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mommyof4boys
02-24-2010, 08:00 AM
I need some ideas on what to do for activity night with the Young Women in our ward. We've gone bowling, done our basketball, gone to SLC for a few different things. I'm out of ideas & need to plan for next Tuesday. Thanks!

utmom24
02-24-2010, 08:35 AM
We've done movie nights (usually a church movie of some sort with popcorn), personal progress night, service for other's in the ward, helping at the food pantry, going and seeing a play at the local High School (which in my area they are starting in March), volley ball or any sports. That's all I can think of right now, if I can remember more I'll post again.

bluebooks
02-24-2010, 08:39 AM
I created this list with the help of my sister:



FAITH:

Value Experience #3 - Bring a bunch of friends/new eras or raid the church library and use them to help the YW prepare a FHE lesson outline on how faith helps to live gospel principles such as prayer, tithing, fasting, repentance, or keeping the Sabbath day holy. Have YW bring their journals to write about the personal experiences (that they may also choose to share as part of the FHE lesson).

Value Experience #6 - Have the girls create a picture of the plan of salvation while a leader reads the scriptures included.

VE #7 - Have the girls bring a jar or box. Decorate a "tithing jar/box" using materials in the YW closet. Read scriptures/discuss tithing. Have them also bring their journals to write about paying tithing.

Value Project (Faith):

*Have Family History Specialist come and teach the girls about doing family history.

*Spend an evening working on short stories, poems etc. about faith in Jesus Christ.

*Plant an herb garden using left over pots. Small cost for potting soil/seeds.


DIVINE NATURE:

VE #3 - Write notes to a family member and make a list of ways you can treat them better.

VE #7 - Teach about peacemakers. Have a scripture search together looking for individuals/stories in the scriptures that are peacemakers.

VP -

*Teach sewing repair skills - i.e. hemming pants/skirts, sewing on buttons, etc.

*Teach how to paint walls in a home and paint someone's room for a service.


INDIVIDUAL WORTH:

VE #1 - Watch Jonny Lingo; discuss; read the scriptures and have girls write in their journals about how Heavenly Father loves them.

VE #3 - Have a paper with each girl's name. Pass it around and have each girl write a short note about something this girl does/is. Then they fold it up and pass it to the next person. Let the girls have their own papers, discuss how they feel. Read the scriptures with this value experience together. Then discuss applying this for the next two weeks. They can write additional letters to friends/ teachers/ etc. to pre-prepare for this.

VE#4 - Prepare/rehearse a musical number for church.

VE #5 - Perhaps with Family History Specialist's help - have each girl make a pedigree sheet with current information.

VE #6 - Have a presentation by the Stake Patriarch on patriarchal blessings.

VE #7 - see VE #3.

VP -

*Have a scrapbooking night. Have the girl's condense their important information into a personal history which they include in their books.


KNOWLEDGE:

VE #2 - Have a budgeting, time management, or cooking class

VE #3 - Teach the girls how to conduct a hymn correctly.

VE #5 - Have a job fair with rotations of individuals with a variety of different jobs.

VE #6 - Go to a free concert/play together.

VE #7 - Invite a storyteller to come and teach the girls about story telling.

Value Project:

*Over several months, have a sister come and teach the girls how to can and preserve food.


CHOICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY:

VE #7 - Have someone come and teach a class on money management and budgetting.

VP -

*Teach basic clothing alteration/sewing skills.

*Have them work together to plan an appropriate youth dance.


GOOD WORKS:

VE #2 - Teach about and help the girls to make a menu plan, including shopping lists and recipes.

VE #4 - Help the girls to prepare a FHE lessons - including visual aids and activities.

VE #6 - Any service project would work here.

VP -

*Help the girls compile and recipe book/cards to take to college with them.

*Have Family History Specialist help the girls find names for the temple.

*Have a CPR class

*Humanitarian project


INTEGRITY:

VE #4 - Have the girls compile lists by interviewing the YW leaders about their feeling about integrity. Could be a panel or Q/A with sisters from the ward invited.


VIRTUE:

VE #3 - Make this list of questions and answers together.




Other Personal Progress Ideas - http://www.sugardoodle.info/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=125&Itemid=5

bowlamand
02-24-2010, 08:44 AM
Our Young women have

-made ice cream sculptures with their clean hands (cold but fun) and ate them afterwards:-)

-Had a menu planning night everyone brought cookbooks and shared their favorite HEALTHY snack along with a couple of their favorite recipes
for dinner. There is a personal progress goal for this. I think they have to plan and prepare meals for their family for so long.

