These are all the raw files I have on our Amazing Race, feel free to copy and edit.  We did some with teens, some with families and some with the whole church.  You could use this for team building too.

Parents Letter

March 25, 2005 Dear Parents, This WEDNESDAY’S AMAZING RACE – PLEASE COME!! I hope that you and your family are doing well. Our youth committee has been planning for 2005-2007 and in the near future, we want to solicit your input into our plans. Look for more communications as we design a new and exciting youth program! Next week during your child’s spring break our youth committee wanted to plan something fun. Next year, we plan to even have more planned activities as part of our strategic plan. Next Wednesday, March 30, 2005, we plan to have the Amazing Race. This is a fun event that was recently featured on CBS and has been successful with other church youth groups. We will meet at 6 PM at the Youth Shack. Some of you parents have volunteered to be drivers to chauffeur 2-3 students to race around Columbia (observing all the speed limits of course!). During your race, you will be directed to certain check points to find certain items and clues as part of a scavenger hunt. During your hunt, you will be given clues along the way to that will guide you to the next check point. The first two teams that arrive to the final, secret location will receive $100 each (donated by a church member!). Now, drivers, don’t forget your commission in all of this! This will be a great and fun opportunity to bring one new friend and have an Amazing night! We anticipate that it may last between 6-9 PM. Please encourage your child to participate and better yet, invite one or two of their friends for a fun and wild night! I hope to see you in the race!

 

Amazing Race Version 1

1. Start at Sap Shack Volley Ball Court Envelop buried in sand. Contents of Envelope= Your first Challenge is “Elementary My Dear”. Head to Midway Elementary in Lexington and find the Gym.
2. Midway Elementary – Team must shoot 50pts to receive clue. They can shoot 2,3 or half court is 25pts. One Team member shoots. Envelope = Make your way to Finley Park. Look for the “Man of Light”
3. Finley Park – Detour = Teams must choose task to perform. Students must choose between “Run” or “Roll” to Playground.
a. Option 1 – Entire team legs tied together 3 legged race, Must race from lower corner of Park where Light Man is to Playground.
b. Option 2 2 team members Wheel Barrel Race from lower corner to Playground.
i. Playground Envelope = Go to the State House Steps.
4. State House Steps 1 person must run up and down steps 15 times. On the last climb up they must yell the name “Adrian” (Rocky) . Envelope = Don’t Monkey Around. Get your Hyena over to the Zoo For your next challenge.
5. River Banks Zoo – Detour = Teams must choose between “Night Crawlers” or “Bovine Udders”
a. Option 1 – 1 team member must eat ½1/2 pound of Gummie Worms.
b. Option 2 – 1 team member must milk 1 cup from surgical Gloves.
i. Envelope = Find your way to the Columbia Conference Center
6. Columbia Conference Center – Detour = Teams must choose between “exercise” or “eat”
a. Option 1 Ride Exercise Bike for 1 mile.
b. Option 2 Drink 2 litter of Coke, Sprite or 1/2 Gallon Milk
i. Envelope = Head to the Upper Room

 

Amazing Race Version 2

Teams of 3 students and all 3 have to evenly share in the tasks. 1 person from each team for 1 task

1. Start at St Andrews Pres Volley Ball Court Envelope buried in sand. Contents of Envelope = Put the New Testament books in order.
2. Fellowship Bible – Ice kiddy Pool use Toes to grab 20 marbles
3. Riverbend – Shoot Basket Ball total of 50pts to receive clue. They can shoot 2 or 3pt shots.
4. River Banks Zoo – Detour – Teams must choose a task to perform.
a. Eat ½ pound of gummy worms and “dirt” with 1 hand in bucket of live earth worms
b. Put 2 live earth worms in mouth for 2 minutes
5. Finley Park – Detour = Teams must choose a task to perform. Students must choose between “Run” or “Roll” to Playground.
a. Option 1 – Dress in a ridiculous costume and run 3 laps around lake
b. Option 2 – build a bike and ride 1 lap around lake
6. Christ Church – bobbing for Spam
7. Columbia Conference Center – Bible Books Puzzle find 15 (30 Hidden Books)
8. Frankie’s Fun Park – Detour = Teams must choose between “exercise” or “eat”
a. Option 1 climb Rock wall
b. Option 2 Drink 2 liter of warm Coke 3 moon pie

