The Amazing Race
Families do a cross between a scavenger hunt with the Amazing race.
Clues as to the next country with challenges though out.
Like making a salad that is from the country they are in. Greek = Greece and so on, others make other dishes all to be eaten at the end of the Race. (Refreshments)
I have done this with the Base Families were I live. We also had a med tent so teddy bears and other stuffed Animals could receive medical treatment for small tares; they go home in field dressing. The kids love that.
I use to do special events on the base.
Halloween can be a family dance using Halloween music like the monster mash and so on.
Families can also do an emergency properness (sp) (Sorry head cold)
They can learn how to make a 72 hour kit with a list provided before the activity. They can then make it that night.
Hygiene kits and so on all of these lists can be found on the church web site.
Asking families to save their news papers, not colored flyers new print.
From that they can learn to roll an emergency fuel supplely by making news print logs and then dipping them in a tub filled with dish soap and water then setting them on end against the curb parking lot to dry. This is a none combustible fuel that is safer to store then others.
Families can also make those soup mixes in jars (there are 100’s of those) check out the internet for ideas.
I have done swine Olympics.
Dividing in to groups and hold a swine based Olympics. Each group must come up with a name of their country like (Swinenova) their are given a time limit for name and making of a flag (old sheets work good) the opening ceremonies can be fun by giving them a instruments made out of things around the house. They have to sing and display there flag and introduces their country’s name. All countries must sing their own version of the song “Be king to your fathered friends a duck maybe somebody’s mother” adding their name.
The games include mud rolling, that is rolling a marshmallow down a table though plates chocolate pudding and back again, using only your nose. (Timed race)
Trough eating is hands behind your back sucking Jell-O off paper plats (Timed race)
That is safer then cereal that can be sucked up your noise. (Don’t use that)
Hot piggy is a game were you use a large plastic piggy bank (dollar store) fill it with something to make it some what heavy (I used pennies tap in closed) the weight needs to shift around, members of the teams wear oven mitts and play hot potato with the piggy to music.
Slippery pig contest can be done by groups chasing down primary children and putting them in a peg (roped off chairs) this is a lot of fun for the younger children they always slip under the ropes and the chance is on again. Each country is given a point for each piglet placed in the pen. (Timed race)
The cercal of swine each group has a person sit in the cercal each person puts on a rubber pig nose (Costume supply store) and turns to the person next to them and makes pig sounds. If that person laughs or giggles there out.
The harvest game Using a broom sticks groups must retrieve plastic food like fake fruit out of a basket and like floor hockey get it across the gym floor and into another basket.
I first used large candy bars and the group had to unwrap it with the sticks but enthusiasm got the better of them and candy was every were!
Finley Hog calling, have a microphone for this. I found out a group of young women go all out for this and always win. Young men have a un-cool attitude and can’t seem to call loud enough to win.
All games are judged by appointed by the bishop.
Mind you can lose points for members not participating, such a youth who see this as un-cool. Does not happen much,
Older ward members have fun just watching and cheering them on.
I used this as a young women’s president for a mutual activity and made a trophy out of a wooden cutting board with a large piggy bank glued to it. A row of engraved plats named the winning team every year. It was awarded by the bishop the next sacrament meeting.
If this was done on a fast Sunday the youth were among the members with testimonies of the youth programs. By the 2nd year we set up bleachers for the families and older member to watch from. It turned it to an on going activity and they loved it.
I have since then moved away but hear it is still on going.
I am not myself today but those are a few ideas.