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3 Things we do on Trips that we’d never do back home (but maybe we should).

Mike Rhoades | Jul 4, 2015

If you've been in or around youth ministry long enough you've probably noticed some interesting oddities pop up on trips.  Here are 3 inexplicable things that seem to show up on youth trips.

Floppy Hats

Unless you make it a habit of frequenting the Kentucky derby I doubt you wear floppy hats around town everyday.  So why do we think they are the perfect hat when we are traveling?  Maybe we’re hugely adverse to sunscreen for our ears and neck (Sunburn on the ears is the worst).  Maybe we have always secretly wanted to wear them after watching the Crocodile Hunter tame a wild beast on TV.  Whatever the case, these questionably fashioned hats are everywhere.  

Group Chants

Ok aside from sporting events when does life present the opportunity to chant more so than on youth group trips.  Inevitably some kid will say something funny, another kid (or leader) will pick up on it, and then it becomes the chant for the week.  One year at summer camp we gave out awards and one of our leaders got the “I Can Make a Chant out of Anything” award.

and last but certainly not least….

Stay Up ALL Night

What is it about a youth trip that makes sleep so off limits.  Sleep is good, sleep makes for happy people.  Yet leaders and students throw caution to the wind on youth trips and stay up all night…EVERY night!  Then we wonder why Suzy student mysteriously has a bad attitude on day 3 and Peter pain in the rear is getting on everyones nerves.  Maybe we allow it because we want to create memories with students.  Some of the coolest conversations about God have happened at three in the morning...I think, we were all too tired to actually remember!

What are some of the weird little quirks you've noticed on your recent trips? Can you imagine if we started doing these things in real life? Mostly, can you imagine if we all lived with the same reckless abandon in our everyday lives that we show on youth trips? What if we stopped worrying about being cool and became who you wanted to be, that's way more attractive anyway. What if we saw every moment as an opportunity to make a memory, an impression that could change someones life? Let's be moment makers, trend setters! [subscribe2]

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