If you are an LDS crew advisor, it might be all three.
How, you ask?
April’s suggested program feature is Safety (see Chapter 14 of Program Features for Troops, Teams and Crews) and this month’s Come, Follow Me theme of “Apostasy and Restoration,” that means we have some thinking to do.
Getting ready for my Sunday School lesson after a bit of reflection a thought or two came to me— you may come up with better associations, but here is one I came up with
Bring your family’s emergency preparedness kit to church. Use it to make a comparison to the apostasy by opening and explaining its contents. Now take out several vital items,(ie, water, food, etc) and suggest that several items were used in a recent emergency, but that you failed to replace them before the next disaster Ask your quorum or class about the change in the kit, about its value now. Ask how it could be restored to full use again.
Liken this to the apostasy, by explaining that in the Ancient Church the Apostles were killed or taken from the earth one-by-one. Ask how this hurt the church. Point out that as more and more leaders died and their authority was lost, the “kit” was actually left empty. Now liken the restocking of your kit to the restoration. How God filled it back up using the Book of Mormon translation, restoration of the Priesthood and reorganization of Church leadership.
Sunday after Sunday, I have found our youth really get in talking about symbols like this, they get deeper than I had imagined they could and certainly more than I had considered.
Introduction to Weekday Activities
Somebody once asked Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, what exactly Scouts should “be prepared” for. “Why for any old thing,” B-P replied. Safety is a way you can be prepared for most anything that comes along.
Safety is more than a set of rules. It’s an attitude that makes you aware of potential problems so that you can prevent them. A police officer notices something suspicious about a car. Your Venturing Advisor sees that a pot of boiling water, for your trail meal, may tip and scald a crew member. One of your crew members realizes that his family doesn’t have an escape plan at home. Those little acts can help prevent major catastrophes—all because someone was prepared.
This month’s meetings and main event introduce you to several aspects of safety. Depending your consultants* and youth activity chair’s† interests, you’ll learn about safety in the home, on outings, and in public. You’ll make the places you spend most of your time safer. And you’ll connect with professionals who help make your community a safer place to live. Best of all, if you follow the Black Diamond skills in the Safety section of Program Features for Troops, Teams and Crews you will be helping your young men prepare for the mission field.
†NOTE: The youth activity chair is appointed by the crew president to chair a crew activity or project. Each chair serves through completion of his or her appointed task and is then reappointed to chair or assigned to work on upcoming crew activities.
*Consultants are adults selected by the crew committee to interact with the crew by providing technical expertise,special skills,equipment,facilities,or community contacts related to the crew program.They may be one-time participants.
Four Weekly Meetings
Troop, Team and Crew Program Features suggests the following:
Week 1- suggests reviewing the buddy system, common areas of the home where accidents can occur, hazards on outing, transportation safety concerns and potential hazards travel out of the USA. Clearly these all have mission preparation implications. You might have a panel of returned missionaries discuss each of these with youth in a combined activity.
Week 2- suggests a discussion on the citizen role in crime prevention, internet safety, risks in public events, and Homeland Security’s advisory system. This is a good week to combine with the Laurels to begin work on the Social Media Certification to promote responsible online behaviors.
Week 3- moves into the area of public health, training on illness prevention, work-related injuries, event/trip safety planning, neighborhood watch, and hotel and event safety. This is a good week to have the youth activity chairman† bring in his consultant for the main event (see above).
Week 4- covers careers in safety, training and education needed, and an in-depth analysis of a public safety company or agency. This is also a time you could bring out that family preparedness kit again. Discuss implications of disasters for your community and what roles safey professionals could play in a such an event. Your consultant could bring coworkers with them to discuss safety careers. Most major firms have safety officers who would give an evening or two to help your Venturers.
Using EDGE Ideas
Main Event Summary—Go Big Safety Weekend
Plan a trip to a major sporting event or community festival, or visit the LDS conference center or your local community event center. Arrange for a behind-the-scenes look at how safety is handled for a large event. If possible, find ways that your Venturers could serve as part of the safety team for such an event.
Your combined youth could run a preparedness event for the ward based on Core Requirement 4: of Venturing’s Ranger Award, Emergency Preparedness. There are three parts to this requirement but the best stuff is in the Emergency Preparedness Support Information (see appendix pp. 136–153) in the Ranger Handbook. Personally I prefer to work on the Ranger Award with Venturers, so here are my ideas:
Week 1- Discuss potential disasters and emergency preparedness with your combined youth by dividing them into small groups. Give each a section from the Emergency Preparedness Support Information “Potential Disasters” pp.136–138. Using their electronic devices have them research how common these might be in your area. Then have them report and discuss their concerns. In small work groups assign Laurels and Venturers “Common Questions about Disaster Preparedness” pp. 139–141 for next week.
Week 2- Using your family emergency kit from the first Sunday, go through its contents. Using their assignments from last week, evaluate the kit and discuss: What happens when disaster strikes (group 1), What types of emergencies or disasters should I prepare for? (group 2), and so on. Give them each pp. 146–151, have them review the contents with their family at their next home evening to see if they can build or improve their kits and then set up a family emergency plan. Ask them to bring kits for the next meeting
Week 3- use this meeting to show and tell about their family kits. Have your activity chairman† (see explanation in note above) invite a consultant or specialist to present safety career opportunities.
Week 4- get each quorum and class make a tabletop display or presentation about what you have learned this month. Have members teach what they have learned in a round-robin to the full Ward community. Be sure to invite members and others alike and make sure to have Crew members families showcase their preparedness kits.
Well there is another month of coordinated weekday programs and Sunday lessons. What plans do you have to make these kinds of connections? Tell us about them in the comments section below.