Explorers (Girls 7-10)

When we Meet

Weekly: Monday’s @ 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Place: Hampton United Church, CE Wing  (through back double doors).

How to register for the 2018-2019 season:

A FREE group for girls who will turn 7 before the end of year up to age 10.
If you missed registration night,  no problem, just sign up at any Monday night meeting. Registration Form (PDF)Explorers Registration Form 2018-2019

Our mission:Explorers Emblen 2

…A place where your daughter (ages 7-10) will enjoy a program incorporating her interests and needs, that will teach her Christian values and how they can be used on a daily basis to love and help others, to respect and take care of the environment, and to grow up knowing God loves her and has a purpose and plan for her life.

Program Elements:

  • Bible study and its relevance to her life
  • Church and community service projects
  • Arts, crafts, music, and games
  • Outdoor activities and camping to explore Gods world

For more information contact:

Kim Hughes via email hampton.kids@hotmail.com or phone (905) 441-5747
Luanne Payne via email luanne.payne@sympatico.ca or phone (905) 263-4727


What we’ve been up to!

Easter Breakfast Fundraiser
(Apr. 20, 2019)

We had a great turnout at our Easter Breakfast on Saturday morning, thanks to everyone who attended and supported the event!IMG_0433

The girls did a fantastic job of serving breakfast and making sure the kitchen staff knew when they were running short on a breakfast item. They also collected empty plates and set them on the back counter for the washing up crew.

When it was close to 10:30 am they were thrilled to finally be able to have breakfast themselves, as they been serving since 8:30 am.

Then after the breakfast they helped to clear tables, stack chairs, and tidy up!

Also, thanks to the parents of the Playgroup and Explorers who donated all our breakfast supplies. As well as, a special thank you to the Hampton General Store, when we ran out of eggs and ran over to buy more and they wouldn’t let us pay for them, what great supportive neighbours they are!

Pictures of the breakfast coming….

Salvation Army Food Bank BowmanvilleSalvation Army Bowmanville
(Apr. 15, 2019)

Thanks to Major Roy Snow (Pastor) and “name coming” (Community Food Bank Worker) for allowing the girls to visit the food bank and learn all about the services you provide.

We learned how the food bank operates and that you do a lot more than just the Food Bank. You also provide Diapers, formula, baby food, sending kids to summer camp, toys for children at Christmas, and the Back to School Back Pack program.

We learned that the people of Clarington are very giving, donating food and money in support of these programs. The girls saw this generosity first hand when they did the food drive in Hampton where we were able to fill over 20 large boxes with the food donated by the residents of Hampton, to their food drive, the previous Monday. (During the week Kim and Chris had sorted and packed the food into boxes, so we could bring it with us when we visited tonight. Thanks Kim and Chris!)

We also learned how local stores donate food at the end of the day, like bread, fresh fruit and vegetables.

We ending the visit by thanking them for the great work they do and allowing us to spend the hour with them.

I know the girls and adults left thinking how we might each do more to help others.

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)

Food Bank Collection in Hampton Village
(Apr. 8, 2019)

Thanks to the village of Hampton community.  You are awesome!  The food you donated when sorted filled over 20 large boxes!

The girls will be delivering the food to the Salvation Army in Bowmanivlle on April 15th, were we will hold our meeting and they will learn all about the Salvation Army Foodbank.

Thanks again to Chris Lopak for following us in his truck, as we walked the village, so we could simply place the donations collected directly into the back of his truck. You are awesome!

Easter Story Overview Continues
(Apr. 1, 2019)

Good News Bracelets – made by girls so they could share the Good News with others.  A laminated card was also sent home explaining what each colour represented.


Resurrection Empty Tomb Pudding Snacks – created and enjoyed by the girls.


Easter Story Activity Sticker Books were giving to all the girls and here they are working on them, to be taken and finished at home.


God’s Story Table – we continued staging our Lego Easter scenes and taking photos.


Easter Story Overview Begins
(Mar. 25, 2019)

Easter Memory Matching Game


Cross Suncatcher


God’s Story Table – focus on the sequence of events.  The girls became movie directors, setting up Lego Scenes (characters, props, backgrounds) of an Easter event(s), then becoming camera operators as they took photos of their scene(s).


