Friday, January 11, 2008

KEEPERS Kick-off

Our first Keepers At Home meeting was today. We are meeting with one other family twice a month to work on homemaking KEEPERS skills, promote character development, and spur each other on to memorize longer Scripture passages.

My friend opened up the meeting at 10 am by explaining the KEEPERS purpose and motto and praying the KEEPERS prayer.
Our young ladies were presented with their KEEPERS charm bracelets with pink hearts and first membership charms attached. Each time a girl completes a skill/badge, she will get to add a charm to her bracelet. The girls were excited to put on their pretty bracelets and eager to earn more charms! Next, we read the girls a chapter from Beautiful Girlhood and discussed the character trait we will be working on as a club, "Meekness." We ended our devotional time by looked up some Scriptures suggested in the Keepers "Meekness" book, and writing responses in our notebooks.

Then came badge/skill time. We moved to the dining room table where scrapbooking materials were waiting for each girl. We used the "Easy Patterns" section of a "Creating Keepsakes" magazine for our inspiration. Working page by page, we completed a 5-page album! The catch? Our first meeting lasted 5 hours, counting Bible study, lunch, skill/badge time and short breaks between pages!!! We decided to go ahead and finish our projects today, rather than have homework or have a second KEEPERS scrapbooking session. It was a long meeting, but an awful lot of fun!

This is a really easy Club to start, either within your own family, or with friends/church group. It is a wonderful, Christian alternative to Girl Scouts. Even if you don't form a Club, I highly recommend the Handbook as an all-inclusive home-ec program and record of all you have accomplished with your child!

Here are the pics:


Tina said...

You guys look like you had a wonderful 1st day! Wow 5 hours. But I know it was a good feeling to get the badge completed in 1 day. :o)


Mama to 3 all-boy boys said...

Sounds like you club is off to a great start !

LisaWA said...

That is wonderful! Wounderful! I look forward to hearing how it goes. I am looking for things to do with both of my girls.

I love the beautiful girl hood book... I think you may have started something....


Rhonda said...

My daughter would just love this. I've got to figure out a way to fit it in next year. I just wish we had the time this year, but I need to be realistic (which is just no fun sometimes!).

Is the charm bracelet part of the Keepers program, or something you are doing separately?


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful club! I think this is such a great thing for young girls. And scrapbooking at the first club meeting---How fun!My dd is only 2, but I so look forward to doing something like this with her in the future.
Stacy :-)

Tami, part-time blogger - full time scrapbooker said...

Yes, the charms are part of the program. Each time a young lady completes a Handbook skill, she earns a charm or 'replica' to add to her bracelet. Badges with sashes, a la Girl Scouts, are also available instead.

: )

Patty said...

Hi Tami,

I would LOVE to glean some info from you on this wonderful idea. I have several questions. Is this something that you and/or others came up with or an already organized program?

Thank you, Patty

Tami, part-time blogger - full time scrapbooker said...

Hi Patty,

Oh my, no, I didn't come up with this by myself. If you click on some of the links in my post, it will take you to the Keepers At Home website where you'll find all the information you need to start your own Keepers Club. It is like a cake mix - just add moms, kids, Keepers handbook, and mix well!

: )

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Tami -- I did just that after I sent my post (naturally!). Such a neat idea. I'm going to pray about how I can incorporate this, maybe informally, with some friends of my young daughters.

Lorna said...

Our daughter would love this! It looks so much fun and so good for their self-esteem. I look forward to see more about it. Thanks for sharing this with us