-We played Where's Waldo at the mall (leaders pretended to 'shop' in stores). We did get mall permission for this. Each leader had a scripture reference with a key word in it. You unscrambled the key words to get a message afterwards at the church or on the way home.

-Go bowling but instead of the usual way take a bag of M&M's and each time a person goes up to bowl they pick an M&M and have to bowl a certain way for each color. I.e. Between the legs for green, backwards for brown etc...

- recently attended the temple visitors center and took pictures outside of each girl. Then one night they put the pictures to music and had a recently married couple come and talk about how important the temple was to their marriage.

-We passed off the virtue Personal Progress one night. We split up in groups and discussed a couple of scriptures in a circle. Most of virtue is reading and discussion so this worked really well!

-We are having a spa night next week.

- Beehives did a babysitting First Aid (it was different than the regular camp first aid they get every year.

- Teach the girls how to comparison shop and coupon! :-) This could be really valuable for laurels before they leave home!

Just a few ideas. I will post more when I remember.

crylee
02-24-2010, 09:19 AM
I remember when i went to young womens I was always really bored...we did activities like serving dinner to the young men, sewing, a lot of really house wifey things. (no offense meant) I was always very jealous because the young men were doing cliff rappelling, fly fishing, kayaking, really fun out door stuff.

So i would suggest sledding, ice skating, etc.

UTMomof6
02-24-2010, 09:43 AM
I've always thought that if they aren't doing something well planned and meaningful my daughter might as well stay home. I have plenty of things that we can do at home that would be better for her to do. Not that having fun isn't a good thing once in a while but not every week.

Suzy-Snowflake
02-24-2010, 09:52 AM
The young women are supposed to be involved in planning the activities. What do they want to do? If you involve then in the process, they are more likely to come and have fun.

I think too many times we feel like we have to keep the youth of today entertained with big events and then we are always trying to outdo the last activity.

Keep it simple and let them interact with each other.

h2obis
02-24-2010, 10:13 AM
I've always thought that if they aren't doing something well planned and meaningful my daughter might as well stay home. I have plenty of things that we can do at home that would be better for her to do. Not that having fun isn't a good thing once in a while but not every week.
Really --- it is parents like this that make it hard. YW should be an activity that they attend every week, regardless of what it is. So do you go to church every Sunday or do you check the lesson schedule to see if it will be a meaningful lesson? Sorry == I know that wasn't appropriate but we are struggling to get girls to come every week. We had 5 girls out of 25 show up to push wheel chairs at the Developmental Center. I honestly think that is very meaningful -- to the youth and the people they are serving. A lot of the parents had this same attitude.

daizymae
02-24-2010, 10:20 AM
The young women are supposed to be involved in planning the activities. What do they want to do? If you involve then in the process, they are more likely to come and have fun.

I think too many times we feel like we have to keep the youth of today entertained with big events and then we are always trying to outdo the last activity.

Keep it simple and let them interact with each other.

Ditto. My girls take a big part in planning. We just recently had a planning meeting and they made a big list of things they wanted to do. Then, I made them go through the list and determine the purpose of the activity. This helped them to see that we are not meeting during the week just to have fun....there has to be a purpose or there's no point in doing the activity. Once in a while we plan something just for fun, but even that can fulfill the purpose of building class unity.

It is NOT my job to entertain the YW once a week. I really resent it when parents let their girls stay home because an activity doesn't sound like "fun". My job is to help the girls learn the skills and qualities that they will need to "be prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation". Do I try to make it fun? Absolutely! But my motto is "Fun is an attitude, not an activity". If I don't have the support of the parents, then my calling can be really frustrating and unfulfilling.

Back to the OP question....we do personal progress as a class once a month. I have the Beehives, and they are struggling to catch the vision of PP. They come in so excited, do too much at once, and then burn out. So, we try to choose one value experience a month that we can complete (or almost complete) as a class. It helps the girls to see that it's not hard, it doesn't usually take a lot of time, and can actually be fun.

