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Interesting look at the differences between youth in 1982 and youth today. I was a youth and graduated from High School in 1984 so interesting to see the differences between my generation and today’s generation of youth.

Then vs Now: How Things Have Changed from 1982 to 2012


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The REAL Night Before Christmas
(By Parents)

‘Twas the night before Christmas
when all through the house
I searched for the tools
to hand to my spouse
Instructions were studied
and we were inspired,
in hopes we could manage
“Some Assembly Required.”

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Our words are very powerful, especially when speaking to youth who are forming their sense of identity and self-worth. They have the power to build up, and to tear down, the power to inspire and to dishearten, the power to encourage or discourage. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a youth minister, or just a friend of youth here

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In every youth group, there will be opportunities to celebrate the birthdays of your teens. Here is a Birthday Party theme with one of my favorite animated characters.

Decoration Ideas

  • Poster board cut and decorated to look like castle windows.

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As a youth, we need to ask God for:

  1. A LEARNER’S HEART
    • Learn for God’s glory, your edification, and the furtherance of the Gospel.
    • To know, knowledge are used at least 51 times in Proverbs.
    • Weigh all learning through the knowledge of Jesus Christ (II Peter 3:18).

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  • Why?
    Key: Discover the root cause.

    Life is cause and effect. Actions give you your results. This applies to not only what we do, but to what others do as well. It applies in church, in youth ministry, in your job, and in your personal life. Try to see things through the eyes of the Bible, through the eyes of

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For most youth ministries, the summer months are very busy. A lot of youth ministers are conducting summer camps, organizing youth retreats, leading mission trips, and taking youth on special outings. No youth leader can do it alone and even if you are one of those who think you can do it alone, don’t.

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Self-Esteem and Self-Image are issues that all youth have to address. During the teenage years, the primary developmental task for youth is discovering their identity, their life purpose, their mission in this world. Youth are asking the question, “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?”

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At the start of 2011, I am always asking myself about being relevant to the youth of today. Society and culture is a moving target and if we are to be most effective as youth leaders we need to keep ourselves up to date on the issues that are faced by youth today. Even so I think there are some

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When it comes to decorating for Christmas, some youth pastors find this to be one of the most difficult things to do. While there are some awesome Christmas decoration setups that people have created, they cost a bundle that not every youth budget can afford. Of course, even on a budget, you will still be able to host a youth

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When it’s Christmas time, every business wants to show their Christmas spirit by having an office party. Sometimes as busy ministry staff we forget to have fun together in the church office. Why not also have an office party for the church staff?

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Once again, the holiday season is going full blast, Christmas is getting closer by the day, and you are thinking about throwing a Christmas party for your close friends and family or maybe for your youth group. One of my favorite times as a youth minster is inviting youth and church members to my place for a Christmas Celebration.

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Christmas is a great time for getting all of your family, friends, church members and even colleagues together to celebrate the holidays, have a good time, and to create great memories too. A Christmas party is always going to be an excellent way of bringing these groups of people together to have a good time and you can throw a

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Face Painting as a Hobby or Fundraising Activity

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Why Plan a Children’s Carnival instead of the Traditional Halloween Trick-or-Treat?
As the holiday of Halloween rolls around, many schools, churches and children’s organizations start planning their SAFE alternative options to the traditional “trick or treating” activity. This allows more control over what kids receive and also to avoid some of those members of society that might place unwanted items

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Build Relationships with Youth
Take time to get to know each youth. Teenagers will be teenagers and are by nature restless, hyper, and noisy persons. Accept youth as the silly, noisy people they are. Learn to see their sensitive, enthusiastic, eager side which needs the nurturing of a caring adult. As you build relationships with each youth, and they feel

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With teens, abnormal behavior is almost always normal and only a temporary phase they pass through on the path toward adulthood. Remember your own teen years, be flexible and keep a good sense of humor.

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With Halloween just around the corner, a lot of churches are looking for alternatives for their children and youth. Many churches have fall carnivals, or harvest festivals. One popular activities for church carnival events with children is face painting.

Here’s a recipe for facepaint for those who might be interested.

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  1. take at least 2 hours a week and disciple me, train me in all areas of ministry, hold me accountable, be honest even when it hurts, correct me, and encourage me.
  2. ask for my input on decisions that affect my ministry.
  3. recognize the need to communicate more with me.

