Go for the Gold Camp Theme

Go For The Gold

Hi, I just thought I’d pass on an idea of a theme we used. It is a good one to use in Utah with the Olympics coming soon.

The theme was “Go For The Gold” with a subtitle of “Faith in Every Footstep”. We did this camp in 1997 when Faith in Every Footstep was the theme.

Our emblem, for lack of a better word, was the young women torch. A good picture is found in the camp manual. The handle of the torch was modified a bit to include the year of our camp and the Olympic rings, but instead of five, we used seven, one for each value.

Our theme scripture was found in Doctrine and Covenants 137:1 – 4. “The heavens were opened upon us, and I beheld the celestial kingdom of God, and the glory thereof, whether in the body or out I cannot tell. I saw the transcendent beauty of the gate through which the heirs of that kingdom will enter, which was like unto circling flames of fire; also the blazing throne of God, whereon was seated the Father and the Son. I saw the beautiful streets of that kingdom, which had the appearance of being paved with gold.” We encouraged the young women to Go for Heavenly Father’s Gold.

We had the Olympic “games”. One set of games was the value olympics. They were basically fun games with a title that tied them in with a value. For instance, one we called “Walk with faith” and it was a relay where a girl on each team was blindfolded and given a spoon. She had to walk across the room to where we had a plate of white (faith!) cotton balls. She was supposed to scoop up a cotton ball and carry it back to the other side of the room and place on a plate there. The team who had the most cotton balls on their plate at the end won.

We also had some water Olympics and certification Olympics. On fire building, after the girls were taught how to build their fires, the game that was associated with it was a race between teams to see who could build a fire and have it pop a water balloon hanging above it. The first team with the fire that popped the balloon won.

Before camp we sent each girl a letter telling them that they had “qualified” spiritually and physically for the Girls Camp Olympic games. This letter introduced the theme, scripture and emblem and included other info we wanted them to know.

We did scrapbooks for our craft, so at every devotional and activity, we asked those in charge to have a handout prepared for each girl that could be added to their scrapbook.

At beginning and end of camp we had opening and closing ceremonies. At the closing ceremonies, we awarded each girl with her gold medal which was a beaded necklace with the young women torch pendant

From a post made at the lds-youngwomenfiles Yahoo Group

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