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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?) Well be spending a majority of our time here. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Empowering our YouthSuggestions for YM LeadersLittle Philmont7 October 2006

  • What will we be covering?The Purposes of the Aaronic PriesthoodThe Purposes of ScoutingThe Principle of EmpowermentThe Key to Success (What is it?)Well be spending a majority of our time here.

  • Purposes of the Aaronic PriesthoodBecome converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and live its teachings.Serve faithfully in my priesthood callings and fulfill my responsibilities.Give meaningful service.Prepare to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood and temple ordinances.Commit to, prepare for, and serve an honorable full-time mission.Obtain as much education as possible.Prepare to become a worthy husband and father.Give proper respect to women, girls, and children.

  • 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

  • Purposes (AIMS) of ScoutingCharacter Development

    Citizenship Training

    Mental and Physical Fitness

  • What is Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing?

    In the church, Scouting (including Varsity Scouting and Venturing) is Missionary Preparation. In fact, its an activity-based program that helps the Deacons, Teachers, and Priests fulfill all of the purposes of the Aaronic Priesthood.

  • The principle of EmpowermentVerily 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;D&C 58:27I teach them correct principles and they govern themselves.Joseph Smith, Jr.(Quoted by John Taylor, in Millennial Star, 15 Nov. 1851, p. 339.)

  • The principle of EmpowermentTeach them, trust them, and let them lead.Training boy leaders to run their troop is the Scoutmasters most important job.Train Scouts to do a job, then let them do it.Lord Baden Powell

  • Pertinent Questions for Adult YM Leaders Whos in charge of the quorum? Who has the Priesthood keys?What is my role and responsibility?How do I fulfill my responsibility?BE AN EXAMPLELOVE THE YOUNG MENGIVE THEM YOUR TIMEGET YOURSELF TRAINEDEMPOWER THE YOUNG MEN

  • How DO I EMPOWER Them?Teach them.Trust them.Let them lead.Always be there for them to help them succeed.Use the resources of the Church and the Boy Scouts of America.

  • The Key to SuccessPLANNINGPlanning your years program is probably the single most important activity you will be involved in. pg. 41, Venturing Leader Manual Similar quotes:pg. 181, Varsity Scout Guidebookor 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 Conferencewhenever youth leaders are changed. Short-Term Planning: Presidency Meetingsat least monthly with weekly follow up.

  • Long-Term Planning

  • Long-Term Planning: Leadership Training/Planning conferencewhenever youth leaders are changed

    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.

  • Example: Preferred Venturing ActivitiesCamping trips (5)Fishing (4)Cave Exploring (4)Winter Camping (4)Ice Skating Party (3)Winter Sports (3)Cycling/Mountain Biking (3)Bike Hike (3)River Rafting (3)Rock Climbing/Rappeling (3)Wilderness Survival (3)Canoeing (3)Ski Weekend (2)Backpacking (2)Produce a play (5)Swimming Party (3)Pancake Breakfast (3)Cooking (3)Lifesaving/Swimming (3)Shooting Sports Meet (3)

  • Preferred Duty to God Activities15-mile backpack (3)Camping trip (3)Plan and conduct an overnight activity close to home (3)6-mile run (2)3 Work-place visits (3)Learn to find a jobprepare a resume (2) Plan and put on a variety show (2)Read and learn about dating (4)Service projects (2)

  • Conducting: Bishops First Assistant / Crew President In Attendance: Bishop, Young Mens President, Venturing Crew Advisor, Crew President, Bishops 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.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.

  • SAMPLE AGENDA 2:30Greeting by 1st Assistant Opening Prayer 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, vacations, etc. (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

  • Long-Term Planning: Leadership Training/Planning conferencewhenever youth leaders are changedDuring 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

  • Long-Term Planning: Leadership Training/Planning conferencewhenever youth leaders are changedAfter the conference:

    Use the planning calendar to prepare a list of year-long activities.

    Have a parents meetingdistribute the printed list of the year-long activities. Use the list in regular presidency meetings.

  • Tentative Schedule of Major Priests Quorum/Venturing Outings for 2005Las Cruces Fourth Ward, Planned Nov. 6, 2004DateActivityJanuary 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, MoabJune 24-25 (Fri & Sat) Fishing/Wilderness Survival Camp, Whitewater CanyonJuly 14-16 (Thurs thru Sat) Youth ConferenceJuly 21-23 (Thurs thru Sat) Fourth Ward Campout (Saturday Pancake Breakfast)August 27 (Sat) Stake Mini-MTCSeptember 23-24 (Fri & Sat) Campout, Middle Fork of the Gila WildernessOctober 7-8 (Fri & Sat) Mormon Battalion CampoutNovember 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.

  • Short-Term Planning

  • Short-Term Planning: Monthly or bimonthly presidency meetings 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 meetingDuring 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 chairmanWrite the activity and its Priesthood Purpose at the top of each planning form After the meetingfollow 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

  • Presidency Meeting Agenda(Detailed Planning: 4th Wed., Followup: 2nd Wed., 6 p.m.) Place_____________, Date___________, Time______Meeting Conducted by_________________________Opening Song, Prayer, Spiritual Thought (5 min.)Advisor Training (5 min.)Minutes of Last Meeting Duty to God Report (3 min.)Reflections: last months meetings, activities (3 min.)Review of 3-Month Plan: assign chairmen for all activities in the third month (10 min.)Report on Plans of Chairmen for Second Month (10 min.)Detailed Plan for Next Month: week by week plan using the planning worksheets (25 min.)List all Action assignments (report at next meet


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