Friday, January 31, 2014

Annual Youth Fundraiser - Chili dinner & Auction





Every year we have a fundraiser to help send our youth to camp (Scout Camp, Cub Scout Day Camp, and Girls Camp).

Please note that each ward handles their camp fundraising as directed by their local leaders (Bishop or Stake President), so this activity might not be appropriate for everyone. Here is the official policy from the current handbook of instructions. 

13.6.8 Fund-Raising Activities
Fund-raising activities are not usually approved because expenses for stake and ward activities are paid with budget funds. As an exception, a stake president or bishop may authorize one group fund-raising activity each year. Such an activity may be held to raise funds for the following purposes only:
  1. To help pay the cost of one annual camp or similar activity as outlined in 13.2.8.
  2. To help purchase equipment that the unit needs for annual camps as outlined in 13.2.9.
If a fund-raising activity is held, it should provide a meaningful value or service. It should be a positive experience that builds unity. Contributions to fund-raising activities are voluntary. Priesthood leaders should take special care to ensure that members do not feel obligated to contribute. Stakes and wards that sponsor fund-raising activities should not advertise or solicit beyond their boundaries. Nor should they sell products or services door to door.

This is the first year I've been involved in the planning committee for this activity/fundraiser, so I thought I'd share what we do. This is a somewhat complicated activity, but once everything is worked out, it is easier to replicate as an annual thing and it is always very successful.

I should also add that our Bishopric has assigned each auxiliary/group (or several auxiliaries combined) to provide a ward activity each quarter (ie, the Relief Society & High Priests are in charge of the Christmas party, the Ward Mission and the Elders Quorum are in charge of our annual talent show). The Young Men and the Young Women organizations are responsible for the 1st quarter activity, which coincides with the annual youth fundraiser (which has been going on for a number of years). So for the past few years, the fundraiser (which originally started as only a Scout Camp fundraiser) has developed into a ward chili-cook-off dinner, followed by a youth fundraiser auction (which benefits all of the youth - ym & yw - going to camp, and also the Cub Scout day camp). There is no charge for the dinner, just like a regular ward dinner would be. After the dinner, everyone is welcome to stay in the cultural hall for the live auction (proceeds from the auction are the 'fundraiser' part of this). Participation in the auction is optional, but everyone is encouraged to stay and watch the fun. We don't want anyone to feel like they shouldn't come or that they are pressured to purchase anything. This is a ward activity FIRST and a fundraiser SECOND.


ADVERTISING:
We start passing sign-up sheets on a clipboard (3rd hour of church) about 1 1/2 months before the activity. We also put a little blurb in the bulletin about it and start talking about it on facebook to get the word out (I created an 'facebook event' so people could 'join', ask questions, get updates, etc). We announce the activity to the youth for months ahead at every class and activity so that the youth are well-aware of it ahead of time. We have a poster that we put up about a month before the activity and have committee members announce the activity in priesthood, relief society, etc. 1 or 2 Sundays before the activity, we give out handouts and really ramp up the advertising.

Here (in purple) is the text from the handout for this year (the text formatting & artwork did not copy over to this blog,  it looks much better in person- you'll have to use your imagination!). It is a full-page handout  because there is a lot of info to explain, but this will give you a good overview of what this activity is all about. Again, this activity/fundraiser is not for the faint-of-heart - it is very complicated and takes a lot of planning, but it works very well.



ANNUAL ____________ WARD CHILI COOK-OFF DINNER & AUCTION

(DATE & TIME)  IN OUR CULTURAL HALL

DINNER: Delicious chili, taco soup, and baked potatoes will be served. Dinner is provided for all - there is no charge for dinner. That’s right- its FREE! Bring the whole family! This is a activity for all ages, everyone is welcome. You don’t have to bring anything unless you’ve signed up to help*!

AUCTION: Immediately after dinner, the youth will provide FREE childcare for all kids (10 and under), so the adults can focus on the live fundraiser auction! FANCY CAKES, CUSTOM ITEMS, AND MORE will be auctioned off to anyone who would like to bid (bidding is very welcome, but OPTIONAL!).

THE REALLY IMPORTANT STUFF: All proceeds from the auction sales will benefit our ward’s youth (funds will cover costs for Scout Camp, Girls Camp, Cub Scout Day Camp, etc). This is the only fundraiser we do. Please stay for the auction fun, even if you choose not to bid. This is a ward activity first and a fundraiser auction second. It is really fun just to watch the bidding wars!

