So, you’ve decided on BE BOLD for your preteens. You’re excited to create a bold environment where preteens can wrestle through tough questions. But how do you get your volunteers and kids as excited as you? With a Bold-themed launch party!
No party is complete without food, so we’ve got ideas for you. We’ve even provided downloadable signs for you here!
- Bold-Flavored Chips (any kind of hot, spicy flavor will do!)
- Bold-Flavored Cheetos (flaming hot is very bold!)
- Bold Berries (Strawberries—that bright red color is perfect!)
- Big & Bold Cheez-Its (the larger-than-life “Big” variety of Cheez-Its)
- Bold (and not-so-bold) Chips & Salsa (get a few varieties of salsa for the less bold tasters in your group)
- Whopper Questions (get ready for some whoppers with this chocolate-y treat!)
- Mystery Candy (mystery-flavored candy like mystery Airheads will make your volunteers ask questions)
- Be Bold Licorice (arrange strands of licorice and smaller bite-sized pieces into exclamation points)
We went with the signature red and black BE BOLD colors. Black tablecloths with red dishes and red balloons will set a bold environment. (Pro-tip: Instead of using helium, inflate the balloons normally, tie string to the bottom, and use tape to secure the balloons to your ceiling or wall.)
One fun balloon idea is to make exclamation points by inflating round balloons to a small size and securing them to the bottom of long balloons.
Have a fun game set up to play as well. We created a game of Bold Bullseye, and we’ve provided the templates so you can do the same!
- Print out the Bold Bullseye targets (available here).
- Mount the targets on foam board, and cut them out.
- Poke wooden skewers through the center of the dot at the bottom of the exclamation point.
- Put hot glue in the holes you made, then stick the skewer back in so it stands up straight.
- Get five carnival rings. Ideally they’ll match the exclamation point colors! You can also create rings by making circles out of chenille wires.
- Mark a starting line about 4 feet from the targets.
- Guests can take turns tossing all five rings toward the targets.
- If your rings are on the small side or if you used chenille wires, you can change this game into a ring drop, where players drop the rings from shoulder height.
- Each ring on a target is worth 1 point, or 2 points if the color of the ring matches the target.
4. Cast the Vision
Read the BE BOLD Values together (make sure you have your poster—order here). Review the Scope & Sequence to show some of the tough questions kids will wrestle with. You might even go through a lesson where your volunteers act like preteens to show them what BE BOLD will look like in your ministry.