Today our ship will set port in beautiful México. We will have an excursion, service activities, and a fiesta while we focus on embarking through service, using our might.
DAILY SCRIPTURE & POSTER: You can find a ready-to-print version of this (without the blog website on it) here.
EXCURSION: This day of “might” is the perfect time for a morning hike. If it is permissible in your area, put signs on your hiking trail with inspiring service quotes. If your group has a few places to stop along the way, have young women assigned to share a brief interesting story about service.
ACTIVITY: Divide your girls into rotating groups for service projects.
1. Outdoor project: Make early arrangements with your camp site hosts to do some physical work in the area. This may require your entire group at once. If so, after a brief break and snack you could continue with the project ideas listed below.
2. Greeting Cards: Here are some fun design ideas.
Each girl can make at least two – one that she writes a personal message to cheer or thank someone in her life. The other can be donated (as a group) to agencies that serve others in therapy (such as addiction recovery) or places like the Ronald McDonald house that serve families housed during an extended illness.
3. Notebooks: Decorate notebooks with colorful duct tape for agencies that use journaling as part of their therapy. (Juvenile Justice or addiction recovery agencies) See instructions here.
4. Family Games: Make Noah’s Ark games for Family Home Evening for ward families with young children or the nursery. Several Personal Progress experiences talk about teaching a Family Home Evening, and this could be a great way to help the girls meet that goal. See instructions and find game printable here.
Finish up your day in México with a fiesta. This creamy crockpot mango chicken is perfect for burritos or Mexican salads. Other girls camp benefits? It makes a ton and has only 3 ingredients. Play some mariachi music, and break open a piñata!
Serving with our might requires physical and emotional exertion. It means giving all the strength that we have to help others.
-Review principles taught In “For the Strength of Youth” service section –
Service to others is an important characteristic of a disciple of Jesus Christ. A disciple is willing to bear other people’s burdens and to comfort those who need comfort. Many times Heavenly Father will meet the needs of others through you.
Often the most meaningful service is expressed through simple, everyday acts of kindness. Seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost each day to know whom to serve and how to help meet their needs. Follow the example of the Savior as you serve others.
– “On the Way to a Miracle” by Mary Ellen Edmonds
Most times service is not convenient, especially if we are trying to be in tune with the Spirit to know the needs of others. In this article Sister Edmonds points out how the Savior took time to serve on the way to a miracle. Have you ever served on the way to a miracle, to math, to a mall, or a meeting?
Ammon in the Book of Mormon was a great example of service. His actions opened up King Lamoni’s heart to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. See Alma chapters 17-19.