FREE DINNER & A FUN AUCTION? COULD THIS ACTIVITY GET ANY BETTER? WHY, YES- IT CAN!:
  • -Highly-coveted certificates will be awarded for the chili cook-off (best overall, spiciest, best meatless, most unique)
  • -Highly-coveted certificates will be awarded for cakes to be auctioned (best overall, most inventive/unique, most delicious looking)
  • -Italian Sodas will be for sale during the auction
  • -Kids Silent Auction Room (in RS Room) for kids 11 and under
  • -Did we mention FREE childcare during the auction?
  • -Our ward’s youth will be working before, during, and after this activity to help earn their way to camp!

* This activity is being hosted by the ______________ Ward Young Men and Young Women organizations. If you’d like to help with the dinner or donate a cake but haven’t seen the sign-up sheets, contact ____________ or ______________. Auction items are limited this year to keep things simple- all auction items must be pre-approved, please see __________________ if you have something to donate



We also made these trophies for the chili cook-off and the cakes (to be auctioned) and I posted these photos on facebook to help build interest:

I bought some small metal buckets and filled them with platic bags. Then I covered the top with crinkled foil and hot-glued dried beans to the top. Then I took the foil/beans outside and spray-painted them gold. When dry, I hot-glued the foil/beans on top of the plastic bag filler.

I bought some used trophies from a thrift store ($1 each). I chose trophies that had a large ball on them (basketball, soccer ball, etc) and then made gold paper cakes which I glued onto the balls. So it looks like the man is shooting a basket with a cake, kicking a cake, etc. I then covered the original engravings with "Best Overall Cake", etc on gold-ish scrapbook paper.


TIME FRAME FOR THE ACTIVITY ITSELF:
4PM- SET UP AND FOOD PREP (YOUTH & LEADERS, PARENTS?)
530PM-CHILI, TACO SOUP, AND AUCTION CAKE CHECK-IN BEGINS
6PM- DINNER STARTS
7PM- DINNER ENDS, CHILDCARE & FUNDRAISER AUCTION BEGIN
830PM- ACTIVITY ENDS, CLEAN-UP BEGINS (YOUTH & LEADERS, PARENTS?)
930PM - DONE!

YOUTH PARTICIPATION:
Youth should work at the set-up, during the entire activity, and until the clean-up is complete. Youth leaders, parents of youth, and other ward members can help as well, and should be doing most of the planning and supervising, but the fundraiser is to benefit the youth, so I try to make that clear to them and give the expectation that they are expected to pull their weight, so to speak. In the past we've had loosely-planned assignments and there were some problems with youth not following through (ie, goofing around). This year, we plan to do pre-assigned 1/2 hour shifts for each assignment during the activity to (hopefully) give all youth a chance to do a variety of things (ie, yw may be able to help with auction or italian sodas for one shift instead of doing childcare the whole time). We will have a clipboard to keep track of the assignments and youth leaders will supervise to make sure they are where they are supposed to be.

YOUTH ASSIGNMENTS FOR SET-UP (10AM):
  • SETTING UP TABLES, CHAIRS, ETC
  • HELPING WITH FOOD PREP IN KITCHEN (putting condiments in cups, learning to make italian sodas, etc)

YOUTH ASSIGNMENTS THE NIGHT OF THE ACTIVITY (YOUTH ARRIVE BY 530PM):
  • (ALL) FINAL SET-UP, WHATEVER NEEDS TO BE DONE RIGHT BEFORE THE DINNER
  • 2 YOUTH TO HELP IN THE KITCHEN DURING FINAL PREP & DINNER
  • 2 YOUTH TO CHECK-IN CHILI & TACO SOUP ENTRIES AT THE DOOR
  • 2 YOUTH WORKING AT ITALIAN SODAS
  • 2 YW WORKING IN THE AGE 1-3 NURSERY (AFTER DINNER)
  • 2 YW WORKING IN THE AGE 4-7 NURSERY (AFTER DINNER)
  • 2 YW WORKING IN THE AGE 8-10 NURSERY (AFTER DINNER)
  • 2 YOUTH WORKING IN THE SILENT AUCTION ROOM
  • 2 YOUTH HELPING WITH THE DESSERT AUCTION (AFTER DINNER)
  • (ALL) CLEAN-UP