Later these photos will be imported into Kid Pix software where they will then be able to do voice overs, and create a slideshow (movie) will export to DVDs.

Jesus Healing the Blind
(Mar. 4, 2019)

Bibles out to read related scriptures. Games: Blind Pictionary (Winter Words Theme) and a Braille Game, trying to decipher words from the story written in Braille. (No meeting March 11 or 18.)

Characteristics of a God’s Girls
(Feb. 25, 2019)

Tonight we continued our discussion on Famous Women in history and the Bible.

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Everyone was asked to find and sit on their body outline drawing (they had done back in November) and we reviewed the stories and characteristics of those women.

Amanda Self Portrait 2019

Once we’d finished they were asked to write as many of their own traits/characteristics onto their body outline of themselves. They could also add features and clothing to their figures as well (some got pretty creative!). We then had each girl share three traits/characteristics about themselves they’d written. Finally everyone added to their drawing “I am God’s girl.”

We followed this by playing some parachute games: The Days of Creation, Animals of Creation, and finished up with Cat & Mouse.

Valentine’s Day Party
(Feb. 11, 2019)IMG_0693

Girls made a couple of Valentine Heart crafts and also a bird feeder Fruit Loop Heart to hang in a tree at home.

We also played a game of Guess Who, where the girls read a list of character traits and events and tried to guess which bible character they referenced.

Polar Blast Winter Camp
(Feb. 8th–10th, 2019)

Friday Evening

First order of the evening was to set-up their sleeping areas on the stage.

Then it was time to do the “Snow in the Bible Activity Sheet” using our bibles, which was then followed by making Snow Shooters.

Campfire time: started with Jesus Took Our Sins Upon Himself on the Cross (demonstrated through a candle science experiment), snack – Smores, singing, ending with two Mad Lib Sleepover funny stories conducted by Explorers Jayla and Beth, then off to bed for quiet time before lights out.


Breakfast: Waffles, berries, scrambled egss, milk and juice.

Craft Rotations: Paper Plate Hearts, Perler Bead Snowflakes, Painting Valentine Puzzle Pieces, Tinfoil Sparkly Icicles, Wooden Forgiveness Cross, Sewing Wooly Mittens, Snow Seed Demonstration & filling Snow Seed Bottles.



Snack: Banana penquins, water.

Game Rotations: Several Fake Snowball Games – here are pictures of two of them.




Lunch: Hot chocolate, mini-pizzas, veggies & dip, milk, water or juice, and rice krispie snowballs.

Workout: Dance competitions using the VeggieTales Dance Pads.



Cool Down – now for a little beginner’s Yoga.



Dinner: Cesear Salad, spaghetti, sauce, cheese, jello icebergs, snowball donuts.

Skating at Darlington 6-7:30pm



Back to church for hot chocolate, then off to bed for quiet time before lights out.


Pack up.

Breakfast: Melon, cantaloupe, toast, sausages, oatmenal, milk or juice.

Craft: Random Act of Kindness – Valetine Cards for congregation were created with the puzzle pieces, painted on Saturday. These were handed to out to everyone after the service by the girls. Leftovers cards were given to Rev. Ned to take to Strathaven.IMG_0689

Church time – headed upstairs for church and then back downstairs for Sunday School.

“Mary Anoints Jesus” Storytelling Ice Cream Workshop.

Here Luanne did an interactive retelling of the story.Alabaster Jar & Spikenard Anointing Oil

Jesus arrived for dinner (ice cream), disciples sat down at the table too (crumble cookie), they were at Lazarus’ home (nose), Mary & Martha prepared the meal (eyes), Mary surprised everyone by coming to the table with an alabaster jar (passed around a small alabaster jar). Mary Anointing Jesus Ice Cream SundayMary broke open the jar and anointed Jesus’ with Nard (we passed around a bottle of Spikenard anointing oil to smell), Spikenard plants are made up of clusters of spikes the size of a finger (licorice and passed around a small bag of dried pieces of a spikenard plant). We learned how upset Judas was at Mary for wasting prescious money and Jesus’ response was read from the bible (Mark 14:69). Everyone had their ice cream “Jesus” anointed with chocolate and/or carmel syrup. Then we enjoyed our tasty treat as we participated in a quiz on the story (M&M for a correct answer).

