The new mutual theme has inspired a lot of travel themed ideas this year, and our ward had them too! I had the idea to create a Passport for our girls and they loved the idea. So we ran with it. We were going to start it at our New Beginnings Activity in January but we had some changes and things ended up in limbo for a bit. But we aren’t worried! We are introducing these at our Personal Progress activity this month and the girls can mark off anything they have completed so far this year. And they still have 9 months to do the rest.
This is how it works. I bought 4×6 mini albums at Michaels and Walmart (I couldn’t find the ones I got online but they do have some brag books at Walmart that have a little frame on the cover). They came with 36 pages for 4×6 “photos”. I created 3 pages per value, with a box for each experience and the additional ones that they choose. There are also pages to write about their value projects.
In addition, I thought it would be fun to track visits to the temple, service projects, girls camps, and other youth activities. They have their own pages too.
When the girls complete something, I have a date stamper (here’s a regular stamper and another that is more of a crafty stamper) that I will mark it off with so it looks like a passport. There’s a place for an “entry” and “exit” or “date completed”. This is their passport for the year.
At the end of the year, we will have something that acts a journal to what they completed and I will have some small, fun prizes to give them according to what they completed. Hopefully, we will have several who earned their bookmarks or medallions too! That is the ultimate reward. I have some fun little charms to add to a charm bracelet for them according to what they earn. The charms are only $0.25 so it works with our budget.
These are sized as 4×6 pages. You can print them as photos (but it will be harder to write on them), take them to a printing shop, or print them at home. I printed mine at home on matte premium presentation paper-it handles the colors the best and is nice and sturdy too.
You could also print these off and bind them as their own little books. Download it all below.
I get asked frequently about the printers that I use. I do my own printing and I’m usually doing things at the last minute. So, I need something reliable that prints colors well. Here are two of my favorite: the first is the HP Photosmart 6520 and the second is the Canon Pixma MG3520.