Might. Mind. Strength.

The theme for our 2014 Stake YW Sports Day was "Might. Mind. Strength."
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INSPIRED BY
The 2014 Mutual Theme: Moroni 10:32

"Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God."
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PURPOSE
1) To invite the young women to "Come Unto Christ" with all their...
  • Might: the power, energy, or intensity of which one is capable.
  • Mind: the part of a person that thinks, reasons, feels, and remembers.
  • Strength: the ability to resist being moved and the ability to deal with problems in a determined and effective way.
2) To provide an opportunity for the young women to enjoy various sports and learn sportsmanship. Handbook 13.1 - Activities
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3) To inspire and encourage young women to live a healthy lifestyle.
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ROTATIONS
As the young women arrived, they were given a colored wristband. We had four colors of wristbands, each of them representing a different color group. Once everyone knew which group they were in... the fun began!
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This is what our morning looked like:
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9:15 AM
Group 1 and Group 2 Basketball (cultural hall)
Group 3 Zumba (relief society room)
Group 4 Healthy Living Class (young women room)
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9:45 AM
Group 3 and Group 4 Basketball (cultural hall)
Group 1 Zumba (relief society room)
Group 2 Healthy Living Class (young women room)
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10:15 AM
Group 2 and Group 3 Volleyball (cultural hall)
Group 4 Zumba (relief society room)
Group 1 Healthy Living Class (young women room)
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10:45 AM
Groups 1 and Group 4 Volleyball (cultural hall)
Group 2 Zumba (relief society room)
Group 3 Healthy Living Class (young women room)
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11:15 AM

ALL Groups Dodge-ball/Crossfire (cultural hall)
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Healthy Living Class/Snacks
Our class was wonderful! As the young women arrived they filled their plates with homemade hummus, pita chips, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and celery. The discussion was primarily based on Doctrine and Covenants 89. I wish I had a copy of all the references used and the dialogue that took place during each class. A lot of time went into our instructors presentation.
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Yogurt parfaits were available before the all group activity, Dodge-ball/Crossfire.
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HANDOUT/TAKE-A-WAY
The young women were each given a "Might. Mind. Strength." bookmark.
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AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE

The following packages are available in my Etsy shop. I am happy to customize colors for you, contact me at freshairedesigns@gmail.com with your requests.
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Come Unto Christ and Be Perfected In Him

Last night we, the Stake YW Presidency, met with all the ward YW leaders for our annual YW Presidents Roundtable. What a wonderful exchange of ideas! I am blessed to be surrounded with these wonderful women and friends.
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This is the gift we gave them to go along with this year's mutual theme. It was suggested/requested that the YW value colors be used. So, I created this print. I based the design on another print I fell in love on Pinterest.
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You can purchase an 8x10 digital print above (minus the freshaire designs) here, on Etsy.
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This is the design (below) is the one I fell in love on Pinterest, but the link is no longer good. If by chance anyone knows where I can find a link to the poster below, I would love to know!
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Thanks to Hailey Richards I have the link to the darling poster below. You'll find the poster below for sale here on Etsy, from Alexa Z Design. By the way... her designs are amazing!!
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Diamonds in the Rough

With the 2014 mutual theme being, "Come Unto Christ and be Perfected in Him..." I have had overwhelming email requests and comments on this particular post. Most of you are requesting a copy of the talk. Just so you know... I have made a request for the talk that was used, but not sure if she still has a copy. This particular New Beginnings was held a few years ago, back in 2010. I will let you know if and when it becomes available.
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Original 2010 post:
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This year our ward's New Beginnings theme was, "Diamonds in the rough: Come unto Christ and be perfected in Him" .
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INVITATION
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Invitations were hand delivered in a simple black envelope, tied with black ribbon. Each name was written in metallic silver on the front of the envelope.
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Needed Supplies: simple printout of invitation on white copy paper, black card stock, black envelopes, clear rhinestone stickers, double-sided tape or glue stick, and a silver metallic Sharpie.
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Other ideas:
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Square Bracket Cards
You can purchase them here
I saw these cute Square Bracket Cards and thought they might be a bit more "girlie" than the straight edge we used on our invites.
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AMBIANCE/DECOR
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The Relief Society room was transformed into our Young Women's Diamond Boutique

D├ęcor included: black and white table coverings and drapes, black tulle, topiaries, lighting, large acrylic crystals, and a simple vase filled with faux beautiful soft pink roses (which were given to our new and incoming Beehives during the program).

