1. Check out the MIX website. There are all kinds of promotional materials on there to introduce the program to your church and students, including: videos, downloadable items for print and resources for social media or church meetings.
2. Have a small groups plan. Before you arrive, have a game plan for the structure of your small groups. We’ve heard some of the greatest experiences at MIX happen with a ratio of one-adult-to-eight students. Not having a plan can result in a distraction or unnecessary stress for your group when the program gets rolling.
3. Familiarize yourself with the area. On day four, we skip lunch at a lot of our locations for an extended rec day for youth leaders to go eat, play and have fun with their students. On the MIX website, we encourage you to not only check out the camp/campus location, but the surrounding area and all it has to offer. Come up with a plan and work that into the budget.
4. Read emails from CIY. The emails from the MIX team that appear in your inbox leading up to your week are not a formality. We really do have important information for you to know and take into consideration when planning your specific week with us.
Taylor Brown is the director of CIY’s MIX program. This year’s MIX tour will stop in 21 locations across the country this summer for four days of fun, learning and programming specifically designed to connect middle schoolers to the Lord and strengthen relationships with their youth leaders. Find dates and locations of this summer’s MIX tour here. Email Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.