This is the minimum we need for each assignment, but if we have more youth show up to help, the more the better! We were instructed by the Bishopric to only have young women doing the childcare (no young men/young women mixes for childcare, either), so we try to make this as fair as possible so that some girls aren't "stuck" doing childcare the whole time (most of them prefer helping with the auction or doing Italian sodas). We passed a sign-up (for the ym & yw) to indicate which assignments they prefer and we will try our best to make sure they get to do some of the assignments they want to. With rotations every 1/2 hour, at least everyone will get a variety.
DINNER:
The dinner is a chili and taco soup dinner with baked potatoes. We have ward members volunteer to provide chili or taco soup in crockpots and other ward volunteers bake the potatoes at home and bring them the night of the dinner (we purchase all of the potatoes for them, they just bake & deliver them). We also purchase toppings for the chili and/or baked potatoes (sour cream, cheese, bacon bits, chives, etc), which are pre-portioned out into little paper cups. Some people have chili on their baked potatoes, some just have baked potatoes, or just taco soup, etc. We divided the crockpots, potatoes, and condiments up between 3 different stations in the cultural hall - this works great to prevent long lines. Since the chili & taco soup are donated, we only need to purchase the condiments, baked potatoes, italian soda supplies, award certificates, and paper goods. 

We have judging (usually by the full-time missionaries) for the chili cook-off (best overall, most spicy, best vegetarian, etc) and also "best taco soup". We give out certificates or little trophies. This helps to draw out the competitive types (ie, everyone in my family). We usually have no problem getting people to donate chili/soup and always have  more than enough. More info on amounts in the sign-up section below.

THE AUCTION: 
Our main auction attraction are the desserts. We don't serve a dessert at the dinner, so the idea is that people will see all of the fabulous desserts on display and really want them! :) We have had a problem with too many desserts in the past (I know, this is normally not what I would consider a 'problem'!). Since people were so willing to donate desserts, there was one year when we had an especially over-saturated "market". Basically, we had WAY more desserts than we had people. Ward members really went all out and that was meant well, but it was too much. I personally ended up buying 3 full family-size desserts (like many people did) because it was just awkward to have no one bidding on desserts that had been donated. You would think the more desserts the better, but it actually drove the prices down. There was way more supply than demand! Its hard to sell 60 desserts to 20 families. And even though everything was eventually purchased, they were practically giving things away at the end. So you can have too much of a good thing. We didn't want to discourage people's kind-heartedness, but we decided to specify that we are only accepting cakes now (no cookies, pies, cupcakes, etc) and we highly encourage large cakes that can be shared with an entire table. Two or three families can even go in together to purchase a large cake if they want. Our top sellers (between $100-$300) for the past 3 years have been large elaborate cakes (like this beauty that I made 2 years ago!) that a family (or two families) have purchased and shared with others.


Even if you limit it to just cakes, there is so much extra to go around that even those who don't purchase get to try 2 or 3 different desserts! There is a good atmosphere of fun and sharing. We don't want pressure to bid or to have anyone feel uncomfortable.

MISC:
  1. CHILDCARE -We have a lot of children attend and we have had MUCH more successful auction experiences when we provide free childcare during the auction. So families eat together, and then the children go to an activity (several age-appropriate rooms are set up with youth babysitters) while the parents are free to give their full attention to the auction. There was a HUGE spike in bids the first year we started providing childcare and we've never looked back.
  2. ITALIAN SODAS- We have the youth make and sell Italian Sodas during the auction and that was a big hit the first time we did it, last year.
  3. KIDS SILENT AUCTION- The other thing we do is have a 'silent auction' room (just for kids under 11 to bid) and people sign up to donate items (unwanted toys, etc) for that. The silent auction for kids goes on just until the main (live) auction starts because the kids go to childcare after that. The kids silent auction usually brings in about $100 by itself - which was a big shock!

SIGN-UPS:
I made sign-up sheets for the adults that included all of the information for the activity (date, etc) and a list of how ward members can help. This was followed by categories of 'help' and places to sign up. We have a smallish ward with average Sacrament attendance of 100-150 and this is a well-established tradition, so these are the numbers we were shooting for. You may want to adjust for your size/circumstances.

