Wednesday, October 13, 2010

YW in Excellence

This year for YW in Excellence we decided to go with a Superhero theme. We liked how it coordinated with the "Be Strong and of a good courage" mutual theme and also went a long with the "For strength of youth."

Each girl will be wearing a cape in a value color. We are lucky enough to have 24 small tablecloths in value colors so we are just going to pin them on and add a value shield to the back with double sided tape. Each girl got their value shield in advance to decorate however they wanted. We just printed them on cardstock.

Click on the individual shields to make them large to print.

We are going to start with a "soup"er dinner. We will be serving the soup out of large pumpkins with shields carved in them. Behind the serving table we will have a banner with each girl's picture that reads "Our Superheros." On each seating table, there will be a ring of rolls made in a bundt pan with salad supreme on them to keep with the fall decor.

We will also have display tables for people to peruse with shields where each girl wrote about their favorite personal progress project from the year. We gave them blank cardstock shields a couple of weeks in advance to write on.

After dinner we will have the 8 Supervalues skit that my Beehives wrote and will perform. I will try to get an electronic copy of this to post.

At this point in the program, the girls will stand one at a time wearing their value cape and say "I show my strength and courage through the power of (whatever value they chose)." They will then share an experience from that year that helped them demonstrate or develop that value.

YW in excellence sign upI show my strength and courage
Click thumbnails above to view and print value sign up sheet and "I will show my strength and courage" paper reminders.

We were then going to have the bishop say a few words and close with the girls reciting the YW theme, but in a different way. We practiced saying it slower and with great emphasis on certain words. We also had an individual girl say each value, but came back together on "and Virtue."

bold=with emphasis

We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love Him.
We will "stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things,
and in all places" as we strive to live
the Young Women values, which are:
Divine Nature
Individual Worth
Choice and Accountability
Good Works
and Virtue.
We believe as we come to accept and act upon these values,
we will be prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants,
receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.

I think we may also send each girl home with a CTR ring as a take home.

Feel free to use any of these ideas for your YW in Excellence!

*Update: I got such a positive response and so many requests that I did a second post on our YW in Excellence including the skit and super hero slideshow.

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Audrey Spence said...

What a cute idea! I wish I was still in YW! I was over the beehives too and LOVED it! Well if I ever get called back in that would be a great idea to use! Love it!

Jaimie said...

You so totally rock! You are so good at your calling! LOVE IT!!

Chic Creations said...

Thank you for sharing a great idea. I am in the YW, and I appreciate all the inspiration I can receive. Thanks again.

Lu said...

So cute! We just did our YW in Excellence or else I would totally borrow this idea!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! This also goes well with the BYU Womens conference Super Hero Sisters for YW Camp sharing station. Love everything you do!
I'm gonna bank it for our next one!.
Maria Hunt
Kalg. Western Australia

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Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

I had the YW President over for dinner tonight and shared your idea with her! I think this is an amazing idea! Where were you when I was YW President?

Leslie said...

Girl you are the best! I was searching for cute and fun ideas and I came across this amazing idea! I can't wait to see your skit that your girls put together. Thanks for the inspiration!

KaraLyn said...

This is super AWESOME!!! My YW pres is so excited about it. Is there anyway I can get a copy of the skits? We are doing this in about 4 weeks. you can email me at

Elise said...

I would also love a copy of your skit... I am always looking for new ideas in young womens thanks so much for sharing and making life easier for me...

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Hi Michelle, (GREAT name! He he) Love this idea & your blog. I'm off to read more!

Warmly, Michelle

shay said...

I was called to be YW president last week and YWIE is next week with nothing planned! I'm so glad I came across this idea, it looks awesome! I would love the skit and was wondering what you did for your invitations. Thanks so much! You're a life saver!
my email is

Dana @ SweetThings said...

This is too cool!!Would you mind sending me a copy as well of the skit you used? Thanks for helping out those of us who are creatively challenged. =)

Beth said...

HI! We are wanting to do this for our YW in Excellence. Did you do invitations?

Guyla Thurgood said...

We love this idea and we are doing it for our program at the end of this month! I am suppose to do the invitations and was wondering how you guys did yours.

Addie said...

We just had our Evening of Excellence last night and used many of your ideas! It turned out really well and I'm just so thankful that you are willing to share all your wonderful ideas with the rest of us. Thank you again and again for making my life so much easier.