Ideas for welcoming new Beehives
New Beehive Jar by Jeanine Crane
Hugs and Kisses by Angela Brimhall
If you've ever gone heart attacking this would be just like it. For a new Beehive (or a new Beehive leader), a soon-to-be Mia Maid, etc. You can cut out little bees (as many that are in the group) and one big Beehive that has a little message on it that says" we will miss you" or "Welcome to the hive!" and you put it on the girl's door step, ring the bell, and run! This builds unity for the girls that are already in and a good start for the new one and the old one knows that she is missed already! (Idea by Anna Olsen / ga03302008)
New Beehive Song by Sharon Chartier
My friend's ward has a tradition to welcome new Beehives. They have the girl and her mother choose a silk flower that best represents the girl. The girl and her mother bring the flower her first Sunday. They introduce the new girl and explain why they chose this flower. The flower stays in a vase with all the other Yougn Women's flowers. They are given the flower back once they graduate from Young Women's. (Shared by Barb Bennett / ga05142008)
Welcome to the hive by Kathie Dye
Decorate New Beehives Door by Melissa Sauser
Adopt-A-Beehive - For each beehives that comes in, assign another young woman or several young women to do secret service for her for the first month in young women's.
Happy "B"-day by Mary McDonald
Welcoming New Beehives by Kathleen Rich
Ideas from YW Connection
New Beehive Birthday - For a new girl coming into Beehives, we give the girl a balloon bouquet with each of the value colors. Attached is a large bag of skittles (it's the only candy that has all the value colors except white).
New Beehive Letter from http://www.lds-yw.com/
New Beehives from The Idea Door
The Saturday after her birthday, as a class, go and "kidnap" the new beehive. Of course clear it with the parents beforehand and make sure that it's okay. Go over to her house in the morning, trying to arrive before she's awake if the parents think it's okay. Then, depending on the new beehive's personality, either go in her room and wake her up, or simply wait on the porch while the parents let her know we're there to kidnap her. Then take her back for breakfast. Try and plan a fun activity after breakfast. This is a great way to integrate the new young woman into the group and help her to get to know and feel comfortable with the other young women.
Welcome to the hive poster by Jayma Dennett
First, on their birthday we go and secretly decorate their bedroom with notes from some of the current Young Women and leave candy or another small treat for them to enjoy. On the first Sunday they attend Young Women's we also have someone do a spotlight on them so that all of the other girls know a little bit about them. (Idea by Wendy James / ga04032008)
We just did a Beehive Breakfast this morning. When a new girl is coming in the girls all meet at my house at 8:00 a.m. and we go and pick up the new Beehive at her house (we warn the parents so the girl is modestly dressed). Then we come over and chat over donuts and chocolate milk. It is a bonding with the new Beehive but also fun for the other girls to get to know her. Hope this helps! (Idea by Brittney Rivers)
I like to give them something with all of the values written on them. I was fortunate to find a bunch of pewter bangle bracelets with the values engraved into them hidden away in the Young Women closet when I took over. I think they would be kind of pricey, but we already had them, so that's what we use. I know that there are some cute socks with all the values written on them available through Deseret Book. (Idea by Traci Stevens)
What about giving them the Young Women torch pendant? That's what I think most of the wards do in our stake. (Idea by Janet In Abbotsford, British Columbia)
Welcome to our class!
Birthday Binder - (Idea by Kris Briles) We give our new Beehives the Young Women Logo pendant, on a white ribbon to be used as a necklace. We give her whatever birthday gift we are giving that year. And we also give her a binder that we make, it includes:
- YW Roster
- YW Calendar
- Welcome to YW packet, that includes the YW theme, meetings, purpose, etc.
- A picture of the temple in our temple district
- The Family, A Proclamation to the World
- The Living Christ: A Testimony of the Apostles
- Seven Sheet Protectors, labeled with the 7 values to put handouts in.
- Personal progress book
- Strength of the Youth booklet
- YW theme handout
We also set up a time to meet with them and their parents to explain the YW program and go over the Personal Progress responsibilities. We normally do this the first Sunday they come in if possible.