The categories were:
  • DONATE CHILI FOR THE CHILI-COOK-OFF (BRING IN A CROCK POT) - 7-8 people needed for this
  • DONATE TACO SOUP (BRING IN A CROCK POT) - asking for 4-5 people for this
  • BAKE POTATOES AT HOME (WE PROVIDE THE POTATOES FOR THIS) -  5 people needed for this
  • DONATE A CAKE FOR AUCTION - asking for 10-12 people to donate cakes (preferably large cakes)
  • DONATE ITEMS FOR LIVE AUCTION - (unlimited, but want to keep it to quality items that we will not be responsible for disposing of if not sold. We used to take a lot of things (appliances, movies, treadmills, etc) but we've cut back because there was a lot of work involved in pick-up and disposal and besides- desserts are actually bigger money makers anyhow! We get donations of things like custom-made knives, smoked salmon, etc, but that is a smaller part of the night because this activity can run really long if you have a lot of unwanted things you're trying to get rid of!
  • DONATE ITEMS FOR THE KIDS SILENT AUCTION (unlimited) 


I will try to post photos from this year soon and include anything I may have overlooked. PLEASE let me know if you have any questions!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

New Beginnings 2014

This week we had our "New Beginnings" activity. Our main focus was to help the incoming 11 year old girls feel welcome and accepted, and to help both them and their parents start to understand the Young Women program (and all that is involved!)  


INVITATIONS:
We made photo-print invites for the 11 year old girls & their parents and passed them out 2 weeks before the event. This was before we had settled on a theme/color scheme, so the invitation doesn't 'go' with the rest of the decorations, etc! :)

DECORATIONS:
I found these paper products on sale, and I thought the black/white/pink and animal print would be perfect for the occasion! We also found coordinating balloons and printed a "New Beginnings" banner for the wall (see last photo below)
GOODIE BAGS:
We made coordinating goodie bags for all of the yw (and the 11-year-old girls)

I went to Deseret Bookstore and found some pink & black items for the goodie bags- black pencils and pink bookmark/cards that have the 2014 youth theme, "Come Unto Christ". I also threw in some striped Hersheys Kisses "Hugs". Total cost per bag: @$1.25  


MORE ADVERTISING:

I made this photo collage using picmonkey collage  & posted it on facebook as a reminder for our YW & parents of the 11-yr old girls
                   




OUR PROGRAM:


“New Beginnings” - An Annual Event
for the Young Women of  _______________________________________________________________ Ward

Conducting: _________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ ___ (Laurel Class President)

Young women theme (please stand)
Welcome –  _________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ ___ (Young Women president) 
“Getting to Know You” Activity 
Introduction to the Young Women Program – Leaders & Young Women
  • SUNDAY CLASSES
  • MUTUAL ACTIVITIES
  • PERSONAL PROGRESS
  • CLASS PRESIDENCIES
  • TEMPLE TRIPS
  • YOUTH DANCES
  • GIRLS CAMP

Closing Prayer & Blessing on the Refreshments –  _________________________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________ ____________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________ ___
Refreshments 

(I also included this information on the back of the program):
YOUNG WOMEN & LEADERS:
Laurel Class (16-18):  (insert names)
Mia Maid Class (14-15):
Beehive Class (12-13): 
Incoming Beehives (2014): 
Young Women Leaders
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Young Women Values (and colors)
Faith (white), Divine Nature (blue), individual worth (red), knowledge (green), choice & accountability (orange), good works (yellow), integrity (purple),       and virtue (gold)
 
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YOUNG WOMEN LINGO:
“Mutual” – Wednesday night youth activities        
  “YW” – abbreviation for Young Women (girls ages 12-18)
“YM” – abbreviation for Young Men (boys ages 12-18)
“Combined Activity” – Young Women & Young Men together for a Mutual activity
 “All-girls Activity” – a Mutual activity with all of the Young Women classes together
       “Personal Progress” – a goal-setting & achievement program for young women, including experiences and projects for each of the 8 yw value categories

INTRODUCTION TO THE YW PROGRAM:
For this portion of the activity, we had divided the main aspects of the YW program up into sections (Personal Progress, Sunday classes, Mutual, Camp, etc) and the Presidency took turns giving a brief explanations of what they are about. We also pre-arranged for a different YW to come up with us for each explanation and share what their favorite part of (whatever it is) has been. For example, I explained what Mutual is and what kinds of things we do for activities. One of the YW got up with me and told about her favorite Mutual activity from the last year. We did this with every category to give a good overview of the kinds of things they can expect when they start YW. (We had planned this all out at the end of one of our recent Mutual activities).

