Tag Archive: attendance

Ken Alford on Tardiness

This information was originally published at http://kenalford.com/semlist/2002/02jan13.htm and sent out as part of Ken Alford’s email list to Seminary teachers.   It’s helpful for teachers who may be struggling with tardiness in the classroom: Punctuality always seems to be a challenge in the church, but it is especially so when you add teenagers and early mornings to the equation. I feel punctuality is an important trait to possess, and it’s a personal…
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72 Hour Emergency Supply Kits

From a post that no longer exists, but is archived here: http://web.archive.org/web/20140814220547/http://www-suares.stanford.edu/72hour-kit.html From: [email protected] (Dorothy Heydt) Newsgroups: ca.earthquakes Subject: 72 Hour Emergency Supply Kits (**LONG**) Date: 6 Nov 89 18:39:20 GMT Organization: University of California, Berkeley Lines: 713 I have just been taught how to post. Here is the information that I have put together from a number or sources on the preparation of 72 hour kits. It is very…
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Super fun Mutual activity! We did this as an all-girls activity. I mixed up the teams so that there were multiple ages on each team. The girls had a great time! 

We did a series of 5 challenges. The rules were “no law-breaking” (no speeding, must wear seat belts, etc), “be courteous at any home you visit,” and “no cheating or sabotaging other teams”. The winning team would be the first team to have every team member cross the finish line (tape on the floor). Our mutual ends at 8:30, so I asked that even if they weren’t done with all of the challenges, they return to the church no later than 8:20. Any team arriving at the finish line after 8:25 would be disqualified.

Each team had an adult leader/parent driver who took them from site to site in their vehicle handed out the next challenge envelopes as challenges were completed. After each challenge, they got a new challenge envelope with a new location & assignment. I used plain envelopes marked with the challenge numbers in their team color. Each team leader (adult) got a clipboard with the envelopes attached. Each team also had a laundry basket of supplies that they carried with them. We asked them to take group photos as each challenge was completed.

We had a ward boundary change last year, so since some of the services that we would be doing we would be to families in our ward area, I tried to include a good mix of people from throughout the ward (some people they might not know, some people they do know, people who serve in leadership positions, less-active or part-member families, etc). I asked around the ward for volunteers with weeds in their yards (not a problem finding those!) and asked specific families who I knew didn’t have food allergy issues if they would let us bring them a meal for the meal-delivery challenge. 

BASKET SUPPLIES: 2 pairs of work gloves, 2 garden tools, a trash bag, a roll of scotch tape, a bucket 
CHALLENGE 1- “WEEDS”: went to a nearby home (pre-arranged) and pulled a bucket full of weeds. They had to share tools & gloves & use the bucket we provided. We had each team go to a different home so they couldn’t tell which team was “ahead”.
CHALLENGE 2- “CHANGE”: they got an index card (with 4 quarters taped to it) inside their envelope for the challenge (the cards said “please enjoy this random act of free $”). The assignment was to go to a nearby grocery store and tape the card (using the tape in the basket) to a vending machine.
CHALLENGE 3- “WRITE”: went back to the church and found a greeting card taped to the wall of the overflow room. Pens were provided on site, and each team member had to write or draw something on the card (we did ours for a YW who is out of town for a while, but could do a card for a missionary). Next team to arrive at this challenge site could not start until the previous team was finished.
CHALLENGE 4- “BITE”: went to church kitchen, found a bag in the fridge (marked with their team color). Followed the instructions to assemble a freezer meal using the provided gallon freezer zip-lock bag and ingredients (they did teriyaki chicken: frozen chicken breasts, a bottle of teriyaki sauce, 1/2 chopped onion, 1 bag frozen broccoli/cauliflower). Then they delivered their meal (and cooking instructions) to a (pre-arranged) family in the ward (again, we had each team go to a different home so that one family didn’t get over-run by teriyaki chicken). 

