Many families ask what activity should their child be doing to get into college. Sadly, there is no magic activity that does the trick. Instead, the correct question to ask is whether your child is excelling in her activity of choice. Admissions officers look for a variety of different skills and passions in their incoming class. A valuable applicant could excel in a niche sport, the arts, or be passionate about conducting research or leading a cause. Colleges offer a variety of programs and odds are that if your child is passionate about something, it is offered at the collegiate level. College admissions officers search for passionate applicants to be a part of that program in the incoming class.
The more skilled an applicant is, the more value she brings to a collegiate organization in that activity, and the more desirable she becomes to an admissions officer seeking an incoming student to add to that organization. Your child should simply dedicate herself to what she is passionate about and spend her time developing expertise in it that a college admissions officer will covet. College admissions involves quality, not quantity.