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- Broom hockey -- Our stake has played this both in the cultural hall
as well as at an ice-skating rink.
- Hiking -- Our youth took a hike in the snow in the Appalachian
mountains. At the end of the trail was a ward member's cabin
with hot chocolate and sandwiches awaiting us. It was beautiful,
connected us all with nature, and created a great sense of unity with
the youth. The snowball fight at the end was a lot of fun, too.
- River rafting -- Our stake has a tradition of having the Priests and
Laurels of the stake float down a river every May. We stop
half-way down the river for a picnic. There are a few rapids on
the river, but for the most part it's just a leisurely ride filled
with water fights and fun.
- Water balloon night -- We had fun with water balloons one summer
night for an activity. We had balloon tosses. We also had
a balloon catapult competition (using surgical tubing and a baseball
mitt as the catapult). We also had relay races with water
balloons and ended the night with ice cream.
- Life-size Clue -- We mapped out a life-size Clue game in the
cultural hall using masking tape. Classes and quorums became the
"players" as we went from room to room looking for clues to
guess who committed the crime!
- Life as a missionary -- This can be done as part of a joint activity
or just with individual classes. You can have different stations
set-up showing the life of a missionary. For example, have an
ironing board and iron set-up to give the youth the opportunity to
practice (and learn how) to iron a shirt. Another station can be
cooking Top-Raman in the kitchen, etc., etc. Finish it off by
either writing the missionaries (and or including a
care-package) to all missionaries serving from (or in) the ward.
- Etiquette -- Invite someone known for their social graces to the
youth activity night. Talk about manners, table etiquette, how
to greet individuals, etc.
- Dating panel -- Invite a combination of older youth and youth
leaders to participate in a dating panel. Talk about church
standards, ask and answer dating/standards questions from the youth.
- Sports ideas -- Basketball, 5-k races, steal-the flag, mock track
meets, croquet, balloon basketball, ping pong, tennis, etc. all make
for lively, team building activities.
- Lake party -- Have a lake party to kick off a new school year.
- Caving -- Find a cave (preferrably non-commercial) to go to as a
youth group. Be sure to take proper gear (change of clothes,
flash lights, extra set of batteries, helmets, etc.). This can
be a lot of fun and very informative. There are lots of caves in
the southeast (Tennessee, Georgia, etc.).
- Ice skating/roller skating
- Modesty/grooming -- Have the bishop or other youth leader talk about
modesty and grooming. Talk about it from a young man's
perspective as well as a young woman's perspective.
- Good music ideas -- Have an activity or Sunday Evening Discussion
on music as it relates to For the Strength of Youth
Pamphlet. Talk about the dangers of bad music and the positive
aspects of good music.
- Make a video -- Have the youth class/quorum decide on a story (keep
it simple). Film them in action. End the evening watching
the finished product and eating popcorn.
- Make a prayer rock -- Paint a prayer rock and discuss how to make
personal prayers more effective.
- Mission callings -- Have a recently returned (or recently called)
missionary discuss their feelings of opening their mission call.
Have mock mission letters prepared for the class/quorum. Open
the letters and discuss the cultures of the various places mentioned
in the letters. (This could be part of a mini-mission weekend
- Take pictures of the quorum/class. Write personal
testimonies. Put the testimonies and pictures in copies of the
Book of Mormon. Give the copies to the missionaries serving in
the ward/branch or send them to missionaries serving from the
- Create a story -- Have the class/quorum create a scripture story to
give to a Primary class. Use their drawings and text. Use
a color photocopy to make copies for all of the children of a Primary
- Scrapbooking/Book of Remembrance -- Have the class/quorum bring
pictures that can be used in their own Book of Remembrances.
Discuss the purpose and importance of these books -- make them
together. (Note: this may take several weeks to do, but can be
worth the effort.)
- Love your ancestors -- Have each class/quorum member learn about one
of their ancestors and be prepared to share a brief story from that
- Guess that Book of Mormon character -- Have a scavenger hunt in the
church parking lot/church grounds. Hide scripture clues that
give hints about a particular Book of Mormon character. After
guessing the person from the Book of Mormon, talk briefly about that
person and their life. Finish the evening off with ice cream!
- Get to know the bishop -- Talk to the Bishop's wife to get pictures
and stories about the bishop. Invite the bishop to the special
youth night. Make the bishop sit in front of the group while
different youth tell the various stories and show pictures of the
- Clean the sacrament trays -- This is an important activity for the
Teachers Quorum to do periodically.
- Learn a new hobby/skill -- Whether it's photography or auto repair,
there's always something new to learn as a quorum or class.
Invite someone who knows a lot about a particular subject and have
them share some of their knowledge.
- Campfire stories and sing along -- Find a place where the youth can
build a fire. Tell inspirational or funny stories and sing
- Make instruments -- Make percussion/rhythm instruments using dried
gourts, burned-out light bulbs, sandpaper, bells, pieces of wood,
beans, home-made drums, etc. Have a concert.
Evening in Excellence
- Amusement park
- Ball game - Get a group together and go to a professional sports
- Berry picking - In the spring or summer go berry (blueberry,
strawberry, raspberry, etc.) picking if available in your area. Apple
picking in the fall is another option.