The Young Women Medallion was displayed on a black velvet neck display. And the new Personal Progress booklet, Strength of Youth pamphlet and Guidebook for Parents and Leaders of Youth, each received a "bling, bling makeover", using clear rhinestone stickers. the YW values were also displayed.

My daughter's dress form was transformed into our daughter of a king, complete with a few of the large acrylic crystals around the neck and a sparkly "Diamonds in the Rough" sash, which I made using a piece of black scrap material and felt letters stickers I found at a local fabric store (simple, yet adorable!).

Along with the bling was a large piece of coal, a simple rock we found at the lake recently, spray painted black.
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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
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I do not have an exact program outline. But our program included Personal Progress updates, Spotlights on our newest Beehives, a couple musical numbers, and talks from our Young Women's President (Amy) and our Bishop. They each tied in the theme nicely. Amy started out her talk with the cutest object lesson... "How to make a diamond".
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OBJECT LESSON IDEAS
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1) I recall Amy standing in front of the group in a darling apron. Holding a recipe card. She took a piece of coal (could be a simple rock painted black) and placed it in a frying pan. She asked the young women how long it would take her to turn that piece of coal into a diamond. I believe this is when she pulled out the blow torch. She didn't use it of course. Just a visual aid. :) After some discussion, she bridged over to what it takes to be perfected in Him.
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2) Another idea would be to use a tarnished piece of silver and polish it while explaining how our Savior helps refine us - in the end the silver will shine.
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photo credit here, from The Creek Line House
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3) Diamonds, an object lesson.
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RESOURCES FOR TALK PREPARATION
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The process to create diamonds is completely natural. The diamonds start out as a simple piece of coal, until a molten rock heats pure carbon under tremendous pressure. This causes the diamond crystals to be formed. Volcanic activity will, over time, push the diamonds to the earth’s surface, where they can be found buried in the earth. The diamonds still have to get cleaned and polished before they shine.
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The  Lord's Pattern for Peace, Elder Christoffel Golden Jr., Ensign April 2008
"Then, as I looked at his almost transparent countenance, I recalled many of the small and great deeds he had done. It was in the small deeds that I discovered the greater joy. Through his renewed life of submission and service, this noble servant of the Lord had received the approval of heaven. He was no longer a rough diamond but rather a refined, polished shaft.
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Opposition in Order to Strengthen Us, Eldred G. Smith, General Conference October 1973
"We all have our trials of life to strengthen us. Each thinks he has the hardest or most severe trials. It may be that they are the most difficult only because they are the hardest or most difficult for you. The diamond is enhanced and made more valuable with polishing. Steel is made harder and more valuable through tempering. So also opposition builds the character of man."
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James E Faust uses the story of a man's search for diamonds to teach a few different lessons:
Happiness and Our Search For Happiness, James E. Faust, Liahona October 2000
"How many times do we look for our happiness at a distance in space or time rather than right now, in our own homes, with our own families and friends?"
The Truth Shall Make You Free, James E. Faust, Liahona September 1998
“Where can truth be found?”
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http://www.lds.org/media-library/images/mormonads/trials-and-adversity?lang=eng
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How Diamonds are Formed, National Geographic
As I watched this I was intrigued with the idea that once a diamond is formed beneath the earth's surface, it still needs to be transported. Just as we need our Savior.
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MUSICAL NUMBER SUGGESTIONS
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Brie sang her first solo in public. She and one of our beehives sang "Daughter of a King", by Jenny Phillips. They each sang a verse on their own and sang the chorus together. Brie was so nervous, but she did wonderful.
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TAKE-A-WAY/GIFTS
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After the program, the Young Women were directed to the back of the room. There they found two tables which were set-up with supplies for each of them to make their own "Be Strong and of Good Courage" tiles - because that was the mutual theme for 2010. (supplies: 4x4 tiles, prepared vinyl lettering, and Pampered Chef scrapers)
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REFRESHMENTS
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We served up Chocolate Mousse Parfaits with Brownies and Caramel Sauce, Amy's creation.
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TAKE AWAY IDEAS
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Each of the young women were given a small bag, tied with a black ribbon, holding a ring pop inside as they were leaving.
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(1) Small Black Velvet Drawstring Pouches, purchase here ($2.93 for a pack of 12)
(2) Clear treat bags, found at your local craft stores
(3) Black Organza Bags,purchase here ($1.50 for a pack of 10)
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Here are a few other ideas...
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Ring Pop Popsicles
idea found here, from Make It Cozee
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 Edible Sugar Diamonds
Multiple colors and shapes. Great to top cupcakes or cookies with!
You can purchase them here, at Fancy Flours
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Gem Candy Molds
Have a candy making activity beforehand.
Candy molds found here
photo from Make It Love It
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MUTUAL or F.H.E. ACTIVITY IDEAS
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Rock Hounding, Family Home Evening Resource Book

