For the final day of camp we will be headed to Japan and the focus will be on Christ and how we can anchor ourselves to Him and how that anchor provides more strength than anything else.
DAILY SCRIPTURE & POSTER: You can find the poster download here.
Zucchini Boats –
We’ve talked a lot this week about boats and heard stories of people in the scriptures that built boats with extreme amounts of faith. Now it’s the girls turn! Make some zucchini boats and have some races at a near by lake or river.
Singing in the Trees –
The last day is usually when you have a testimony meeting. A great way to bring the spirit before the meeting is singing in the trees. Each ward (or you could do tents if you are at a ward camp) will pick a church song. We think it would be great to have them choose songs focused on Christ since that is what the day is about. (I Believe in Christ, I Know that My Redeemer Lives, The Lord is My Shepherd, Jesus the Very Thought of Thee, etc.) Have the girls memorize the song before camp (just one verse) and the last night everyone separates in their groups in a big field. If you don’t have a big field, just separate in trees enough that you can’t talk to other groups. Have each girl bring a flashlight and have the order of the songs predetermined. Then, each ward (or group) will start by turning on their flashlights and signing one verse of the song. When finished, they turn off their lights and the next ward goes. The final song could be any hymn you choose, or you could learn the theme song and everyone joins together to sing it. (found here) It’s a really cool experience and music always brings the spirit!
DINNER IDEA: Crockpot Rice Bowl Chicken
- This would be a great time to have everyone recite The Living Christ that they were challenged to memorize at the kick-off.
- Ether 3:1-6 – A big focus of today should be on the strength we gain through Christ, particularly how much we need Him in order to charter the stormy seas of life. I love how the brother of Jared goes to the Lord so humbly, acknowledging that they aren’t strong enough without the Lord (like today’s theme scripture) but despite that he is asking for help in crossing the tumultuous waters. And it isn’t without Christ’s touch that they are given the light they need to make that journey. Similarly, we must be touched by the Savior in order to make it through difficult things – whether it be overcoming a problem, dealing with health challenges or repenting from the daily mistakes we make. We must go to Him and ask for help because we don’t have what it takes.
- Anchor Your Soul: In this talk, Elder Ballard focuses on having faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ as our main anchor in life
- A Firmly Set Anchor: Pres. Uchdorf talks about how an anchor is a preventive measure, not in case of emergency. We must have our anchors secure now in order to keep us on the right path.
- In keeping with our port today (Japan) you could give each girl a little bamboo plant and tell them a little bit about it. Here are some great lessons we can learn from bamboo plants:
- The body of a single bamboo tree is not large by any means when compared to the other much larger trees in the forest. It may not look impressive at first sight at all. But the plants endure cold winters and extremely hot summers and are sometimes the only trees left standing in the aftermath of a typhoon. They may not reach the heights of the other trees, but they are strong and stand tall in extreme weather. As we endure hard things and rely on the Lord and His atonement, we becoming stronger.
- In winter the heavy snow bends the bamboo back and back until one day the snow becomes too heavy, begins to fall, and the bamboo snaps back up tall again, brushing aside all the snow. The bamboo endured the heavy burden of the snow, but in the end it had to power to spring back as if to say “I will not be defeated.” We may have to endure heavy things, but we “can do all things through Christ who strengthens us”.
- Because of Him: This video clip is a wonderful reminder of Christ’s wonderfully encompassing atoning sacrifice and that many things are made possible through Him.