CHALLENGE 5- “TRASHY”: go out in the church parking lot and have each team member pick up 2 pieces of trash and put them in the trash bag before racing to the final finish line (ours was at the family history center). I knew this would be a tough one, since there is never any trash in our parking lot, so in tiny letters at the bottom of the challenge, I wrote “If you have followed directions and read this entire challenge before starting to pick up trash, you can skip the trash pick-up and head straight to the finish line” – All of our teams started to head out to pick up the trash, but caught themselves in time! 

They were hamming it up a bit! In the corner you can see the coveted prize – a giant tub of cheese balls! 
I had actually planned on doing several more challenges, but I panicked and decided to cut some of them at the last minute because I was worried that the girls wouldn’t be done in time. Boy, was I wrong. Our first team came back after only 25 minutes! The next teams were around 30 minutes and 35 minutes. I was shocked how quickly they finished.
So if you want your activity to run longer, you probably want to add a few more challenges. One of the challenges I “cut” was making little gift baskets – mustache themed “stash” of snacks for the bishop (my idea was that one team would make a drink basket (bottled water, juice), one would make a sweets basket (candy), and the other would make a savory snack basket (jerky, chips). And then they would deliver their baskets wearing mustaches, of course. I got the idea for this here and adapted it.  
You could also do “road blocks” and “detours” like on the Amazing Race tv show (also got cut at the last minute in our version!) but that would add some time to the activity as well.
BONUS: The girls didn’t know this (because they were having too much fun) but in addition to doing service, they also learned some valuable skills (weed-pulling, meal preparation, etc). I hope that it also helped build unity in the ward because the YW got to meet new people in the ward and the ward members saw the YW out serving in the community. 

How to Assemble the Young Women Jewelry Kit

Step 1: Get Ready You’ll need: a pair of pliers a candle a piece of scrap paper a Young Women Jewelry Kit The pliers shown above are jeweler’s pliers.  The corrosion makes them look cooler, right?  Needle-nosed pliers will work fine, too.  If you’ve got two sets of pliers, you will want both.  I use a candle in a small tin that I bought at Wal-Mart for around $2.00.  At…
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How to Thread Beads on Waxed Cotton Cord – Jenny’s Way

I’ve occasionally received an email from someone wondering how to put my Fiber Optic Beads on our 16″ adjustable jewelry cord. I don’t know how a professional would do it, but here’s how I do it.  Fire is involved and you have to move fast, but you end up with a stiffened sharp tip that makes jewelry assembly a SNAP! Step 1: Get Your Stuff Ready For my method of…
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{Cub Scouts} A Peek Into My Cub Scout Binder!

Today I am letting you have a peek into my Cub Scout Binder.

But before I dive into that I just wanted to say a few things about my calling as a Cub Scout Den Leader.

Last June my husband and I received a call from one of the Bishopric members asking if they could meet with us. I already had 2 callings, so I assumed it was for my husband. The day came that we agreed to meet…I was anxious, but like I said, I ‘knew’ this didn’t have to do with me.

As we sat in the room the Bishopric member looked at ME! Then he said, “Sheena, we would like to extend a calling to you.” Seriously!?! Then he said, “We would like to call you as a Wolf Den Leader.” I probably gave him a ‘deer in the headlights’ kind of look. I accepted the calling, but I was not excited at all.

I only have one son, so I thought I would be able to sneak by without receiving a cub scout calling. All summer long I drug my feet and dreaded this calling.
Finally, a few weeks before school started (and cub scouts) we had to drive to Utah for a family baptism. I decided to take my Cub Scout handbooks and read up on what I was supposed to be doing since I had no clue what I was supposed to do. People kept talking about all these meetings and strange words that I had never heard of…Den Meeting…Pack Meeting…Pack Planning…Segments….Belt Loops!

On our way to Utah I read and read and read and planned. All those strange words and meetings were starting to make sense.

I finally felt like I could do this and I was getting excited about my new calling! {Gasp}

It’s been about 6 months since we began Cub Scouts and I have really enjoyed it. I am enjoying being able to help my son with cub scouts and be a part of it. I am enjoying making this cub scout experience fun for the boys and help them get excited about scouts.

There are always going to be ‘those callings’ that we dread and would rather never be asked to do. But I have found as I immerse myself into serving and doing all I can to magnify my calling those callings that are less desirable quickly become some of my most favorite callings.