Kensie
02-24-2010, 10:21 AM
Its getting the time of year for prom and spring dances where the girls have to get a dress to go to the dance. Why not have a night where you have someone come and donate their time and show how to do different hair styles, makeup, fingernails or such. We always did this with the junior girls and then had them bring their dresses and then we would take a couple of group pictures with them after their hair, nails, and makeup was done. You could do this with all of the girls and it was so fun when we did it!

daizymae
02-24-2010, 10:40 AM
I've always thought that if they aren't doing something well planned and meaningful my daughter might as well stay home. I have plenty of things that we can do at home that would be better for her to do. Not that having fun isn't a good thing once in a while but not every week.
Really --- it is parents like this that make it hard. YW should be an activity that they attend every week, regardless of what it is. So do you go to church every Sunday or do you check the lesson schedule to see if it will be a meaningful lesson? Sorry == I know that wasn't appropriate but we are struggling to get girls to come every week. We had 5 girls out of 25 show up to push wheel chairs at the Developmental Center. I honestly think that is very meaningful -- to the youth and the people they are serving. A lot of the parents had this same attitude.

See, I think her comment was right on. My job is to make sure we have meaningful, well-planned activities every week. I don't think she was saying that it had to be "fun and entertaining" or she'd keep her daughter home. If I didn't plan ahead and make sure my activity has a purpose, then it would be thrown together and disorganized and probably not very effective for the girls. If this happened week after week, then I wouldn't be fulfilling my calling the way I should, and the girls very well may be better off staying home.

It's the "oh, that sounds like a boring activity" comments (from both parents and girls) that are frustrating. When the parents don't build up the importance of what we are trying to teach, then the girls get the impression that it's not important at all and it becomes very easy for them to stay home.

bowlamand
02-24-2010, 10:45 AM
I totally agree that the activity should have a purpose BUT It is really hard sometimes to get the girls to plan an activity with a purpose! One suggestion when having a planning meeting is to have EVERYONE (including leader) bring a list of activities and then choose from the lists. If you wait until your at the meeting to come up with ideas you will only have the same ole thing month after month and your attendance will decline!

Sometimes the purpose of Young Womens might be helping the girls to better know one another! That way if they see each other at school or in other activities they can support each other and stand up together!

daizymae
02-24-2010, 11:05 AM
Sometimes the purpose of Young Womens might be helping the girls to better know one another! That way if they see each other at school or in other activities they can support each other and stand up together!

Agreed. And, in my experience, those are the types of activities that the girls always bring to the table...the fun ones that build unity and let them get to know one another better. No matter what the activity is, they are having an opportunity to interact with one another....so to always use that as a purpose just to justify doing something that would otherwise just be a fun thing to do is missing the mark. I do think it's important to do "fluff" a couple of times a year...we usually have a movie night each year and a BBQ...because it does build bonds within the class, and the girls need to relax once in a while (and I do too....I LOVE it when movie night comes around because it's so easy to pull off!). BUT, as I leader, I then need to help them see that we can't do those types of things every single week (if they had their way, we would). There are so many other important purposes to fulfill in YW, and if I'm doing my job right, we should be able to do them in fun and new ways.

katiekat
02-24-2010, 11:12 AM
I've always thought that if they aren't doing something well planned and meaningful my daughter might as well stay home. I have plenty of things that we can do at home that would be better for her to do. Not that having fun isn't a good thing once in a while but not every week.


I'm in YW and I feel the same way- about MY time! Really- I got about a million things to do and if YW isn't worth it, then I'd rather do one of those things. Like wise- if no one is going to show up- it really makes me annoyed. BUT- it is impossible, IMO, for every activity to be this spectacular thing. And different activities will have meaning for different girls. IE- last night, we did an activity specifically designed to help one girl with one of her PP goals. They other girls were sort of interested, but mostly wanted to reach out to the other girl. Well- guess who didn't show up? You got it! So, we did our activity, but at the end, one of the girls said "This was kind of a pointless activity." Well, it wasn't want we planned, but not really pointless. We socialized, we built each other other, we improved relationships. Yes- we didn't accomplish our stated "purpose", but good things did happen.

I also feel that sometimes- the reason your daughter goes to YW isn't to "get something out of it". Sometimes it is because she has something to GIVE- friendship, a comment at a needed time, sometimes it is just support to her leaders. She cannot do any of those things at home.

YW is a really demanding calling. I spend on average 15 hours a week at it. Really- what I want most is for parents to just acknowledge that and support by sending their girls and encouraging them to do their PP.