- Boat ride - Lots of lakes have boat rentals for a reasonable price
(canoes, paddle boats, etc.). Take a picnic lunch with you.
- Cheer on a mutual friend - If someone you and your date know is in a
game or event (such as a play or marathon), go and cheer your friend
- Concert (many concerts are free)
- Day trips - Pick a place an hour or two away and make a day of it.
(This is best recommended for group dates.) The place might be a city,
a historical site, a waterfall hike, etc. Be sure all of the parents
know where you’ll be and return on time. Planning the trip can be a
lot of fun too.Shop together (or just window shop together)
- Dessert date (go to Baskin Robins, pastry shop, chocolate shop)
- Do something neither you or your date have done before but both
think would be interesting. Figuring out the new "thing" can
be lots of fun.
- Fast food on fancy china while watching a sunset
- Flea market - Go explore a local flea market one Saturday.
- Get a guide book for your city - Visit some of the items listed in
the guide book -- most likely you won't have done a fraction of all
the things listed in the book.
- Go to a club event - If one of you is in a club at school, have your
'date' come along to see if they'd like to join as well. It provides
an opportunity to pick up a new hobby and make new friends.
- Go to church together - This can be fun, but can also start the
rumor mill running, so proceed with caution on this idea.
- Have a dance - No need to wait for a church dance to have a dance.
Invite several couples over -- select a theme, and have a dance.
Choosing the music and decorating for the dance can be half the fun.
- Look up special events in the paper - Weekend papers usually list
special events occurring in your area. Choose something interesting
and go have fun.
- Miniature golf
- Nintendo tournament (don’t make it too competitive though)Movie
- Old movie and a night-time picnic
- Picnic - A picnic during the day or at night can be lots of fun. Be
creative about the location.
- Poetry reading, book reading - lots of time local authors will have
poetry or book-reading sessions at local bookstores.
- Share a hobby (if your date is a good photographer, take cameras and
try to learn tips and tricks from your date)
- Sporting Event
- Star gazing - With a decent telescope Jupiter and Saturn are seen in
pretty good detail. The moon is always a wonder to look at through a
telescope or even a pair of binoculars. The first week of August is
also great for meteor showers -- and no telescopes are needed.
- Take photographs together - Buy a couple of disposable cameras, go
do goofy things, record the events with the cameras, get the film
developed and make a scrapbook.
- Try something spontaneous - Put names of movies (of only ones that
you'd enjoy seeing) or of a restaurant, etc. in a hat and draw a name.
For your date, go to place/movie/etc. of whatever name you drew.
- Visit a park. Acting like a kid again on swings and slides can be
good for the soul.
- Visit a pumpkin farm together and take a hay ride.
- Walk on the beach - A simple walk on the beach can be fun, romantic,
- Bike riding
- Exercise – if your date likes to jog, lift weights, etc. – join
in on one of their exercise sessions
- Hiking (throw in a picnic for extra fun)
- Horse back riding
- Ice skating
- Roller blading
- Roller skating
- Water parks
- Water skiing
- Factory tour – Take a bottler tour, dairy, or a manufacturing
plant tour. It’s always interesting – and the Companies often
offer free products at the end of the tour.
- Public gardens – Temple Square, university affiliated gardens,
etc. all make great places to visit.
- Take a one-day class together – local community colleges/centers
often have one-day classes on painting, photography, creative writing,
- Visit a local historical site
- Visit a museum and see an IMAX movie
- Visit a Zoo
- Walking tours – Cities generally have self-guided walking tours of
the historical areas of the city. Just because you’ve lived some
place a long time doesn’t mean there’s not a lot more to learn
about the city you live in.
These all make great dates for group dating:
- Cook out - Organize a cookout complete with hamburgers, hotdogs, and
homemade ice cream.
- Fondu party
- Pizza Party - Buy pre-made pizza crusts and lots of fun
ingredients. Have the group make pizzas. Award everyone
specialized prizes for their pizza.
- Pot luck dinner - If you're hosting the party, provide the main dish
and have everyone else bring something. Liven it up by assigning
an eclectic combination of foods.
- Progressive dinner - This can be fun to organize and works best when
everyone involved lives relatively close by. The idea is for the
group to go from house to house for the different meal courses.
- Sundae party - Buy several different flavors and toppings to create
sundaes. This can be combined with other ideas on the list.
- Video party - Pick up a video or two and invite some people over.
- Video party with a theme – Have a group decide on the movie in
advance. Everyone comes dressed as a character from the movie. You can
have movie trivia questions, charades (that all relate to the movie),
etc. prior to watching the movie.
- Habitat for humanity - Work one day building a house with habitat
- Work at the cannery - Working at the cannery can be both rewarding
- Charity walks/runs/bike rides - Pick a cause you support and
participate in a fund-raising event for them (March of Dimes, etc.).
- Volunteer activities - Spearhead a blood drive in your ward or
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"You are to be the
royal daughters of the Lord in the last days. You are 'youth of the noble
birthright.'” (Ezra Taft Benson, To
the Young Women of the Church)
Prophet's Counsel and Prayer for Youth
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Message: Daughters of Zion
of the Noble Birthright
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