Thursday, May 21, 2015

Photo Scavenger Hunt - upgrade!


THIS WEEK WE HAD A COMBINED YM/YW ACTIVITY THAT I PLANNED BECAUSE WE ARE BETWEEN CLASS PRESIDENCIES RIGHT NOW. THIS IS AN EASY ONE TO THROW TOGETHER AT THE LAST-MINUTE BECAUSE THERE ISN'T MUCH PREP, ITS NO-COST, AND IF YOU HAVE THE FLU (LIKE I DO) YOU WON'T HAVE TO DO MUCH :)



WE DID A PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT (WE HAVE DONE SOMETHING SIMILAR IN THE PAST, BUT I UPGRADED US TO A LONGER & MORE DIFFICULT LIST, AND ALSO PROVIDED A LIST OF QUESTIONS THAT COULD BE ANSWERED FOR BONUS POINTS. THIS MADE THE ACTIVITY LAST ABOUT AN HOUR)

I ASSIGNED OUT THE TEAMS AFTER EVERYONE ARRIVED. I TRIED TO MAKE EACH TEAM HAVE NO MORE THAN 4 OR 5 PEOPLE (HARDER TO GET 10 PEOPLE IN A SELFIE). I ALSO MADE SURE EACH TEAM HAD AT LEAST ONE YW AND ONE YM (THIS IS HELPFUL FOR SOME OF THE BONUS QUESTIONS). FINALLY, I MADE SURE THAT EACH TEAM HAD A PHONE THAT THEY COULD USE TO TAKE PHOTOS. YOU ONLY NEED 1 PHONE PER TEAM.

THE ONLY PREP WORK YOU MIGHT NEED TO DO IS TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING ON THE LIST IS AVAILABLE AT YOUR CHURCH BUILDING. WE HAVE A FAKE PLANT WITH PINK ROSES IN OUR FOYER, BUT MOST BUILDINGS PROBABLY WON'T. AND SOME THINGS AREN'T TOTALLY PREDICTABLE (LIKE, OUR KIDS COULDN'T FIND A POLITICAL BUMPER STICKER, THOUGH THERE IS USUALLY SOMEONE WITH AT LEAST 1 OF THEM IN THE PARKING LOT).

HERE IS THE PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT (I GAVE EACH TEAM A COPY): 


PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT

AS A TEAM, LOCATE AND PHOTOGRAPH AS MANY OF THESE ITEMS AS YOU CAN. ALL TEAM MEMBERS MUST BE IN EVERY PHOTO. THE WINNING TEAM IS THE TEAM WHO GETS THE MOST OVERALL POINTS, NOT THE TEAM WHO FINISHES FIRST. 
YOU CAN TAKE PHOTOS IN ANY ORDER.
SORRY, BUT ANY PHOTOS THAT DO NOT FOLLOW THE RULES WILL NOT COUNT!

RULES: 
#1- EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF YOUR TEAM MUST BE IN EVERY SINGLE PHOTO.

#2- EACH ITEM MUST HAVE ITS OWN PHOTO (IE, A PHOTO WITH A PINK ROSE & A LION DOESN’T COUNT 2X)

#3- PLEASE DON’T DISTURB ANY CLASS, MEETING, OR ACTIVITY- THIS INCLUDES KNOCKING ON THE BISHOP’S DOOR, WHICH IS A “NO-NO”!  :)

#4- USING PICTURES OR PAINTINGS OF THINGS THAT ARE ALREADY HANGING IN THE CHURCH FOR YOUR PHOTOS IS OK. USING PHOTOS FROM THE INTERNET OR SAVED TO YOUR PHONE DO NOT COUNT (IE, USING A PHOTO OF A MISSIONARY FROM FACEBOOK DOES NOT COUNT)

TAKE A PHOTO OF YOUR ENTIRE TEAM WITH:

  • SOMETHING WITH WHEELS  
  • A HUMAN PYRAMID (AT LEAST 3 PEOPLE FROM YOUR TEAM IN THE PYRAMID)
  • PAINTING OF SOMEONE BEING BAPTIZED  
  • SOMETHING GLITTERY
  • THE DOORS THAT SEEM TO SAY TO ME, “SHHH….BE STILL”
  • A LION  
  • PAINTING OF BABY JESUS  
  • A PINK ROSE  
  • A FULL-TIME MISSIONARY
  • THE WARD LIBRARY DOOR
  • A NECKLACE (DOUBLE POINTS IF IT IS A YW MEDALLION NECKLACE)
  • THOMAS S. MONSON 
  • A MEMBER OF THE BISHOPRIC (THE BISHOP OR ONE OF HIS 2 COUNSELORS ONLY, CLERKS & SECRETARIES ARE NOT OFFICIAL BISHOPRIC MEMBERS) - (DON’T DISTURB BISHOP IF DOOR IS CLOSED)
  • A TEMPLE 
  • THE SIGN OUTSIDE WITH THE NAME OF THE CHURCH
  • A MEMBER OF OUR YOUNG MEN PRESIDENCY OR WARD SCOUT LEADER
  • FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY DOOR
  • A WEDDING RING
  • OUR WARD “DUTY TO GOD” PLAQUE
  • SOMEONE DOING A HEAD-STAND OR HAND-STAND
  • A POLITICAL BUMPER STICKER
  • OUR WARD'S YOUTH BULLETIN BOARD
  • THE MOTHERS LOUNGE DOOR
  • EVERY MEMBER OF YOUR TEAM DOING A HULA DANCE
  • SOMETHING WHITE
  •  A MEMBER OF OUR YOUNG-WOMEN PRESIDENCY
  • EVERY MEMBER OF YOUR TEAM ACTING LIKE A ROBOT IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT
  • YOUR TEAM MEMBERS SPELLING OUT Y M C A (WITH THEIR BODIES) IN AN EMPTY CLASSROOM

IN ADDITION TO THE PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT, THE TEAMS COULD ALSO OPT TO EARN BONUS POINTS BY ANSWERING THESE QUESTIONS AS A TEAM (ON A SHEET THAT I HANDED THEM IF THEY WANTED IT):


BONUS POINT QUIZ - EACH QUESTION WORTH 1 BONUS POINT

NO PICTURES NEEDED - JUST ANSWER THE QUESTIONS.  1 POINT PER QUESTION. ENTIRE TEAM MUST STAY TOGETHER WHILE ANSWERING QUESTIONS - NO SPLITTING UP 

BONUS QUESTIONS:

1. FIND A PERSON OVER AGE 20 WHO EARNED A “LETTER” IN HIGH SCHOOL, WRITE
DOWN THEIR NAME AND WHAT THEY EARNED THEIR LETTER(S) IN 
NAME:__________________  SPORT/ACTIVITY: ________________________


2. NAME THE 8 YW VALUES _________________________________________________________________________

3. WRITE DOWN 3 WAYS TO FIND OUT WHAT WE’RE DOING FOR MUTUAL EACH WEEK: 
__________________     ____________________    ____________________   
   

4. MIDDLE NAME OF THE BEST YOUNG WOMEN PRESIDENT IN THE WARD:__________


5. WRITE THE NAME OF EVERY PET CURRENTLY OWNED BY EVERY MEMBER OF YOUR TEAM: __________________________________________________________


6. COUNT ALL DOORS IN THE CHURCH BUILDING THAT LEAD OUTSIDE ______


7. WRITE THE SCOUT OATH ON THE BACK OF THIS PAPER —>


8. COUNT HOW MANY MISSIONARY PLAQUES ARE HANGING IN THE BUILDING _____


9. LIST AT LEAST 3 DUTIES OF THE AARONIC PRIESTHOOD:
_____________________    _____________________    ____________________


10. NAME 1 SONG THAT WAS PLAYED AT THE LAST STAKE YOUTH DANCE: ________

Thursday, May 7, 2015

AMAZING (SERVICE) RACE MUTUAL ACTIVITY


"AMAZING (SERVICE) RACE" MUTUAL ACTIVITY
Super fun Mutual activity! We did this as an all-girls activity. I mixed up the teams so that there were multiple ages on each team. The girls had a great time! 