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Back to School Preparations
After the school summer break, most youth ministers want to kick off the new school year with a big bang. Children are promoted up into the youth group, some youth leaders have graduated and new leaders among the youth must rise up and take over new responsibilities. Some students transfer to new schools, and new friends

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STRESS SCALE FOR YOUTH

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You may be coping unsuccessfully with personal stress if you:

  1. Don’t take vacations or don’t enjoy them when you do take them.
  2. Don’t have a sense of humor.
  3. Don’t recognize when you are getting fatigued.
  4. Believe that being busy means being productive.

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Here are some suggestions to help parents and youth workers to effectively teach young people how to handle disappointments that occur in their daily lives:

  1. Try to see situations from the child’s point of view as well as your own.

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Choose one youth by name then ask yourself the following questions:

RELATIONSHIPS

  • Describe your relationship with this youth.
  • How would this youth describe his or her relationship with you?
  • How well does this youth relate to the rest of his peers?
  • Describe this youth’s relationship with his or

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  1. Brag about your parents once in a while. Let them know you are proud of them and tell others about it.
  2. Say “Yes” when your parents ask you to do something with them. They will be elated to know you are not ashamed to be seen with them.

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In order for recreation to most effectively minister and encourage the highest number of youth it should de-emphasize athletic ability, individual performance, and “winning at all costs”. There are six factors to avoid in planning recreation for youth:

  1. Make sure no one is left out;
  2. Beware of negative

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Recreation is an incredible tool for youth ministry. While games may not be overtly spiritual, they are a very powerful teaching tool to condense many of the realities of life down into a short period of time. The way we respond in games often reflects how we deal with the realities of life. They reveal our attitudes, our strengths, our

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Youth programs that are ‘too spiritual’ for recreation (games and fun group activities) probably will not achieve their spiritual goals because they will be leaving out a primary tool for achieving them. All people are involved in some form of recreation to an extent, but especially youth. Four factors make recreation an important tool in youth ministry:

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Recreation frequently provides important relational and communication bridges to youth. These bridges make possible the church’s ministries of evangelism and discipleship. Recreation can be used as:

  1. a channel of service and support,
  2. a catalyst for outreach,
  3. a vehicle for ministry and mission action, and
  4. a tool for teaching

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Fear
One of the number one fears that people have is the fear of public speaking. While prayer is communication with God, if there are other people listening and it is a corporate prayer meeting, people are similarly afraid of prayer. This fear can be somewhat alleviated if we provide training for those that will lead prayer, and avoid putting

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Christmas is just around the corner… Have you prepared for your youth Christmas Party yet?

If you don’t get things moving well in advance, instead of enjoying the Christmas Vacation with the youth, you could end up being totally stressed and miss valuable opportunities to impact their lives and those of their friends and families.

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A “lock in” is an overnight party. The doors might not be literally locked, but no-one goes in or out.

Form a lock-in planning committee

  • Who needs to be involved in the planning for the lock-in? (i.e. parents, youth workers, youth, pastoral staff, others?)

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Some people have a JOB in the church; others involve themselves in a MINISTRY.
What’s the difference?

If you are doing it just because no one else will, it’s a JOB.
If you are doing it to serve the Lord, it’s a MINISTRY.

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If you want to make a difference in the lives of youth, it all starts with relationships. Youth don’t care what you know until they know that you care. And as you spend time with youth you will discover that more is caught than taught. Christ always focused on the needs of the people rather than programs. Too often today

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Jesus, God who became man, is the example for all ministry. His ministry was INCARNATIONAL!

Without giving up His divine qualities, He nevertheless became fully immersed within the culture of the people to whom He brought Good News. He was part of the culture, yet transcended it. He lived happily within the culture, yet was an agent of transformation. He

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Effective youth ministry is more than activities to keep the youth occupied while their parents are involved in the church. It is more than simply having fun together, though fun is a component.

Youth ministry must be planned. What happens in a youth ministry must be the result of deliberate strategy, based on a vision for a desired future among

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People and Programs

There’s always a struggle in youth ministry regarding whether we should focus on building relationships (People) and organizing activities (Programs). In reality they are two sides of the same coin. You cannot have one without the other.

Types of Youth Programs

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There is a difference between a Christian home and a religious home. A religious home focuses upon the requirements of being a Christian, whereas a Christian home focuses on the relationship with God. Here are some of the characteristics of a Christian home:

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Many churches are beginning a new education year and recruiting new Sunday School Teachers and youth workers. As such I have had requests for a simple Sunday School teacher’s covenant. Here is one that I have used in the past: (just replace the parts in brackets with your church name, ministry position or department as appropriate)

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A few ideas from A-Z. Add your own as a comment!

