Top Summer Games for Youth Ministry

If there is one thing that I struggle with is planning games. I try to delegate games as much as possible so it is not my responsibility, and I can blame someone else if things go horribly wrong 🙂 Well, I feel that if things are working, I better share to the ones who struggle planning games like I do.

  1. Slip n Slide– This is a traditional idea, but it is loved by the students if the slip n slide does not tear, and it slides fast. Also, it is vital that you have a decent core participating among the students so that more new students will participate.
  2. Water Kickball– We set up a small pool at each base including home plate. Then, we do a slip n slide in between each base. They kick the ball, and have to go down the slip n slide to the base. The rules stay the same from regular kick ball. The students love it especially when you get teams going both ways. You have a team going from third base around to home, and a team going around first to home. It gets intense, because you have people running into each other, slipping down, and getting hit by kick balls.
  3. Old School Dodgeball– Okay, the guys love this much more than the girls, but this game is a classic, and most love it. Some girls like it as well.
  4. Casual Cook out/hang out– Look, some students just like hanging out chilling with their friends. Do not force them to be a part of the game, find things that work for them. Instead of having this huge game, why not just have casual snacks and plan volleyball and corn hole. If they do not want to play, they can just stand-off and hang out.
  5. Big Ball Volleyball– We normally put a bus on our field, and play with a massive volleyball. We play a regular game of volleyball with a bus so no one can see over the bus meaning seeing what direction the ball is coming from.

[Question]: What summer games have worked for your youth ministry?

Published by Josh Evans

Josh is the connections pastor of the Oakleaf campus of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL. Before that, Josh had been a mentor and pastor to students for 10 years. Josh is passionate about empowering church leaders to make a difference. Josh and his wife Abby have two children. You can connect further with Josh on this blog or send him a direct email at

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