Empowering our Youth. Suggestions for YM Leaders “Little Philmont” 7 October 2006. What will we be covering?. The Purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood The Purposes of Scouting The Principle of Empowerment The Key to Success (What is it?) We’ll be spending a majority of our time here.
Empowering our Youth
Suggestions for YM Leaders
7 October 2006
“A primary purpose of the Aaronic Priesthood and Young Women achievement programs is to help youth develop leadership skills and qualities. …Leaders should take every opportunity to give youth leadership experiences.”
From “Teaching Leadership Principles to Youth,” Guidebook for Parents and Leaders of Youth, p. 27
“Verily I say, men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness;”
“I teach them correct principles and they govern themselves.”
Joseph Smith, Jr.
(Quoted by John Taylor, in Millennial Star, 15 Nov. 1851, p. 339.)
“Teach them, trust them, and let them lead.”
“Training boy leaders to run their troop is the Scoutmaster’s most important job.”
“Train Scouts to do a job, then let them do it.”
Lord Baden Powell
“Planning your year’s program is probably the single most important activity you will be involved in.”
pg. 41, Venturing Leader Manual
pg. 181, Varsity Scout Guidebook
or pg. 78, Scoutmaster Handbook
Planning is the Key to Success:
How to help the youth leaders make long-term and short-term plans.
Long-Term Planning: Leadership Training / Planning Conference—whenever youth leaders are changed.
Short-Term Planning: Presidency Meetings—at least monthly with weekly follow up.
Prior to the conference:
Have all of the YM choose their preferred activity interest survey (AIS) and Duty to God (DTG) Activities. Also - review advancement needs of the Boys.
Compile Prioritized lists of Preferred Activities and Group DTG Requirements
Have the youth leaders conduct the Program Capability Inventory (PCI) and compile a list of consultants
Help the youth leader in charge make an agenda and be prepared to conduct.
Priest/Venturer Training and Planning Retreat Could be done on a Saturday afternoon at the Church, or in a camping environment, or some other suitable location depending upon preference of you Crew.
Conducting: Bishop’s First Assistant / Crew President
In Attendance: Bishop, Young Men’s President, Venturing Crew Advisor,
Crew President, Bishop’s Assistants, and Secretary
Materials Needed: Compiled results from Program Capability Inventory
(adult survey), Activity Interest Survey (young men survey), and chosen
Duty to God activities.
Calendar for each participant (with church, school, community and vacation
dates already inserted).
Reference Books: Scriptures, Priest Duty to God book, Church Handbook of
Instructions for Aaronic Priesthood (pp. 182-192), Venturer/Ranger
handbook, Venturing Leader Manual, Venturing Leadership Skills Course.
2:30Greeting by 1st Assistant
Priesthood Purposes:Led by 2nd Assistant
2:35-2:50Opening Remarks: Bishop
2:50-3:10Introduction to Priests’ Quorum Leadership: YM President
3:10-3:25Introduction to Venturing Program Leadership: Venture Advisor
3:25-3:40Initiative Game/Reflection: 1st Assistant
3:40-3:50The Program Planning Process: Venture Advisor
3:50-4:30Suggested Activities for the Year:Presidency, led by 1st Asistant
4:30-4:40Leadership Activity: Venture Advisor / YM President
4:40-5:30Outline major outings and monthly themes:
Presidency, led by 1st Assistant
Follow the Program Planning Process:
(1) Write in dates on calendars, avoiding conflicts with church, school,
(2) Appoint a Priest to chair each event (use survey). Select an adult
consultant to assist the Priest.
(3) Create a “draft” annual plan to share with parents.
5:30 Closing Prayer
During the Conference help the youth leader in charge:
Follow the agenda
Choose an adult on the list of consultants for each of the preferred activities
Use the PCI, AIS, and DTG requirements to prepare a year-long plan
Choose a Super Activity
Choose one major activity/theme for each month and write it on the calendar
After the conference:
Use the planning calendar to prepare a list of year-long activities.