A – Acting class, Art show, visit an Antiques Shop

B – beach party, bazaar, bulletin board

C – Chatroom (mlrc, msn), attend a Creative workshop

D – Dialogue nights, Dragon Boat races

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As your volunteers learn and grow, they will begin to exhibit characteristics that will identify them as effective volunteers. While not an exhaustive list, the following characteristics are the kinds of traits you want to see in your volunteer team:

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To “vet” is to make a careful examination of something or someone. When it comes to finding youth ministry volunteers you need to both vet your program as well as your prospective volunteers. It also makes a handy acronym for three crucial components of working with volunteers in youth ministry:

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Insecurity
We may feel like we are imposing on others, or that others might think we are less than capable if we ask for help.

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  • They can develop relationships with kids that you would not be able to reach on your own.
  • They can model a variety of personality styles and expressions of faith and devotion to God for your youth.

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Should you involve volunteers in youth ministry?

Are you doing the work of ministry to youth by yourself or do you involve others? And what roles do you delegate to others? One of the common misconceptions is that you involve others to do those jobs that you don’t like to do – as a chance to lighten your workload of

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If students are to develop to their fullest potential as leaders, we must be willing to take five basic steps to assist them in the process:

  1. Hear them out. Surveys, forum discussions, and other feedback times will help us learn about students’ needs and where they can be

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Ordering
Telling the youth what he/she should do. For example, “Stop complaining that your Spanish teacher gave you a failing grade. Go into school tomorrow and talk to her about it.”

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How To Avoid Gridlock And Give Your Youth Ministry The Green Light

Sometimes in youth ministry it feels like being stuck at a red light with cars on the left and right. Nothing is moving! Frustrated drivers honk their horns! There’s no apparent way to move forward, nowhere to go. In every direction, for as far your eyes can see,

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Based upon the book: Purpose-Driven® Youth Ministry


PEOPLE
This perspective helps you identify the potential audience of students within and outside your youth fellowship. Knowing a student’s level of commitment enables you to design purpose driven programs specially meant to reach then and fulfill the biblical purposes of your ministry.

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Do you evaluate your youth program simply by the numbers attending? What is a good measurement? It’s something to think about. How do you evaluate the effectiveness of your youth program?

Here are some other options…. YOU DECIDE!

  • By church activity participation?

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To be most effective in your Bible study with youth:

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If students are to develop to their fullest potential as leaders, we must be willing to take five basic steps to help them grow into leaders:

  1. Hear them out. Listen to student needs and discover those areas where they need to be stretched and challenged.

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Don’t make every youth meeting “the same old thing!” Variety is he spice of life, especially with youth.

Here are some ideas for ways you can change things up a little bit!

  1. Rearrange the chairs or layout every couple of weeks.
  2. Rearrange your normal schedule for an event

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clay_figure.jpgBe sarcasic
Never use sarcasm to belittle your parents: for example, “my old lady” or “my old man.” Do not act in front of your friends as if your parents are stupid, using gestures, words, looks of disgust-you know what I mean! Do not betray your parents by discussing them at school with your friends, laughing at their weaknesses and

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question.jpgUse Sarcasm
“Anybody ought to know better than that!” -“You’re acting just like you’re two years old! Where’s your baby bottle?” It’s devastating to a teenager to be “put down” (talked sarcastically to) in front of his peers. Wait until alone with a teenager to discipline him or her if it is at all possible! Take them aside if needed.

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  • Youth are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Develop a trusting, caring relationship anyway.
  • If you develop an unconditional philosophy in loving your youth, you may be accused of selfish motives. Love without hooks anyway.
  • If you are sucessful in your teaching, you may generate jealousy and envy from some people. Succeed anyway.

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strong_families.jpgCenter on God
Make all of life God-saturated. Make the Bible the most important book in your home and something the family reads everyday together. Pray with them and for them daily. Youth need to see the Word of God “fleshed out” in your life.

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  1. Be yourself and don’t try to impress me with your education.
  2. TIME ….I can’t know you without spending time with you.
  3. Return phone calls! And return them prompt­ly
  4. Give me honest answers, even if neither of us like what you have to say.

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  1. Don’t try to do it all yourself. Learn the fine art of delegation.
  2. Remember that we were here before you and may be here after you.
  3. Don’t throw me or my opinions out just because I represent leadership from the former youth minister. Help me help you grow a successful youth ministry in our church.

