We had a little planning meeting for Activity Days. No. A big planning meeting. We are doing some leadership training with a few of the oldest girls and they are rockin’ it! Holly and Sydney are headed to Young Women’s in a few months so we decided to go through the Planning With a Purpose model to teach them how to plan an activity effectively and with meaning. I created a booklet for the training that I will try and share later – the printables will take some time to get blog-ready so I’ll work on that.
What is Planning With a Purpose, you ask? It’s a planning method that Jason and I were lucky enough to learn and practice over the three years we were involved in student government at BYU (BYUSA) way back when we were first married. It is based on asking a magical question…. Instead of asking, “What do we want to do?”…
We ask “WHAT DO WE WANT TO HAVE HAPPEN?”
We have used this model for the last 20 years in our lives, our jobs, in parenting, in our church assignments, our community work….everything. It works for everything.
And it’s so easy that even an 11-year-old can do it successfully. That’s the flyer they created to explain our Snowman Glove Service Project – the one that they decided to hand deliver to each girl before our activity (love that idea, girls!) It was a reminder to me that we should never underestimate the capability of these girls. Click here to see how we put it into practice.
So, in this leadership training process, these lovely ladies have been taught the purpose of Activity Days, made decisions, been given assignments and have followed through on those assignments. By serving in a leadership capacity, they are fully invested in the potential of what Activity Days can mean to each girl in our group. It has been a choice experience to go through this leadership mentoring with them.
The result of the last few weeks of teaching and guiding have resulted in a plan for the next few months. This is what will be coming for our Activity Days and I decided to share an overview with you if you are in the process of your own planning.
Snowman Glove Service Project
Girls are earning the money to buy boxes of candy (like Milk Duds) and knit gloves to donate to the cause. This is what they look like (this was an example that Coleman helped me with). The snowman gloves will be donated to a local charity for kids in need. Click here for full activity.
Sledding at a Super Sweet Hill at the High School
We’re focusing on friendship, togetherness, being physically active, enjoying nature right here in our backyard, and developing our sledding talents (that’s a talent, right?).
Classic “heart attack the door with cut-out hearts and messages” activity. Recipients: girls in our group that don’t usually attend Activity Days and the Bishop and Clerk’s Offices at the church. (that idea received a giggle, giggle from our little planners)
(Learning and Living the Gospel)
Found the idea here – we used it as a guide to plan their own activity based on the same idea. Note: we wanted everyone to feel successful in this activity so the girls decided to each create two “back-up” scripture superhero examples in case someone doesn’t come with something to share. Holly and Sydney will be in charge of welcoming each girl as they arrive and finding out if they need one of the “back-up” superhero examples to share.
We’ll do an invite for this activity but the links aren’t working to recreate this idea – we’ll think of something else. And no cookies for us – we decided on superhero fruit snacks for a treat!
(Learning and Living the Gospel)
Mother Daughter Recognition Night
POLKA DOT “T” PARTY
“T” stands for “Testimony” – we are going to have a fun but spiritual night where we learn about how to recognize the Holy Ghost and then act on promptings we receive. It will include a blindfold obstacle course activity and other games. We will give the mothers and daughters one-on-one experiences in a “Faith Walk” to talk about things of the Spirit and how to increase their commitment to listening to the Holy Ghost. We are asking the girls to bring their journals to write their own testimonies in them that night.
Of course, everyone will be encouraged to wear polka dots – and tea party cakes and treats will be served! More to come about this activity later. I have high hopes for this activity – I know it will be a treasured experience for these girls and their moms. Can’t wait for March.
Will someone in our group create gorgeous concoctions that look as fun as these, please?
Come back for more on each of these activities – to find out how they actually came together and to see the fabulous leadership of Holly and Sydney in action.