OK- off my rant.
Here's what we've done recently:
Glow in the Dark Basketball
Scrapbooking
Learned to sew pillowcases
Made funnel cakes
Made freezer cookie dough and delivered it to people in the ward.
Made birthday cards for our class
Make chocolate caramel apples
Had a volley ball tournament
Had a Zumba night
Had dinner at the bishops house with home and his wife. (he invited)
Made cinnamon rolls
Made wooden modge podge blocks
Did manicures, made smoothies
Career Night- picked 3 careers they girls are interested in and had a woman in that field come talk to the girls about it.

engravingmom
02-24-2010, 11:18 AM
See, I think her comment was right on. My job is to make sure we have meaningful, well-planned activities every week. I don't think she was saying that it had to be "fun and entertaining" or she'd keep her daughter home. If I didn't plan ahead and make sure my activity has a purpose, then it would be thrown together and disorganized and probably not very effective for the girls. If this happened week after week, then I wouldn't be fulfilling my calling the way I should, and the girls very well may be better off staying home.

It's the "oh, that sounds like a boring activity" comments (from both parents and girls) that are frustrating. When the parents don't build up the importance of what we are trying to teach, then the girls get the impression that it's not important at all and it becomes very easy for them to stay home.

I don't mean to hyjack the thread but I have to agree with H2Obiz, I think you should attend no matter what if for no other reason than that is where you should be. How do you know if it is going to be organized or not. When you sustain your Young Women Leaders you sustain them all the time, not just when it is well planned and meaningful enough. Maybe that is the best the leader can do right now and she simply needs the support. Many times it is not what we get when we are involved but what we have to give and many times you best watch out what you complain about because you never know when it will be your turn.

Candiss_p
02-24-2010, 11:46 AM
Wow, there are a lot of great ideas that I'm going to share with my Mia Maids. We have a hard time getting them excited about activities that have a purpose. I'm going to print off all the ideas in this thread and have them choose some that sound interesting.

One thing we are doing next week is a temple night. We are going to have a speaker (a former assistant to a temple matron) talk to them about how participating in the YW program can help them prepare for the temple. Then we are going to have each girl model a wedding dress, their moms, or one that we've borrowed from someone in the ward. Their moms are invited, it's going to be kind of like a wedding reception.

daizymae
02-24-2010, 11:59 AM
I don't mean to hyjack the thread but I have to agree with H2Obiz, I think you should attend no matter what if for no other reason than that is where you should be. How do you know if it is going to be organized or not. When you sustain your Young Women Leaders you sustain them all the time, not just when it is well planned and meaningful enough. Maybe that is the best the leader can do right now and she simply needs the support. Many times it is not what we get when we are involved but what we have to give and many times you best watch out what you complain about because you never know when it will be your turn.

I was just trying to point out that I didn't think UTMomof6 was intending to give the impression that I think h2obis got (just my thinking....maybe I'm off base and shouldn't try to interpret for either of them). I didn't take her point of view as one of a difficult parent like h2obis seemed to. I think h2obis made a good point in her comparison of the Sunday meetings that the parents attend. I just think she was a little hasty in saying the UTMomof6 was the type of parent who makes it hard to serve in YW.

You are both right--the girls should attend out of obedience and to sustain their leaders, regardless of what is going on. Hopefully they don't know if an activity is going to be disorganized....hopefully that happens rarely....but I have worked with leaders who fly by the seat of their pants every single week, and the girls pick up on that quickly and their desire to attend goes out the door fast. Perhaps UTMomof6 has had an experience like that and it has shaped her opinion....who knows. Regardless, as leaders, we should always be preparing well-planned and meaningful activities. If we're not, then we're not fulfilling the job we were called to do.

tack
02-24-2010, 02:12 PM
I want to say how much I appreciate all you do for the Young Women. It can be a time consuming and under-appreciated calling. Thank you.

MemerMe
02-24-2010, 04:30 PM
One thing that our girls have done is make diaper cakes for new moms in our ward when they have a baby.

Our YW president has been taking a few girls out to ice cream twice a month to get to know them better. She has two additional leaders go with her and 4 girls. You could turn this into an activity by assigning so many girls to two leaders, doing get to know you questions and having an ice cream bar.

I'm the Personal progress leader in our ward. I've started doing PP at my house on a Sunday because we have had a hard time getting girls there for the weekly activity due to school activities. I've started with Faith and we do 2 values for the month. So in 3-4 months time we will be ready to do the Faith Value project. After that, we will move on to the next value - Divine Nature. The girls like having a leader do the activity with them and I'm earning my medallion with them. It is a huge help in keeping the girls motivated and I know where they are at in there progress.

