson Leading Music At Windy Gap -Multi-cultural track with lyrics

Let There Be Light - John Jackson Leading YoungLives Lyrics, track, words

Keep Our Eyes Open - Track and Instrumental with Words - Urban

Keep Our Eyes Open - Lower Key track, John Jackson leading with Lyrics

Keep Our Eyes Open - YoungLives - Higher Key - Track, John Jackson leading with lyrics

The World's Greatest - TRACK John Jackson Leading with Words & Motions

As I Am - John Jackson Leading With Lyrics

Beautiful Things - Track, John Jackson Leading with Words

Only A Mountain - Track John Jackson Leading, with Words

Only A Mountain - John's Youth Choir, lyrics - This is a good song by Jason Castro - John uses it in club and also at summer camp after the hikes.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

St. Patty's Day Club: 10 Ideas For A Sham-Rockin' Club

This year, St. Patrick's Day falls on a Tuesday, March 17th. 

1. Host a "Ms. Shamrock" competition for the ladies similar to the "Mr. Christmas Tree" for the fellas, just tweak things to be "shamrock-y" instead of "Christmas Tree-y."

2. Let your host for the evening be "Patty O'Furniture" Green tights, red wig, bow tie, shamrock shades (see #3 below), irish hat, beard, etc... A terrible Irish accent is a must. He should repeat Irish phrases like 'top o the mornin to ye' and 'let go of me lucky charms.'

3. Order some fun party favors to pass out at club. At Oriental Trading Post you can buy all kinds of novelties for cheap and they do have 2-3 day delivery. You can get shamrock shaped silly bands for ten cents/band; shamrock tattoos for a nickle/tat; etc... You can also buy some pretty sweet shamrock shades at this website for $3/pair if u buy 12 or more.

4. Download some Irish background music for free from this website

5. Game: Have a relay race where teams race to shoot marshmallows out of the noses into a bowl of lucky charms sitting on someone's head.

6. Have everyone dress in green. If they don't then pinch them. Not an original idea, but pinching people is fun. You could call it 'Green Club.'

7. Game: An Irish Jig dance competition doing dances like this one but probably funnier if you made a video ahead of time.

8. Mixer: "Feeling lucky?" Give one student $5 and tell him/her to give it to the 11th person that shakes their hand. Have everyone shake hands and meet someone new and tell them what's going on. Play some Irish Jig in the background.

9. Game: Have 3 teams of two come up and whoever finishes a two-liter of Mountain Dew and a small bag of Lucky Charms wins!!

10. Skit: If you haven't used the classic YL skit "Little Nemo" in a while, now's a good time to do it with Lil Nemo being a Leprechaun.

11. Irish Trivia (share by Wes Wilson)

Q: What is the name of the lead singer of Irish band U2? 
A. Bono

Q: What are the colors of the flag of Ireland? 
A: Orange, white, and green

Q: What university’s mascot is The Fighting Irish? 
A. Notre Dame

Q: According to legend, Saint Patrick drove what creatures out of Ireland?
    a. Snakes
    b. Spiders
    c. Banshees
    d. French people

Q: The shamrock has been used over the centuries as a specific remedy for what? 
    a. Dehydration
    b. Snake bites and scorpion stings
    c. Urinary and kidney stones
    d. Girl cooties

Q: According to legend, leprechauns all engage in what trade?
    a. Tailoring
    b. Shoe making
    c. Blacksmithing
    d. Mattress testing

Q: Some traditional Irish St. Patrick’s Day foods include what?
    a. Corned beef and cabbage, soda bread 
    b. Sweet potato bread, soup 
    c. Mashed potatoes, carrots, rye bread 
    d. Mint pie, pretzels, curly fries and a large milk shake

Q: The most common hair color in Ireland is what? 
A. Brown

Q: Which holiday’s origin traces back to Ireland?
A. Halloween

What is the most important crop grown in Ireland, both historically and now? 
A. Potatoes

Tie Breaker:
Q. What is the cereal Lucky Charms’ tagline? 
A. “They're magically delicious!”

Monday, March 2, 2015

FREE Pancakes At IHOP Tomorrow

If you're looking for a free & tasty way to hang out with your middle and high school friends this week, here's the answer. This Tuesday, March 3rd, is FREE PANCAKE DAY at IHOPs nationwide!

