Monday, October 14, 2019

Tons of Hoe-Down Club Ideas

The fall has arrived and its a perfect time of year to plan a Young Life hoedown club! 


  • Borrow a barn.
  • If you can't find a barn, find a field. It's better to do the field party earlier in October so it's doesn't get dark as early. In 2019, Daylight Savings Time ends on Nov. 3, so after that, it will get darker earlier.
  • If you use a field without lights, you could circle up cars and use headlights. Bring jumper cables in case you drain a car battery! 
  • You'll also want to make sure a bathroom is close by. You can rent port-a-potties for $150, maybe even get a parent to sponsor it. Who doesn't want their business logo on a sign taped to a portable toilet?
  • If you can't find a barn or a field, you can do it anywhere, just make sure to decorate! 

  • Christmas lights are a must.
  • Aluminum bins filled with ice and bottled cokes.
  • Hay bales are great. Try and get them donated, but if not, you can probably get 30 for $100 from a local supplier. 
  • Checkered tablecloths.
  • Tons of ideas on Pinterest


Finger Countin

Use your skit characters to do a funny game sell about how their mama taught them to count and add. Stand back to back, each person holding out one hand. On that hand they can hold out no fingers, 1, 2,3,4, or all 5. When they turn around (on the count of 3) they add the fingers together with their opponents. The first one to yell the correct sum moves on to the next round.

Seed Spittin'
Kids race to cut open a pumpkin, pull out the seeds and spit them towards their partners who are holding a plastic jack-o-lantern. The one with the most seeds after 90 seconds (with loud music playing in the background) is the winner.
You can also spit sunflower seeds into a cowboy hat.

Plunger Olympics

If you're going for more of a red neck theme instead of a barn party, you can make up all kinds of games using plungers.

  • Ring toss on the plunger
  • Unrolling toilet paper race with the toilet paper roll on the plunger
  • Using the plungers as gloves to catch balls being tossed
  • Get creative

Pie-Eating Contest

Few things are as redneck as eating contests. You can go many different directions with this one. Just call 3-5 folks up front and pick one of the options below or create your own.

  • Fill pie tins with gummy worms and whipped cream and have a race to see who can get all the worms out first without using their hands. Start a rumor in the crowd that real worms are mixed in with the gummy worms.
  • Fill pie tins with M&Ms and flour and have a race to get the M&Ms out using no hands. Make sure to have water for them to drink after getting a mouth full of flour. Take pictures!

Turkey Head
If you're doing it in November, you can do a slight twist on the ol' surgical glove on the head game, because it does look like a turkey. Get three volunteers to pull the glove over their head, just below their nose. When the music starts, they race to blow it up as big as they can. It can get huge! Take pics.


Here's a link to download the script we used for our program characters. They were Hot Sauce Cowboys and the "bad guy" was a cranky old man.


  • Make a good country music playlist to have going as kids arrive. Ask a kid to help make it (but make sure it's clean.
  • Here's a Spotify playlist a friend made for a hoe-down club, but it's a couple years old.
  • Use eyeliner to draw freckles on girls, like we do at camp.
  • Considering getting 2 skit characters to host the whole night. They can learn some redneck jokes and do a little routine throughout club.
  • Get someone to come call a square dance or learn to do it yourself by watching Sean McGever at


Download a song sheet we made here. It feels more "hoe-down-ish" to pass out song sheets than to use a screen and slides. It includes the following songs:

  • Mama Don't Allow
  • Wagon Wheel
  • Chicken Fried
  • Springsteen
  • I Saw The Light
  • Amazing Grace
  • Wagon Wheel
  • High FLyin Lord
  • Let my light shine bright
  • Barefoot Bluejean night
  • Chicken Fried
  • Banana Song
  • Springsteen
  • Let there be light
  • I could Run Away
  • I am Yours

What other Hoedown ideas do you have? Email us here and we'll add them to the post.

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