Colleen Kendall, Capernaum Director for Lake Oswego Young Life shares:
Here is an idea for a team building/goal setting training we use at the beginning of the year, but you could use anytime:
Team Goal-Setting Exercise
Start with the You Tube video from Franklin Covey 4 Disciplines of Execution- Goal
He stresses 4 things that help a team achieve goals:
• All team members must identify and know the goals
• The team must buy into the goals / have ownership in how to accomplish them
• Time must be spent on the priorities
• Need clear action steps (what will we DO to get where we want to go?) After watching we decided on a goal for the year: "GO.” We committed to “GO" where the kids are to make contact. This decision was somewhat easy...we looked at what we felt we were missing. (I did give a few hints) Then each team member came up with ideas of how we could "GO" The list was reviewed many times during the year:
• Special olympics...swimming, basketball, soccer, and softball
• Work places- many of our kids have jobs such as Burgerville and went to see them at work
• Phame choir concerts at the Grotto at Christmas
• Plays at the local high school
• Bowling- we watched them bowl as well as took kids bowling
• Special needs dances
• High school basketball games
• Birthday parties
• Ice cream/yogurt- our friends love to eat
• Dragon boat races- some of our kids were actually on teams
• Local plays- we have several kids that act and sing The Fruit We had more success in bringing new kids to club but even more, the kids felt support and trust from a Capernaum leader. The team helped establish the goal, generated ideas to achieve the goal and therefore were successful in achieving the goal! They felt free to try new and better ways to achieve the goals and were willing to do things they had never done before. We were all committed to be involved in our Capernaum friends lives. Capernaum club is the highlight of our friends' week.
A Snapshot of Lake Oswego’s Capernaum Club
Here are some tips on how we run our Capernaum Club and what we feel makes it a success:
• Twice a year we plan for our clubs. (Sep/Jan) We create lists of themes and outing we can do.
• A calendar is provided to families so they can prepare our Capernaum friends. Most kids and leaders dress up for night by theme.
• We start the night by greeting everyone that enters the door by name.
• We spend about 10 minutes engaging all the kids and talking about their week and see what is happening in their lives.
• We have simple announcements such as what the theme is for the next week
• Next is one of the high lights of the night.....the raffle. We write their names on ping pong balls and pull two names out per week. The prize is usually a small gift card...but they love it!
• Club talk comes next—we’ve found after 45 minutes of games and excitement our friends are excited to sit and listen.
• We try to throw music/singing in 2 times per night.
• Games and mixers:our goal is to have all Capernaum friends participate in games so we do both:
◦ Stations where they rotate around and all play games/mixers.
◦ Up front games. We’ve found our kids love to be the stars—to be in the spotlight—getting messy, getting laughs and just being kids— leaders facilitate but the focus is on the kids.
• We have a small snack then as they leave and again we make a point of using their name as they walk out the door.