August 6th 2011
The teens came out in full force for the second annual “Copan/UrbanPromise Video Scavenger Hunt." Adding in the staff and a visiting workgroup, about 70 young people were divided into 6 teams, handed a list of things to film in the town, and then given 30 minutes to record as many items on the list as possible.
Groups sang songs in the town Plaza, had to pet a stray dog, piled in a one seat taxi cap, and danced the “Funky Chicken” in a local restaurant. Silly stuff.
When I was a youth leader scavenger hunts meant collecting things—bottles, hubcaps, cans of soup, pieces of clothing. Sometimes we got in trouble for “borrowing” other people’s things. We ran through neighborhoods, knocked on doors and begged store owners to give us a needed item.
With the advent of IPhones and palm sized video cameras, scavenger hunts are now about capturing ‘moments’ on film.
I asked Gizelle what she thought of the event. Gizelle grew up in San Pedro Sula, one of the major cities in Honduras. She’s interning with UP this summer.
“The teens love this kind of stuff,” she began. “We never do these kinds of things in Honduras. Most teens stay home, watch TV, play video games or play soccer.”
When asked why she thinks these kinds of activities are important for teens she replied, “You know, our teens need hope. They need to have fun.”
In an abandoned school, just off the town plaza, we gathered to watch the short films. Kids laughed at themselves, ate chips and beans, and tallied up their points. More important, people came together –building bridges across race, culture and ethnicity. A new community is being birthed in Copan—a community where teens have can have fun and experience God's love in tangible ways.