There are a few things I have found to be very helpful to keep on hand for times when the weather doesn’t cooperate, the group size is drastically different than I prepared for, the power goes out or any other form of direction-shifting event occurs. One such item is a set of skit boxes. They are something I enjoy putting together, and we use for a myriad of different activities.
To construct a skit box, I like to go to 2 different places, the first being the thrift store. Walk around looking for outrageous items you can use as props of costumes for a skit. Some examples I’ve gotten are a set of diving flippers, a really old, huge video camera, boxing gloves, any old glasses, costume jewelry, old prom dresses, any hat my grandma probably owns, and a stethoscope. Each of those items were found and purchased at a local thrift store for less than $2 a piece. The other location I go to fill out a good skit box is my mom’s garage. A garage or basement just screams skit box materials, because it’s usually housing stuff you don’t actually need, so dig out that old pair of binoculars or that powder blue leisure suit and drop it in a box.
I like to have at least 2 skit boxes put together, and they are cheap rubber containers I bought at Target. Try to divide up the contents equally, so that there is a good mix of costumes, props and goofiness in each. I have used the boxes for a few different things, like hosting a skit night, in which we divide up into random groups and they write then perform skits on the fly. This is a great way to fill an evening and foster creativity and acting silly, which are equally important. Another way I like to utilize the boxes is a “Parable Project” evening, in which I assign the groups a parable and they have to rewrite them into a modern-day skit using the boxes. Then, I usually video them acting out their skits for the larger group. Occasionally, they do such a great/fun/goofy/crazy job, I use the video later as an illustration when teaching that parable. It forces the youth to recreate the bible passage, spurs conversation about the meaning and gives the opportunity to talk with the wider group about the parable.
So in your storage closet or behind a couch or even in some dark, creepy catacomb, your group should have a set of skit boxes, because they are easy to use and great for both planned and unplanned events.