In my church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I am asked to oversee the kids ages 3-11 in an organization called Primary. Usually, as teachers, we have a lesson manual that we use to teach every Sunday except on fifth Sunday. Some people like to use this Sunday to catch up on missed lessons, do a focus lesson, or just have fun! We are the last option. We just wanna have fun! Book of Mormon Camp was my brain child that started two years ago when I was just a counselor in the Primary. Every year there are four fifth Sundays….right? I’m doubting my knowledge. Anyways, we chose to do a Book of Mormon Camp! Well, what the heck it it?!
Last year, I made each camp day focus on a section of the Book of Mormon and we did two crafts based on something from that section of scripture.
1st BOM Camp: 1 Nephi, 2 Nephi, Jacob, Enos, Jarom, Omni, Words of Mormon
2nd BOM Camp: Mosiah, Alma
3rd BOM Camp: Helaman, 3 Nephi, 4 Nephi
4th BOM Camp: Mormon, Ether, Moroni
Hopefully you can tell why I chose each. For example, the glow-dough was to simulate the stones touched by the Lord in Ether. We made sure to talk about each activity and relate it to the scriptures before we even turned them loose so hopefully it got into their heads. We usually had two tables and split everyone up. Since we live in a branch, this wasn’t that hard!
This year, I decided it was exhausting trying to come up with two crafts to do each time we had a BOM Camp so I decided that one activity would be physical, and another would be a food treat. Seriously. The kids don’t want to do anything unless it contained food or was food related. I’ll share those activities in the next post!
What has your Primary done for Fifth Sundays?