Awana regularly updates its curriculum and materials. The newest group, Puggles (for two-year-old children), became available in 2007. In the mid to late 1990's and early 2000's, their programs were revamped and reworked to better fit with changes in culture. In the U.S. and Canada, Awana is split into six age groups: Puggles, Cubbies, Sparks, Truth & Training (T&T), Trek, and Journey 24/7. Prior to the curriculum changes, the clubs were: Cubbies, Sparks, Pals/Pioneers (for boys), Chums/Guards (for girls), Jr. Varsity (JV), and Varsity. Internationally, the age groups offered in each country vary.
Participants typically meet once a week throughout the school year. The focus of the curriculum is on the presentation of the gospel and Scripture memorization. Most programs include a group teaching time, individual one-on-one time with a leader to review the lessons learned that week, and a time for games.
For each child or teen the components of the program include:
1. a handbook that allows each child to learn at their own pace
2. a uniform shirt or vest, and
3. awards that are earned as the child or teen successfully completes the requirements of a section of the handbook, usually including Scripture memorization.
Awana is a non-denominational program and licenses the curriculum to any church willing to pay for and use the Awana materials consistent with its principles. However, the majority of clubs are in conservative Baptist and Evangelical Free churches. Youth leaders and pastors also have the option of using only the program portions that interest them (For example, using the 'Journey' level material for teens' in-depth study sessions).
Some Awana programs distribute currency officially called Awana Shares (and alternatively, "Awana Bucks" by many participants) that is used by some churches and given to children for successfully moving up in the Awana ranks, for memorizing verses, and for completing sections in their handbooks. They can be used to buy certain things at Store Days on certain Awana nights. Although this varies from church to church it usually involves plastic trinkets and inexpensive toys for small amounts, Bibles for slightly more, and gift certificates from local shops (such as ice cream shops and small theme parks) for more courageous spenders.
National Awana Events
Awana missionaries and volunteers run local competitions between clubs. These involve Bible Quizzes, AwanaGames (formerly the Awana Olympics), and talent competitions. The high school age Awana students can also participate in a national competition called Summit (formerly Varsity USA). Awana missionaries help churches start the Awana ministry, train church leaders how to introduce boys and girls into the Awana program, and instruct church leaders at Children's Ministry Conferences on how to better utilize the Awana ministry. Awana Missionaries are completely "faith supported" by donations from churches and individuals, thereby acquiring all of the funds necessary to keep each of their ministries funded in addition to receiving all funds needed for their personal housing and income needs. Leadership Development
As an organization, Awana has begun to move beyond just offering training and materials for churches to run Bible-based kids clubs. They have begun a leader and parent development ministry called the "Rorheim Institute". The purpose of the ministry is to help adults (and other ministry leaders) evangelize and disciple children and youth by selling individuals the "...exclusive right to teach certified Shepherding Parents seminars for Rorheim Institute." The training helps raise up the importance of children's ministry and give parents and leaders the confidence to shepherd children into forming a true Biblical worldview and living it out.
Awana has been named one of the thirty "Shining Light Ministries" by MinistryWatch.com, a financial watchdog group. The award is based on passing a number of stringent financial accounting and reporting standards.
Every Wednesday Evening
during the school year
Classes are provided for:
Puggles [2 years]
Cubbies [3 - 4years]
Sparks [kindergarten to 2nd grade]
T&T [3rd Grade to 6th Grade]
Pledge to the American Flag:
I pledge allegiance to the flag,
of the United States of America
and to the republic for which it stands
one nation UNDER GOD indivisible
with liberty and justice for all.
I pledge all to the AWANA flag,
which stands for the AWANA clubs,
whose goal is to reach boys and girls
with the gospel of Christ,
and train them to serve Him.
Pledge to the Bible:
I pledge to the Bible God's Holy word,
and will take it as a lamp unto my feet,
a light unto my path, and hide it's words
in my heart that I may not sin against God.
We are always on the look out for Readers. Readers only have to sit and listen to a child repeat the Bible verses back.