The food is very important, and honestly I think that this is the only reason that most of the boys could name the "weapons" of the Armor of God by the end of the day. I had this set up on our counter:
Squares of green bell pepper for the Breastplate of Righteousness:
Skinny carrot and celery sticks for the Sword of the Spirit:
Mandarin oranges for the Shoes of Peace:
Pringles for the Shields of Faith:
Tostitos Scoops for Helmets of Salvation:
Licorice for Belts of Truth:
"I'm going to dip my sword of Spirit in the ranch dressing. Does that make this Holy Spirit sauce?"
"I'll trade you two shoes of peace for a belt of truth."
"I don't know about you, but I need six shields of faith for protection."
It was cool.
We also used the book the Squire and the Scroll. I found a reproducible coloring book with a simpler version of the story to send home with the boys.
We then made some giant shields using posterboard and duct tape.
Then we went outside.
And I told them that these water balloons represented all of the things of the world that make it hard for us to love God like we should. We have to use our shields of faith to keep those things from attacking us. They then spread out and had at it, firing away each other and using their poster board shields as a defense.
Here are some links to some of the activities to go along with this retreat:
You might also like to check out the Princess Day that we had, which would make a great companion retreat for girls.