Five Buck Receipt Rush
This event requires little planning and is always very fun. Sometimes it requires a bit of a budget, depending on how many kids are on each team. I usually charge a dollar and end up in the red. If you charge two you could break even or even come out ahead. I advertise that the winning team gets pizza at our local cheap pizza joint.
Have as many teams as you do vehicles. For every vehicle, have a safe adult leader who will be driving! Each team is given $5 to spend as they wish. The contest however, is to get the greatest amount of receipts, each from a different store or restaurant. The total dollar amount of these receipts must be equal to, or less than, $5. The team that gets the most receipts and makes it to the meeting spot (the pizza place) by a certain time is the winner.
I also have a rule that every receipt given must be witnessed by a staff member and signed by them. This keeps the team together and helps prevent them from whipping out a receipt they had from the day before.
If I do have extra money I sometimes surprise them and buy them all sodas. This will appease the losing teams a little more.
Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Bullying Breakthrough; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.