Our youth celebrated the
first week of school the end of summer, by taking a day trip to Avila Beach (we live about 3 hours away from the coast). The young men planned the activity and did a wonderful job.
After everyone had arrived, the youth were gathered together for a few activities on the beach.*
Pass the Ball
Fill the Bucket: Each team was given a small paper cup. One by one, a team member ran to the ocean to fill their cup with water. The cup was to be placed on top their heads, and held there as they returned back to their starting point and poured the water into the bucket, which was sitting in the sand. First team to fill the bucket completely was the winner.
Sand Castle Building Competition: The youth were given 30 minutes to build a sand castle of their own design. When time was up, everyone walked together from castle to castle. Each was given recognition awards from our judges of the competition, our Bishopric.
There was a Human Sand Castle, A Temple, a Mayan Temple and a some kind of Whale Inspired Castle. Good times!*
LUNCH AND DEVOTIONAL
We gathered together for lunch and a wonderful devotional was given by one of our young women. She did a amazing job using our surroundings to teach. The photo below is an example of how she did this, asking all to gather a handful of sand.
TIME TO RELAX, PLAY AND EXPLORE
After lunch, the youth were free to relax in the sun, jump in the waves, surf, walk the dock, explore the tide pools, play Frisbee, but most importantly - simply enjoy their time together.*