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lol, i had to laugh when I read STORMS reply... I too haven't done a traditional "lock-in" in over a decade at our church. When I hit 30 I told our parents I wasn't going to do them, which they complained about, and I suggested a compromise that they replace me from 3am to 9am. No takers LOL.

Bottom line on lock in games and schedule. Pack it with creative and fun stuff. There is nothing more boring than board games and a movie all night. We also left the building ( I know, defeats the purpose of a "lock-in") but we would do video scavenger hunts in the early AM, or get a high school to open their pool w/ lifeguard in the middle of the night etc...( I threw live goldfish in the pool for the kids to catch for a prize for most caught)

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play a game of sardines where you lock yourself in your office and sleep the night away on the couch!

or at least for an hour or two!

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We do a lock in the last friday of every month. Ours is just for JH so i'm not sure what would be useful for HS. It's called "NerdFest 3000" and as you could probably guess it's mostly about video games. We usually just have kids bring their xbox 360's and system link about 8 of them so they can play Halo 3 together. We also have a project for rockband2 and one for a wii. Most kids just play video games all night.

But we do all this in a gym so games like Romans vs. Christians is good, Ultimate Frisbee is popular, any form of tag (some kids just run in circles all night, haha), maybe some dodgeball. I'm not sure what HS kids like to do, but JH kids love to run for no reason, haha.

Like Storm said...Good Luck my friend.

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Oh man good luck I quit doing them a long time ago. You're more Man than I. The last one we did was pretty cool! All nighter not lock in

We started off with a concert at the church, (incorporated a little worship not much though) about 6ish

Loaded the busses and headed to a water park for an after hour party, 8 pm.

bowling at about midnight and finally ended up at a movie theatre about 3 am. for a double feature. Most kids crashed out in theatre. 6 am we went back to church for breakfast and pick up at 7 or so!

They loved it. We split shifts up with volunteer staff! Drivers at different times that kind of thing!

Anyway good luck man! I'm too old for that stuff anymore I go to bed at like 9:30 now. I would never make it

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Below is a link to a Freebie Friday I did a couple years ago with three different lock-in schedules, over 40 game ideas, and two outreach/evangelistic talks. Hopefully you'll find some of that to be helpful for sparking ideas.

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If you have the room Capture the Flag is always a hit.

We also do a great game called Gladiators if you have the room for it.

There isn't room to type the rules here, so if you want to know more just send me an email at mark@thepsm.com.

Hope it goes well.