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Venturing / Priest Breakout April 2007. Building a fun, Priesthood centered activity program for Priesthood quorums . Challenges of Priest-Age Boys 16-17 . The Priest age is a “turning point” of life for young men. Characteristics of a Priest-age boy 16–17 . Physical

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Venturing / Priest BreakoutApril 2007

Building a fun, Priesthood centered activity program for Priesthood quorums


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Challenges of Priest-Age Boys 16-17

  • The Priest age is a “turning point” of life for young men.


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Characteristics of a Priest-age boy 16–17

Physical

  • Pronounced bodily developments

  • Increase in strength and reaction

  • Wants more formal team activities and participates in group sports; looking for group acceptance

  • Desires more Challenge & Risk (High Adventure)


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Characteristics of a Priest-age boy 16–17

Mental

  • Ability to think abstractly, to set goals, and plans for his future

  • Begins to question the world around him

  • Desires to develop character and personality


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Characteristics of a Priest-age boy 16–17

Spiritual

  • Begins to define one’s self in terms of opinions, beliefs and values

  • Challenge of authority, and even doctrine

  • Pulls away from family and looks for other mentors or adults

    A church study several years ago found that parents have the greatest impact on 12 and 13 year old boy in how he behaves and exercises his agency. However, as young men approach 15 and 16 and grow toward manhood, major influence in his life becomes his leaders and his peers – particularly his YM leaders.


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Inactivity Rate Among Priests

We are losing more youth to inactivity:

  • 1-11 yrs old (-28%) = 72%

  • 11-13 yrs old (-4%) = 68%

  • 13-15 yrs old (-18%) = 50%

  • 15-17 yrs old (-8%) = 42%


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Priest’s Quorum Activity Challenges

  • Many Priest Quorum’s struggle with quality mutual night activities.

  • Their view of “Scouting” is, merit badges, wearing the uniform, pressure from parents to earn Eagle, etc.

  • They feel that mutual is less important because they no longer want to pursue Scouting ranks.


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Vitalizing the Priest’s Quorum?

Given the characteristics and challenges facing Priest-age young men, what can we do as leaders to make sure that our voices remain louder than Satan’s?

What do we really want to have happen in the lives of our young men of age 16 and 17 ?


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Goal of the Priest’s Quorum?

  • Retain the Active

  • Reclaim the Less Active

  • Grow the Quorum

    What can we do as Leaders to help the quorum accomplish these goals?

    Answer: Help YM Have Spiritual Experiences Through a STRONG ACTIVITY PROGRAM!


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Aaronic Priesthood Activity Program for Priests

  • If you build it—they will come!

  • I f you don’t—they will go elsewhere.


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President David O. McKay

“The spirituality of a ward will be commensurate with the activity of the youth of that ward.”


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Activities

“Aaronic Priesthood activities should strengthen testimonies and foster personal growth. They should be based on the purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood. They also should provide opportunities to apply the principles taught in Sunday quorum meetings and feel support in living them.”

General Handbook of Instructions, Book 2, p. 186.


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How do we vitalize the Priests Quorum?

Through a Fun, Priesthood-Centered Activity Program in the Priests Quorum which Includes Venturing.


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Section 2:

Venturing –

A Laboratory for Applying Gospel Principles


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Venturing for Priest’s Quorum?

When properly applied, [Venturing] acts as a laboratory for boys with dedicated leaders serving as trained laboratory instructors, monitoring and encouraging the application of the purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood by providing action experiences that appeal to quorum members.

“On My Honor”, Thane Packer pg.10


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Why Venturing?

Remember the 5 Steps of Learning Process

  • Exposure

  • Repetition

  • Understanding

  • Conviction

  • APPLICATION


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Venturing for Priest’s Quorum?

Application

There are action limitations in whatever we try to teach on Sunday. We do better when our Sunday lessons are fortified, through the experience of doing at another place and time. This is where Venturing becomes the laboratory for Aaronic Priesthood holders.


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Venturing for Priest’s Quorum?

  • What is Venturing?

  • How does it differ from Boy Scouts?

  • How does it meet the challenges of the Priest-age boys?


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Venturing for Priests

  • Venturing is a activity program, tailored exactly to the needs and interests of 16 – 18 year olds.

  • It was designed to meet the needs of Priest-age young men while achieving the purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood.

  • Venturing resources blended with Duty To God requirements can provide the structure and focus to help 16-18 year-old young men prepare for missions and adult life.




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Venturing Methods

  • Adult Association

  • Leadership

  • Recognition

  • Ideals

  • Group Activities (FUN)

  • High Adventure (More FUN)

  • Teaching Others


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Venturing is Flexible

  • Every Priest Quorum is unique. Venturing is flexible; it can be tailored to each quorum’s needs.

  • Venturing does not have a required uniform.

  • Young men can decide if they want to work on Venturing awards, or decide not to work on the awards at all.


