The Warrior Challenge was a ward youth conference that took place in a day. We hiked the kids back to a remote area, only accessible by foot. It was a 1.5 mile hike to the destination. We began the hike with a challenge of silence.
They hiked the first 1/2 hour in silence until the first break (three breaks), they each picked up a rock and added it to their packs or pockets and youth were pre assigned to lead a discussion about the scriptures they were pre-assigned to read (Alma ). When we reached the destination we discussed how the anti-nephi-lehi’s buried their weapons of war. We related this to burying their personal mistakes or sins, they took sharpies and wrote that sin or sin of omissions on their three rocks they gathered, dug a large hole with pack shovels, and buried their personal weapons of war.
We then ate lunches the kids had packed from home and relaxed and played so they would be ready for their next challenges.
1. Build and Fortify the Fort:
They built and fortified a fort together. Used fallen timber, felled dead trees, and used ALOT of team work to build a fort, they raised a flag they decorated, then shared their ideas of how this relates to our life today.
2. Teancum’s Challenge:
While the youth worked on the fort, some leaders worked to create an obstacle course. Naturally, crossing a wall and throwing a spear into a target was part of the course. The kids ran it in as a race and we timed them for fun. They did it over and over again, tried to beat the leaders and won, then tried to see who was the best Teancum. As their leader, I was exhausted, it was a fun course, I was amazed at how much they loved it, and I am consistently amazed at their energy.
3. We took a break as the Bishop challenged them to spread out across the meadows and read their scriptures and write their impressions down. They had 20 minutes of personal, quiet study, we gathered together at the end of this and invited them to share anything they had learned. Several shared how they received personal answers to concerns or challenges they were facing at that time. It was a very intimate moment of sharing.
We hiked out to “base camp” where several good leaders were waiting with a warrior buffet. Turkey legs (man style) and much more.