Our activity this week is having speakers come to talk about Make Lemonade Out of Lemons and having lemonade and cookies for refreshments. The girls are supposed to come wearing as much yellow as possible.

We did a purple theme night and tied it in to the value. Whoever had the most purple on won a prize and we had purple treats. Our YW leader came in her very purple VERY formal gown. Darling!!!

Next week is Italian cooking night with a lady coming to share ideas of recipes and cooking skills. We've done game nights with the YM, but those do need to be very well planned.

I've bookmarked this thread because I need all the ideas I can get!

Good Luck!!!!!!

anayl329
02-24-2010, 08:49 PM
Our bishop has always told us the youth are supposed to be in charge of the planning. We as leaders are just there to be guides by telling them the guidelines within our budget, time constraints, and spiritual purpose for each activity. We have allowed them to do that and it has really worked out great for us.

Some of the activities we have done recently are: making skirts(this one is taking up a few class activites), makeovers, sledding. Some activities we have planned are: a birthday party for all(inviting inactive members to the party in their name), making flowers for hair, going to the U of U gymnastics, yoga and smoothies, making jewelry, learning to make crepes. One thing we have done for personal progress is call it "P" night. We do personal progress and have a food item that starts with the letter P.

teriberi
02-24-2010, 09:47 PM
My daughter just got back from YM and they went to Walmart and bought yarn and next week they are going to learn how to crochet these darling hats with flowers on them. She has never learned to crochet and so she is very excited. I wish I could post a picture of what they are going to look like, but I don't have one.

tightwadmomof5
02-06-2011, 09:58 PM
I'm looking for ideas, too. Here are some things we have done recently:

~helped each of the girls set up a church account and learn how to do their personal progress online
~Had a lesson on hygiene, taught by "the Hy-genie"
~went to the Carl Bloch exhibit at BYU, followed with ice cream cones at the creamery
~an Ettiquette dinner with the YM

We have also: spray painted tshirts, learned stichery from another sister in the ward, made washer necklaces, played glow in the dark volleyball, had our hair done at a beauty school, done service for kids on the move, done a food drive scavenger hunt...that's all I can think of right now.

Any more ideas out there?

thipwell
02-07-2011, 10:58 AM
This will be long (if anyone wants me to email them the file just send me a PM). I just went through my last years worth of meeting agendas and compiled ideas. Here you go:

