Camp idea to try: Yard Yahtzee

Pintrest is a great resource when you are looking for a new idea and collect them into an online database to review at a later time. One board on my account is Grange youth ideas. A second is for Junior Grange activities, but that’s for a different time.

One of the ideas that has been floating around on the site and pinned on one of my boards is the concept of “yard Yahtzee.”

The idea is you craft oversized dice that can be thrown in the backyard to add a different concept to the traditional table game.

It could also be used as a way to create a team building activity or an icebreaker game.

Many of the ideas for the game on Pintrest use 6-inch by 6-inch wood cubes that are painted and then have the dots added to them. And, if your family or Grange youth group would be regular players of the game, it’s the way to go. However, if you are looking for a simpler, and less expensive way to try out the game, go for white craft Styrofoam instead. To add the dots to the die, use a dowel to create the indent and then color the dots with craft paint or maker. Our family used the Styrofoam dice to play the game during the annual “cousins camp” at the farm. It was a hit and one of its draws for the kids was the novelty of the game.

If using at camp, I would recommend downloading the rules from Hasbro just to clarify any confusion for how the game will be played. For the rules, go here:

To roll the dice, have a bucket handy to “shake and toss” them across the lawn. Enjoy!



Bringing an ‘Intrapreneurial’ Spirit to Your Grange

How often have you wanted to make a difference in your Grange and were left wondering how to get started? If you have, great! Now it’s time to tap your inner intrapreneur. What is an intrapreneur – it is a person that acts like an entrepreneur within a larger organization.

In his 2012 keynote address at the University of the Arts, London, award winning author Neil Gaimen told the audience “do the stuff that only you can do. The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story your vision.”

Put your individuality to good use to develop new, innovative ideas that can benefit your Grange. Engaging in growing your Grange could increase your satisfaction with your membership and your value to your Grange.

Wondering how to get started? Start by considering your personal and professional attributes and strengths. Need help with developing some skills? Participate in a Grange youth program, contest or achievement seal program.

Look at your Grange and look for ways to add value to your Grange and identify challenges or needs. Use creative problem solving tools to come up with solutions. Develop your presentation skills so when you have an idea you believe in, you can pitch it convincingly and confidently. For help, turn to a trusted Grange member for advice and support.

If you present the idea and it is not approved by the members, don’t give up, go back to the drawing board. Refine the idea, take feedback from members further develop your idea. Remember, many great ideas were rejected the first time around – Barbie dolls for example were rejected at their first proposal.

When you get the go-ahead from your Grange, start turning your idea in a reality with careful planning. If a large project, it might be wise to do a smaller scaled project at first and grow it responsibility.

Need help with planning? Use the PI2 Project book, available on the National Grange Youth website,, to build out a plan. Make sure to share your final report with your state and national youth director. Your idea could be the next great concept to help grow the Grange.