[ taking a cue from the LDS Young Men‘s blog, I decided to start keeping a blog of our notable mutual and young men’s activities. No pictures yet, though! ]
Last night, we had a great activity for the young men and young women in our ward. (Note to non-Mormon readers: when we do a combined activity for the YM and YW together, it’s called “mutual night” or a “mutual activity”, or even a “combined activity”.) The weather was forecast to be good, so our YW president invited another local ward to join us for a rousing game of Gold Rush, a game that pits “bandits” armed with squirt guns against “miners” who are trying to collect gold from a field. Get squirted, and you have to drop your gold. Tag a bandit, and he goes to jail and has to sing a song to get out again.
We had six or seven bandits and probably around 40-50 kids. Some of them were a little timid at first, but everyone got into the game after a short while. We saw some groups of kids who would cooperate to evade the bandits, while others relied on their superior running speed to get to the bank before getting squirted. There’s not that much strategy on the bandits’ part (apart from not running out of water in your squirt gun). It was a blast!