'Muck wars' brings Club Beyond youth group together
August 11, 2009
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - More than 100 local teens slid into an evening of fun and fellowship during a Club Beyond event held at Stoneman Field, here, July 29.
Teens from Schofield Barracks and Fort Shafter were bombarded with gallons of water by the Schofield Barracks Fire Department trucks as they played "slip and slide" on giant sheets of plastic filled with soap suds.
Adding to the fun, teens, youth assistants and even some parents played games like "capture the flag," "sharks and minnows," and tug-of-war. Although some tried, very few participants stayed dry.
The event, dubbed the first annual "muck wars," was hosted by the U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii (USAG-HI) Main Post Chapel "Club Beyond" Youth Ministry group and was the second of two events designed to re-build the youth group in the USAG-HI community.
"The purpose of this and future events is to allow military kids to plug into some positive peer relationships, as well as adult role models, and to make them feel welcome to the ongoing weekly programs that Club Beyond offers," said Kevin Schmidt, youth minister.
The teens came together by assisting with event organization and food preparation, which included slow cooking a 180-pound Kahlua pig and several juicy chickens the night before.
And, the Oahu North youth weren't the only ones enjoying a wet and wild event organized by the chapel.
More than 85 teens and 25 adults, including youth groups from Pearl Harbor and Hickam Air Force Base, gathered at the Aliamanu Military Reservation community center, July 28, for a pool party filled with two hours of water fun and games.
"And there is more fun to come," said Schmidt, referencing future club plans.
He encourages interested youth to get involved and sign up for the next event and to take note of future dates and plans for the group.
The Club Beyond youth ministry is open to all middle and high school students and meets Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., at the Main Post Chapel, Schofield Barracks, and Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., at Aliamanu Military Reservation community center.
Free dinners are available for the entire family, starting 30 minutes prior to the meeting.