Monday, June 6

Secret Sisters - A New Way

We often struggle with Secret Sisters... Last year we came up with a new idea. We believe it was an answer to our prayers.

1) Before camp every YW and leader buys or makes FIVE items that represent things they love. For example. I love to crochet, so I made a little headband. I love chocolate, so I purchased one of my favorite candy bars... etc.

2) Before camp every YW decorates a small rock with their name on it - you could skip this step and just have small rocks with names that a leader has written on with a paint pen or something.

3) Every morning you gather all the rocks into a bag and pass them around - if you get your own name or someone you've had before during  the week - put it back.

4) Whatever name you have that day, that is your secret sister. You serve them, pray for them, etc. At campfire that evening we go around and each person announces who they have that day. They give them one of the items that they purchased and tell them why they love it and that they hope their secret sister loves it, too. This is a great way to get to know one another better and keeps the gifts a lot more evenly spread out. WE LOVE IT!!! We hope you do, too!

Camp Cards (Based on Sneaky Cards)

This is a pass-along game to play at Girls' Camp. It is based on the Sneaky Cards Game. There are FOUR files to download with 8 cards in each file. Please feel free to print, laminate and play at camp - but it is copyrighted so please do not sell the design or printed cards!!

Download the FIRST FILE HERE.

Download the SECOND FILE HERE.

Download the THIRD FILE HERE.

Download the FOURTH FILE HERE.

We'd love it if you'd come share your experiences with this game. :)

Friday, December 4

Babysitting Service Project CHRISTMAS Shopping

The YW can set up a 3-hour time slot on a Saturday before Christmas that they can babysit for Moms to do their Christmas shopping!! The YW can set up fun stations (games, music, crafts, etc.) for the children.

Good Works Value Experience #6

"Spend at least three hours giving service outside your family. Ask your ward or branch Relief Society president or a community leader for suggestions for service. For example, you might take care of children while parents attend the temple; collect, make, or recondition toys or games for a nursery; accept an assignment to clean the meetinghouse; or perform errands for or read to a homebound person or others in need. Record in your journal the reactions of the person you served and possible goals for future service opportunities."

Tuesday, September 22

Spa Night

The YW love a good spa night - especially if they get to invite their Moms! Here are a few ideas from ours:

1) DEVOTIONAL - on what true beauty is.

2) NAIL STATION - mothers and daughters give one another manicures (hand scrub recipe: 1 cup coarse sea salt, 1/2 cup liquid coconut oil, 6 drops of essential oil for scent), including painting one another's nails.

3) MAKEUP STATION - We brought some inexpensive cosmetics (new for hygiene reasons) and disposable applicators and one of the leaders demonstrated on a YW the proper way to apply makeup and then mothers/daughters did makeovers.

4) CRAYOLA LIPSTICK CRAFT - Recipe: 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil, 1 crayon (soak wrapper for a few minutes to easily peel off) broken into 3-4 pieces (or combine 1/2 each of 2 crayons) and 1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil (or essential oil if you want them scented) for gloss and easier spreadability). We put a frying pan on the stove with 1-2" water and brought to a simmer. Our frying pan held 4 ramekins so 4 YW could go at a time. YW prepared their ramekins with the oils/crayons and put them in the frying pan (in the ramekin so it's a makeshift double boiler). Stir with skewers (we had tiny plastic spoons that we used to measure the oils and to stir with). Then use pipettes to put hot lipsticks into lipstick containers. *We really only ended up purchasing pipettes and lipstick containers because we had everything else! There are many youtube videos on how to make the crayola lipsticks.

5) HAIR STATION - We downloaded several videos from Cute Girls Hairstyles and one of our YW manned a station where the YW and mothers could watch the videos and do one another's hair. Be sure to download the videos, because most churches block YouTube over the wifi (unless you're using a cell device, obviously).

6) REFRESHMENTS - We purchased nut cups and peanuts and chocolate covered fruit. We made little cups of nuts and little cups of the chocolate covered fruits and put little circle labels on them (see printable below). We also had little water bottles with labels (see printable below).


Water Bottle Labels - Here is a link to the label above PDF here or WORD document here if you prefer. These labels are 1.25" x 8." We used Kirkland brand water bottles from Costco (the SMALL 8 oz bottles) and removed the labels from them (don't remove the sticky glue from the bottles when removing labels!). The new labels were stuck to the old glue and then wrapped around and glued with a simple glue stick (you could use any glue but a glue stick totally worked!!). 

Round Stickers for nut cups or napkins or whatever - Here is a link to the PDF and here is the link to the Word document. (We used Avery 8293 round labels - which we had lying around)

*Font: The font is Cutie Pop and you can download it for FREE here.

Feel free to edit, change, whatever to your heart's content!

Tuesday, May 27

Camp Certification Sheets

We created this 1-Sheet (for each year) Certification List. Hope you can get some use out of it!

Be sure to use it in conjunction with THESE BOOKMARKS so the YW have a list of all certification requirements.

*You can order these badges HERE

Wednesday, March 12

Elder David A. Bednar - A Discussion With the Youth

Wednesday, February 26

Service Project - The Giving Tree

I'm not sure if I originally saw this idea HERE or not, but we did this at Girl's Camp a few years ago. We bought a paper punch LIKE THIS ONE and punched CUTE PAPER to make our ornaments. We used a PAPER PUNCH to put holes for RIBBON and made these cute ornaments. When the YW would perform service at camp, they would write their service on one of the ornaments and hang it on our tree. They worked really hard to get our tree decorated!

We used a large punch and actually decorated a tree outside. If you have good weather, this works well! Our ribbons were the value colors!

This would also work really well at Christmas time to decorate a Christmas Tree!

*This could be adapted for a Value Project idea!!