Your Once Upon A Time Is Now

Our 2013 Stake Young Women Camp Theme was: "Your Once Upon A Time Is Now"
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INSPIRED BY
Your Happily Ever After, President Dieter F Uchtdorf
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"In most languages there exists a phrase as magical and full of promise as perhaps any in the world. That phrase is 'Once upon a time.' Aren’t those wonderful words to begin a story? 'Once upon a time' promises something: a story of adventure and romance, a story of princesses and princes. It may include tales of courage, hope, and everlasting love. In many of these stories, nice overcomes mean and good overcomes evil. But perhaps most of all, I love it when we turn to the last page and our eyes reach the final lines and we see the enchanting words 'And they lived happily ever after.' Isn’t that what we all desire: to be the heroes and heroines of our own stories, to triumph over adversity, to experience life in all its beauty, in the end, to live happily ever after?... Sisters, we love you. We pray for you. Be strong and of good courage. You are truly royal spirit daughters of Almighty God. You are princesses, destined to become queens. Your own wondrous story has already begun. Your 'once upon a time' is now."
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OUR 2013 YW CAMP THEME SONG
My Story, by Katie Witcomb - from the 2012 EFY Album
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DISNEY VIDEO
This fits beautifully with the theme... one of our girls actually made another version of this video, with young women from our stake. It is on YouTube, but for some reason I cannot load it here. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCdD4ZHlQhQ
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CAMP HIGHLIGHTS
There were so many amazing moments that took place during the week. So many special experiences to take note of. And so many hands and hours spent to make it all happen. Thank you to all those who made it seem as if it only took a wave of a magical wand to make it happen.
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Here is just a glimpse of our enchanting week at camp:
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Our Senior YW Camp Co-Chairs
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GROUP ASSIGNMENTS/COLORS
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1st Years
a.k.a. Dashing Damsels
Color: Green
Disney Movie Inspiration:  Tangled
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2nd Years
a.k.a. Darling Duchesses
Color: Sky Blue
Disney Movie Inspiration: Cinderella
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3rd Years
a.k.a. Beautiful Belles
Color: Yellow
Disney Movie Inspiration: Beauty and the Beast
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4th Years 
a.k.a. Sassy Soldiers
Color: Violet
Disney Movie Inspiration: Mulan
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YCL 1 / JC's
Color: Sapphire
They were each assigned to either the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year cabins.
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YCL 2
a.k.a. Tigerlillies
Color: paprika
Disney Movie Inspiration: Pocahontas
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Adult Leaders
a.k.a. Fairy Godmothers
Color: bright pink
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MONDAY
On the first night of camp we, as a Stake Young Women Presidency, shared a special experience (FHE) for the seniors. Our presentation was drawn from Disney's "Snow White". Note: I am not going to give all the details, just a simple synopsis. :)
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Fireside Introduction
Each girl received a booklet (mini composition book from DollarTree 3/1.00, the pages below were glued into the books beforehand) and a twig pencil to answer the questions at each "stop" along their journey with Snow White.
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It was explained that they were about to go on a journey with Snow White. A lantern (the light of Christ and/or the Holy Ghost) was provided for the group to follow as they traveled from one "stop" to the next. We lead them to 6 different locations set-up within camp. At each "stop" a question was presented. Next, there was a brief discussion/mini lesson lead by a member of the Stake YW Presidency. Then the question was presented again. The girls were given a few minutes to write their answers/thoughts in their booklets before traveling to their next destination. Here is a brief look at each "stop" along their journey with Snow White:
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1. Mirror/Mirror - Self Esteem/Comparison
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The Queen looked to the Magic Mirror often asking the question, "Magic mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" She did not know of her own worth and needed to hear it from someone else.
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Possible Resources - For Strength of Youth, Personal Progress: Individual Worth*
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2. Wishing Well - Modesty/Dating/Sexual Purity
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Snow White stood at the wishing well, wishing and hoping for love. The Prince hears her and answers with "I have but one song,. One song, only for you. One heart tenderly beating, ever entreating, constant and true. One love that has possessed me. One love thrilling me through. One song my heart keeps singing. Of one love. Only for you."
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Possible Resources - For Strength of Youth: Dress and Appearance/Dating/Sexual Purity, Personal Progress: Virtue, Fishing for Piranhas
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3. Dwarfs Cottage - Service/Work
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Snow White did not know who she was serving to begin with. She only knew that there was a need. As the Seven Dwarfs came to know her, as she cared for and served them, a relationship of friendship and love grew. Even Grumpy. :)
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Possible Resources - For Strength of Youth: Service, Personal Progress: Good Works
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4. The Huntsman - Integrity
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The Huntsman was given the task to find Snow White and kill her -bringing her heart back to the Queen in a box as proof. Knowing that he would most likely be killed if he did not complete the task, made the choice to let not only let Snow White live, but tell her of the Queen's evil intentions.
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Possible Resources - For Strength of Youth: Honesty and Integrity, Personal Progress: Integrity
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5. Apples - Media/Entertainment
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The Evil Queen offered Snow White an apple promising, "One bite and all your dreams will come true". There are baskets and baskets of both good and bad apples presented to us on a daily basis.

