Well, I made a comment about AWANAs in my other thread about Youth outreach and instead of distracting from that subject I figured I'd start this thread. I have been an AWANA leader for over 8 yrs now and have worked with T & T (Truth & Training) and the previous club 'Pals & Pioneers'. I've worked with JV and High School clubs under the old system and Sr. High's newer 'Journey 24/7'. I like the idea of AWANA (KJV for the record) but I dislike the 24/7 club. The booklets are full of 'stock' photos that portray a dress, a teen style, way too much physical contact between the sexes and an attitude that is contrary to what the Bible, our Church, and our Pastor believe and it is sad and just shows how AWANA is being influenced by worldly standards and has leaders that are not as separated as AWANA once was. I'm not against the ideas of AWANAs at every level just questioning the material for the Sr. High AWANA club 'Journey 24/7' and it's seemingly condoning a dress or look or style or attitude or action that is represented in their booklets adn other materials that are contrary to Biblical standards and the teaching at my Church. And the perception that by using this material or allowing this material that we are allowing or condoning these things in our young people's lives. Why even the KJV material has quoted musical lyrics from popular CCM artists and other extra-biblical (IMHO un-Biblical) resources. DISCLAIMER - Now I met the Director for the 24/7 club (at a AWANA training meeting in California) and while I commend his enthusaism and desire to effect lives I do question his efforts of allowing outside or secular influences in an attempt to 'reach' and 'relate' to teens. I don't know him personally (or even remember his name) and am not making this an attack on him or his practices. In fact I don't even know his religious affiliations. What are your thoughts on AWANA and it's seemingly drawing closer and closer to secular influences? What alternative but AWANA-like programs does your Church use? Anyone else feel this way? Or are you happy with all of these changes?