GAME: 
One of my Counselors came up with a game to get to know the incoming Beehives without embarrassing them. They were each asked to fill out a survey* (ahead of time) and then some of our current YW were asked to represent a specific 11-year old girl in a mock game-show. They even wore over-sized name-tags (with the name of the person they were representing on it). Our Laurel class President tried to guess who each girl was representing based on her answers to the survey questions. It was set up kind of like the dating game - the 3 contestants were separated from the girl asking the question) by a chalkboard. She would ask girl #1, girl #2, and girl #3 the same question (and those yw would answer using the survey answers the 11-year old girls had given). Then when she thought she had enough info, she tried to guess who was who. See photo below.

This was a really fun night.


*Here are the survey questions we used: 
 
#1- Does she have a favorite hymn or primary church song? (if not, what is your favorite non-church song?)

#2- What is her favorite food?

#3- What is her favorite color?

#4- What is her favorite book?

#5- What does she like to do for fun?

#6- Does she have any siblings? If so, how many?

#7- What is she most excited about when it comes to being in the Young Women program at age 12?

#8- What is her favorite thing about church?
#9- What color is her bedroom?

#10- Do she feel comfortable with public speaking (ie, giving talks, etc)?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Jolly Rogers Young Women Blog Facebook Group

I've started a facebook group for readers of this blog who may have questions or suggestions for future posts. To join the group, I believe you have to send a request through the facebook group. The group page is located here, or if the link doesn't take you there, you can search for "the jolly rogers young women blog" on facebook.

Can't wait to hear from you!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Come Unto Christ 2014 Youth Theme Wall-Hanging

For our 2014 Youth Theme Introduction Activity (a joint/all-girls activity for our ward young women this year), we are doing 2 things: Playing YW (Family) Feud and making take-home wall hangings that go along with the theme. This post will describe the WALL-HANGING- I will have a separate post with the information about the Come Unto Christ themed Family Feud game (see the 'youth theme' label on the right side).


 This is a quick, easy, and purposeful craft that takes only about 5 minutes to put together (if you do the prep-work like I did!) but will hopefully have lasting impact in getting the 2014 theme across to our young women-

 The basic idea was to create something they can "make" (or at least put together) that they can take home and hang up in their room or put on their fridge. The format breaks down "reminders" of things they can be doing to come closer to Christ on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis.






  



I've seen similar ideas for breaking down "to-do's" by week, month, etc on Pinterest, but I created these "printables" using picmonkey collage. This isn't an original idea, but my lists are slightly different than other ones I've seen because I've adapted them for our girls. You may use these printables, but you may want to consider adapting your lists to local circumstances (such as frequency of temple trips). If you want to use the prints shown on this blog, you should be able to right-click and save them as a photo file (such as .jpg) and then upload them to a site for photo printing.

I had these 5 printables printed as photos (Walgreens, Costco, etc). Try to find a coupon or a mass-quantity deal, because this is 5 photos per person, which can really start adding up if you have a large group or a small budget!

I prepared the backing paper ahead of time because of time constraints. I took 2 identical pieces of 12x12 scrapbook paper and taped them together (to make one long piece), then cut it to size (a little bit larger than would be needed for the photos - which creates sort of a frame around the photos. I'm sorry this isn't very specific instruction, but see the photo of the completed project above and hopefully you'll get the idea.

I used a variety of prints and they picked out the paper they wanted to use. Then they taped their photos (in order) on their paper.  You could also use a quick-drying glue or sticky dots. Easy!

I hope they will look at this wall-hanging at least a few times (or every day!) and 
think about choices that they can make to come closer to Christ!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

YW (FAMILY) FEUD - COME UNTO CHRIST 2014 YOUTH THEME



For our 2014 Youth Theme Introduction Activity (a joint/all-girls activity for our ward young women this year), we are doing 2 things: Playing YW (Family) Feud and making take-home wall hangings that go along with the theme. This post will describe the Family Feud game- I will have a separate post with the information about the wall-hanging soon (see the 'youth theme' label on the right side).