Last year a few YL leaders in our area took kids for dinner after their practices and games. It's a fun time, but could be a long wait time, so call ahead. Find an IHOP near you here.

You have to dine-in to get the free pancakes and they do ask for a donation for the Children's Miracle Network

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Club Game Of The Week: Real Life Hungry Hippos

  • 4 Roller boards
  • 4 baskets (i.e. laundry baskets)
  • Long elastic or rope to tie around waist of kid
  • plastic balls

How To Play
  • Similar to the old age game Hungry Hippos, strap 4 kids belly down on the roller board and tie the long elastic or rope around their waist.
  • Their partner will be standing at the corner reeling them in and out to grab as many balls as possible.
  • You could set a time limit and or wait until all the plastic balls have been grabbed from the center.
  • Have the other kids make a square around the players and toss back any balls into the center if they get thrown out of the circle. 

You can watch another version of this game here.

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Top 40: Helpful Posts From Jan/Feb

To help you up catch up on what you may have missed over the last 2 months, below are links to the most popular posts from January and February, organized by categories. 


10 Ways To Welcome New Young Life Leaders

I Stay Leadin' Music Video

Worth The Wait

Questions For Your Post Club Team Time

Casting Vision: Where Are We Leading Our High School Friends

New Instagram Account: @TonightYesTonight

Club Games

Hashtag Battle

Sticky Face Wrestling

Lip-Sync Battle

Alternative Dodgeball

Club Themes

How To Do 1,000 Wing Eating Contest

Love Club Ideas

Super Bowl Club Ideas

Club Music

3 Questions To Help You Choose Club Songs

Free Download Of 'The Go Bananas Re-Mix'

Club Ideas

How To Make Your Run-On The Talk Of The School

How To Make Hilarious Good Morning YL Videos

Everything You Need To Plan Club For Spring Semester

Run On Skit Characters

DJ Status, Foreign Exchange, Raffle Rhonda

Bob Nacho

Casey & Bar-Bra-A

Biggest Loser Sumo Wrestlers

The Buitoni Brothers

InstaGrandma & InstaGrandpa

Club Talks

25 Person of Christ Club Talk Ideas

10 Tips on Giving Club Talks From Francis Chan

Club Talk Progression With Scriptures


Practicing Lent With Your Campaigners Group

Wyld Questions

Creating A Campaigners Group In 5 Months

4 Ways To Build Momentum In Your Campaigners Group


Using An Alternative Club Order

Alternative Dodgeball

Camp Musician of The Month

Justin McRoberts

Judah & The Lion


7 Keys When Giving A WyldLife Talk

Electricity Game

How To Start WyldLife Campaigners

Alternative Dodgeball

Introducing Julie Clapp
Julie serves on our Young Life Leader Blog team as the WyldLife champion. She has worked for Young Life in the North Central Texas Region for 14 years. She oversees alumni relations, communications, events and prayer for the region. She also serves as the WyldLife coordinator for the Southern Division and has been a WyldLife leader in Lake Highlands for 25 years. She thinks junior high kids are awesome and is always happy to talk about WyldLife. Julie loves her nephew and four nieces, and is a huge fan of USC football (her alma mater in Los Angeles, not the one in Columbia). As you can see from the picture, most WyldLife kids are taller than her.  

Read about other members of our team here

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

7 Keys For Effective WyldLife Club Talks

What are the keys to giving a great WyldLife club talk? 

Knowing your audience. Middle school kids hear and process information differently from older adolescents so you need to be prepared. The Gospel is the same, but how you share it will be unique.

Shorter attention spans
WyldLife club talks should be 8-10 minutes which means you’ll have to choose your words carefully. Select one Scripture, leave out some details, tighten up your introduction, and keep transitions to just one sentence. “Trust that what you have to say is enough and that the Holy Spirit will work,” says Emily Johnson, veteran WyldLife staff in Florida.

Concrete thinkers
Middle school kids are concrete thinkers who are just learning how to think abstractly. Don’t assume they can draw an obvious conclusion. When middle schoolers hear about Jesus calming a storm, they might think about thunder and lightning rather than hard things they face in life. Help them connect the dots.