We did a series of 5 challenges. The rules were “no law-breaking" (no speeding, must wear seat belts, etc), "be courteous at any home you visit," and "no cheating or sabotaging other teams". The winning team would be the first team to have every team member cross the finish line (tape on the floor). Our mutual ends at 8:30, so I asked that even if they weren't done with all of the challenges, they return to the church no later than 8:20. Any team arriving at the finish line after 8:25 would be disqualified.

Each team had an adult leader/parent driver who took them from site to site in their vehicle handed out the next challenge envelopes as challenges were completed. After each challenge, they got a new challenge envelope with a new location & assignment. I used plain envelopes marked with the challenge numbers in their team color. Each team leader (adult) got a clipboard with the envelopes attached. Each team also had a laundry basket of supplies that they carried with them. We asked them to take group photos as each challenge was completed.

We had a ward boundary change last year, so since some of the services that we would be doing we would be to families in our ward area, I tried to include a good mix of people from throughout the ward (some people they might not know, some people they do know, people who serve in leadership positions, less-active or part-member families, etc). I asked around the ward for volunteers with weeds in their yards (not a problem finding those!) and asked specific families who I knew didn't have food allergy issues if they would let us bring them a meal for the meal-delivery challenge. 

BASKET SUPPLIES: 2 pairs of work gloves, 2 garden tools, a trash bag, a roll of scotch tape, a bucket 

CHALLENGE 1- “WEEDS”: went to a nearby home (pre-arranged) and pulled a bucket full of weeds. They had to share tools & gloves & use the bucket we provided. We had each team go to a different home so they couldn’t tell which team was “ahead”.

CHALLENGE 2- “CHANGE”: they got an index card (with 4 quarters taped to it) inside their envelope for the challenge (the cards said “please enjoy this random act of free $”). The assignment was to go to a nearby grocery store and tape the card (using the tape in the basket) to a vending machine.

CHALLENGE 3- “WRITE”: went back to the church and found a greeting card taped to the wall of the overflow room. Pens were provided on site, and each team member had to write or draw something on the card (we did ours for a YW who is out of town for a while, but could do a card for a missionary). Next team to arrive at this challenge site could not start until the previous team was finished.

CHALLENGE 4- “BITE”: went to church kitchen, found a bag in the fridge (marked with their team color). Followed the instructions to assemble a freezer meal using the provided gallon freezer zip-lock bag and ingredients (they did teriyaki chicken: frozen chicken breasts, a bottle of teriyaki sauce, 1/2 chopped onion, 1 bag frozen broccoli/cauliflower). Then they delivered their meal (and cooking instructions) to a (pre-arranged) family in the ward (again, we had each team go to a different home so that one family didn't get over-run by teriyaki chicken). 

CHALLENGE 5- “TRASHY”: go out in the church parking lot and have each team member pick up 2 pieces of trash and put them in the trash bag before racing to the final finish line (ours was at the family history center). I knew this would be a tough one, since there is never any trash in our parking lot, so in tiny letters at the bottom of the challenge, I wrote “If you have followed directions and read this entire challenge before starting to pick up trash, you can skip the trash pick-up and head straight to the finish line” - All of our teams started to head out to pick up the trash, but caught themselves in time! 


They were hamming it up a bit! In the corner you can see the coveted prize - a giant tub of cheese balls! 
I had actually planned on doing several more challenges, but I panicked and decided to cut some of them at the last minute because I was worried that the girls wouldn't be done in time. Boy, was I wrong. Our first team came back after only 25 minutes! The next teams were around 30 minutes and 35 minutes. I was shocked how quickly they finished.

So if you want your activity to run longer, you probably want to add a few more challenges. One of the challenges I "cut" was making little gift baskets - mustache themed "stash" of snacks for the bishop (my idea was that one team would make a drink basket (bottled water, juice), one would make a sweets basket (candy), and the other would make a savory snack basket (jerky, chips). And then they would deliver their baskets wearing mustaches, of course. I got the idea for this here and adapted it.  

You could also do "road blocks" and "detours" like on the Amazing Race tv show (also got cut at the last minute in our version!) but that would add some time to the activity as well.

BONUS: The girls didn't know this (because they were having too much fun) but in addition to doing service, they also learned some valuable skills (weed-pulling, meal preparation, etc). I hope that it also helped build unity in the ward because the YW got to meet new people in the ward and the ward members saw the YW out serving in the community.