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Alexis Waid

Alexis has a Master's degree from Denver Seminary and a Bachelor's degree from Colorado Christian University. She has been in professional ministry for over 15 years. She has served in ministry positions such as co-pastor, youth minister, and spiritual director.
She is a mom, wife, and passionate believer that Jesus changes everything.
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The end of the school year is a great time to have parties that are geared toward reflection, as it is a natural time to look back over the year and see what has transpired. 

Youth love to reflect and reminisce, LOVE. Seriously.

Oh and before we get started a great free resource that can accompany these party ideas is our list of 27 no prep outdoor games for both large and small youth groups.

End Of The School Year Party Ideas For Youth Group #1: Bonfire

5 Awesome End Of The School Year Party Ideas For Youth Group

I don’t know what it is about bonfires, but youth love them. It’s not just the fire! Bonfires aren’t a common occurrence for many youth, so the fire itself creates an atmosphere perfect for deep conversation and establishing that it’s no order youth group meeting.

If there is a place in your area where you can have a bonfire, great! Go there. If not, check with other adults or parents and find places for your bonfire. Of course, your church might even have space on its property for a fire, but it never hurts to look into options.

And yes, S’mores are a must!

5 Awesome End Of The School Year Party Ideas For Youth Group

Again, what is also great about situating your end of the school year party around a bonfire is that it is a natural place for reflection. 

It’s the perfecting setting to capitalize on getting the youth to open up and share about their high and low points of the school year.

Use the opportunity to ask them questions, like:

What was your favorite youth group event or meeting was over the past year?

Do you feel like your have grown this year?

Thinking about the first day of school and now the last, have you changed from that first day of school? If so, how?

Biggest regret of the year?

Biggest win of the year?

Biggest surprise of the year?

Biggest hope for the next school year?

What are your plans for summer?

Plan to play some outdoor games. We have a great list of awesome outdoor youth group games that your kids will have a blast playing. 

End Of The School Year Party Ideas For Youth Group #2: Cookout

5 Awesome End Of The School Year Party Ideas For Youth Group

So much potential in this end of the school year party idea!

Serve hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon.

Play lawn games or plan to have the cook out at a park.

Or if you live in a warmer climate, plan to do this at a nearby lake or at one of the youth’s homes that have a swimming pool.

Bring a volleyball and organize a game.

End Of The School Year Party Ideas For Youth Group #3: Party At The Youth Minister’s Or Leader’s House

5 Awesome End Of The School Year Party Ideas For Youth Group

Youth have ALWAYS loved coming over to my house, as well as the other leader’s homes. They love seeing where you live and its a great place to have an end of the year party. 

You could watch a movie

You could make them dinner

You could just hang out

Seriously they will just love being over at your house, it will be a memorable night for them.

End Of The School Year Party Ideas For Youth Group #4: Hawaiian Luau Party

Have the youth wear Hawaiian print, grass skirts, straw hats, leis, flip flops, etc.

Serve a ham or even roast a pig (there might be people in your congregation that do this).

Serve pineapple and other tropical fruit.

Have a Spam eating contest, or enjoy different Spam dishes.

Play limbo.

End Of The School Year Party Ideas For Youth Group #5: Costume Party

5 Awesome End Of The School Year Party Ideas For Youth Group

What a way to end the school year with a costume party!

Ideas:

Have the youth dress up

Get candy

Play games 

Prizes for best costumes

Here’s to a great end of the year party! You made it through another school year-kudos!

For more Youth Ministry resources check out these great posts:

50 No Prep Youth Group Games

101 Conversation Starters For Ministry

128 Small Group Questions For Youth Group

450 Lesson Topics For Youth Group

5 Awesome End Of The School Year Party Ideas For Youth Group