Friday, July 8, 2016

7 Fresh & Fun Summer Contact Work Ideas

Do you need some creative contact work ideas for the summer time? Below are a few new ones to try.

Leisure Dive

All you need is a camera and a pool/lake. Create some great memories and photos. Here are some great examples.

Driving Range/Golf

Even if you're terrible at golf, the driving range is a fun place to showcase your lack of skill. Also, playing an actual round of golf with just your middle or high school friends allows for a few good hours of conversation. Pick a terrible golf course with mud-pits for greens. They're cheaper and provide a good excuse when you play poorly.

You can also try the "P3 Challenge (Putt-Pitch-Punish)"
Head to a local golf course that has a driving range, putting green, and chipping hole. Pay $5 to rent a bucket of balls. Hold three separate contests. Start with putting. Practice, warm up and design a 6 hole putt-putt course. Lowest score on the 6 holes wins a milkshake afterwards. After the putting Contest, move to pitching. Each participant gets 5 shots. Closest to the pin wins a shake. Finish with the punish contest. Whoever can simply drive a golf ball the farthest wins. Everyone gets 10 balls. After all 3 contests are over head to a local restaurant to celebrate the 3 winners and buy them milkshakes. You can also spice up the outing by encouraging your friends to dress "golfy."  Call the golf course ahead of time and ask permission. If you go during a low traffic time, like 5pm, most courses will give you the green light.

Another fun twist on golf is the new and fast growing sport of soccer-golf or FOOT GOLFHere's an article explaining the game, but it's basically playing golf with a soccer ball and your foot on a real course. I've yet to play, but it sounds amazing. 

Stick-ball

Simply a twist on baseball, playing on a tennis court with a broom handle and tennis balls. Buy a wooden broom and unscrew the handle from the bottom bristles. Use it for a bat and grab 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. Hit it over the tennis court fence for an automatic home-run. 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. We played over 20 times last spring/summer. It became a YL tradition. 

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.

KanJam
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 your high school friends 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. 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.

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