Saturday, November 7, 2009

trick or treating for canned goods

This could be done dressed up or not.  Make it a scavenger hung (we had 3 teams).  Have food on your list that could be used to make Thanksgiving baskets to be donated to needy families. 

After gathering the canned goods, create Thanksgiving baskets and deliver to the Bishop for him to deliver to the needy families in your ward.

--Jamie Richards

Friday, November 6, 2009

Patriarchal blessings

As a combined Young Women activity have dinner with the Stake Patriarch and his wife.  Following the dinner have the patriarch speak to the girls about patriarchal blessings.


**Personal Progress-Individual Worth #6**

-Cathy & Amanda Bussey

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Personal Progress & PJ’s

As a class activity have a Personal Progress in PJ’s night.  Teach girls to make their own pajama bottoms and then work on personal progress goals. 

**Personal Progress Knowledge #2**

--Cathy &  Amanda Bussey

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

YW at the museum

We planned a Saturday activity with our YW at a museum.  We sent one member of YW presidency to the museum where she bought numerous postcards depicting the different sculptures and art.  Two weeks before the activity, we passed these cards out—one to each YW who would be participating.  It was up to her to red up and research “her” piece of artwork.  Then, on Saturday, we went to the museum and we toured, the YW recognized “her” artwork  and gave the rest of us report on it.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Scavenger hunt at the public library

Take your young women to the public library for a scavenger hunt.  Pair the girls up and turn them loose with a list of information to locate.  They were allowed to ask the librarian one question.  Some of the things they had to do were: 

  • locate a book by its call number and write down the title and author
  • find a certain book by a certain author and read it aloud with their partner
  • find out how many books in the library contain a key word
  • list the dates and times for story time
  • list fines for overdue books
  • count how many different newspapers are available in the library
  • list 3 books written by a certain author, etc.

Each answer was certain amount of points.  The tie breaker was extra points for those who had a library card of their own.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Service Auction

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*Have all the participating YW choose 2-3 services they will be willing to do for the buyer, and print the service with signature below on one side of a 3x5 card. On the reverse side, have them print their (full) name and phone number. They may embellish if the want to. Multiple numbers of the same service are fine, but only once per YW. (So, Lulu can do babysitting, and so can Katie.)
*Have all participating YW choose 1-2 treats they can provide for the auction. (I.E. brownies, cookies, beverage mix, recipe in a jar.)
*Make blank name cards out of stiff card and popsickle sticks for the RS sisters. They can put their names on it as they walk in.
*(Optional, but very useful) Make a list of the services offered (I did it by catergory) and who is offering them. This way the RS sisters can decide what they want before hand and save their "Points" for the item they want most.
*Create a questionnaire for the RS to fill out. (THis is how they get points to use as "Money")Include service-oriented questions, i.e. Made a meal for a sick friend-10pts. 2pts for each sister you visit-taught for the past month. 15 pts for carpooling to this activity. 15points if you visited the temple this month. Also include silly questions. 5 points if you brushed your teeth today, 5pts if you play a musical instrument, 10pts if you said "I Love you" today, etc. (Suggestion, bump down the points of non-service or church related activities)If you are few in numbers, it may be a good idea to double or even triple their total points for attending the activity.
Night Of:
*Spread out the auction items on a table in the front of the room (cards and treats) for the RS to browse through before you start.
*set out the cards and markers just outside the door so the RS sisters can write their names as they go in. Also hand them each a questionnaire to fill out while waiting to start.
*When you are prepared to start, have an auctioneer and a "Vanna White" ready to start the auction. have "Vanna" hold up the card, describe the service and name the girl who is offering the service. (you can do the treats at the beginning or spread them out in between the cards) Start the bidding at 5 points (or more for the good ones,)Then it should just take off. You'd be surprised how badly some of those mothers want free babysitting!
Definitely encourage the girls to get to know the ladies who bought their services.
(Oh, and you should have someone keep track of who buys what, so the YW can contact their person)
I hope this makes sense. Feel free to rewrite it. And there are places online-that's where I got the idea-that tell you how to do it as well as ideas for the point questions and service ideas.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

the fruits of their labors

Decide on a goal, hours of service, scripture reading, etc. and have the girls earn parts of a dinner by completing the goal.  A certain number of chapters equal your beverage or salad.  More chapters equal your main course.  Have participant earn each of their utensils and plates.  At the end of the given time limit have a dinner at the church or leader’s home where everyone is rewarded with the fruits of their labors.

Monday, June 15, 2009

I love new ideas!!!

I apologize for not updating sooner...I have lots and lots of things to share. YW camp for me is next week...exactly 7 days--in just a few minutes it will be 6 days. As soon as I am back, I will reveal ALL that we did for camp....from daily devotionals to secret sister things.

If you have any ideas that you would love to share--everyone that checks this blog, would love to have them too. Please email me or add your comments to this post with your ideas or thoughts!! We all can benefit from sharing. If you have any fun, spiritual or any type of activity--please share that too!!! Hope to hear from everyone that reads this blog.

Also, Krichele, will you please send me the details of your YW RS Service Auction. I would love to post the information here.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Exploring Snow Party

Have young women dress as explorers. (Big Coats, hats, gloves,etc.).
Plan dinner in the snow. (Have them eat from cans, etc.)
Plan activities such as a treasure hunt. (Put things in snow and have clues.)
Talk about if you don't find it the first time, keep trying. Just like the gospel--don't give up, keep trying. You could have someone come and show them how to survive in the snow and have them build a bed, etc.

Friday, January 16, 2009

build your own dinner party

Each girl is asked to bring her favorite recipe, but the recipe is "un-built". She will put the recipe and ingredients in a sack. When everyone arrives, hand each girl a new sack (one they didn't bring).

Work together and prepare the recipe.

Serve dinner.

It's nice to have a firm set of rules in life.

Compare recipes and then exchange them.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009


Have Dads of the Young Women take the girls fishing. Have them teach about bait, rods, lures, and sinkers. After catching the fish, have the Dads show them how to clean and cook the fish.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Book of Mormon Party

Dress up as Book of Mormon characters. Have the girls guess who you are and at that time have them tell why they chose this character from the Book of Mormon. Tell what things happened to them in their life to help them develop integrity. (You may want to know who they are choosing so you can add to their comments. Dived up in teams and play Book of Mormon seek and give prizes to the winners.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Hold an "Un-wedding Shower"

Hold an "Un-wedding shower" with the following activities:
1. Play a game where girls cut out of magazines a a collage of the perfect husband they would like--then discuss eternal qualities of the perfect husband.

2. Craft-have girls make a stitchery of Reach for Eternity

3. Invite a recent Bride & Groom to come and speak about Temple Marriage.

4. Serve refreshments appropriate for a wedding shower.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Have a "Pixie Week"

Have a Pixie Week. Prepare inexpensive ideas for a full week. Then have each girl choose a woman in the ward she admires and "pixie" her each day. Part of Integrity is to follow through.

Gifts could include a nice handwritten letter, a homemade book mark, a card with a special thought, etc..

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Hold a ROAST for bad habits!!

Hold a Roast for bad habits. Prior to the activity ask each girl to choose a bad habit they would like to get rid of and establish a plan to do it.

Give them about one month to work towards this goal.

On the activity night take a trip to the the canyon, build a big bonfire, and roast hot dogs. then hold a special ceremony--each girl takes a piece of paper on which she has written her bad habit and then throws it into the fire. Some of the girls may choose to share their experiences as they do so.

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