It’s Fall, Y’all!

BGCA’s Director of Programs & Innovation Briana Boyd brings a whole bushelful of autumnal ideas to ring in the season.

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Fall is upon us! The beautiful colors of autumn have peeked through as the leaves begin to change. There are festivals to attend, apples to pick at orchards, and pumpkin patches to peruse. This seems to be the time of year when we unapologetically try new recipes, decorate nonstop, and attempt countless seasonal DIY projects. Let’s bring that spirit into the Club! Cozy up with some of these fall-themed community builders, activities, and recipes to try with your youth, tweens, teens, and Club staff. 

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Community Builders + Icebreakers

Participants can create affirmations individually or in small groups.  

Have you decorated your Club for the season? Once everyone has shared and the links are joined together, display it somewhere in your Club.  

There’s little to no prep time for this word challenge. Print out the handout if you choose, or just write the word thanksgiving on a board. Make sure everyone has access to paper and a writing utensil and see how many smaller words they can create in a certain amount of time. Want to keep the fun going? Select other fall-themed words for the next rounds.  

Make sure you check the weather ahead of time for this one! On a nice autumn day, head outside for a nature scavenger hunt.  

Activities + STEM

This is not your average geo board, but your participants will be sure to fall in love with this activity. 

Transform autumn leaves into captivating crystals with this easy STEM activity. 

Don’t feel as though you must collect all the leaves for the leaf activities; I’m sure your kiddos need some outdoor time! 

Did you know pinecones open and close? Check out this experiment to understand why.  

This beautiful fall inspired twist on a snow globe is great for any age group! 


We all know apple is the superior flavor of the fall season!!! Try this easy apple cider recipe hot or cold.  

Here’s a little spin on the traditional candy apple. This candy apple bar is sure to be a hit at your Club’s fall festival! 

Warm-up with this classic soup favorite. Get everyone involved in culinary exploration! 

Need more ideas? Check out this corn-tastic post, or browse the Link Roundup tag.

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What are your favorite fall-themed activities? How do you incorporate seasons and holidays into your programming and on-the-spot fun? We want to share your best ideas! Let us know by commenting below, on the BGCA Youth Development Facebook page, or by emailing

About Briana Boyd

Before coming to BGCA, Briana worked as a middle school math teacher in the Douglas County School System. She loves spending her free time traveling and exploring nature.

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