Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Lock-In Recap

We shared with you last week that we were gearing up to host our spring lock-in.  We usually try to have 2 lock-ins a year for the youth at our church—1 in the spring and 1 in the fall.  Any more than that and we might be deemed insane.  We can’t have that.

Friday night, 10 kids showed up at the church for the lock-in.  We couldn’t have asked for a better group of kids—there were no arguments, no injuries and only 1 hole in the wall (caused by a friendly wrestling match that took place sometime in the wee morning).

We started off the night with food and then moseyed outdoors for a bonfire and S’Mores (squeal!).  I did good—I only had 1 and it was oh so delicious.  I think the kids were more interested in playing basketball, because at one point it ended up being me, my S’More and the blazing fire—a pathetic combination. 

 We got this group shot before everyone got distracted with the basketball . . .

Once it got dark, we headed indoors for a few fun group games.  I can’t tell you how excited I was about these, and the kids loved them!  Nathan did such a great job picking the games out.

We played Pamper Your Pallet . . . a game where the kids had to open a baby diaper that held inside a melted chocolate bar.  They then had to guess which chocolate bar was inside each diaper. 

Ewww.  Needless to say, I won’t be eating a Snickers anytime soon. Double Ewww.

Then we played the frozen t-shirt game . . . this was hilarious!  Each team was given a frozen t-shirt and whichever team defrosted theirs first and put it on one of their team members won.  One group of kids put their t-shirt in the stifled bonfire, and the other group was clever enough to put theirs in the microwave.  They had a lot of fun with this one.
This is the winning team sporting their defrosted t-shirt

We played the duct tape game . . . the kids were blindfolded and had duct tape on their heads, and had to pick up as many straws as they could off of the floor.

 And we played tons of other games—hide-n-seek in the dark, loaded questions, Wii, foosball, pool, etc. 

We even played, "Who can shoot the marshmallow the farthest?"

From their nose, of course 

Around 2 AM, I hit the sack and hubby followed shortly after around 3 AM.  All of the girls were asleep at this point, so we thought, “How much damage can 5 boys do while everyone is asleep?”  

I answered that for myself when I woke up at 6 AM to a destroyed fellowship hall—chips and soda were everywhere, a hole in one of the Sunday School classrooms, and one of our boys’ face covered in marker (he fell asleep before the other boys did, and let’s just say it wasn’t pretty).  Did I mention that sometime during the night our whiteboard also got broken?  5 boys + lots of sugar and energy = DESTRUCTION!!!

In their defense, the kids were great about cleaning up, and when we left at 8 AM you couldn’t even tell that 5 boys had ransacked the place.  :)

We had such a great time this year—new kids came and brought new friends and we had some fun games and fellowship.  Oh, and sometime during the lock-in a relationship started—we now have our first “couple” in the youth group (yikes!).



  1. Ahhhh, Young Love! Too Funny! Glad y'all had a great time :)

  2. I'm exhausted just seeing all that you did. I know it's a lot of work but church should be a place where kids can learn that Christians can have fun - without drinking!

  3. wow -- what a night. so glad you two have a heart for this!


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