WHAT IS AWANA?

AWANA is a Bible-centered ministry for youth from preschool through high school.

AWANA Clubs (preschool through 12th grade) meet on Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (September through April). Check in begins at 5:45pm. AWANA Clubs meet 3-4 times per month, please check calendar for club dates.

CUBBIES

Ages 3-4

SPARKS

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

TRUTH & TRAINING

3rd-6th Grade

TREK

7th-8th Grade

JOURNEY

9th-12th Grade

“I am a great fan of Awana … I have had a front row seat for many years watching the ministry of Awana and what it can do to disciple a child, inspire a family, and awaken a church to the strategic importance of bringing children to Christ ...”
Wess Stafford, Compassion International

Cubbies is for potty-trained boys and girls ages 3 – 4 years old and pre–kindergarteners. (Three year olds are not allowed to attend Cubbies unless a parent is present as a “parent helper” within Cubbies or serving as a leader elsewhere in AWANA Club.)

Handbook: There are 2 Cubbie handbooks that are used in alternate years. Cubbies will complete a Bear Hug Brochure each year before beginning the Hopper or Jumper Handbook. Cubbies will complete Bear Hug sections and verses each week. Parents should read the story and complete the activities for each “Bear Hug” with their Cubbie at home during the week before Club. Parents will sign and date each completed Bear Hug. First year Cubbies will memorize and recite their verses to the leaders. Second year Cubbies will memorize and recite their verses with the Scripture reference to the leaders. A schedule will be provided so the parents will know which Bear Hug to complete for the week.

Awards: Cubbies will earn “Lamb” and “Elephant” patches for their vests after memorizing sections of Bear Hug verses. New this year! For those parents who prefer not to sew their child’s badges, Magic Badge sheets are available for the cost of $6.50.

Attendance: Cubbies can also earn Club and Sunday School attendance patches. A Club attendance patch is awarded if your Cubbie does not miss more than two weeks of club in a semester. A Sunday School attendance patch is awarded if your Cubbies does not miss more than two weeks of Sunday School or Church in a semester.

Fees: Vest ($ 15.00) – Replacement Cost for Handbook ($10.00)

Sparks Club is for children in kindergarten through second grade

The Sparks Club builds on the material taught in our preschool club, Cubbies. The aim of the curriculum is to take youngsters a step deeper into God’s Word while giving unsaved boys and girls regular opportunities to hear the gospel and come to faith in Jesus Christ. After being immersed in solid foundational teaching at the preschool level, boys and girls frequently come to an understanding of their need to trust Christ as their personal Savior while in Sparks.

Immersing kids in God’s Word- The Sparks program is firmly grounded in Scripture. The three handbooks feature:

  • Basic truths about God, Jesus Christ, salvation and the Bible
  • An increased emphasis on Scripture memory over our preschool materials. In three years, a child will learn and review 68 verses, many of which cover salvation and key Christian doctrine
  • Clear and consistent presentation of the gospel message

Fun learning = results. Sparks club meetings combine learning with fun to create an atmosphere of irresistible excitement for churched and unchurched kids alike. Club meetings are divided into three segments:

  • Bible teaching, worship, award presentations and the gospel message
  • Small group interaction and completion of Bible-based lessons
  • Age-appropriate games on the Awana game circle

Along the way, Sparky, the friendly firefly, encourages boys and girls to learn verses and complete assignments throughout the three handbooks.

Handbooks: Sparks will receive a Flight 3:16 handbook on their first club night. Once completed, the child will receive their HangGlider handbook and be eligible to purchase their vest. The following books are WingRunner and SkyStormer.

Requirements for Passing Sections:

  • At home, Mom or Dad reads the biography or lesson before each verse or activity with their Clubber and helps them learn their verse by memory. A CD is included in each handbook which makes the car an ideal place to learn and review.
  • When a lesson and verse is complete, Mom or Dad initials next to each verse so the Leader knows what the Clubber has memorized. Each signature earns points for their team, up to four (4) verses.
  • At Club, the Sparks recite each verse and reference (ex. John 3:16) to their Leader. Two (2) helps may be given for each section. A “help” is any sort of assistance and should not include more than 3 or 4 words. It is intended for one (1) Handbook to be completed each year.
  • A Leader’s signature certifies that the section has been passed. Each section earns their team points, up to four (4) sections a Club night.

