Tween Task Force: Summer Mission


This is a challenge based program where tweens can either do the challenges at home or in the library, on their own or with friends. There are 4 sheets with 15 challenges worth 1 to 5 points each. The tweens are given only the first sheet to start. If they complete (or attempt) 10 of the 15 challenges, they will be given the second sheet. They must complete another 10 challenges to receive the third sheet. And yet another 10 challenges to unlock the fourth and final sheet. For every point earned they will be entered into a draw to win one of four $50 gift cards to the mall.

There are also three programs offered during the summer where these tweens could earn 25 bonus points for attending.

Here is the description of the program:
"For tweens ages 9-11, or going into Grades 4-6 next school year
Welcome to the Tween Task Force! Do you have what it takes to complete 60 of the most challenging challenges that were ever challenged? Be careful though, you have to unlock them throughout the summer. The more challenges you unlock, the more points you get, which means more chances to win great prizes! So have fun and prepare yourself for the summer mission of a lifetime!"
Source Library

Program promotional materials


Primary Audience

Intermediate (Gr. 4-7 or aged 9-12)

Budget for this program

$200 for prizes

Resources required (materials/supplies; food/refreshments, etc.)

Challenge sheets
Entry forms

Highlights - what worked well?

This program did not take a lot of staff time during the summer.

What were the goals/objectives of your program?

Tweens wanted to participate in the Saskatoon Public Library's We Dare You: Teen Summer Challenge but those challenges were designed for older kids (grade 7 to 12). We created a program that had challenges but had more of a game feel (need to "unlock" next sheet) to appeal to tweens.

What would you change about this program?

The first year we ran this program the participants had to complete (or attempt) all 15 challenges to receive the second challenge sheet. We decided to reduce the required number to 10 in case that was a barrier to some participants.