What is a QR Code?
A QR Code is – (it stands for “Quick Response”) is a mobile phone readable barcode that’s been big in Japan forever, broke into Europe a while back, and is now getting traction in USA.
How to use QR Codes in Young Life ministry?
1. Put QR Codes on all of your communication literature. We rarely have materials in our Young Life area that are mass produced. We create all of our brochures, newsletters, case statements, etc. Put QR Codes in all of your literature that takes them to a unique experience (camp pictures, camp videos, m-site, blog, etc).
2. Put a QR Code on a camp poster to sell summer camp or fall weekend camps. We put out a 20′ x 30′ poster with pictures of the camp and info about the camp in the waiting area before club starts. This year we put a QR Code on the poster that takes students to where they can download a camp form directly on their mobile phone.
3. Have a QR Code scavenger hunt as a club night for your area. Each year we do an annual scavenger hunt night for club. We have leaders with kids in cars and we always need people planted at different locations all over our community to give clues. These people are always difficult to track down and there are often cancel at the last minute. Instead of planting people in these locations, plant a sheet with a QR Code on it (make sure to get the buisnesses permission first). This way it speaks the language of kids.
4. Do you hand out candy at a sporting event with information about Young Life club or Young Life camp? How about instead trying to fit all your information about club on that tiny label, only put the Young Life logo and a QR Code of your club information. So, when you are handing out candy at a sporting event; you are giving kids information in a unique way.
5. Give a gift to your Young Life kids and leaders when they get on the bus after a week of camp. It can be something small or something big. Put a sticker with a QR Code on it that takes them to a simple questionnaire about their camp experience. You have the ability to create the questionnaire that best serves your Young Life area and your kids. This idea was from Jack Nikcevich (www.twitter.com/jacknikcevich), we is the Young Life regional director of the Raceway Region.
Here is a site we like to use to create QR Codes:
Do you have some other creative ways to use QR Codes in your Young Life area? Leave a comment! We would love to share your idea!