Sunday, January 4, 2015

Everything You Need To Plan Club For The Spring Semester

It's about that time. Any day now your Young Life team is going to lock yourselves in a basement for 8-12 hours straight while you plan clubs for the spring semester. At the end of the day, you'll probably look like the team pictured here. 

Our Monday night Clubs don't typically start back until the last week in January. We do this to give the college leaders time to get back in town and for our team to have time to plan. The intentional delay also creates excitement and anticipation.

Although we don't do an official club until January 26th, we do have a tradition of holding an All-Area Wingfest the week before club starts. You can get details on how to run one here. It's been a great way to kick off the spring semester. I know a few other areas who do All-Area Dodge Ball Tournaments and other big events to get things rolling.

The spring semester for us tends to be up and down in terms of club numbers. Lots of sports, school musicals, etc... In order to keep club fresh, try and mix it up and throw in some 'field trip events' to break up the normal club schedule. Here are some potential outings that have worked well for us in the past.


ALTERNATIVE CLUB IDEAS
AirBound Trampoline Park
Tumblebees Gymnastics & Climbing Gym
Bounce U Inflatable Party Zone
'Find Your Leader' event at the local outdoor mall
Bigger, Better, Best
Dodgeball Tournament



SPRING SPECIFIC CLUBS

Super Bowl Club

The Super Bowl is Sunday, Feb 1st, so you can do 'Super Bowl Club' the week before or the week after. If you do it before, you can take kids' predictions, and film your own 'Super Bowl commericals' that can be shown the following week. If you do it after, you can show actual commercials from the Super Bowl and vote on your favorites. You can also do Superbowl trivia before or after. Here are a TON of other Superbowl Club ideas.

Ms. Valentines Pageant or Love Club

Ms. Valentine's is similar to Mr. Christmas Tree.
Love club ideas here

St. Patty's Club (Lucky Club or Green Club or Shamrock Club or Irish Club)

This year St. Patricks Day is Tuesday, March 17th. Here are some ideas for club.

March Madness Club

March 15- April 6. The Final Four is April 4-6. Ideas for March Madness club.

YL's Got Talent

Most high schools do a spring talent show. We always do one at YL club and it's become a favorite. Different kids show off their funny and serious talents. Great way to encourage kids who might not get to perform in the school show. This could also be a great All-City 'Open Mic Night.'

Spring Break Club/ Luau Club

Here are some ideas for a Beach Party club and here are some more from YLHelp.com

Tacky Prom Club

Here are some ideas from YLHelp.com.

Cinco De Mayo Club

It falls on a Tuesday this year, could be a great night to dance the salsa!

Yo Mama Club

Mother's Day is Sunday May 10, so Monday May 11 may work.

8th Grade Club

Make it a priority to schedule this club in! It doesn't have to be called '8th grade club' but make sure you have a night near the end of the semester where you invite 8th graders to club. Last year we invited them on our 2nd to last club, the one before Senior Night. It gives them an excitement for what's coming during their freshmen year.

Senior Night

Have the seniors share. Practice with them what they will share. Ask them to speak of Jesus more than they speak of YL. 



Keys Dates For The Spring
  • Make sure you look at your school calendar for dates when there's no school.
  • Know when the big school events are and avoid scheduling your cross talk on the night of the big game or chorus concert.
  • Know when there is a half/day or early release.
  • Daylight Savings Time springs forward on Sunday, March 8th, so after that you'll have more daylight for club!
  • MLK Day is Monday Jan 19th
  • President's Day is Monday Feb 16th
  • When is your high school Spring Break? If you have college leaders, when's your college spring break?
  • March Madness is March 15th - April 6th
  • Good Friday is April 3rd, Easter April 5th
  • Cinco De Mayo is Tuesday, May 5th
  • Memorial Day is Monday, May 25th