9. Return to St Andrews Pres

Amazing Race Version 3

Amazing Race – Here is the rough draft of the night and I am open to suggestions 1. Race begins at St Andrews. (we will hide clues in sand volleyball court as to the location of the next event) 2. Fellowship Bible – Huh huh huh I’m hunting Wabbits. John you or a volunteer will dress up in a Bugs Bunny Costume (thank you Ebay) and hop along as someone on the team shoots at you with a paintball gun. Ahahahah, seriously you have to do this. We will have 2 guns with different color balls so we can tell when that teams has hit their mark. (we need 3 more guns w/Co2 and 4 different colors of paintballs) 3. Columbia Cross Roads or at AutoZone- Tire Change relay (you will need 4 cars, jacks, spare Tires, wheel blocks (I have some leaders that can help with this one) 4. Riverbend- Water Balloon Launcher into target (you will need 5 water balloon launchers, (lucky for you, I just bought 5 off Ebay) and 5 hula hoops, which you need to buy and a large parking lot 5. Christ Church -Find red jelly bean in a pie filled with multiple jellybeans and only 1 red one 6. River Park – teams must paddle across the old Canal in a canoe or kayak to retrieve the clue for the next location (St Andrews Has this location taken care of) 7. Columbia Conference center – Bible Quiz of some sort if anyone has one send it to me.(St Andrews will Man this one too) 8. Anchor Lanes – Team must score a strike or spare to get next clue. (St Andrews Man) 9. Return to St Andrews to tally up winners The one big change this year is the timed event. We are going to try this out and see if it works to help avoid cheating and demoralization of those who know they are in last place. How this will work is you each need to provide 3 or 4 stopwatches at your location and we will tally the teams name and their times at the end. The team with the best overall time wins the grand prize. The team who finishes all tasks first will win 2nd prizes etc

Amazing Race Family Edition

ð Fishers of Fish – catch 10 goldfish – Room 304 – 10-100pts
ð Bob The Builder – Build a sweet Lego Thingy – Room 102 – 50pts
ð Wii Bowling – Bowl 2 Strikes or 4 spares – Youth Lower Building – 100pts
ð Soaking Goliath – Water Balloon Sling Shot into Bulls eye Target – Front Lower Parking Lot – 5 – 100pts
ð NASCAR – Win a RC Car race – Room 306 – 150pts
ð Inflatable Jousting – Win a Battle – Family Center – 200pts
ð Fruity Piggies – Bob for Prizes from the Cereal Box – Kitchen Freezer – 5-100 pts
ð Bible Knowledge – answer bible quiz – Room 203 – 10-130pts
ð Parachuting Ninjas – Get ninja to land on Target – Sanctuary Balcony – 5-100pts
ð Wiggle While You Work – eat 20 gummy worms or put 2 live worms in mouth for 60 seconds – Room 205 – 200pts
ð Wabbit Season – shoot the Bugs Bunny with Paintball gun – Youth Building Front Porch – 100 – 500pts
ð I wanna be Like Mike – Shoot 15 pts – Playground Basketball Goal – 100pts
ð Illegal Slinky Races – Win a Slinky race in the Secret Room – Find the Secret Room in the Main church building (500pts)
o (by the way, if you tell people where it is, it won’t be a secret, so shhhhhh J)
Win Race – 250pts
ð Gladiator Obstacle Course – PlayGround – 200pts

Amazing Race Family Edition 2

Gas prices were up, plus we had parents driving like crazy so we put everything together on our church grounds. Instead of 1 race point leading to next, this is point based, so they can choose to do whatever they want in a 45 min time period. Some are harder and take more time and thus are worth more etc. I’ll describe each event below.

I’m Popeye the Sailor Man – Win a Boat Race Room 204 –100pts
Ducks of Death – pick a Duck if you Dare!! – Room 302 – ???pts
Bob The Builder – Build a sweet Lego Thingy – Room 102 – 100pts
Wii Baseball – Knock 1 out of the Park – Youth Lower Building – 50pts for each homer before 3 strikes
Soaking Goliath – Water Balloon Sling Shot into Bulls eye Target – Front Lower Parking Lot – 5 – 100pts
Carnie Shoot out – shoot old timey ducks – Room 301- 10-300pts
NASCAR – Win a RC Car race – Room 304 – 150pts
Inflatable Bungee Run – Win a Battle – Family Center – 500pts
Fruity Piggies – Bob for Prizes from the Cereal Box – Kitchen Freezer – 5-100 pts
Bible Knowledge – answer bible quiz – Room 203 – 10pts each right answer
Parachuting Ninjas – Get ninja to land on Target – Sanctuary Balcony – 5-500pts
Fear Factor –put 2 live worms in mouth for 60 seconds + Enter the chamber of live bugs!!– Sanctuary Car port -300pts
Wabbit Season – shoot the Bugs Bunny with Paintball gun – Youth Building Front Porch – 500pts
I wanna be Like Mike – Shoot 15 pts – Playground Basketball Goal – 100pts
I Lost on Jeopardy – Test your Bible Knowledge – Super Secret Hallway – Find the Secret Room in the Main church building (500pts) + pts for right answer
o (by the way, if you tell people where it is, it won’t be a secret, so shhhhhh )
Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course – Playground – 200pts

Details on how to setup each game

Popeye – we took 2 rain gutters and capped them at both ends (Do this outside, learn from my mistakes 🙂 Then you can go to cracker barrel and get these wooden boats that are powered by a balloon you blow up. There is a wooden peg on top with a hole that you put balloon over after contestant blows up and the air is displaced out the bottom. Old School Fun. Teams stays until they win a race to get points.