The Explores provided lunch and stayed for fellowship with the parents, who were able to attend, and the congregation. Then it was time for home.

The Story of Esther
(Jan. 14th & Feb. 4th, 2019)

We split the girls into two groups and each week they attended one of the following:

Group 1 – Esther Computers

The girls went on an interactive journey through the story of Esther (Awesome Bible Stories CD-ROM by Sunday Software), that also included a short video of how Jewish children celebrate Purim today, a quiz that reinforced story knowledge, and a fun connect-four game called “Haman vs Mordecai”. Each computer team had a worksheet to fill in of questions based on the pop-up study notes that appeared throughout the software.



Group 2 – Esther Puppets & Jeopardy

The girls performed a puppet skit on the story of Esther–the girl whose faith and action saved her people. The script was narrated and contained “cues” for the puppeteers to follow.



After the puppet skit, the girls broke into two teams and played Jeopardy to test their story knowledge. There were 5 categories: Ahhhhh, Boo, Hooray, May He Live Forever, and Who Am I? Each category had five questions, and each question had an A,B,C or D answers to choose from. The teams kept score on their Hangman board by flipping over their answer choice (A, B, C or D) and if they were correct, they flipped over a hangman piece.



Christmas Party
(Dec. 17th, 2018)

Tonight upon arriving the girl’s signed their names to everyone’s pillow case that the girl’s had each painted at the Night of Light Sleepover.

Next we gathered in a circle and talked about the Random Acts of Kindness the girls had done recently. Then we played the 12 Christmas Gifts game. Where you were asked if you had the gift of _________ example “a house to live in that was warm”, if you did you traded your Christmas box with another person. With each gift we also talked about those who don’t have the luxury of having that gift, that we take for granted. We went through all 12 Christmas Gifts then got to open the final box we had last traded for.  Inside each box was a knitted beanie ponytail hat, hand-knitted by Kim.

We then gathered around the table to make edible nativity scenes.



Then finished off by decorating a gingerbread man which they took back to the circle, with a drink, to eat.



One recent receiver of one of our Random Acts of Kindness also showed up at the meeting to thank the girls for their generosity and had brought her own Random Act of Kindness in which she had made treat bags with home-made cookies for the girls and wished them all a Merry Christmas.

Christmas Computer Lab
(Dec. 10th, 2018)

Jesus Was Born (Bible Champions 2 CD-Rom by Third Day Games)
Jesus Was Born Bible Champions 2 Here the girls heard and interacted with Luke 2:1-20 as they journeyed into Bethlehem to find Mary & Joseph, then headed out into the fields to find the shepherds. After the angels announcement they followed the shepherds to the stable to worship the newborn king. Then the girls had to find five people and tell the Good News!  Along this, and the below journey, the girls also performed acts of kindness, by assisting anyone who asked for their help. During game-play the girls were required to check-off completed actions on worksheets for both games.

The Wise Men Bring Gifts to Jesus (Bible Champions 2 CD-Rom by Third Day Games)The Wise Men Gave Gifts to Jesus Bible Champions 2
Here the girls heard and interacted with Matthew 2:1-12 as they journeyed into Bethlehem in search of the three Wise Men.  They learn of the Wise Men’s stop to see King Herod. They eventually find the Wise Men outside a house in Bethlehem and Jesus is now a toddler. The Wise Men present their gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh and then in a dream they are told to not return to King Herod but head straight for home.
(Screen shots were taken during game play.)

T.H.E.E. Farmers Parade of Lights
(Dec. 6th, 2018)

Several of the girls were on the Eldad United Church’s float in the THEE Farmers Parade of Lights. Wondering what THEE stands for, it’s the Tyrone, Haydon, Enniskillen and Enfield farmers.

Here are some great snapshots of Eldad’s float taken by our own Rev. Ned Wells.



Random Acts of Kindness
(Dec. 3rd, 2018)

The girls who were unable to be at the food collection on Saturday came and we finished our remaining “Random Acts of Kindness” where unsuspecting people were given a small gift and wished a Merry Christmas by the girls

Christmas Food Hamper CollectionDec 1 2018-Christmas Food Hamper Collection
(Dec. 1st, 2018)

Thank you Hampton!

The Explorers were so happy to fill the truck with all your generous donations they collected this  afternoon.

Three local families will have a merrier Christmas because of you!