Active participants
They aren’t great spectators, so consider how you can get kids involved in the talk. Bring them up front to “act out” Scripture or give the crowd an opportunity to respond. (Hint: Give specific directions. If you want the crowd to scream at Zacchaeus for stealing, tell them what to yell and when to stop.)

Easily distracted
Anything can be a distraction to a middle school kid, but do your best to remove the obvious ones. Ask kids to turn off cell phones. If you’ve played a game with balloons, Q-tips or other items that can be thrown, get them picked up before the talk begins.

Broad spectrum of experience
There’s a big difference between the maturity and experience of sixth graders and eighth graders. Some younger kids can’t handle topics like sex without giggling. Be real but careful as you talk about struggles.

Desperate for acceptance
While all teenagers want to be accepted, that need is heightened with early adolescents. As you share stories of Jesus, emphasize that He is the One who accepts them as they are and says that they are valuable. In every talk, tell kids that Jesus loves them.

Open to spiritual input
The good news is that middle school kids want to hear about their place in God’s story, especially from leaders they trust. You can be confident that your words are falling on fertile soil.

Written by our WyldLife champion, Julie Clapp. If you have WyldLife ideas to share, here's how you do it.  We try to post helpful WyldLife thoughts most Wednesdays. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

How To Host A 1000 Wing Eating Contest

A guest post by Jason Talley, volunteer leader in Garland, Texas.

As a fun way to launch the new semester we recently put on our 2nd annual '1,000 Wing Eating Contest.' 

I've received several requests as to how we put this event on and what all went into it. So, here we go:


Because of the name recognition of Young Life and our consistency within the school over the past three years, we've been blessed to be able to become an official club of the school. I'm pretty stoked because we will be in the yearbook for the first time this year!  Because of this connection our team is able to post flyers around school and pass them out during lunch. We printed roughly 1,200 flyers and went to the school four times the week before and the week of our meeting to pass out the flyers and tape to the kids. They posted the flyers for us. Every bathroom was covered and almost all the walls and doors on campus. This obviously caused a lot of commotion. Additionally, while I was at the school I would carry around a stack of flyers and would just randomly start talking to kids about it. Many of them had already heard, but had questions - which I was able to answer.

Even if it's not 1,200 flyers taped to every wall in school, figure out some way to get the word out the event is happening. For a similar event we just gave 100 1/4 page flyers to kids to give to their friends, that worked amazing as well.

1,000 WINGS! Why 1,000 wings?

...Because it sounds awesome!

Since it's the beginning of the year, most places have a quota of donations that they are trying to meet. Why not jump on that opportunity and let them know you have a reason for them to give?! I called Buffalo Wild Wings and told them what we were doing. I point-blank asked them if they would be willing to donate 600 of the 1,000. That's roughly $550.00 worth of wings. Without hesitation, they agreed. We ended up paying $360.00 for the remaining 400 wings -and with us being a non-profit we were able to get them tax free, thanks America!

I asked them to make 800 Mild and 200 Hot - because we would be mixing them up so the kids never knew what they would be getting. (insert evil chuckle here)

Be sure to order at least two weeks in advance and call on the day of to make sure they have everything ready by the time you arrive. BWW is always amazing when it comes to this.

Additionally, they are typically willing to throw in some wing boats and napkins! Don't be afraid to ask!


Our biggest complaint our first year was the wings were cold. I picked them up around 3:30 and we didn't have our event until 7:30. This is because I had a TON of set-up and preparation to do beforehand and that was the only time I could get them. If this is not the case for you, get them as late as possible. Otherwise, be sure to have a warming station with some stands and warming candles to keep them hot!

If you ask BWW nicely, they will double line the pans for you so you can put water in the bottom pan to make sure you don't burn the wings.


We did three major games.

1) The Cleanest Bone 
2) The Most Wings 
3) Team Wing Eating

The Cleanest Bone

Since we had so many kids, we lined up six six-foot tables and set up 20 places with wings, paper towels and water. Each boat had 5 wings in it. We started first with 20 guys then 20 girls. They were randomly selected by their birthday month.

At the end of the game we grabbed the two winners and brought them up to the front.

They won an awesome bib and a free Young Life t-shirt!

The Most Wings

This game was ran in the exact same way as the previous, except we put six wings in all the boats instead of five. There were also leaders running back and forth in front of the kids putting new wings in the kids' boats as they got down to only two left.

