New Template: Order Form

I have not dropped off the face of the earth!  I have a NEW template to share.

During the past year I have been selling items at a craft boutique, mainly dinner rolls and crochet items.  I have recently been asked to make some custom crocheted baby blankets, then received two roll orders.  I also enjoy making gourmet cupcakes and receive two orders to make cupcakes as well!  And this has all happened within the last two weeks!  I needed an Order Form!

This ORDER FORM template is uploaded to Google Drive. You can download it HERE.  You can customize it anyway you like.  Completely change it or make just a few adjustments.  Add your own business name. You may not need the "Time Due" so just delete the cell.  You probably don't sell 'crochet', 'cupcakes' and 'rolls' and can change the item you sell or delete them all together.  

I wanted to have plenty of room to write down my order details and another place for notes to myself for things such as: a different person picking up the order, where to buy yarn, or a reminder to pick up more cupcake boxes etc.

I hope this will be useful for you as well!


Relief Society Lesson Schedule

My newest template is a lesson schedule for Relief Society.  It can also easily be used for Elders Quorum and High Priest's as well!

The template has these features:

1.  Year of lesson schedule and the manual for that year. (top of page)
2.  1st column: date
3.  2nd column: name of teacher (I use their first name)
4.  3rd column: Here I put what type of lesson will be given ie: Presidency Message; Chapter from manual; TFOT (Teaching For Our Times); special days such as General Conference or a Ward Conference.
5.  4th column: Title or subject of the lesson

At the very bottom of the template is a list of who teaches each week.  You will need to add the name of your teachers.

The current template is good for the rest of the year and can easily be updated for the coming year.

Click HERE to download the template!


UPDATE: Carpool Schedule 2014-2015

I've updated the popular Carpool Schedule for the 2014-2015 School Year.
(Just click on the highlighted words to see the original post)

I have also uploaded the file to Google Drive rather than Scribid so you will have free access to it!  I no longer use Scribid for my files.  You can access the template by clicking HERE 
Thank you to everyone who has come to support my blog and use the templates :)



Old Files Updated

The templates that I uploaded for this blog at the very beginning were uploaded using Scribd.  Recently I went back and changed most of the files to Google Docs so they are easier to access!

If you've had problems with templates please check them again, or you can email me (email link is on the right side of the blog).

Team Building Activities

One of my favorite activities to do at Girls Camp is team building games. They have to work together to complete the tasks and they have fun at the same time!

Below is a list of my favorite team building games.  There are a few important things to know prior to beginning the games.

1.  Always have adult leaders or responsible YCL’s (Youth Camp Leaders) act as “Spotters” during each activity.  Spotters stand near participants, in a ready stance—ready to catch anyone who may fall during the activity.

2.  If you are playing these games outside, always make sure the area they are playing in is free from debris such as large rocks, tree branches, pine cones etc.  And try to find an area as flat as possible without any hidden holes someone might step in.

3.  Always give instructions on how to play the game first.  Stress safety first!  Meet with all Spotters prior to when you play the games and instruct them on how each game works, where they will stand, and how to stand ‘ready’ to catch (knees bent, hands out and ready to catch) just in case!

4.  Team building games are not complete without having a discussion afterwards.  Ask questions such as:
What was hard about the activity?  What made it easier?
What happened when someone started to fall?
How did you help the group during the activity?
Is it hard for you to ask for help? To give help?
Who can remember what was going through your mind during the activity.

You can also add a spiritual thought at the end of each game or after all games are completed such as:

Gospel Application:  The Lord gives us challenges in life.  Sometimes they are easy to figure out, others times they are harder.   In what ways can we seek for help when a task seems difficult or impossible?

Spider Web

Spider Web Instructions

The above link gives some good advice and instructions on creating a spider web.   Don’t worry about making a frame for your Spider Web.  Just use two trees that are close together.  Use cotton string to form your web.  I made my web like a grid—rather than what is shown in the picture in the link above.  It was much easier to create.  My grid was 4 squares high by 5 squares wide with each square around 2 f'.

Human Knot
Human Knot Instructions

This is a popular team game because there are no materials needed!  Just follow the directions in the above link.

This next activity is taken from the book:
Affordable Portables: A Working Book of Initiative Activities & Problem Solving Elements by Chris Cavert.  I highly recommend this book!!!  You can find it on Amazon.
Buy the book here!
The book has many, many other fun activities!!

Quad Jam
Materials:  4--2x4 boards.  The length of the board will depend on the size of the group.
Blindfolds for each person.

Set out the boards in a square shape (I used 2—4’ boards per side).  Ask the players to split themselves into 4 even groups.  Then ask each group to stand behind one of the boards -- along the side facing in toward the center.