Have a parents meeting—distribute the printed list of the year-long activities.
Use the list in regular presidency meetings.
Tentative Schedule of Major Priests’ Quorum/Venturing Outings for 2005
Las Cruces Fourth Ward, Planned Nov. 6, 2004
January 21-22 (Fri & Sat) Winter Camp, Cloudcroft
February 19 (Sat) Stake Laurel and Priest Temple Trip, Albuq. (Stake Bus)
March 12(Sat) Priest/Laurel Conference, Venus Chapel (Multi-Stake)
April 16(Sat) 4th Ward Temple Trip, Albuquerque (Stake Bus)
June 1-5 (Wed thru Sun) *Super Activity, Entrada High Adventure Base, Moab
June 24-25 (Fri & Sat) Fishing/Wilderness Survival Camp, Whitewater Canyon
July 14-16 (Thurs thru Sat) Youth Conference
July 21-23 (Thurs thru Sat) Fourth Ward Campout (Saturday Pancake Breakfast)
August 27 (Sat) Stake Mini-MTC
September 23-24 (Fri & Sat) Campout, Middle Fork of the Gila Wilderness
October 7-8 (Fri & Sat) Mormon Battalion Campout
November 18-19 (Fri & Sat) Campout, Tour of the Gila Bike Hike
This schedule was planned by the Priests’ quorum during their Training/Planning Retreat on Saturday, November 6, 2004. Camping trips are shown in bold. Seven camping trips are planned to meet the desires of this group to do more camping.
*This Super Activity, including the Sunday return trip, was approved November 7, 2004 by the bishopric and by President Allred.
Prior to the meeting:
Meet individually with the youth who will conduct the meeting
Help him prepare an agenda and be prepared to run the meeting
During the meeting:
Let the youth leader run the meeting
Make sure assignments are given and written down
Make sure an Activity Chairman is assigned for each activity
Prepare a planning form for each activity chairman—Write the
activity and its Priesthood Purpose at the top of each planning form
After the meeting—follow through to help the young men achieve success:
Remind the youth leader to follow up on assignments
Make sure a prepared Planning Form is given to each Activity Chairman
Have one adult advisor or consultant meet with each Activity Chairman to help him plan the activity
Tentative Plans for January, February and March 2005
Priests / Venturers
3rd Wednesdays—Joint Activities, 4th Wednesdays—Joint Activities with Laurels
January Theme: Winter Camping Activity Chair
Wed, Jan 5 Flag Sales—fundraising Jared
Sat, Jan 8 Stake General Priesthood Meeting, 7 p.m.
Wed, Jan 12 Joint Activity with Laurels—group game Joel
Wed, Jan 19 Joint Activitywith 3rd Ward Bro. Hill
Fri & Sat, Jan 21-22 Winter Camp at Cloudcroft Joel
Wed, Jan 26 Flag Sales—fundraising Jared
February Theme: Temple / Service
Wed, Feb 2 Basketball Night—DTG Req. for Ryan Ryan
Wed, Feb 9 Service Project—DTG Req. Joel
Sat, Feb 19 Stake Temple Bus Trip for Priests and Laurels, 7:30 am - 8 pm
Wed, Feb 16 Joint Activity
Mon, Feb 21 President’s Day—Flag Posting and Retrieving Jared
Wed, Feb 23 Joint Activity with Laurels—Laurels in charge
Sat & Sun, Feb 26-27 Stake Conference
March Theme: Dating and Priest/Laurel Conference
Wed, Mar 2 Jacob’s activity Jacob
Wed, Mar 9 Read about and discuss dating—DTG Req. Shawn
Sat, Mar 12 Priest/Laurel Conference, all day, Venus Chapel
Wed, Mar 16 Joint Activity
Wed, Mar 23 Spring Break—no meeting
Wed, Mar 30 Joint Activity with Laurels—Dating panel Shawn
Activities in Bold are the major monthly activities