5/24/2012

Looking For a Service Opener?

I love new ideas. Whether they're totally new or just new to me, new ideas bring about new thinking and new thinking brings new perspective.

So, I thought I'd leave an idea here that I have loved for the past 9 years.

If you're looking for a creative way to open your large group gathering, this has worked for me!

Now, I need to say this first: This isn't my idea. I got it from Kurt while I was working for him as an intern.

It's called the impossible shot. Kurt used a football to throw toward a hole on the stage, but I've had to adapt for my room. Here's how I do it, and a list of materials needed:

  • First, I ask for 4 volunteers from the audience. 2 guys and 2 girls. Then I have them meet me in the back of our room.

  • Second, I hand them each a frisbee. We use dogobies because we have throw over the heads of the crowd and, in case of a stray throw, don't want to kill anyone. They're $5 at a sports store or can be found online.
    I always make a joke that they're "floppy" discs. Not that students know what those are...
  • Third, and one by one, I bring each student to a predetermined spot for their throw. But before they throw, I ask them three questions. 1) What's your name? 2) What school do you go to? and 3) Something super random. (What's your favorite flavor Pop Tart? If you could be like a mermaid, but with another animal as your bottom half, what would that animal be? Etc.)

  • And finally, one by one, they get to throw at our target, which is a collapsable Disc Golf basket. We got ours at a local sports store for $135.
    Expensive? Maybe. But can be used for lots of things! And great for spontaneous park days or free time rec at camp!
  • What about a prize? Well, this is where the fun comes in! The first week, it's a $5 gift card to a place of your choosing. After that (for as long as no one makes the shot, the value of the gift card goes up $5 each week, and freezes at $100. So what happens when someone finally makes it? They get the value of the gift card and the bank is drained back down to $5 for the next week!

  • Some important things to remember: You need to make the shot tough, but not really impossible. It might take a while before someone hits it. But when they do, they crowd will erupt! Ooh! And it helps if you can demonstrate how to throw at the beginning for the students. It really helps if you make it to give them something to strive for!

Does all of this make sense? If you have questions, leave them in the comments. And while you're there, why not leave one of your ideas for opening a large group gathering!

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