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Recognition & Awards

  • 5 Different Bronze Award Programs (LDS Religious Life, Outdoor, Sports, Sea Scouting, and Arts)

  • LDS Religious Life Bronze Award is based on Duty to God

  • Gold & Silver Awards

  • Ranger Award (High Adventure Program)


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Leadership Training

Venturing Leadership Skills Course

  • Created to help teach young men leadership skills

  • Modeled after BYU Leadership Course

  • Teaches young men vision, communication, listening, organization, planning, delegation, teamwork, trust, group problem solving and leadership styles.


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How to Get Started

  • Don’t announce in Priesthood Meeting or Mutual that there is a new program called Venturing and we’re going to do it.

  • Do meet with one of the young men that is a leader. Without a sales pitch let him borrow a Ranger Guidebook. Ask him to look at it and report back in a week what he thinks.

  • Don’t assume the young men want to earn Venturing awards.

  • Do assume that the young men want to have fun with their friends.

  • Don’t say, do you want to work on the Outdoor Bronze Award?

  • Do ask them to choose from a list of over twenty outdoor activities the 4-6 they would like to do.


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How to Get Started

Purchase the following:

  • Venturing Leader Manual, No. 34655C

  • Venturing Leadership Skills Course, No. 34340A

  • Venturing Handbook, No 33493

  • Ranger Guidebook, No. 3128A

    Total cost approximately $27



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Get Trained

  • Fast-Start (grandcanyonbsa.org)

  • Youth Protection (grandcanyonbsa.org)

  • Monthly Roundtable

  • Specific Leader Training (Sept. 10, 2005)

  • Woodbadge






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Our Monthly Activity plan

Week #1

Activity___________________

Priesthood purposes

(1.)______________________

(2.)______________________

Duty to God

(1.)______________________

(2.)______________________

Youth activity chair:________________

Adult advisor:_____________________

Planning Worksheet


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Crew Officer’s Seminar Agenda



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Problem-Solving Initiative Games





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Crew / Priests Quorum Integration

  • First, make sure that Priests Quorum 1st & 2nd Assistant are TRAINED in their Duties and are actively having Quorum Presidency Meetings

  • Second, make sure that the Crew President is Trained in his responsibilities and is leading the Crew (under the direction of the Bishop)


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Crew / Priests Quorum Integration

  • The Venturing Unit must not operate independent of the quorum.

  • Planning for Crew is done during Priests Quorum Presidency Meeting

“Venturing is part of the Quorum Presidency’s responsibilities. Each scout unit should have a … Crew President who is nominated by the bishopric and sustained by quorum members. This leader is usually the quorum president [1st Assistant].” (LDS Scouting Handbook, pg. 3)

“At least once each month, after the foregoing matters have been considered, the quorum presidency meeting is used to make plans for the quorum’s scout unit. If youth and adult leaders are not already present, they are invited to the meeting at this time.”(Church Handbook of Instructions, Book 2 –Section 2, pg 184-185)


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Section 3:

Duty to God


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Elder Hales

“I promise you that your achievement of the Duty to God Award will provide you with a living testimony that will sustain you throughout your life.”


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Duty to God

“The Duty to God program helps young men accomplish the purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood. It helps them develop skills and attributes that are needed to succeed in life.”


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Importance of Monthly Outings

  • Application

  • There are action limitations in whatever we try to teach on Sunday. We do better when our Sunday lessons are fortified, through the experience of doing at another place and time. This is where Scouting becomes the laboratory for Aaronic Priesthood holders.


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Duty to God and Venturing

Many Venturing requirements can fulfill goals and requirements of the Aaronic Priesthood Duty to God Program.

So run a consolidated program!

“On my honor, I will do my best to do my Duty to God…”


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Duty To God & Scouting

If you plan carefully…

You can accomplish many Duty to God Requirements through Venturing.

Venturing/Duty to God Mapping Docs at:

LDS Venturing Guide

www.DutytoGod.com


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Example Consolidated Program

Quorum Activity Plan


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Tracking Duty to God

  • Variety of tools and approaches

  • Individual vs. group

  • Vertical vs. horizontal

  • Formats

    • Printed (PDF)

    • Document file

    • Excel spreadsheet

    • Stored on Web (DutyToGod.org)

  • Handouts show examples


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Role of Parents

  • Parents have the primary responsibility to help your sons succeed.

  • Become familiar with the guidebooks and review them with your sons.

  • Help them set and accomplish goals.

  • Talk with them about their progress, compliment their efforts and sign completed goals.


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Role of Parents, Leaders, Quorum Pres.

  • Conduct Role Play – New Quorum Member Visit


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Other Duty to God Ideas

  • Conduct Semi-annual Duty to God Firesides with Parents.

  • Use FHE as a tool to fulfill Duty to God

  • Read Letter to Elder Dellenbach on Duty to God