Have you been called as a Cub Scout Leader and feel the way I did?
Give it a chance. But one thing that will make your calling more enjoyable is to be organized! Don’t wait until the night before your Den Meeting to decide what to do. That will just stress you out and make you dislike your calling even more.

Enough with my chatter…Today I hope someone can find my binder helpful in their calling. Here is my cub scout binder and some other helpful tips.

Here’s my binder. Inside is where I keep track of Attendance, Records, Den Meetings, Pack Meetings, and more.
I am extremely grateful for the folks over at Akela’s Council for all their wonderful ideas and tracking sheets. They are amazing and very useful. If you’ve never been to their site then you definitely need to head on over there.

When I first open my binder I have a Cub Scout Overview from the Cub Scout Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide that the previous leader gave to me.

This is a great resource as it goes over your responsibilities as a leader, Purposes of Cub Scouts, Methods, Awards, and more.

First Section: Attendance
I have several dividers in my Binder for each section. My first divider/section is for Attendance.
This is where I have my attendance sheets for each Cub Scout. I am not sure where to find these exact sheets because these were given to me. I have looked online, but have not been able to find any like this.

But there is an attendance section on the sheets that I use for my record keeping. :)
Every week we take roll. Sometimes I have our denner stand at the front and as I call each boy’s name I have them come to the front and do the Cub Scout handshake with the denner. Other times I have had them make the cub scout sign when I call their name, or say the motto.
This helps them to learn each of these things.
Other times I have them say something {during Halloween I had them make a spooky Halloween noice}.

Second Section: Scout Records

This is where the fabulous Akela’s Council is a big help.
These sheets are amazing! There is a space to keep track of the Achievements that are completed, a place for Electives, Place to keep track of beads that have been earned, Attendance, Notes & Misc. awards that have been earned, Denner section, and Gold/Silver Points that have been earned.

This sheet has it all and I absolutely love it! They even have sheets for the new program coming out this year.

Third Section: Belt Loops & Segments
I have a Segment Pamphlet from our Council that I keep in this section. I look through it often to see what Segments the boys may have passed off during our Den Meetings.

I also use Akela’s Council ‘Acedemic Belt Loop and Pin Record Sheet’ for this section.
It’s nice to have a list of all the Belt Loops available on one sheet. Then I just go online to see the requirements.

Fourth Section: Den Meetings
This Section is where I keep my ‘Wolf Den Meeting Plans’ from the Cub Scout Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide

I also try to keep our schedule in this section as well as a Meeting Tracker Sheet (below).

Here is my Wolf Den Meeting Tracker Sheet
I created this to help me keep track what we did during each Den Meeting. I also keep track of anything we did that can be counted toward a segment or belt loop. Click Below to print out a blank Tracker Sheet.
 Fifth Section: Pack Meetings
This section is for all things to do with Monthly Pack Meeting. 

I attend my monthly Pack Planning Meetings. This section is where I keep all my notes from the meeting.

I also keep my ‘Pack Meeting Plans’ section from the Cub Scout Den & Pack Meeting Resource Guide in this section of my Binder.

In the back pocket of my Binder I keep extra Boy Scout Application Forms for any new Cub Scouts that come in. I also have a ‘Welcome to Cub Scouts’ letter that I sometimes keep in there (that will have to wait for another post).
I hope you have found my ‘peek’ into my Cub Scout binder helpful. These wonderful resources that I use help keep me organized (and sane). Are you a Cub Scout Leader? What do you have in your Binder…I would love to hear.
Thanks so much for stopping by. If you like my Binder Cover and would like one of your own just let me know, so I can add the file to my post.
Have a wonderful day!