YW (FAMILY) FEUD:
Since the purpose of this activity is to kick-off the 2014 Youth Theme (Come Unto Christ), this Family Feud style game is comprised only of questions related to the theme. You could use this same concept and change the "survey" questions to be used for any other themed activity as well.
Hopefully you are familiar with the tv game show Family Feud- but your YW may not be. Teams (a family on the tv show) play together, taking turns making guesses about the most popular answers to real survey questions. 
For our YW version, girls will be grouped into 2 families (we have a small yw group) and then line up to take turns guessing. The host will have a sheet with the survey questions and the answers (see below) and (starting with one family) go down the line, giving each girl the chance to guess. Even correct answers may be 'wrong' if they are not one of the top answers listed. For example, for survey question #4, a yw might answer "coffee", which is a correct answer, but is not one of the listed answers. So be sensitive about that and give praise for correct answers, but remind that correct answers may be listed (and points are only earned by guessing listed answers). 

If a YW can't think of an answer (or her answer is not listed), move on to the next person. Each person only guesses once in a row, whether they are correct or not. If a team gets 3 incorrect answers, the question goes to the other team, who can consult together to come up with a single guess to win the total points for the  question. In the tv show version, different answers can receive different point values. For simplicity, I'm just going to assign 1 point per listed answer. Continue rotating teams until you go through all 6 survey questions. 

To simplify, we are not going to have final (single-person) rounds or answer questions to see who gets control of the question. We will just take turns.
I expect this game to take less than 1/2 hour because we have other things planned for the same activity, but feel free to make up more questions if you need the game to go longer.

Here are the survey questions! I made the questions and the answers up, so they are not official 'survey' questions, but I tried to think of the common answers to these questions...

 SURVEY #1- OTHER NAMES THAT JESUS CHRIST IS KNOWN BY:
·       SAVIOR
·       REDEEMER
·       GOOD SHEPHERD
·       SON OF GOD

 SURVEY #2- PLACES YOU CAN GO TO FEEL CLOSER TO CHRIST:
·       CHURCH
·       TEMPLE
·       HOME
·       WILDERNESS/PRIVATE PLACE

 SURVEY #3- WAYS THAT CHURCH HELPS US COME CLOSER TO CHRIST:
·       THE SACRAMENT/REPENTANCE
·       FELLOWSHIPPING/SUPPORT
·       TALKS
·       LESSONS


 SURVEY #4- THINGS THAT CAN BE PURCHASED THAT MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO FEEL THE SPIRIT
·       ALCOHOL
·       TOBACCO
·       PORNOGRAPHY
·       INAPPROPRIATE MUSIC/MOVIES


 SURVEY #5- WAYS TO BE MORE LIKE CHRIST:
·       REPENT
·       FOLLOW CHRIST’S EXAMPLE
·       LEARN ABOUT CHRIST/READ SCRIPTURES
·       LEARN FROM PAST MISTAKES

SURVEY #6- 2 WORD PHRASE THAT SUMS UP WHAT CHRIST WANTS US TO DO:
·       SERVE OTHERS
·       FEED SHEEP
·       BE PERFECT
·       KEEP COMMANDMENTS

Thursday, January 2, 2014

PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS JEOPARDY


My husband and I recently team-taught a lesson for the youth (combined ym/yw) about personal preparedness. This was specifically focused on temporal preparedness and life skills for teens. We felt like lecturing them about getting a 1 year supply of food (which is important) would just go in one ear and out the other. We did talk briefly about storing food, but our goal was to get the youth participating and thinking about things that are important to them right now- becoming responsible, independent, and gaining skills they will need as they get closer to moving away from home. The complete list of questions is below)

We did this is a jeopardy style game. I taped pieces of paper with the 6 categories on the wall and then taped 24 pieces of paper on the wall under those categories (labeled 1-4). To save time, I didn't write the question on the actual paper on the wall, I just read the question on my sheet that corresponded with the question I picked. I didn't get a photo, but it looked something like this:

 
BE CLEAN
BE FRUGAL
BE EDUCATED
BE HANDY
BE RESPONSIBLE
BE HEALTHY
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
2
2
2
3
3
3
3
3
3
4
4
4
4
4
4


We divided the class into two groups- boys vs. girls (but you could do it any way), and the person with the correct answer got a piece of candy. Also, whichever team got the answer right also got a point, so there was an overall winning team (who got the remaining candy at the end).

To come up with our questions, I asked adults in our area (on Facebook) to suggest things that youth should know before they move out on their own. You can change the questions to suit the youth in your area. I didn't include the answers for most of them, but most are common-sense. If you aren't sure about a specific answer, you could always replace it with another question.


