If you saw my Balcony Girls in the aisles of Fred Meyer yesterday, you’d think that they were competing in the Olympics!
They were serious about the task at hand, as they had a mission to land everything on the list they had been given into the basket, and get back to the starting point in a 15 minute time frame!
Even though the rules that I shared with the girls about this scavenger hunt were clear, (don’t run, be respectful to those around you, don’t leave the group, don’t be loud), the girls couldn’t help but be exuberant and excited, as they broke out into two teams. I must say the girls were very respectful and followed the rules. I even led one of the groups myself.
They quickly gathered the items and came right back to our starting point – the handbag section! And right there is where our Balcony Girls lesson took place. In the aisle of the store we discussed each item that the girls had to find, and in particular how they related to relationships.
Mirror (How does God view you? How do you view yourself? Confidence)
Packet of seeds or bulbs (Plant a seed and watch a friendship grow)
Mask or wig (Are you REAL with your friends, or phony or fake)
Microphone (As if on stage, we discussed the importance of applauding one another. We reflected back to our balcony experience)
Dustpan/broom (Sweep away the gossip and throw it out)
Bible (Vital to know God’s Word)
Heavy whipping cream (Reminder of being thankful and our butter lesson)
Girl Teen magazine (Is gossip good for us)
Clothing item (Wearing humility is much more attractive than being full of ourselves)
Box of Thank You notes (Reminder of our lesson on gratitude)
Hoe or shovel (Cultivating friendships takes work)
Hammer (A tool used for building – and we related it to courage)
Stuffed Lamb (Remembering our lesson on Mini May – is it more important to be a follower or a leader)
Clay (Are you a manipulator? Do you push/move people around to try to make them what you want them to be)
After our lesson we divided up the goods and each team went back into the aisles and returned the items. Spending only $3.29 (I really try to keep costs down) we each picked out a candy bar and headed home for a swim party, enchilada dinner and ice cream sundaes!
Oh and there was one last impacting item that the girls found. But I am going to save it for next time when we do a lesson on forgiveness. It’s one of the most powerful gifts that we can give a friend.
This simple, inexpensive way of showing the girls “hands-on lessons” today really made my day. Not only do I love this group of girls (I have mentored the same girls for 3 years), but every time I teach them a lesson, I know I am relearning myself the very same principles.
I also know that to have a Balcony Friend in my life means I need to be a Balcony Friend.
It’s going to be a great year ahead for the Balcony Girls. This summer reunion and scavenger hunt was just the icing on the cake.
(BG’s having fun in the handbag section! Easy Enchilada recipe coming soon ...)
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