Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Maps & Compasses

Activity description: We practiced interpreting a map and reading a compass, then planned a five-mile hike we could complete on our next campout. We also reviewed the story of Lehi receiving the Liahona as a gift from God. We compared the Liahona to the gift of the Holy Ghost, which guides us on our journey through life. When we have faith and are obedient, the Holy Ghost can be our constant companion.

Second Class Rank Requirement #1
a) Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Explain what map symbols mean.
b) Using a compass and a map together, take a five-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian.

Faith in God: Learning and living the gospel. Mark these verses about the Holy Ghost in your scriptures: John 14:16–17, 2 Nephi 32:5, and Moroni 10:5. Discuss ways the Holy Ghost helps you.

Home assignment: Mark the scriptures listed above. Discuss the verses with a parent or with your family at family home evening. Tell of a time when the Holy Ghost has helped you as a comforter, guide or teacher.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

To Be a Pioneer

Activity description: The Scouts met with the entire Primary for a quarterly activity day on Saturday. We started off learning how to do a pioneer's chores. The younger children washed clothes and hung them to dry on a line. Older children (including the Scouts) were to chop and haul firewood. Each person took a turn at "milking the cow" and churning the butter as well.

When the chores were done we gathered around the campfire for some butter and biscuits, pioneer stories, games and songs. Sis. Wherity even brought her fiddle! We then made edible covered wagons and packed a handcart for our journey west. We came to an "icy stream" (wading pool) and cooled ourselves off...which got us in the mood for riding horses. Luckily Sis. Hamill arrived with two of them, and gave each of us a chance to ride!

Second Class Rank Requirement #2: Demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the ax. Use the ax to prepare fuel for a fire.

Faith in God: Learning and living the gospel. Prepare a pedigree chart with your name and your parents’ and grandparents’ names...share a family story.

Home assignment: For family home evening, share stories about your own ancestors. How did they demonstrate the faith, courage and hard work of a pioneer?