Thanksgiving Club Ideas

November 12, 2012

We actually are not having club during Thanksgiving week this year. Lots of kids are already going to be out of town and it seems a good week to rest before we gear up to finish the semester strong. 

If you
are having a Thanksgiving themed club, here are a few ideas you can steal. 

The New Rebecca Black 

Check out this incredible music video: Nicole Westbrook’s ‘It’s Thanksgiving. 

Turkey Bowl

Lots of clubs/areas around the country hold an annual YL Turkey Bowl. It’s a fun tradition to start if you don’t do it yet. You can take it multiple directions, but it’s basically a football game with other Young Lifey add-ons. Making shirts is always a hit.  Creating competition between classes/teams helps. Kind of a Jr vs Sr powderpuff feel. 


No matter what you do, use the opportunity to teach kids to serve. Have kids bring can goods to the event. Serve together at a homeless shelter before club.  Put together Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes


Sean McGever at recently posted some helpful thoughts about creating a YL traditionof thankfulness


Turkey Stuffing (Stolen from

Divide into teams. Give each person a balloon
(the stuffing) and one large shirt or sweatshirt. Give them one minute to
“prep” their turkey by blowing up the balloon and stuffing them in the shirt of
one person on their team. When the time is up you have a sumo match. The last
one standing wins.

Turkey Bowling (Stolen from

Borrow ‘damaged’ bowling pins from a local alley. Drill finger holes into a 14-16lb frozen turkey.  Have 3 kids bowl a frame.
You may want to put down cheap black plastic sheet (from any hardware
store) for an alley. Also have someone at the end of the pins to catch
the turkey or you may put a nice hole in a wall. Play chicken dance
songs as background music or even a kid who hunts may be able to make
turkey calls. Have folks ready to reset the pins.

Turkey Trophy 

You can make a turkey out
of an old bowling ball (body) and pin (as the head). Use feathers and a
red sock as a goblet and paint the ball with winners names. 

Turkey Head

Just a slight twist on the ol’ surgical glove on the head game, because it does look like a turkey. Get three volunteers to pull the glove over their head, just below their nose. When the music starts, they race to blow it up as big as they can. It can get huge!  Take pics.

If you have any other Thanksgiving ideas to share, please comment below and we’ll add them to the post. 

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