Note: Just for fun, there was a basket of apples for the girl to snack on at this "stop" on their journey.
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Possible Resources - For Strength of Youth: Entertainment and Media, Personal Progress: Choice and Accountability
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6. Glass Coffin - Atonement
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Snow White went into a sleeping death after taking a bite of the poisoned apple. Only true loves kiss would break the curse. When we find ourselves in situations where our spirits are sleeping, it is through the love of our Savior that we are awaken.
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Possible Resources - For Strength of Youth: Repentance, Personal Progress: Faith, the song My Story by Lex de Azevedo, Please Take My Pain Away
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Fireside Discussion and Wrap-Up
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The journey ended back at the bonfire. We discussed their journey here on earth and the many different paths and "stops" along the way. One of those being the temple. We talked about those things they have, which combined, create a wonderful map: the scriptures, words of the prophets, their patriarchal blessings, for strength of youth, personal progress, prayer and personal revelation. Their companions on this journey - their parents, family, good friends and leaders.  And their compass - the Holy Ghost.
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Gift
Each girl was given a Scrabble tile necklace with a photo of the Salt Lake Temple - a reminder. :)
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TUESDAY
Daily Theme: "You are a Princesses, Destined to Become Queens"
Song:
Highlights:
  • the rest of the young women arrive at camp
  • Certification begins
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WEDNESDAY
Daily Theme: "Whistle While You Work"
Song:
Highlights:
  • Letters to the missionaries serving from our stake
  • Service Projects - clearing trails, making fleece baby blankets
  • Hikes
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  • Skit Night - Always a fun night filled with lots of noise and laughter! To kick off the night, the following video (starring a few young men from our stake) was shown: "What Makes You Beautiful". The girls went crazy! They loved it!
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THURSDAY
Daily Theme: "Mirror, Mirror"
Song:
Highlights: A day filled with activities and crafts.
  • Zip Line
  • Rappelling
  • Archery
  • Smash Books
  • Stamped Washer Necklaces
  • Friendship Bracelets
  • Spin Art T-Shirts - these were so fun to make! Here are my daughters making their shirts...

  • Art Gallery - I was so happy to see that the art gallery continued this year! The girls created beautiful works of art, which were hung, with clothespins, on twine wrapped around the trunks of trees - creating a wonderful display.
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FRIDAY
Daily Theme: "Defeat the Dragon"
Song:
Highlights:
  • All Camp Activity - The first day of camp each girl was given a punch card. Throughout the week, if they chose to do so, they could work on Personal Progress and memorize a daily scripture. Little did they know that come Friday, each punch of the card would give them more ammunition for the flour war - which was held secret - on Friday. After the flour war was over and the winners were announced one of the YCL2 (seniors) had everyone gather in and sit down. She did a wonderful wrapping up the flour war and explaining the importance of being prepared to "defeat the dragon" - working on personal progress, scripture study, prayer, etc.

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SATURDAY
Daily Theme: "Happily Ever After..."
Song:
Highlights:
  • Pack up
  • Clean up
  • Brunch
  • Closing ceremonies and awards
  • Travel home