Saturday, February 25

New Beginnings... Camp Style

Our ward YW leaders planned a great New Beginnings program this year. It was casual dress and we were asked to bring camping chairs. When we got there, there was a fake fire going in the middle of the room. The girls all sat on the floor and the parents sat in their camp chairs.

They handed out the camp songbook our stake made, and we sang the opening hymn from it. After the opening song, prayer, and announcement of the program, a couple seasoned girls campers led a couple of the fun camp songs. We sang a camp song or two between each segment of the program.

To encourage excitement about camp, they had girls talk about camp and adventure camp after the talks on personal progress and the YW program. I don't remember ever being at New Beginnings where camp was presented like this! The whole program was fun and very memorable. It was also a great way to get the new girls excited about YW, and the older girls were a great example of how fun YW can be! (The cake pictured was NOT what our refreshments were, I just found it and thought it was adorable!)


Erin said...

I love your idea! Sister Dalton in a YW training talked to us about keeping the "Spirit of Girls," when we come home. I think this would be a great chance to remind them of those strong spiritual moments we have at girls camp and talk about keeping them alive througout the year. Thank you for creating such an inspiriing blog!

Michelle L. said...

I just found your blog via Pinterest. Such wonderful idea's on here!
I just became YW president in my ward recently and can use all the help I can get, so thanks!