What are points awarded for?

  • For each section completed. (Maximum of four)
  • For parent’s initials by each section. (Maximum of four)
  • Game Time for winning and/or good sportsmanship.
  • Bringing a friend to club.

Sparky Store: Clubbers may use their Awana Dollars at the Sparky Store held in December and April.

What are points for? At the end of each Club night, Sparks on the team with the most points are awarded three (3) Awana Dollars. Sparkies on the team with the second most points are awarded one (1) Awana Dollar.

What other ways can Sparks earn Awana Dollars?

  • Bring their Bible to Club
  • Participating in Theme Night
  • Bring a friend on “Bring – a – Friend Night”

Awards: Clubbers receive a badge corresponding to the book they are in and then receive a set of wings for which jewels will be earned. New this year! Parents who do not want to sew their child’s badges may purchase Badge Magic Sheets for $5.50. Clubbers who complete their books for the year will receive a special award at the Year End Awards Night.

Fees: Vest ($ 15.00) – Replacement Cost for Handbook ($10.00)

Sparks-A-Rama: It is a day where our club competes with local Sparks Clubs in the games we play on Wednesday nights. Requirements for participating and practice dates will be announced later in the year.

TRUTH & TRAINING

Truth and Training Club is for third- through sixth-grade boys and girls.

The name Truth & Training reflects the passion of Awana to teach third- through sixth-grade boys and girls the truth of God’s Word and to train them to follow Christ in their daily lives. Our goal is that many of today’s young people will become tomorrow’s church leaders. T&T is the program that trains the leaders of tomorrow — today.

Exciting features to get kids excited about God’s Word –  T&T is equipped with a variety of dynamic tools to accomplish this mission:

  • Four handbooks of increasing difficulty which teach children that life’s ultimate adventure is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
  • A cast of fun characters that boys and girls learn from and follow on interesting journeys in the handbooks
  • Weekly meetings that expose children to the gospel message, Scripture memory, Bible study, awards, team-oriented games and gut-busting fun
  • A Bible-centered curriculum that helps kids build a firm foundation for their faith, hide God’s Word in their heart and apply the truths of Scripture to their daily lives
  • Interactive CDs that use exciting high-tech games to teach and reinforce key biblical truths

Evangelism and discipleship go hand in hand in our third- through sixth-grade program. By the time a child has completed T&T, he will have:

  • Learned and reviewed approximately 310 verses
  • Studied dozens of passages from the Old and New Testament
  • Regularly heard and read the gospel message
  • Discovered the Bible’s response to questions like “How does God want me to live my life?” and memorized verses to back up these answers
  • Completed missions projects that help him see the world through God’s eyes.

Handbooks:

The 3rd & 4th Graders will participate in an Ultimate Adventure! They will complete a Start Zone and then be awarded their Ultimate Adventure 1 book. Clubbers will receive a Streamwood the Dog red award bar and display award bones. Ultimate Adventure 2 is for the 4th Grade year and will be awarded a new blue award bar.

The 5th & 6th Graders will participate in an Ultimate Challenge! They will complete a Start Zone and then be awarded their Ultimate Challenge Handbook. Clubbers will be awarded badges to placed on either of the white award areas on the uniform jersey. Parents who would prefer not to sew on badges may purchase Badge Magic Sheets for $8.25.

Requirements for Passing Sections:

At home the child learns and recites sections to a parent or completes the required activity with Mom or Dad. Please note this is a great teaching moment! Explain what the Bible verse means and how it applies to each of your lives.

  • Parent’s signature or initials indicates that the work has been completed and Clubbers will receive 50 extra points per section.
  • At Club, the Clubber recites each section to his/her Leader. Two helps may be given for each section.
  • Leader’s signature certifies that the section has been passed.

Clubber of the Month: If a Clubber attends Club regularly, is on task with Scripture memory – always trying hard to say their sections – shows good sportsmanship on the Game Square, and/or good fruits of the spirit they could be nominated for Clubber of the Month. The award is a certificate, five (5) AWANA dollars, and their picture is taken for the AWANA video to be shown on AWANA Sundays at Country Oaks Baptist Church.

AWANA Games: Each Club Night Clubbers are required to be in appropriate foot wear, tennis shoes are the best!

