Try This: Ice Blocking
Disclaimer: This is not legal in all areas (like San Diego), but is legal in Mission Viejo, CA. Do this at your own risk… or check with your local law enforcement first
Ice blocking is done by:
1. Buying blocks of ice from the local grocery store
2. Placing a folded towel on the ice
3. Sliding down a grass-covered hill while sitting or laying on the ice and holding on for dear life to the towel
For best results, the grass should be Bermuda and the hill should not have any dirt patches on the section you’re using. It’s also good if the hill is about as steep as the one in the picture. Keep the feet down to keep yourself from going too fast. Going in a chain yields slightly better control.
This is TONS of fun and a great memory maker!
We did get a little visit from the local Sherrif’s Department… my guys were being a little loud and smashing the ice blocks on the street when they got tired of using them. Word to the wise if you’re doing this near homes at night… keep the noise down. Fortunately, he was incredibly cool and encouraging to the students. It was actually one of the highlights of the night. Well, that and the parent enjoying the show from her car on the other side of the park. That was my first time to have the cops called on me for a youth ministry event. Kinda happy it wasn’t too big of a deal.
Since 1999 Dennis Beckner has been volunteering in the youth ministry at Saddleback Church. Dennis is available for training events, writing projects and speaking engagements. Learn more about Dennis and read more of his work on his blog, www.volunteeryouthministry.com.