Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Awana Games for Teens

A few months after we had moved here, we met a family who was crazy about the Awana Olympics for the teens. Back home, the Awana program ended after 5th grade, so we had no idea about the Teen program. The older two boys hadn't been involved in Awana for some time, so they were a bit leery about the whole thing, but they agreed to go and they started after the New Year. Well, they have had a lot of fun going to the club meetings, and game time is one of the highlights. About 6 weeks ago they started having extra practices getting ready for the Olympic games. Still, we couldn't quite understand what all the fuss was about.

Well, this past Saturday we finally figured it all out! We went to Colorado Springs for the Games and we all had a great time. In the Journey group, (high school and Han's group) there were 12 teams total, and in the Trek group (7th and 8th grade and Obi's group) there were 10 teams. They did a first and second round and then the winners from those progressed on. There are 10 different events in the games, and our guys each did several. At first they were split between the Journey groups in the gym on two different circles, and the Trek group was down the hall in the cafeteria. So, Hubby and I were going back and forth trying to see as much as possible. After the first 2 rounds, they moved everyone to the gym, and the Trek was on one side and the Journey on the other, so we could see both boys.

For some reason, the event that I was the most excited and nervous about was the three way tug-of-war. Both our boys were the anchor for their 3 man team. It was so exciting that we took terrible pictures and the video isn't the best either. It is hard to video and cheer and jump up and down at the same time. Anyways, Han's Journey team made it to the top 6 and then were out, and Obi's Trek team took first place! We were so excited!!! This team also took first last year, so they were excited to repeat first place.

The boys have never been in any type of tournament setting, with crowds cheering and the team cheering others on. They had so much fun. We can't wait for next year!
Here is Obi and his team in the tug-a-war.

Here is Obi holding the team trophy that the church gets to display. He is wearing his first place medal around his neck. He was so excited and had so much fun!


  1. I am so glad your boys had a good time. We will not be missing this next year.

  2. AMY!!!! I cannot believe you didn't say hi to me!!!! I would have LOVED that!!!!! The Peak did GREAT~!


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