We also have a Laurel age daughter. So, when it comes to talking about dating, its pretty much been a daily topic of conversation for me Not everyone is interested in dating, but there are plenty of youth who would like to date MORE. Girls want to date, but aren't asked Boys want to date, but are afraid to ask main reason in our area: I think I will cover 3 in another post, so be watching for that it will be in the "dating" section when it is posted.
My Laurel daughter is very independent and has only been asked out a couple of times. She says, "Mom, none of the girls are getting asked out on dates. I'm not going to just sit around and wait to be asked" and believe me she hasn't She and a LOT of our local youth have been having a blast and its really gotten the ball rolling in a Stake where "nobody" was group-dating.
But what to DO on a group date? I can tell you what my 16 year old daughter does NOT want to do, and that is spend money. She has a summer job and has started to realize how much things COST. For a teenager who wants to go on a date to, say, the movies, they have two choices: Ask parents for money 2.
Now that my daughter has to use her own money she is always prepared to pay for herself if asked on a date, and prepared to pay for her AND her date if she did the asking. Most of the teens in our area do not work, and some do not have stable financial situations at home. Before she started working, she didn't think twice about going on a date to the movies movie tickets, popcorn, pop, and sometimes ice cream afterward: Maybe we could just watch a movie at our house instead! Our youth shouldn't be deterred from dating because of the cost.
Some youth only go on "dates" to the Prom, and if you judge by something like that, it IS too expensive to date! The youth who participated in these dates had a blast. Many of them are based in our home, which helps a little with the awkward transportation issues because everyone can meet at our house if they can't drive yet i. Also, my daughter says that all of these dates were pretty casual and didn't require too much "pairing off weirdness" that could make things awkward when you're trying to date as friends.
This was a daytime date. The youth spent about 30 minutes assembling the fort, then played board games inside. As many blankets, sheets, and pillows as you can get from everyone ask the attendees to bring as much as they can. Clothespins are also helpful for keeping pieces together. Each received a package of chocolate chip cookie mix and eggs, oil, etc needed for the mix. Then while the cookie creations were baking, the youth played a board game.
When the cookies were done, they had us judge the final products. Then they all walked 2 blocks away to a relative's house and had them test out the cookies, too. Some of the cookies were Would be more if you need to buy add-ins, but its best to use stuff you have around the house.
Basically you get a bunch of condiments from the fridge ketchup, mustard, honey, ranch, hot sauce, chocolate syrup, etc and put them in a circle on the table. You spin a full-size carrot in the middle, and whatever condiment it points to, thats what you put on your baby carrot carrot - and then you eat it. So, you could get lucky with landing or ranch or really un-lucky with landing on chocolate syrup. Actually, the kids thought the dill relish was the worst of all. The kids played this for an hour or more, then started mixing condiments and daring each other to eat it.
It was pretty gross, but they had so much fun. Probably also want to have some paper towels and water available. Basically you need 2 couples could possibly do 3 couples? They will sell lemonade in our driveway like little kids do in the summer , 1 cent a cup. The point isn't to make a profit - its to be kind to the neighborhood kids cheap lemonade. Since they will be in close proximately, they will have to use their charm to talk people into choosing their lemonade over the lemonade of the competing couple.
I think this will be really fun!