Step up as an adult to take a role in youth activities

How does a youth organization have successful, fun events that keep the kids coming back to see what’s next?

For older groups, the youth members take a big hand in planning and running things. Adults are more critical for the younger ones.

One of those adults could be you.

There is always a need for adults to fill a variety of roles. Someone to lead organization of an event is obvious; that is usually an experienced member of the group. But they can’t do it all alone.

You could help with physical setup and cleanup for the event. Or handle the paperwork, phone calls and other legwork. Perhaps you could be the one to handle the finances, get the money to the bank, etc. Publicity – calling media, making and posting signs, things like that. And if you are IT-savvy, there is any number of things for which you would be helpful.

If you don’t have experience with the youth group, not sure how they operate – don’t worry. Fresh ideas are often the best ones. There will always be someone around to answer questions and bring you up to speed.

If you are just starting out with a group, you don’t have to re-invent the wheel. Whatever situation you face, it’s probably been done before. There are forums on the Internet where, if you ask the question, you will get a multitude of answers from different viewpoints. Just choose the one that fits your situation.

If you will look at the “Upcoming events” below, you will notice several training events for adult leaders. Most are for Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, but whatever group you are involved in, the same type of training is available, often online, designed for your time constraints.

So please, take that first step. Choose a group, tell them your strengths or ideas and get involved. Whether you are working directly with the kids or behind the scenes, you will find new friends, a creative outlet and the satisfaction of seeing these “all right” kids have a good time while growing into fine men and women.

Upcoming events

  • Cub Scout/Scouts BSA adult leaders’ roundtable, 7 p.m. Thursday, Highland Church of Christ, 425 Highland Ave., Abilene (one block west of Sayles Boulevard). 325-677-2688.

  • Let’s Go 3: Outdoor Training for Girl Scout adult leaders in Central Texas council, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. $15 per person; deadline has passed, check for availability. (Must have completed Let’s Go 1 and Let’s Go 2.) Register at under “Events” calendar; scroll down to date.

  • Girl Scout cookie chairperson Q&A, 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Virtual event for members of Texas Oklahoma Plains Council. No fee; register at under “Events” calendar.

  • “Welcome to Cookies,” for caregivers of girls who have never done Girl Scout cookie sales. 7 p.m. Nov. 16 (Zoom event). No fee. Registration deadline has passed; check with your council office for availability.

  • New Leader Learning Path (for adult Girl Scout leaders), 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 (virtual event). No fee, but must register by Sunday at under “Events” calendar. Questions: Shannon Spencer, 806-589-5950 or party at Lake Brownwood State Park, 8-10 p.m. Nov. 19. Park admission fees apply. Meet at softball field beside Group Recreation Hall. No lights, please (except red lights).

  • National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, 102 Cedar St., Abilene offers art activities each Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at no charge. 325-673-4586

Contact Carl Kieke at 325-673-3552 (voice only); or Deadline is Monday for publication the following Monday.

This article originally appeared on Abilene Reporter-News: Step up as an adult to take a role in youth activities