May The Odds Be With You: Youth Group Games

Quick Overview:

We put 60 seconds on the clock with the Lord of The Rings soundtrack blasting in the background as students try to shoot an arrow through a hoop using the Z-Curve Bow. We randomly choose 3 students to take a shot at it, and if one of them is able to shoot an arrow though the hoop, they win a better than normal prize.

Supplies You’ll Need:

1. The Z-Curve Bow. This thing is amazing, if you haven’t bought one yet, stop reading and go to Walmart right now. For a kid’s toy, the arrows fly. I would not recommend using this around antique vases. For more details here is a link to the product.

2. Some Kind of Target. We have a pretty big room so we hung a hula-hoop half way up our wall and had students stand about 50 feet away. But you can use something smaller at a closer distance if that’s all you have room for.


Since we were giving students only 60 seconds to shoot as many times as they could at the target, we bought a few sets off the bows so they had more arrows to shoot instead of waiting for us to get the arrows back to them. Also, you’ll need to prepare your target, but other than that you’re pretty much set.

Game Play:

We don’t play this as our featured game for the morning, it’s just used as a quick first segment that gives a few students a chance at a better than normal prize. For a while we were offering $30 cash if a student could hit the target. Once we gave that away we downgraded to a large container of cereal marshmallows (pictured below, and yes they are only the marshmallows). But the idea is we randomly choose 3 students as “tributes” and give them 60 seconds to try and hit the target. We intentionally make this game hard since we want it to be a big deal if someone actually hits it.

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