A Sample Spring 2015 Club Schedule


Jan 10- Saturday Team Club Planning Day
Jan 12- All- School Campaigners & College Football National Championship Party (The game starts at 8:30, so have your key Campaigners kids come at 7 for dinner and a vision cast for how they can be leaders in this upcoming semester)
Jan 18- Do the Campaigners vision cast on this Sunday night if the 12th doesn't work. Kids don't have school the next day because of MLK day.
Jan 19- Monday Night All-City Wingfest (MLK Day- No School)
Jan 26- First Club of the Spring Semester (Person of Christ talk)
Feb 2- Super bowl Club (Person of Christ talk)
Feb 9- Ms. Valentine's Pageant (Person of Christ talk)
Feb 16- 'Merica Club on President's Day (Person of Christ talk)
Feb 23- 80's Workout Club at Tumblebees Gymnastics (Need talk)
March 2- Young Life's Got Talent (Need Talk)
March 9- No club (College leaders on Spring Break)
March 16- St. Patty's Club or March Madness Club (Sin Talk)
March 23- Cops N Robbers Club (Cross Talk)
March 30- Luau Club – (Resurrection Talk)
April 6- No Club (due to spring break)
April 13- Find Your Leader Club
April 20- Backyard Club (Hangout and bonfire and yard games) (Appropriation talk- Senior Leader speaks)
April 27- Mustache Club- 8th graders invited (Appropriation talk- Senior Leader speaks)
May 4- Senior Club (Potentially could also be Star Wars Club- "May the 4th Be With You')


121 Theme Club Ideas

  1. All-City Club
  2. Anti-Valentine's Club
  3. Baby Club
  4. Bachelor/Bachelorette Club
  5. Backwards Club
  6. Bacon Club
  7. Banana Club
  8. Battle of the Sexes Club
  9. Beach Party/Luau Club
  10. Bigger Better Best Club
  11. Birthday Club
  12. Blue Club
  13. Breakfast Club
  14. Bubble Wrap Club
  15. Camo Club
  16. Camp Reunion Club
  17. Chick-Fil-A Club
  18. Christmas Club
  19. Circus Club
  20. Clothespins Club
  21. Clubble
  22. College Club
  23. Cookout Club
  24. Cops and Robbers Club
  25. Corny Club
  26. Costume Club (Halloween)
  27. Couch Olympics
  28. Crazy Hair Club
  29. Dating Game Club
  30. Disney Club
  31. Dodgeball Club
  32. Doughnut Olympics
  33. Dubstep Club
  34. Duct Tape Club
  35. 8th Grade Club
  36. 80's Workout Club
  37. Facebook Club
  38. Fake Injury Club
  39. Family Feud Club
  40. 50's Club
  41. Fear Factor Club
  42. Food Olympics Club
  43. Field Day Club
  44. Find Your Leader Club
  45. Flashmob Club
  46. Freshmen Club
  47. Game Show Club
  48. Glee Club
  49. Guy On A Buffalo Club
  50. Harry Potter Club
  51. Hippie Club
  52. Hot Dog Club
  53. Homecoming Club
  54. Hunger Games Club
  55. iClub
  56. Insta-Club
  57. Jock & Jill Club
  58. Kickball Club
  59. Kidnap Club
  60. Little Timmy's Birthday Club
  61. Love Club/Valentine's Club
  62. Man vs Wyld(life) Club
  63. Man Crush Monday Club #MCM
  64. Make a Movie Club
  65. March Madness Club
  66. Mean Girls Club
  67. Merica Club
  68. Minute 2 Win It Club
  69. Mountain Man Club
  70. Mustache Club
  71. Mystery Dinner Theater Club
  72. Nerd Club
  73. 90's Club
  74. Old People Club
  75. Olympics Club
  76. Peanut Butter Club
  77. Post-It-Note Club
  78. Pilgrims vs Indians Club
  79. Pirates vs Ninjas Club
  80. Pizza Olympics
  81. PJ & Pillow Fight Club
  82. Putt-Putt Tourney Club
  83. Rave Club
  84. Red Neck Live
  85. Restaurant Club
  86. Road Rally Club
  87. Rock Star Club/Rock Band
  88. Roll The Dice Club
  89. Senior Club
  90. Shamrock Club (St. Patty's Day)
  91. Sharknado Club
  92. Show and Tell Club
  93. Sibling Club
  94. Snapbacks N Tattoos Club
  95. So You Think You Can Dance Club
  96. Super Bowl Club
  97. Super Hero Club
  98. Surf Club
  99. Spring Break Club
  100. Started From The Bottom Club
  101. Tacky Prom Club
  102. Taco Bell Challenge
  103. Teacher Club
  104. Throw-Back-Thursday Club #TBT
  105. Tic-Tac-Toe Club
  106. Toilet Paper Club
  107. Thanksgiving Club (Turkey Club)
  108. Twin Club
  109. Water Club
  110. Wheel of Misfortune Club
  111. Whiffleball Club
  112. White-out Club
  113. X-Games Club
  114. X-Factor Club
  115. Yearbook Club
  116. Yellow Club
  117. Yo Mama Club
  118. Young Life's Got Talent
  119. 'Young Life' Young Life Club
  120. YouTube Club

If you're willing to share your club schedule and ideas for the spring, email us here.  -Drew Hill & Stacey Greene 

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