For the week, the Community of Christ came to spend their reunion here at Happy Valley and we were thrilled to have them! During the week us interns got the opportunity to program and facilitate activities for the youth group. It was fun to be able to interact with bright, caring and charismatic group of young people. Karl, another intern, and myself were in charge of coming up with activities for each day that related to the theme of that day.
One activity we had them do was a relay race between two groups of five. The objective of the game was to have all members make and wear a paper hat. However, one group had an advantage the other team did not. Two representatives from the group were taught how to make the paper hat but one of the two was not allowed to speak or teach the rest of his group how the paper hat is made but simply show them the hat. The other representative was allowed to speak and show her group how to make the hat twenty seconds before the relay race started. It is no surprise that the group that was taught how to make the hat beat the group who did not learn how to make the hat and could not speak. The theme of the day was generosity on the street and in the game we taught the lesson that generosity comes in many forms and teaching someone how to do something is an act of generosity. Our game idea came from the famous saying “you can catch a man a fish and feed him for a day or you can teach a man how to fish and he can feed himself for a lifetime”. It was important to Karl and me to show the youth that there are many ways to be generous and that is does not have to be conventional like giving money, something most youth do not have, but it can simply be giving someone a compliment or inviting someone who is sitting alone at lunch to come join you.
I pleased that not too far into the week the group was already very accepting and close with each other. I believe they learned from the themes of the days and the lessons we taught in our activities because they were generous enough to invited us on their free day to spend time with them at the beach. It was a very kind gesture and we did go and had a blast! I really enjoyed this week with them and I am so happy that our first camp was a great success!