Give the following ‘challenges’ in order (the challenges get a little harder each time):

Challenge 1:  Everyone stand up, with both feet on the boards for a count of 6 seconds.
Challenge 2: Walking on top of the boards, circle the square and return to your starting position - without stepping off the boards.  Any steps off the board and the entire group starts over.
Challenge 3:  Ask each player to look, and point, at the spot on the board directly across from them.  Then ask each player to get to that spot without touching the ground.  (Most groups think they just have to walk around the circle, but…Here’s where we hope to see some helping happen - if it already hasn’t)
Challenge 4:  Give each board a number in clockwise order, ask groups on boards 1 and 2 to switch boards and end up in exact order on the new board.  Ask 3 and 4 to do the same.
Challenge 5:  Have the groups on boards 2 and 4, 1 and 3 change.  End up in the same order on the new board.  (This one is interesting, because the solution is just walking around the boards again, but many groups get stuck in the mental model of doing it like the last challenge.  Fun to talk about!)
Challenge 6:  Blindfold every other player, then move around the square to end up in the player’s starting position.
Challenge 7:  Blindfold all players and move around one board.

Lap Sit

I’m sure many of you have seen this game!

The objective is to get everyone in the group to sit on each other's lap.  Make sure you have a safe area for this activity—grassy is best!

Have players form a tight circle by standing shoulder to shoulder. Then have players all turn the same direction, to their either right or left, to form a single file circle. Players need to be close to the person in front of them (toe to heel).  When a signal is given the players slowly bend their knees to be able to sit comfortable on the person's lap behind them without falling (have the players grab the upper arms of the person in front of them as they are sitting).

Once the players are sitting comfortably on each other's lap then they can try to walk by having one person count to three and tell everyone which foot to move at once. The players need to move one foot and the other in a synchronized motion.

Click on this link to see a video of this activity: Lap Sit Video

Tarp Turn

Use a large tarp—6’x8’ or 6’x10’

Have a group stand on the tarp (you will want a large enough group to nearly fill the entire tarp area, so if you have a small group, use a smaller tarp!)

Challenge the group to turn the tarp over and stand on the other side without stepping off the tarp.  Every player must be touching the tarp and no one can step off of the tarp in the process.

Log Walk

Materials:  8-10 2x4 boards; blindfolds

Set up the boards so they are one long board.  Have a group stand on the boards.  Make sure your group takes up almost the entire length of the board (you may not need all of the boards for this)

Give them the following challenge:

Arrange your group in order of birthday month (or alphabetically) without talking!

Next, arrange the boards in a zig-zaggy, crazy pattern.
Have the participants walk along the boards.  Simple right?
The 2nd time around everyone finds a partner.  Blindfold one partner.   Have the blind folded partner walk along the board and their partner walk along with them to be the Spotter in case they start to fall.  Have the partners switch positions so everyone can have a turn being blindfolded.

Trust Circle

Trust Circle Instructions (This link has wonderful instructions!  Please read them carefully!)

This is a fun activity for small groups.  You will need to go over the instructions with everyone before starting this activity.  Make sure you give enough time for everyone to have a chance to be in the middle of the circle.

It would be a good idea to have some extra adults around the circle to act as Spotters.

This activity works best on a flat grassy area.


Book of Mormon Olympics

Lehi's Tent Challenge--Success!
Last summer as I was planning girls camp I wanted to create a team challenge,  for the tent groups to work together.  I came up with the "Book of Mormon Olympics".

Our over theme was an Olympic theme.  Each tent group was a country and created a flag.  The flags were attached to PVC pipe and set by their tent and the groups were required to carry their flag with them through the challenges.

I asked one adult leader to rotate with a tent group and keep score.

The challenges were: (Each group rotated between 6 events)

  1. Nephi's Bow--Archery
  2. The Brother of Jared Boat Float--create a boat from foil and float in a bucket of water.  Add clear stones to the boat one at a time (decorative pebbles that you put in vases) until the boat sinks.
  3. Teancum's Javelin Throw--throwing a 'javelin' as far as they could.
  4. Moroni's Defenses--building a wall out of sugar cubes
  5. River of Sidon Crossing--crossing a field as a team
  6. Lehi's Tent--make a tent shelter from tarps and rope
[note: originally I had 7 rotations.  The 7th rotation was going to be The Title of Liberty Relay.  The teams would compete against the clock and complete the task as fast as possible.  The team would run to a point opposite where they are lined up and put on armor (hat for the helmet, life vest for the breastplate, sword, and shield.  They would also have to take their group flag with them.  They would then run back to their team, take all the armor off and give the flag to the next person in line.  That person would then put all the armor on, run back to the other side with the flag, then take all the armor off and run back (with the flag) to the next person in line and so on.  The adult leader would time the team to see how long it took.  You would also have to come up with more Book of Mormon bonus questions from the chapters about the Title of Liberty.]
At each rotation the teams earned points as they worked through the challenge.  They also earned points by answering questions from the Book of Mormon that related to their challenge.

