Over the past fourteen summers I have been part of both Even Based Youth Summer Ministry Programs and Bible Based Summer Youth Programs.
Event Based Youth Summer Ministry Programs consists of one retreat after another and having an event every Sunday and Wednesday. Its all about keeping busy and doing cool things. I've seen this where this has helped youth groups grow by having more non-threatening events to allow students to bring their friends and become part of the group.
Bible Based Summer Youth Programs consists of one continuing to have Sunday night programing and small groups during the summer. I have seen groups become very solid during the summer as they got ready to start the new school year.
Both have worked in different seasons at different churches for me and other youth pastor friends. I have also seen both wear out adult volunteers, youth pastors, and families.
I have also seen where youth programs shut down for the summer and the only events they have are their summer camp and their mission trip.
This summer, my adults and I discerned for our group that on Sunday nights we would have fun activities all around Columbia, SC and on Wednesday nights we would continue small groups during the summer.
So what does your youth group do during the summer months?