In my church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) the youth participate in an activity every week. Yesterday my husband and other leaders put together a carnival for the all the youth (ages 12-18) in our ward. My husband said it was a lot of fun so I wanted to share the idea with you.
Each group of youth put together a station for the carnival. The leaders were in charge of running the stations while the youth participated in the various activities. Some of the stations were:
*Seek: scripture question game
*Donut eating contest
*Bean bag toss
At the beginning of the activity the youth were told what "prizes" they could have for the number of red or white tickets they collected. The youth received red or white tickets for each of the activities they participated in. The youth didn't know, but the object was to collect as many white tickets as you could. One leader was the "devil" and he would trade the youth red tickets for their white tickets. Another leader was the "holy ghost" and he would try to encourage the youth to collect as many white tickets as they could.
At the end of the night the youth were told that the "prizes" they won for the red tickets could not be taken with them when they "died" and those with only red tickets were in spirit prison (which was about 3/4 of the group). And those who had "prizes" for white tickets were able to take those with them when they died.
The youth loved this activity and I heard that none of them left and they were all engaged! Way to go!