Along with the challenges I asked the adult leaders to observe the YW for the following character traits:
  • Good Attitude (a good one, excited to participate)
  • Cooperative (worked well with everyone in the group)
  • Perseverance (kept on trying!)
  • Confidence (they believe in themselves and others)
  • Problem Solver (they focused on the problem and contributed to the solution)
  • Scriptorian (Able to answer questions without use of the scriptures)
  • Encouraging (encouraged others, positive, cheered people on)
I created a scorecard for the adult leaders to keep track of points and who demonstrated the above character traits.

Later in the day we had an awards ceremony and gave awards for 1st place in each challenge as well as individual awards for the character traits.  I asked the adult leaders to choose one character trait for each girl so every YW would receive an award.

I may have fudged the awards just a little so every tent group received a first place award for each challenge ;)

The YW had a fun time and I heard over and over how much they enjoyed it!

You can find the instructions, score card, and Book of Mormon questions by following the links below.  Feel free to download the files and customize them for your group!

Book of Mormon Olympics Leaders Guide

Book of Mormon Bonus Questions

Master Score Card
This file includes a scorecard for each group (sheet 1) and a master scorecard to make the final tally (sheet 2)

I thought I had a picture of the ribbon awards I gave out, but apparently not!  They were similar to this ribbon, except they were just folded over straight and did not have a point at the top.  I used a 1/4" paper punch to make a hole and put a string through and tied it to make a loop.

I used a wide red, white, and blue ribbon (paper ribbon) similar to this:
I cut the ribbon to about 10" long.  At the top I folded the ribbon down so it covered just the top of this card [when you print out the cards be sure to leave plenty of room at the top blank so the ribbon will not cover up the blank lines on the card].  The card was stapled to the back of the ribbon.

On the front of the ribbon I used a printable Rub On paper so I could customize the ribbon with our camp theme and year.  [note: don't make the mistake I did and try to use an iron on graphic!  The ribbon will melt! That's why I used rub on paper].

I also included this graphic which went along with our Olympic camp theme:

I hope you will be able to use this activity!  It was a lot of work to put together but well worth it!  Please comment if you have any questions :)


Girls Camp Schedules

My daughter and I at Girls Camp (you can see her wearing the nametag schedule from my previous post!)
Note: Before I begin talking about this I should clarify that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon).  The following templates relate to a camp I was in charge of for a congregation of my church.

I know it seems a little early to be posting templates about Girls Camp, but I was the Girls Camp leader last year for our ward and I began my planning in January!  It's never too early to plan!

Today I have uploaded one Excel file with three different schedules.

1.  Detailed Camp Schedule (Spreadsheet 1):  This is the schedule format I used to keep track of everything going on during camp.  We did not have a Stake camp--this is more for a Ward camp.  I changed the names (to protect the innocent!) but left all the other details.  I used a specific color for similar activities (ie: meal time, group activities, camp theme specific activities free time etc).
The theme for the day is listed next to the day of the week.
The activity that takes place during a specific hour are listed in the left column and more details about that activity and/or assignments are listed in the right column.

I think I revised my camp schedule at least 8 times before we actually had camp!  But in this format it is easy to copy/paste and move thing around.

2.  Priesthood Schedule (Spreadsheet 2):  One of the hardest things to do is keep track of when the men will be coming and going from camp.  This schedule kept me straight as well as helped me see who would be replacing who on what day/time.  I also used included specific assignments I had asked some of the men to help with (ie: one man prepared a presentation about Astronomy for the 4th years Stars requirement).

3.  Tent Groups (Spreadsheet 3): This is a very simple chart showing what YW grouped together in each tent.  Last year we had an Olympic theme so each tent group was designated by a color and country.  I assigned one YW leader to oversee each group--they did NOT sleep in the tents with the YW.  I then assigned 1-2 Youth Camp Leaders (YCL) to each tent.  I then divided the rest of the YW into the groups (with lots of prayer and help from the YW Pres!).
I highlighted (in gray) a YW's name if she was going to be leaving early or in the case of one of our special needs YW she was in a 'tent group', but stayed with her mom in their own tent (at her mother's suggestion).
 Just click HERE to  gain access to the file.  Be sure to download and save a copy so you can edit it for your own use.

Happy Camp Planning!