Looking for some fresh summer event ideas for your groups? Here are 10 creative ways to fill your calendar this season — and how to use a Cheddar Up collection to make them happen.

What’s a Cheddar Up collection? We’re glad you asked! It’s a flexible, customizable website that collects payments and forms in one stop, then automatically tracks that information in a comprehensive reporting dashboard. In short, Cheddar Up does all the organizing for group organizers.

Host a summer cookout.

Create items on your collection to let people contribute to food costs and/or to sign up for side items.

Launch a pen pal program on National Pen Pal Day (June 1).

For each collection item, list an age range and gender. Share the page, and want-to-be pen pals choose who they want to be matched with.

Show an outdoor movie for National Movie Night (June 10).

And turn it into a fundraiser! We love this example from one of our users, who sold “big screen shout-outs” and pizza orders.

Beat the heat on the first day of summer with a reverse popsicle stand (June 21).

Instead of people coming to you, take the treats to them! Create items for flavor options as well as time slots so they’ll be home when you deliver.

Offer free classes for International Day of Yoga (June 21).

Use a collection as a scheduler, with an item for each class. Set quantities to manage capacity.

Organize an old-fashioned ice cream social for National Ice Cream Month (July).

Create an item as an RSVP, and have people sign up to bring a homemade ice cream, toppings, drinks, or paper products.

Plan a one-day summer enrichment program for World Youth Skills Day (July 15).

Cheddar Up is ideal for enrichment registration! We love this user-created summer camp collection and this after-school program.

Host a family reunion.

You can use a Cheddar Up collection for RSVPs or to sign up to bring items. Use our forms feature to collect up-to-date contact information or favorite memories.

Schedule a community-service day.

Create a collection to register for different local service opportunities. Some ideas? Help schools wrap up, or prep for, a school year, pick up trash, or plant flowers at city buildings.

Create a school-supply drive.

List the supplies needed with associated costs — or offer customizable donation amounts — and let people select their contributions. You collect the money and place a bulk order.

Love these ideas?

See all of them in action here — and copy the examples to make them your own.

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