We talked for a little while about each answer to make it more educational - like, "Yes, thats right- you can tell food has gone bad if there are spots on it. You can also look for signs like changes in smell or texture, and keep an eye on expiration dates". We spent about 30 minutes on this game and only got to about 2/3 of the questions.

This was used for a 5th Sunday 3rd hour lesson, but you could also use this for mutual, etc. You could also include questions about spiritual preparedness as well.


BE CLEAN
BE FRUGAL
BE EDUCATED
BE HANDY
BE RESPONSIBLE
BE HEALTHY
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CLEAN YOUR BATHROOM, EVEN IF YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO USES IT?
IF YOUR POWER GOES OUT, YOU SHOULD KEEP YOUR FRIDGE AND FREEZER CLOSED. WHY?
IS IT IMPORTANT TO LEARN HOW TO TYPE AND USE A COMPUTER? IF SO, WHY?
YOUR CAR NEEDS NEW TIRES. WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU IGNORE IT AND DON’T BUY NEW TIRES?
IF YOUR PARENTS WENT ON A 6 MONTH CRUISE TO ANTARTICA, WOULD YOU REMEMBER TO GET A HAIRCUT?
YOU NEED TO GO TO THE DENTIST, DO YOU KNOW HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT BY YOURSELF?
IS LEARNING TO IRON IMPORTANT? NAME 3 DIFFERENT SOCIAL SITUATIONS WHEN IT WOULD BE  AWKWARD FOR YOU TO HAVE A WRINKLED SHIRT.
YOUR APARTMENT IS COLD, BUT TURNING UP THE HEAT WILL MAKE YOUR ELECTRIC BILL HIGHER. WHAT ELSE COULD YOU DO TO STAY WARM?
  IN THIS AREA OF THE COUNTRY, THERE IS AN AVERAGE OF 1 JOB OPENING FOR EVERY 2 UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE.  WHY IS EDUCATION IMPORTANT?
YOU ARE AN ADULT & A HEADLIGHT GOES OUT ON YOUR CAR. WHAT DO YOU DO?
EVERY PERSON IN THIS ROOM HAS A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. YOU SHOULD MEMORIZE IT BEFORE YOU GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL. WHY?

HOW CAN YOU TELL IF SOME OF THE FOOD IN YOUR FRIDGE HAS GONE BAD?
WHY SHOULD YOU SEPARATE WHITES AND COLORS WHEN YOU DO LAUNDRY?
YOUR PARENTS WILL BE OUT OF TOWN FOR 2 WEEKS. LIST 3 THINGS THAT YOU KNOW HOW TO COOK FOR YOURSELF WITHOUT USING A MICROWAVE (NOTHING PRE-MADE FROZEN)
PEOPLE WHO DO REGULAR VOLUNTEER WORK ARE 30% MORE LIKELY TO FIND A JOB . WHY?
YOU ARE HUNGRY. ALL YOU HAVE AROUND IS SOME POTATOES. WHAT DO YOU DO?
WHEN YOU HAVE AN OFFICIAL JOB YOU GET A PAYSTUB. HOW LONG ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO KEEP THAT PAYSTUB?
STARTING A NEW JOB, GOING TO COLLEGE, OR GOING ON A MISSION ARE ALL STRESSFUL. WHAT COULD YOU DO IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TOO MUCH STRESS?
YOUR TOILET OVERFLOWS. WHAT DO YOU DO?
TRUE OR FALSE?
 YOU CAN’T HAVE A ‘FOOD STORAGE’ UNTIL YOU ARE MARRIED AND HAVE A BIG ENOUGH HOUSE
SOMETIMES PEOPLE MARRY NON-MEMBERS, BELIEVING THEY WILL SOMEDAY BE BAPTIZED IN THE CHURCH. IN REALITY, WHAT PERCENTAGE OF NON-MEMBER SPOUSES JOIN THE CHURCH?  (15%)
YOU ARE GOING AWAY TO COLLEGE OR ON A MISSION IN ONE MONTH AND YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO COOK. WHAT CAN YOU DO?
WHY SHOULD YOU WORK TO SAVE YOUR OWN MONEY FOR COLLEGE OR A MISSION?
WHY IS NOT THE BEST IDEA TO HAVE A BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND WHEN YOU LEAVE FOR YOUR MISSION?