Youth Group Campout

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  1. EnglishTeacha

    EnglishTeacha New Member

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    My husband and I lead our church youth group, about 12 kids ages 13-17. I'd like to plan a camp out with them. Because, like everyone, our church and the families don't have much money, I thought we might do the camp out in our backyard. We live in the country and have a large, flat back yard. We're building a fire pit this spring, so we can have a campfire and s'mores, and singing and games. I'm thinking of having the 5 girls sleep in the camper with me, and putting the boys in tents in the yard with hubby. Since one of our girls is dating one of our boys, we want as much distance as possible between them!

    What do we need to know about camping with a large group of teens? I figure with it being in the backyard it might be easier than going somewhere. If this is a success, then maybe we'll go to a state park in the future. My other thought about having it at home means we have a place to go in case of rain, or can have a "camp out" in the church fellowship hall. (S'mores over candles?)

    I appreciate any advice you can give! I'm excited about this and want it to be fun for "my" kids!

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    Just suround the pup with high voltage razor which you cut on from inside the pup and it will keep the boys at bay, If they even go to bed.

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    While planning this event get the youth involved planning the menu,a duty roster for the chores and the activities. Help them to develop a code of conduct and the repercussions if the code is broken. have a big tarp to set up if it rains. Some of the most memorable campouts with my scouts have been in the bad weather. Good luck and have fun.
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    EnglishTeacha -
    Thanks for posting this as I'd be interested in hearing the responses. I recently agreed to help lead the youth group in our church..the current leader is burnt out and is looking to get out soon.

    I know they've done camping trips in the past, so I'm sure they'd want to do more...and you can bet that I'm bringing the PUP along wherever we go!

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    I don't have experience with teenagers, but I have been a Cub Master for 6 years and have done more campouts with them then I can remember. The main think I have found is that kids get in trouble when they get board. Are best campouts were the ones where we had a very well planned schedule of events and some short periods of free time in between the planned events. By the evenings the kids were tired and ready to settle down for campfire time. Since Cub Scouts is family oriented, we have always had a few sisters along so there was a co-ed group. However, for this age group, the boys want to stay away from the girls and the girls sure enough want to stay away from the boys. Therefore, we did not have to worry much about the separation issue. Also, we have at least one parent, or guardian, for each Scout, except in the case of siblings. But again, I would try the keep them busy approach.

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  6. EnglishTeacha

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    I just checked out the Maine State Parks site. Group campsites are expensive!! There's a $25 reservation fee, then $3 per person, with a minimum of $30. That's more than $55 a night for our sized group! That's insane for a piece of ground with a long walk to the restroom! I guess we'll be camping in our backyard for sure. I'm planning on some volleyball or badminton, maybe some horseshoes; charades is a hit with our group, as are games like tag and team builders. Once it gets dark I figure we can play Apples to Apples, sing/guitar around the fire, and have some hang-out time. I'm sure the girls will be up giggling till late, and the boys will be eating...and eating. On our last overnight, hubby had to tell one of our boys to put the bag of chips away at 3 AM because the crunching was keeping them awake!

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  7. Matt O

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    I would suggest remembering what went on when you were a teenager and how things were done. I grew up in Scouting and then stayed on as a leader until I moved away at 25. Let's just say I caught a few kids doing things they shouldn't be doing. That was because I remembered what it was like to be a teenager and how I got away with things (or tried to at least). Having the kids come up with the rules and the punishment was always good. If not, I always carried a song book and told them to pick a song and sing.

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    Also maybe have a compation boys against girls and yes have a alarm on the camper door to let you know the door opened.

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    Hubby and I are volunteer leaders at a church camp, and also counsel there, so we're really good at anticipating what "might" happen! DH has a 1,000,000 candle power spotlight. We can see for miles with that thing. No sneaking off with us on duty!

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    Just wanted to say that I think it's so great you are doing this! These kids are going to have such nice memories of their camp outs. Perhaps it will be a whole new generation of PUPers?

    I think doing the first trip in your backyard is the perfect starting point. Maybe other church memebers have properties that would be good for future trips?

    Have fun & be sure to let us know how it goes.

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  11. gkosel

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    This is one of the things, I have proposed to our Director of Christian Education for this summer. So, I will be interested to hear how your trip goes as well as any other thoughts that others add to the thread.

    Sounds like fun (in some ways and stressful worrying about kids in other ways).

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