Our boy winner ate thirteen wings in two minutes. We had two girls tie at eleven and had a run off with the winner eating an additional four!

Team Eating Contest

By now, almost all the kids (at least 80) had participated in the games. But we want EVERYONE to be involved. So, this last game is by far the craziest!

We combined all the remaining wings into four pans. Making four "eating stations" (two six-foot tables side-by-side.) These stations were in the four corners of the building so there would be enough room for all the kids to gather around the entire table. Their challenge: Eat all the wings in your pan within a five minute time limit.

The team that won was sure to let us know... They din't actually "win" anything - except some sweet bragging rights.

Their job - make all the meat on all five of those bones completely disappear in two minutes.

We gave the kids an additional five minutes to eat as many wings as they could manage. By the end, they were all gone!

This is always one of our most memorable nights of the year. I hope you can steal a few of these ideas and use them the best way possible for your club. If you have any questions about anything or just want to chat, feel free to comment below.

Thanks Jason for sharing! You can find more ideas here on how to host a YL wing eating event in your area. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Club Game Of The Week: Hashtag Battle

We found this game on

You can buy pre-made slides from DYM here for only $3 or you can make up your own version of the game. 

This can either be a mixer or an up front game. 

If doing a mixer, have folks choose which hashtag they think has been used more times on Instagram.  "If you think #YOLO has been used more than #SWAG, go to the right side of the room, if you think visa versa, head to the left." Then you reveal the answer. #YOLO has 4 million hashtags and #SWAG only has 2.7 million. 

Here are some creative ways to divide into teams. 

As an upfront game you could have 2 players or 2 teams compete to get the most answers correct from the stage.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Alternative Dodgeball For WyldLife or Capernaum

Looking for a fun alternative way to play dodgeball with your WyldLife and Capernaum friends?

Instead of using regulation dodgeballs, substitute something smaller like:

  • ping pong balls (you can buy in bulk here) 
  • balled up newspapers
  • dinner rolls 

The simple switch can make it more fun and less painful when you get drilled in the noggin.

Dodgeball Rules & Regulations

How to do an All-Area Dodgeball Tournament from

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Worth The Wait?

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."
~ R.W. Emerson.
An anonymous guest post by a college student who is currently wrestling with discouragement as a YL leader. 

I’ve moved beyond the honeymoon phase of leading where everything is awesome. Don’t get me wrong—I love what I do, but I find that I am less-than-patiently waiting for the Lord to show me the fruits of some of the relationships I have been building at the high school. I can get discouraged when I don’t see my high school friends changing after a year of pouring into them.

And I can source my discouragement to some of my own doubt. Maybe you can relate. When we leaders focus on a perceived lack of fruit in our ministry rather than doing ministry, we often:
  • Doubt that the Lord has called us to ministry,  and consequently
  • Doubt Christ’s desire to use us.

But listen to Jesus’ encouragement in John 14:12: “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

This verse doesn’t even hint that God lacks a desire to use us, instead Jesus says that He WILL use us. If we believe in Him, we will do even greater things than He did. Is that not insane? Jesus who is truth, said that we will do greater things than Him and that He is waiting on us to petition to Him in prayer something that will glorify Him.

Trusting in the Lord to pull those close to us out of darkness is one thing that we can’t give up on. When I was in high school, even though I was involved with Young Life and had a good relationship with my leader, I didn’t change until my senior year.

Three years passed while my leader kept pursuing me, kept loving me, and kept believing that God was faithful. Now, as a leader myself, I can look back and see how well I was pursued. That pursuit is the reason I am leading today. Remember, disciples make disciples. Maybe, like me, you are wondering if leading is worth it. What if only one person comes to Christ after three years of pursuit? Listen to what Jesus has to say about it:

“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”  Luke 15:7

Can you begin every day as a leader confident that if, at the end of your ministry tenure, only one kid came home that it was completely worth it? Is one lost kid brought to Christ worth a year, or two, or three years of waiting? That one lost kid (like me and maybe you, too) could go on to produce three followers of Christ. Those three could go on to produce twelve, and in Acts 2 Peter preaches to a crowd and it says that three thousand came to Christ in a day.

You never know the extent of the change you can make in the pursuit of one person. With heartfelt thanks to my leader who poured into me, I can say—it’s worth the wait.