Monday, August 15, 2011

7 Creative Contact Work Ideas

Do you need some creative contact work ideas to close out the summer or kick off the fall? Here are seven ideas you might not have pulled out of your bag yet.

Leisure Dive
I tweeted this idea out last week, but it's a guaranteed winner. It's the new "planking." All you need is a camera and a pool/lake. Create some great memories and photos. Send in your best shots and we'll post them up on the YLLB. Here are some great examples.

Baseball on a tennis court. Use a broom handle for a bat and have 3-6 tennis balls. It's much harder than it looks to hit a tennis ball with a skinny broom handle. Watching people strike out is funny. Automatic home-run is over the fence. 3 strikes and you're out, pretty much the same rules as baseball except only 2 bases, the net and home plate. Trust me, its a winner.

Play Cards On A Roof
Find a mostly flat roof on a not so windy night. Grab a few high school friends, a blanket (or lawn chairs and a folding table) and some playing cards. Add a set of iPod speakers and 6 pack of Stewart's Orange n Cream Soda. Bam. A night to remember.

Flash Mob
In case you're not familiar with a "Flash Mob," our trusted friend Wikipedia defines it as "a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and sometimes seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment and/or satire." Here's a pretty good example.

KanJam is a fun yet simple frisbee game. Think 2 on 2 Ultimate Frisbee in the back alley with trash cans as your end zone. Set it up in the parking lot of the local late night hang out spot beside a set of corn hole boards and you and 3-11 others can be entertained for hours. Also a great pre-club hangout idea.

Build Your Own Frisbee Golf Course
Some friends and I recently mapped out a course around our local university. "Throw off the parking deck and hit the middle column on that building, par 4." It's free fun...unless you accidentally dent other people's cars with your frisbee.

Dizzy Shoe Game
Thanks to Mackenzie Olson for submitting this idea. She also submitted a great guest post a few weeks ago. Mackenzie writes, "Anytime we're at camp or when there is nothing around to do, I like to con kids into playing the Dizzy Shoe Game. But I don’t call it that… I only ask if they want to play a game. I make everyone put one of their shoes, or a stick, over their head and make them look at it (this is key to the game- the looking up part) and I make them spin around as fast as they can 15 times. Always screaming for them to spin faster. Once they get to 15 they are to throw the shoe and attempt to jump over it. If they truly looked up, and truly spun 15 times quickly, there is zero chance of succeeding and 100 percent chance of laughing very hard. A word of Caution: this is ALWAYS to be done on grass." Thanks Mackenzie for this fun idea. I've already used it multiple times when hanging out with my high school friends and it's been hilarious.

Would you be willing to share some of your creative contact work ideas in the comments below?


  1. I don't know if anyone else caught this but on the leisure dive website there is a pics from Crooked Creek Ranch. August 4th. Check it!

  2. Hilarious! I had no clue that YL was already represented on there. Thanks Julie!