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Youth programs that are “too spiritual” for recreation probably will not achieve those spiritual goals. Recreation is an essential part of youth ministry for several reasons:

  • Life-changing youth ministry primarily takes place in the context of relationships. Most young people’s lives are changed by gospel truth as that

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Background Scriptures

  • Galatians 1:6-9
  • II Cor. 11:3-15
  • II Timothy 3:1-16
  • 1 Timothy 4:3-4
  • Colosssians 2:8-23
  • Proverbs 14:12

 

The ‘Marks’ of a Cult –

DEIFY MAN
Man may become a god. Man only needs to ‘progress’ (as defined by the cult and only with the cult’s help) to become like God.
Genesis 3:1-13, Isaiah 14:9-19, 2 Thess 2:3-4.

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The Diagnostic Standards Manual of the American Psychiatric Association indicates that pathological gambling behavior is indicated by the presence of at least four of the following characteristics:

  • Frequent preoccupation with gambling or with obtaining money to gamble.
  • Frequent gambling of larger amounts of money or over a longer

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  • Your child avoids a task or challenge without even trying. This often signals a fear of failure or s sense of helplessness.
  • He quits soon after beginning a game or a task, giving up at the first sign of frustration.

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  • A sense of contribution.
  • A sense of making real choices and decisions.
  • A sense of self-discipline and self-control.
  • A sense of encouragement, support and reward.
  • A sense of accepting mistakes and failure.
  • A sense of family self-esteem.


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Teenagers put on masks to hide their feelings. They choose these masks unconsciously, but the masks can express the feelings and thoughts of the teenagers. Here are the masks often used by teenagers

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YOUTH MINISTERS HAVE THEIR OWN VERSIONS OF MURPHY’S LAW-“IF ANYTHING CAN GO WRONG, IT WILL.” I THINK YOU’LL RECOGNIZE YOUR FAVORITES, INCLUDING:

THE LAW OF LAST-MINUTE SUBTRACTIONS AND ADDITIONS 
Even though you’ve recruited the exact number of drivers you’ll need for your upcoming youth trip, it’s never enough. Five minutes before you’re set to leave, a driver cancels (or the

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(in order of importance)

  • Physiological needs are the basic necessities of life.
  • Safety needs involve security, stability, protection, order, and freedom from fear.
  • Social needs are those involving the need to love and be loved, to feel accepted and to belong and to give and receive affection.

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  • Youth ministry is not a separate program, but works through and is channeled through church program organizations such as Christian education, worship, discipleship training, music, etc.
  • Youth Ministry is educational and evangelistic (teaching and reaching).
  • Youth ministry doesn’t put program areas against each other.  As such it does not conflict with or replace other church activities.

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  • To prepare youth for a lifelong walk with Christ
  • To help youth become aware of God as revealed in Jesus Christ, to respond to Christ in a personal commitment of faith, and to follow God’s will in the full meaning of church membership and Christian discipleship. This involves such things as new convert classes, mentoring by older Christians, and involvement

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Back Your Ideas

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When communicating with your youth leaders, try to avoid the following:

By Passing

    Different words have different meanings.  Make your communication idiot proof so that no one can misinterpret it.

 

Allness

    We think we have said everything necessary after a few minutes. Always have a time for questions in order to check communication.

 

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For several years now the Gallup Poll has surveyed thousands of teenagers to discover their most important needs. The seven needs listed below have been in the teen’s “top 10” list for the last 6 years.

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Toothpick
To remind you to pick out the good qualities in others… (Matt 7:1)

TestaMint’s
To remind you to refresh yourself from God’s Word Every day (Psalm 119:11)

Aspirin
For the headaches that come with the job of ministering to teenagers.

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Dr. G. Keith Olson, in his book entitled: “Why Teenagers Act the Way They Do” outlines some personality types of youth.

1. The Power Oriented and 2. Competitive

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Care must be genuine
Orders that you know will not be followed should never be given
Only use punishment in extreme cases.
(Discipline sets fences & boundaries.  Punishment functions when discipline breaks down.)
Public praise or blame of an individual should never take place
(There are some times when you should praise publicly, but don’t give

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(in Order of Importance)

1. Physiological needs: These are the basic necessities of life.
2. Safety needs: These involve security, stability, protection, order, and freedom from fear.
3. Social needs: These involve the need to love and be loved, to feel accepted and to belong and to give and receive affection.
4. Esteem needs: These deal

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E xpect God’s guidance through prayer
N eglect no possibilities when making a personal list of potential leaders
L essen the fears of potential leaders by working to overcome barriers they may have to serving
I nitiate contact by mentioning the possibility of working with youth
S tructured situations with youth should be observed by potential leaders
T rain potential

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More than 200 Christmas Ideas (360 pages) Only $24.97

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Camp Curriculum – the Great Adventure

Camp Curriculum - The Great Adventure

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