Ducks of Death – just sounds fun, but it’s just the old rubber duckies in a kiddie pool with a # written on the bottom 1 = 100 pts 2= 300 pts 3=Pie in Face of someone in group +500 or -500pts. Let the group pie the member of their group, you just have the whip cream pie ready.

Bob the Builder – get a pile of legos and you can get some simple designs online for boats or cars or the Death Star whatever, just tell them they 3 min to build item.

Wii Baseball play homerun derby on wii they have to get a home run and they get 50pts for each one they hit

Soaking Goliath get 2, 3man sling shots and fill up a bunch of water balloons then have targets down the parking lot or field. We used hula hoops and sidewalk chalk to make big targets. Harder to hit higher points.

Carnie Shootout I found a electronic duck game at Cracker Barrel and then went to eBay and got it cheaper. It has a little pistol and the ducks rotate around on a track and you have a timer built in and they get 10pts for shooting each duck.

Bible Knowledge – answer bible quiz see list for more info

Parachuting Ninjas – There is only so much you can do in a Santuary without getting in to much trouble, this is one of them. Get tiny parachuting ninjas from ebay, go to balcony have them drop a few until they get one to land on Target. We used hula hoops again for targets down below on floor, pews, pulpit etc (Watch out for hanging speakers etc. My first throw was into a speaker. That ninja was up there for 5 months hiding until I had to get him down with a leaf blower J )

Fear Factor – build a head chamber out of Plexiglass and packing tape. put 2 live worms in mouth for 60 seconds then dump couple 100 crickets on top of their heads. Twisted I know, but there were little girls and moms doing this before some of the students! They were hardcore! (oh yeah, and do this one outside, cause the crickets like to escape and you thought your cell phone was bad going off, try 1000 crickets living in your building)

Wabbit Season – get bugs and easter bunny costume after Halloween sale or eBay. Bribe that crazy kid in your youth group to dress up in bunny suit. Try this line “you won’t do it” or “how much would it take to get you in that costume” Put paintball mask on then bunny mask over top to protect students eyes. Once student is in costume use paintball gun to shoot the Bunny as he hops around collecting eggs in a basket.

I wanna be Like Mike duh use yer basketball goal have someone shoot ball

I Lost on Jeopardy – Test your Bible Knowledge playing Jeopardy with Sr Pastor as game show host.

Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course – go to your Playground and make stuff up like run up slide jump down on mini trampoline climb ladder and ring bell duct taped to tree branch

 

Bible Quiz

Name 4 of the 10 commandments.

2. Which brothers were known as ‘Boanerges’ or ‘the sons of thunder’?
A. Simon and Andrew
B. James and John
C. Thomas and Thaddaeus
D. Matthew and Bartholomew

3. This man was so afraid of the anger of his twin brother that he offered him 220 goats, 220 sheep, 30 milk camels and their colts, 40 cows, 10 bulls, 20 female donkeys and 10 foals to appease him.
A. Joseph
B. Jacob
C. Nahor
D. Judah

4. After the flood Noah sent out what Animal to see if it could find dry land?
A. Dolphin named Flipper
B. Crow
C. Flock of Seagulls
D. Dove

5. Who was the first king to reign at Jerusalem?
A. Solomon
B. David
C. Saul
D. Nebuchadnezzar

6.What short man ran to see Jesus but could not because of his height?
A. Zechariah
B. Zacchaeus
C. Zenu
D. Ziashia

7. What little girl did Jesus raise from the dead after telling people she was only asleep?
A. The widow of Nain’s daughter
B. Peter’s mother in-law
C. Shirley Temple
D. Jairus’s daughter

8.Which two men introduced their wives as their sister because they feared they would be murdered to get their wives?
A. Abram (Abraham) and Isaac
B. Methuselah and Laban
C. Judah and Hiram
D. Joseph and Benjamin

9. What was the name of the slave who ran away in the short New Testament book of Philemon?
A. Justus
B. Philemon
C. Annas
D. Onesimus

10. What Old Testament prophet ordered an angry bears to attack a group of teenagers for making fun of his bald spot?
A. Samson
B. Elisha
C. Elijah
D. Isiah

Answers

1.

ONE: ‘You shall have no other gods before Me.’

TWO: ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.’ (No Idols)

THREE: ‘You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.’

FOUR: ‘Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.’

FIVE: ‘Honor your father and your mother.’

SIX: ‘You shall not murder.’

SEVEN: ‘You shall not commit adultery.’

EIGHT: ‘You shall not steal.’

NINE: ‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.’ (Don’t Lie)

TEN: ‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.’

James and John (B)
Jacob (B)
Dove (D)
Saul (C)
Zacchaeus (B)
Jairus’s daughter (D)
Abram (Abraham) and Isaac (A)
Onesimus (D)
Elisha (B)

 

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