Awards: Nightly – T&T Clubbers are allowed team points for all sections completed per Club night: 100 points per section, 50 points if initialed by Mom or Dad. Extra Credit Silver and Gold: 500 points for each section that is completed. AWANA Dollars are given to Clubbers if their Team Color wins or if they participated in the “Theme” night. In December and in April, T&T will have a Store and Auction so the Clubbers may purchase items.

Fees: Vest ($ 15.00) – Replacement Cost for Handbook ($10.00)

Here’s the scoop on Trek…

Those turbulent years of junior high: 7th and 8th grade. We’ve got some great books to guide you through.

Roadsign Series
Part 1 helps students get where they’re going by walking through the Bible – Genesis through Revelation. Part 2 is a study dealing with the trials, temptations, and tough times of the Christian life.

Billboard Series
Part 1 covers lessons about God from Israel’s desert trek. Part 2 covers frequently asked questions about God and straight-talk answers from Scripture.
All books have complete Bible Studies, Compass Points, Leaders’ Guidebooks, and Jumpstart Video Clips available.

Welcome Trek Parents!

Solid Faith. Solid Friends. NO Compromise. That’s what we bring the lessons back to each week. In 2002, the Southern Baptist Council on Family Life reported that roughly 88 percent of evangelical children are leaving the church shortly after they graduate from high school. They begin to detach from the church in Junior High and start “playing church”. The lessons that AWANA provides for us are timely, relate able and appropriate for this age. Please continue to pray for us as we teach these lessons and challenge your kids to have solid faith, solid friends and not to compromise their values and their faith.

Handbooks: Each Clubber will be given a Trek-Check handout and upon completion, the Clubber will receive their Handbook for the year.

Trek Wrek (Games & Quizzing): The “Trek Wrek” is a fun-filled day for our clubbers to compete against other area clubs in Bible Quizzing and Trek Games. The quizzing is a team huddle multiple choice format.

Fees: Uniform (T-Shirt)$15 plus supplies $10 = $25.00. We encourage you to buy this in a large size. The Clubbers do wear this for 2 years.

Awards: Awards are given out at the end of the year. There are awards for completion of Handbooks and completion of the Compass Points (the weekly discussion lesson that we cover each week which includes one memory verse).

Because the Christian Walk Never Stops

AWANA for High School Students – Teenagers in grades 9th to 12th meets from 5:00 -5:45pm before the rest of the clubs begin. Journey members serve as LIT’s (see below) during club time.

Our high-school program, Journey, features an energetic look, biblically based content, life application and an emphasis on Scripture memory.

Bible Studies: There are 4 Main Studies, 4 Electives, and 4 Faith Foundations. Clubbers start with Faith Foundations; then complete 1 Main Study (during the first half of the year), and 1 Elective (during the second half of the year).

Lesson Requirements:

  • At home the Clubber completes each lesson, including; Buckle It In, Review It, and memorize the verse in each lesson.
  • Clubbers are required to complete Bible Reading and Book Summaries while working in the Main Study Book.
  • Service & Training is also required which consists of: bringing visitors, participating in 3 months of service.
  • The 3 month service requirement is waived for Leaders in Training (LIT’s) who must commit to an entire AWANA year.

Awards: When the Clubber finishes their Faith Foundations and the entire Main Study Book, the Main Study pin will be awarded to the Clubber. When the Clubber finishes the Elective Book, a certificate will be awarded to the Clubber. All awards will be presented to the Clubber at the Year End Ceremony.

L.I.T. Requirements: Must be available on a regular basis on Wednesday Night to serve from 6:00-8:00pm. Must attend Basic Training. Must attend the Journey Program regularly. May not be more than 2 weeks behind on their Journey work. On Wednesday Night the L.I.T. will be accountable to their Club Specific Director.

Featured Events: There will be 5 – 6 Featured Events during the Club year.

Fees: Uniform (Journey T-Shirt) – $25

Replacement Costs: Lanyard ($6.00) Lanyard Pocket (.75) Faith Foundations Booklet ($5.00) and Main Study & Elective books ($11)

Journey Fest: Our Clubbers will compete against other AWANA Clubs in Bible Quizzing and Journey Games. Dates TBA. Practice dates will be announced at a later date.