1. Get to know you games.
2. Random Acts of Kindness night: We made up a list of 10 things to go do for people. You couldn’t do more than one at any home, and you couldn’t go to the girls’ homes or the leader’s homes. We brought a camera for each group to take a picture while “in action”. At the end we came back to the church and had donuts and hooked the camera up to a TV so we could show the 2 groups the pictures. Some of the things we did were vacuuming someone’s room, reading a story to a child, sing a primary song, help someone carry groceries to their car, bring back a young woman who hadn’t come to the activity, load a dishwasher, wash a window, pull 10 weeds, etc.
3. Learned how to make pies.
4. Go see Christmas Lights or a Live Nativity.
5. ‘P’ Personal Progress night: We made pink popcorn, wore pajamas, and worked on personal progress. We chose 2 things that the girls needed to work on and had someone in our ward come ready to help with it (we talked about Patriarchal blessings and did the requirements for it).
6. Dance Lessons: We did this in preparation for one of the stake dances. This helped make the beehives feel included in the dance without actually being able to go to the dance. We had a couple of our young women teach 3 different line dances that are usually done at the dances.
7. Movie Night for upcoming year’s theme. We watched Forever Strong since we felt like it went along with the theme “Be Strong and Courageous.”
8. Church Movie night: we watched the youth movie that came from the church.
9. Quilts and crochet: have someone teach you how to do it.
10. Finger Painting: We had the girls do 3 pictures using their fingers. We gave them the themes such as their favorite temple, their future family, etc. Then we gave a small treat to who we voted were the best and worst! It was all light hearted.
11. Daddy Daughter Date
12. Fire Safety: We made arrangements with the fire department to go to their location and learn how to use a fire extinguisher and learn about fire safety.
13. Modest Prom Dress: Find a dress shop in your area and make arrangements to go try on modest dresses. You could also to go to White Elegance and try on temple dresses.
14. Decorate sugar cookies and deliver to ward members or inactive youth.
15. Learn how to make rolls. We went to a sister’s home who makes wonderful rolls and she taught us how to do it.
16. Baptisms for the Dead
17. Do a craft that has to do with the theme for the year.
18. Womanhood service activity: We had each of the girls bring a plate of baked goods. Then when we got there, we had a cute piece of paper that said “Thank you for being an example of Faith”. We had one for each of the young women values (divine nature, good works, etc.) Then we sat down and thought of women in the ward that represented those values, and wrote on the paper why we felt that way. Then we delivered the note and plate of goodies to those women. We tried thinking of people that my normally not be recognized in the ward. Such as a new sister that had recently returned to church and had been to the temple was our Woman of Faith. A stay at home mom was our Woman of Divine Nature.
19. Wheelbarrow Baseball and dinner. This is a great activity with the YM to build teamwork skills. Before we started we talked about how all of us have weaknesses and that Heavenly Father puts people in our lives to help us. We then played baseball in the not so usual way. Everybody has a partner. The outfield had their legs tied to together using some fabric. The at bat team had one player hit the ball, then that player jumped into a wheelbarrow and their partner pushed them around the bases. The outfield had to run 3 legged with one of their arms also linked. Whoever picked up the ball had to pass it to their partner to throw it in. We split up partners and teams so nobody could dominate the game. Some players we made hit left handed or throw with their opposite hand to use their “weakness”. We brought 4 wheelbarrows and fabric to tie them together, and had kids bring their bats and balls. It was a blast!
20. Hair night: We had one sister come and show girls cute hair styles with clips and things. We had another sister show the girls how to make some flower clips for their hair.
21. Wii Fitness night: We went to one of the girls that has some Wii games and played the exercise type games and had healthy snacks.
22. Slip and Slide night: We made a giant slip and slide with plastic at a park with a hill and had water to slide down the hill.
23. Ice Blocking: get blocks of ice and place a towel on the block then slide down the hill on your ice.
24. Make a dinner for someone in your ward who has had a baby or has another need.
25. Balloon or Water balloon volleyball
26. Learn CPR: we had a member of the fire department come and teach us CPR for camp.
27. Minute to win it
28. Gun Safety and shooting activity: We made arrangements to go to a rifle range and shoot 22’s. We before hand had an activity taught by a couple priesthood brethren on how to properly handle and take care of a gun. And they taught us why it is important to know the proper methods of using and storing guns should we have them or be married to someone who has them in the future.
29. Tie Dye shirts or socks. We had each girl bring an old shirt, pillowcase, or socks and we learned how to tie dye.
30. Carve Pumpkins: We collected 6 or 7 pumpkins and carved them, then we delivered them to our inactive girls and told them we miss them.
31. Stump the Bishop night: Each person had to find a scripture that had a physical item referenced in it (for example one scripture talks about jewelry). They brought the item and placed it in a small lunch sack. Then one at a time they would take their item up and the bishop would open their sack. The bishop would then have 30 seconds or a minute (depending on the size of your group) to find a scripture that they feel represented that item. They didn’t have to find the same scripture as the youth had, but it had to be a close representation of the item (we took a vote). The bishopric would read their scripture then the youth would read their scripture. If the bishopric couldn’t find a scripture they were stumped and the youth got a piece of candy, if they did the bishopric got a piece of candy (to add to their treat bucket). Some things that we saw were a Harry Potter book which represented a scripture talking about witchcraft and sorcery. Another person built a Lego wall and theirs was Samuel the Lamanite preaching from the wall. It was a good way to teach the youth that the scriptures can be applied to our lives if we open our minds and think about it.
32. We made a few freezer casseroles and delivered to our Relief Society president so she could take them to someone who may be in need of a meal.
33. Watch a movie about Christ’s birth and talk about the importance of Christmas.
34. Dye Easter eggs and take to people in the ward.
35. Clean the nursery. In the winter time go sanitize toys and wash doorknobs and leave a note for the nursery leaders telling them you appreciate what they do.
36. Take plates of goodies and notes to your bishopric or other leadership telling them you appreciate all they do.
37. Rake leaves for a family in the ward.
38. Shovel snow during the winter of someone’s home.
39. Go caroling to the older people in the ward.
40. Make small plates of dinner and deliver and visit with some of the elderly in your ward.
41. Make valentine cards and give to your parents telling them why you love them.
42. Write letters to the missionaries from your ward. Have their parent come talk about their son or daughter and then have some Book of Mormons available for those who want to write their testimony in it so the missionaries can give out to the youth they may be teaching.
43. Have a combined etiquette dinner and teach the youth about proper table manners.
44. Practice putting up your tents for girl’s camp.
45. Talk about budget shopping. Use the weekly store ads and plan a weekly menu then go to the grocery store and price out the menu.
46. Make a lesson for Family Home Evening so the girls can have a lesson prepared to do in their home.

