Sunday, June 28, 2015

Hello Happy Campers!

I Am Away at an Awesome Week of Summer Camp with My Wild & Crazy 7th & 8th Graders!

Check back soon for more exciting, helpful resources along with some thoughts and reflections from life in pre-teen/middle school/jr. high/....or"whatever you call in it your neck of the woods" ministry!

Hope You Are Having a Great Summer!! 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Game #76: "Silly Sloppy Snorkel Slurpees"

Head on over to your nearest 7-Eleven and hold on to your heads because it is going to be a brain-freezing good time of silly, sloppy fun! 

- 2 Snorkels (*cheap kids ones from Walmart work great)
- 2 Large pitchers
- 2-4 of the largest "Slurpees" or "Slushies" you can buy.  (or simply use Kool-aid, Punch, or another liquid of choice for a game without the brain-freeze)

Set Up:
- Fill 2 pitchers with your Slurpees or liquid of choice
- Place the pitchers on a raise surface of table
- Have 2 snorkels ready, but hidden

Game Play/Explanation:
Quick explanation: players will try to suck as much liquid as they can through a snorkel in 60 seconds.
- Call 2 players up to the front or the playing area
- Explain that this is a "Brain-Freeze" game and they are going to drink as much "Slurpee" as they can in 60 seconds.
- Then pull out the snorkel and submerge them into the pitchers.
- On "Go!" players will slurp and suck as much out of the pitcher as fast as they can!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

News U Can Use: "Dangerous Teen #Hashtag Challenges"

"Last month it was the #CharlieCharlieChallenge. Before that it was the #KylieJennerLipChallenge. And now? The #BellyButtonChallenge.

It seems as though there is a new hashtag-labelled, social media challenge happening each month. 

Teenagers are most likely to participate in and spread these social media challenges in part because of their age, which makes them prone to experiment, and in part because of their deep relationship with social media. Teens are connected and curious - a perfect storm for a hash tagged challenge

Some of them are mostly harmless - as was the case with the #CharlieCharlieChallenge. The #CharlieCharlieChallenge mirrored popular slumber party games (like Ouija boards) and ghost stories from days past, with a social media twist. 

Other hashtagged challenges are a little more insidious, as was the case with last year's #CinnamonChallenge that took off on YouTube, hospitalizing several participants, and the more recent instagram fueled #KylieJennerLipChallenge and #KylieJennerChallenge which at last look have yielded over 200,000 posts, many involving tweens and teens engaging in risky behavior... " 
(READ MORE AT "Huff Post Parents")

Monday, June 22, 2015

Top 10: What If People Acted Like They Act at Church, Other Places?

10.  Calling Your Dentist's Wife at Home and Complaining About How Her Husband Did Your Fillings?

9. Grounding Your Kids from Going to School For 2 Weeks?

8.  Spilling Your Drink in the Middle Of Your Friends Living Room Carpet, and Then Just Walking Away?

7. Allowing Your Kids to Walk Behind the Counter at Mc Donald's and Rummage Around to See If There is Something Better to Eat? 

6. Email Your Boss at Home and Ask Him, When He Needed that Report Due Again?

5. Write an Anonymous Note to Your Child's Teacher, Telling Them How Much Better Last Year's Teacher Was?

4. Walking into Starbucks and Telling Someone to Move, Because That is the Table You Always Sit at?

3.  Whenever Your Spouse Starts Sharing About How Much She Loves You, You Pull Out Your Phone and Start Texting or Just Close Your Eyes and Just Fall Asleep?

2. Having Your Kids Only Show Up to Practices When There is Nothing Else Going On,...Then Get Mad When The Coach Tells You They Can't Go to the End of the Year Tournament?

1. Never Read Your Textbook or Study Outside of Class and  And Then Complain That You Aren't Learn Anything!!?