Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
First, let me explain that I do not think an effective activity day girl's program should mirror cub scouts. Activity day girls should be better than cub scouts. Having attended several wonderful activity day girl functions and having participated in the cub scouts, I can tell you that I am impressed with the maturity of our girls. While the cub scout activites are focused on basic tasks like paying attention, sitting still, following directions and taking turns; our girls are ready and eager to start learning life skills even at age 8. I don't think our boys reach the same level of maturity until age 10-11 (Webelos and 11-year-scouts). However, I am hearing that the cub scout program is changing to a more skill-based program as well.
Second, I think the Young Women's Personal Progress is an excellent and inspired program like the boy's Duty to God and this proposal in no way seeks to supplant or diminish from this wonderful program. The Young Women of Excellence program should remain at the center of the Young Women's program. Also, I think that the Activity Day Girl Program should also incorporate elements of the Church's "Faith in God for Girls" program. The Activity Day Girls activities and outings should also incoperate elements of service wherever and whenever possible.
Third, I think some girls do not realize how dull scouts can be sometimes. Yes, the monthly camping and outdoor program is great. However, the required merit badges covering Communications, Personal Finance, Citizenship in the Community, Nation and World are very dry. The scouting outdoor program helps balance this out.
Fourth, cub scouts and boy scouts have their own committees and much more human resources and money devoted to its success than the girl's programs. The scout committee requirements come from BSA and not the Church. In reality, when I was a scout, we didn't have scout committees, and we didn't ever go to scout camp, and I didn't miss it. I don't think there is much value in trying to emulate BSA committees.
Fifth, I do not think an Activity Day Girls curriculum should mirror the BSA outdoor program. According to the Proclamation to the World: "By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children." With this in mind, I believe that an effective activities day girl program should focus on women teaching the girls skills that will help them in their future role as wives and mothers in Zion.
When the young men and women went out together on Trek, there are too many skills for one young man or women to have learn them all. But the boys and girls worked together. They boys helped set up tents and start the camp fires. The girls were able to prepare meals. In that setting the young men and women complemented each other and and learned from each other.
Sixth, I do think that like scouting, the young women could routinely be used to help teach the activity day girl curriculum.
Activity Day Girl Curriculum has 18+ areas of focus and 3 yearly big weekend events. One or two areas of focus would be chosen each month. Each area of focus has several subareas. The reason it is good to have a standardized curriculum is that certain topics that are important but may seem dull get skipped because leaders want to do only the "fun" activities. But in reality, even the seemingly dull topics can be made fun with a little creativity.
1. Safety- kitchen, child, home, car, learn about car seats, personal defense, put out kitchen fire, use baking soda, use fire extinguisher, turn off gas and electricity and water in an emergency.
2. Cooking and Nutrition- cookies, cake, pie, holiday dinner, food pyramid, vitamins
3. Sewing- buttons, mend socks, hem, knitting, crochet, quilting.
4. Gardening- soil prep, timing, watering, fertilizer, weeds, spacing, pruning.
5. Child Care- diaper changing, baby sitting, baby proofing home, feeding.
6. Games- board games, pioneer games, get-to-know-you-games, skits, card games, dice games.
7. Party- baby shower, invitations, food, activities, decorations.
8. Canning and Preserving- fruit, meat, smoking, dehydrating, jams and jellies
9. Homesteading- cheese, butter, soap, candles
10. Animal Care- feeding, grooming, pets, chickens, goats, rabbits.
11. Budget and Finance- budget, credit, fill out check, coupons, tithing, sales, thrift, yard sales.
12. Medical- first aid, cpr, fever, nausea, sprains, cuts, bruises, cold, hygiene
13. Music- talent show, singing, instruments
14. Family History- pedigree, family search, temple ready, personal histories, scrapbooking.
15. Creative Writing- poetry, journaling, essays, short stories.
16. Art- painting, sculpture, water color, photoshop, crafts.
Ward and Stake experts and Young Women should be invited by activity day girl leaders to give presentations on these various subjects. The Activity Day Girls themselves can still share in planning the activities by having them choose a skill to demonstrate.
There could be a system of recognition set up like scouting to recognize girls for their participation. Home Depot has a monthly children's work shop. As part of their program they give out orange aprons and a different pin associated with each months activity. Something like what Home Depot does could be developed for this program. Another idea is a charm bracelet could also be developed with separate charms for participation in each area could be awarded.
Yearly Big Events:
1. Daddy-Daughter Dinner and Dance- this has already been excellently demonstrated by the Stake and Steven's Creek Ward.
2. Stake Fair: All young women and activity day girls from the stake bring activities, crafts, art, posters, demonstrations to share.
3. Outdoor Picnic BBQ Dinner and Fireside.
4. Ettiqette Dinner
5. Service Prohect
FYI: In May 2015, the Cub Scouting program is about to undergo a major change to become more skill-based and less task-based by adopting an adventure belt loop and pin curriculum instead of the current arrow points.
Posted by David B at 6:38 AM
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Working with new converts in the Church of Jesus Christ is a challenging yet rewarding part of our service. My son Devin and I attended an all-LDS encampment at boy scout camp Daniel Boone in NC. LDS troops are different than the other troops in that we make a point to bring as many of our boys to camp as possible. This actually lead to some behavior issues and even increased theft at the camp store. Some of the leadership and staff believed LDS troops were wrong to bring all their boys but that summer scout camp should be a reward for the most serious scouters and that LDS troops should exclude the other boys and not bring them to camp.
Posted by David B at 6:48 PM
Friday, March 06, 2015
All Christians look foward to the Second Coming of Christ to the Earth the ushering in of Christ's millennial kingdom. Scripture reveals that the Holy Temple will accompany Christ's kingdom on Earth and according to Daniel be the mechanism by which Christ's kingdom spreads across and fills the Earth. How will the Temple spread Christ's truth and kingdom? In addition to the symbolic beauty of the Holy Temple, there are very real, tangible aspects to the temple as well:
Posted by David B at 6:10 PM
Monday, March 02, 2015
Posted by David B at 12:22 AM