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Youth Ministry Summer Challenge

Youth Ministry

101 ideas to do this summer to stay connected with teens and build community!

The rules are simple: whichever group completes the most items on the list by Labor Day wins a prize!
Decide which activities your youth group will so and then share a photo in the AOD Youth Ministers Facebook Group with #101AODSummmer


1st: Pizza Party
2nd: Ice Cream Party
3rd: Donut Party


  • Have a picnic
  • Invent your own ice cream sandwich
  • Make your own grilled pizza
  • Movie night
  • Water balloon fight
  • Smores night
  • Camp-out
  • Watermelon seed spitting contest
  • Invent your own smoothie night
  • Virtual vacation night
  • Boardgame night
  • Pancakes and pjs
  • Un-birthday party
  • Glow night
  • Make up your own sport
  • Yard game night
  • Scavenger hunt


  • Make your own popsicles/ milkshakes
  • Challenge another youth group to a sporting event
  • Bingo night
  • Trivia night
  • Glow in the dark capture the flag
  • Cornhole tournament
  • Retro game night
  • Life skills night
  • Field day/ olympics
  • Super Sundae night
  • Riddles and giggles night
  • Sno-cone party and sno-ball games
  • Host a summer book club
  • Have a garage sale
  • Have a lemonade stand
  • Silent disco/dance party


  • Serve & swim
  • Visit a nursing home
  • Volunteer in the community
  • Plant a garden
  • Serve the parish elderly
  • St. Elizabeth’s soup kitchen
  • Help with parish vbs
  • Cook for a homeless shelter
  • Host a food drive
  • Volunteer at a local food pantry
  • Clean a local park
  • Offer a free car wash
  • Host a school supply drive
  • Attend Prayer and Action
  • Penny night
  • Shirt-off-your-back night
  • Nickel and dime night


  • Painting night
  • Create a sidewalk chalk mural
  • Poster contest
  • Photo competition
  • Summer craft night
  • DIY kite night
  • Tye dye day
  • Talent show
  • Karaoke night
  • Create a flashmob
  • Make your own pinatas
  • Lip-sync battle
  • Video project
  • Duct tape night
  • ┬áTime capsule night
  • Nailed it – cookie night


  • Pray a rosary
  • Scripture study
  • Make a playlist of favorite Christian songs
  • Adoration & dessert night
  • Pick a saint, research their lives and share
  • Mass & breakfast
  • Mother Cabrini Shrine
  • Mass & sports group
  • Stations of the Cross at St. Malo
  • Vocations night
  • Bible study series
  • Cook for a homeless shelter
  • Day retreat
  • Create prayer journals
  • Attend Steubenville of the Rockies


  • Go to a baseball game
  • Bowling
  • Go to a Christian concert
  • Spend the day at Annunciation Heights
  • Go hiking
  • Go to a waterpark
  • Frozen yogurt night
  • Go to an amusement park
  • Ice skating
  • Pool party
  • Rollerskating
  • Beach day (Reservoir day)
  • Visit the zoo
  • Visit a museum
  • Escape room
  • Mini golf
  • Dress up and go to a fast food restaurant
  • Climb a mountain
  • Go fishing
  • Go to a movie