tightwadmomof5
02-07-2011, 03:10 PM
Oooh, thanks so much Thipwell! Lots of good ideas:)

7kidsathome
02-08-2011, 02:54 PM
18. Womanhood service activity: We had each of the girls bring a plate of baked goods. Then when we got there, we had a cute piece of paper that said “Thank you for being an example of Faith”. We had one for each of the young women values (divine nature, good works, etc.) Then we sat down and thought of women in the ward that represented those values, and wrote on the paper why we felt that way. Then we delivered the note and plate of goodies to those women. We tried thinking of people that my normally not be recognized in the ward. Such as a new sister that had recently returned to church and had been to the temple was our Woman of Faith. A stay at home mom was our Woman of Divine Nature.


This one actually brought tears to my eyes. What a great way to unite the Relief Society and Young Women together!

islgrls
02-09-2011, 07:01 AM
I've always thought that if they aren't doing something well planned and meaningful my daughter might as well stay home. I have plenty of things that we can do at home that would be better for her to do. Not that having fun isn't a good thing once in a while but not every week.

I AGREE!!!... Her point here is, "if its not well planned and or meaningful!". I too have served in the YM a long time ago so maybe I dont remember the frustrations, but I loved it and dont remember being offended when some of the girls couldnt make it. My girls current YM leader is always offended when my girls dont make it. Some people forget that church n all the activities involved is a choice.

thipwell
02-09-2011, 08:17 AM
I get a lot of the ideas I used above from sugardoodle.net. It's a great and helpful site for lessons and all kinds of things.

boyzrus
08-27-2011, 12:43 PM
I don't have any daughters but I do have 4 boys and our ward recently as a combined activity teamed up into quorums and classes and had a pinewood derby race. The beehives designed a car together as did the other classes and deacons, etc. They had the track reserved too. My boys said they had alot of fun and enjoyed seeing that girls can get pretty creative with their cars as well. Hope this helps!!



Diana

carriward
02-12-2012, 05:14 PM
To get our YW to plan with a purpose we have 5 different categories... spiritual, service, life skills, outdoors/fitness and cultural. Each week we have an assigned category that the YW try to stay in when planning the activity. This has given us a lot of variety and helps us avoid doing lots of one type of activity. It gives the girls somewhere to focus.

We have done activities such as:
1. Rappelling
2. Traditions evening. Each girl brought and presented a tradition she did with her family or that her ancestors did.
3. Time capsules that they open at a certain time in life (graduation, marriage, etc)
4. Canyoneering
5. Backpacking
6. Talent show and invited all the "grandma's" -single older women- in the ward
7. Learned to decorate cupcakes
8. Learned to knit
9. Couples panel for Valentine's Day
10. Etiquette dinner to teach manners
11. Service projects...helping someone in the ward who had just moved in with their home renovations.
12. Christmas PJ party
13. Deliver fruit baskets to the widows and widowers in the ward.
14. Biathlon
15. Learn to clean evening...and we cleaned a ward members home.
16. Just dance night
17. Swimming party

Some more ideas.

whitlarson
02-17-2012, 08:37 AM
I have a mutual blog (http://whatwedidinmutual.blogspot.com/) where I post activity ideas. I posted a personal progress bookmark yesterday that has really helped the YW in our ward. Honestly, it's helped me, too!

The areas the handbook recommends we cover with our activities are these:

Serve Others
Develop Spiritually
Develop Socially
Develop Physically
Develop Intellectually

Whit

katiekat
02-17-2012, 01:34 PM
I did this recently to help our girls plan and it was fantastic- we got so many great ideas.
I typed up a whole list of activity "starters". For example
An activity that you do in the dark
An activity that involves animals
An activity that serves babies
An activity that involves flour
An activity that could have been done 100 years ago
An activity that you do outside, in the spring
An activity that involves screaming
An activity that uses the computer
etc, etc
I came up with about 3 pages worth. I cut them into strips and we pulled them out one at a time, and then brainstormed off of it. It was so fun to see what we all came up with! We ended up with lots of ideas that we'd never had before.