Archives for Youth

Social Skills & Success: Communication, Cooperation, & Coordination

Social skills are all about communication and understanding. Being able to express yourself and being able to understand others are the building blocks of any socially adept person, and can have a profound impact on a child’s success later in life. Sometimes it can be hard for adults to explain the importance of learning how to make friends, how to get along well with others, or how to communica....
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4 Team Bonding Activities for Student Athletes

Cohesion, communication, and collaboration aren’t just perks for teams of teen athletes, they’re requisites. Team building activities can help any team work better together. Whether you’ve got a group of seasoned teens that need a refresher course to revitalize their team spirit or a newly-made team that needs to establish some camaraderie, we’ve got you covered.  We....
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3 Group Games to Jumpstart Conversations

Are you trying to help a group of teens work well together and become more unified? Do the teens in your youth group seem like they’d rather be on Instagram (or doing nothing at all) than talking to each other? If you’re struggling to find strategies to help your youth group bond and start talking with each other, we’ve got some ideas. Here are three great games to jumpstart conversations b....
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3 Team Games for Building Trust with Teens

Are you a youth leader? Have you spent hours planning the perfect social event for your teens? Have you put in days’ worth of work developing lessons that deliver the perfect breakthrough message? Have you ever planned events or meetings in hopes of building trust between teenagers in your charge? Do you listen to top 40 stations just to find ways to connect with the kids? Have you done all this....
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9 Festive Youth Christmas Party Activities

Christmas is almost here! (finally) And it’s time to start planning youth events. As youth ministers know, Christmas is a wonderful time in the church. 91% of US citizens celebrate Christmas, and church attendance jumps 30% during the holiday. This is a great time for outreach to these new visitors. So how can the youth ministry take advantage of this increase? Rally the troops and host a youth....
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How One Team Changed Their Focus

As the popularity of social media and the availability of cell phones increases, it seems the word “bullying” has surfaced in the news on a daily basis. From stories of the recent conflicts in the Dolphins football team, to the young special needs student in Plano who was viciously cyber-bullied by a fellow classmate. Unfortunately we hear about many of these stories when a student takes drastic measures because they were unable to receive the help they needed. It’s not often that we turn on the news and hear about students standing up against this growing issue.
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Lindsey Cline Overcomes Her Fear of Heights

This August Group Dynamix will celebrate fifteen years of connecting people in fun ways, and inspiring individuals to take steps toward reaching their potential. Being part of the growth process of a group during an event is very fulfilling, but rarely do we get to witness the ongoing impact of an event on an individual after the event. Last week we got a glimpse of that impact. Lindsey Cline came to Group Dynamix about a year ago with her club volleyball team the “Tejas.” Like most teams that come to Group Dynamix, the athletes were challenged as a team and individually. One of the challenges that they experienced was our indoor high ropes challenge course. For many who experience our challenge course, they are immediately exhilarated by the thought of taking a risk, but others are confronted and paralyzed by fears. Lindsey fell into the latter category. One of the challenges on our ropes course is called the power pole, affectionately known as the pamper pole or challenge pole. Our power pole consists of a 17' utility pole where participants climb their way to the top of the pole, maintain their balance while standing on top, and then leap for a trapezes bar 8’ in front of them.
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Teaming Tips: Six Count

Six Count’s Goal: To have an individual or team work together as a team to a full six count. When this activity is first seen, it gets a lot of ooh’s and aaahh’s, but only if you can pull it off yourself. This is one of those activities you demonstrate first and see if the participants can follow. It is recommended to only show them once. If you can’t do the following, then ask for ....
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Teaming Tips: Line Tag

What Supplies are needed? Duct Tape Set Up: Tape lines on the floor. We used duct tape but could use your gym lines already there. How it’s played? One person is “it.” Plays like normal tag but you can never leave the lines. Once tagged you become the next “it. Variations: 1. You cannot Jump Lines 2. Once tagged you are out 3. For the younger kids, “its” are spiders and sta....
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