Skateboards and Scriptures

This idea was posted on Facebook by Thomas Mark OlsenI took his idea and off I went to plan and set up the details for a super fun Scripture Mastery activity.Who knew…Skateboards and Scriptures would be so fun together!!!(On another note, this may be…

{Sharing Time} Through The Atonement Of Jesus Christ, All Mankind May Be Saved. (Part 2)

Sharing Time Idea from the 2015 Outline

Encourage application:Invite the children to read Alma 7:11–12 and look for what Jesus has done for us. Ask a few children to share what they found. Tell the children that Jesus understands when we feel hurt, sad, afraid, or sick. He can help us overcome these things. Write the following statements on the board:
I am grateful for the Savior because ___________.

The Savior will help me to ___________.

Invite a few children to share how they would finish these sentences, or have all of the children share their answers with the person sitting next to them.

Encourage understanding:Tell the children that there are many stories in the scriptures of people who were blessed because of the Atonement. Share a few of these stories. Possible stories include Alma the Younger (see Alma 36:5–27), Paul (see Acts 8:1–3; 9:1–20), and Enos (see Enos 1:1–8). After telling a story, review it with the children. Toss a crumpled piece of paper to one child and ask him or her to say one thing about the story. Have the child toss the paper back to you. Continue until the children have mentioned most of the important details from the story. Share your testimony about the Atonement.

Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas

Weeks 2 & 3 in February share the same Sharing Time topic. I decided to split the idea given in the outline into 2 parts. To view my first Sharing Time idea (part 1) just click HERE. Today I am sharing Part 2.
For this Sharing Time idea I created a popsicle ‘pick’ game that I think the children will enjoy.

Sharing Time Preparation:
Before Primary download and cut out my popsicle stick toppers. There are 6 total (2 pages). On the front of each circle you will see the topic of the week:

“Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all mankind may be saved.”

On the back of the circles are the two phrases from the outline:

I am grateful for the Savior because ___________.

The Savior will help me to ___________.

and the 3 scriptures from the outline:

Alma the Younger (see Alma 36:5–27)

Paul (see Acts 8:1–3; 9:1–20)

Enos (see Enos 1:1–8)

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 After you have cut out each circle you will attach them to a popsicle stick. Glue one popsicle stick to one of the backs of the circles and then place another circle on top.

Place each of the 6 popsicles sticks in a jar or container.
You will also need a picture from the Gospel Art Kit of each person that they will be learning about {Alma, Paul, Enos}.

And one more item….you will need to create a large die. A square box would be great. Just cover with paper and label each side with a number or dots (1-6).
You can always use a small die from a game, but the children always enjoy rolling a big one. :)

 Sharing Time:
Begin by asking if anyone remembers what they learned last week. You could recite the 3rdArticle of Faith again or just ask what they remember.
After you have discusses last week’s Sharing Time, read Alma 7:11-12. Invite the children to listen for what Jesus has done for us. Have them raise their hand, stand up, thumbs up, etc. when they hear an answer. Ask a few children to share what they found. You can write the answers on a chalkboard, to help the children remember.

Tell the children that Jesus understands when we feel hurt, sad, afraid, or sick. He can help us overcome these things.

Show the children your container of popsicle sticks. Explain to the children that on the back of each stick is a question or a scripture reference. They will be rolling a die to determine which popsicle stick they will choose.

Invite the first child up to the front and have them roll the die. Then have them pick the appropriate stick that matches the number on the die. The #6 popsicle stick can say ‘Roll Again’ or ‘Your Choice’ or some other fun phrase for the children to do.

If the child lands on one of the ‘finish the phrase’… Invite him/her to share how they would finish the sentence.

If they land on one with a scripture reference have them hold the picture and read the story/scripture about that particular person.

Another idea:You could also give them a few clues to read aloud. Have the other children guess who it is. Once the person has been guessed correctly read the scripture story.

To go along with the outline: After telling the story, review it with the children. Toss a bean bag or a small ball (you could even toss a ‘smartie’ and call them ‘scripture smarties’) to one child and ask him or her to say one thing about the story. Have the child toss the ball/bean bag back to you.

Continue until all the popsicles sticks have been chosen.

Share your testimony about the Atonement.

And that’s it!
I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time Idea.

I would love to hear if you use my ‘Popsicle Toppers’ for your Sharing Time and how it went. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!

To view the other Sharing Time I shared for this same topic (part 1), Click HERE!

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