Night of Light Sleepover
(Nov 30th, 2018)

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Our 2nd Annual “Black Light” Themed Church Sleepover –  where everything and everyone glowed under black lights.

Friday Evening – Black Light Activities

IMG_0226When the girls arrived at 6pm they received a bandana with their name printed on it in neon paint, and a couple of glow-in-the-dark necklaces.Black Light 06

The girls began the evening by having their nails painted in neon colours at the nail polish station.

This was followed by a Flashlight Books of the Bible Scavenger Hunt. Where the girls took a bible book card from the fish bowl and a flashlight and headed up into the church sanctuary to find their cards match. With the lights off and their card hidden on any give church pew it was fun time searching. Once their match was found it was back downstairs to the Bible Book wall to match their bible book card to it’s match on the board and dropping off the spare card.  Then back to the fish bowl to continue another search.



Then we broke into groups and hit the Black Light Stations: Plinko, Bowling, Mini Putt, Painting Station (decorating a pillow case with neon paints), Ring Toss and the Perle Bead Station.





Later we sat around our indoor (fake) campfire and we discussed verses in the bible that show us that  “Jesus is our light.

Black light photo shoot.



Ready for bed, snug as a bug in a rug!



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Saturday Morning – Art

The next morning, after a breakfast of waffles and fruit, the girls made glow-in-the-dark Perler Bead shapes.

Saturday Morning – Movie Time

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At 10am we all got comfy and watched the movie “The Star – The Story of the First Christmas” an animated retelling from the animals perspective.

Lunch was at movie intermission and hotdogs were served.

Saturday Afternoon – Food CollectionBlack Light 2018 1

After the movie we headed out to do our service project, collecting food donations. Chris Lopak was kind enough to drive along with us, as we walked, so we could put collections into the back of his truck. Thanks Chris!

Another service project the girls did, during our food collection, were “Random Acts of Kindness” where unsuspecting people were given a small gift and wished a Merry Christmas by the girls.

Pick-up was at 2pm.

Self-Defense Class at Redemption Muay Thai,
in Bowmanville (Nov. 26, 2018)

Self Defense Class Funny Faces 2018Last night the girl’s got a real workout at Redemption along with learning a few simple moves to take down their partner.

Above is them posing at the end of the class with their best funny faces for the instructors.

Below is a slideshow of some of the moves the girls were put through.

Thanks to the gang at redemption for a very fun evening, the girls had a blast!



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Famous “Women” of the Bible
(Nov. 12, 2018)

Tonight the girls learned about a few famous Women of the Bible.  We broke into groups and the girls selected a Women of the Bible from the material provided to research their choice. They filled out a worksheet with the woman’s name, her story summarized, and what character traits she had that helped her be the woman she was.  They then practiced a short skit and a song about their woman of the bible.

We then all gathered to hear about each group’s Women of the Bible and then watched and learned from their skit & song performances.

Self Portrait Beth 2

At a future meeting we’ll be comparing the two groups of women (famous Canadian Women and Women of the Bible) .

The girls also traced each other’s pose onto large rolls of paper. On Feb. 28/19 we finally had a chance to review the women we had studied and the girl’s added their own character traits to their body outline drawing. Pictured, one of the girls shows the pose she did that was traced and she later completed.

Here are some photos of the girls doing their skits on Women of the Bible.



Famous “Canadian” Women
(Nov. 5, 2018)

Tonight the girls learned about several famous Canadian Women.  We broke into groups of two and the girls were given material to research their famous Canadian Women and learn a song (sung to a familiar tune) about that women’s story. From their research, they filled in a worksheet with the woman’s name, what she was famous for, and what character traits she had that helped her be the woman she was.  Each group then shared their findings and the information was written onto a chart.  Then they sang their song to the group.  Next week we’ll be doing famous women of the bible and the week after we will be comparing the two groups of women.

Christmas Craft Show & Bake SaleDSC04016
(Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018)

The girls raised funds of $416.00 for their Explorers program.  They told people about the program and kindly asked for donations to support it.  As a donation thank you, donators could choose from handmade gifts made by the girls: Christmas Ornaments, Chocolate Mint Suckers, Gift Tags, etc.


Party Night
(Oct 29, 2018)

Girls were invited to wear a costume if they wished.  We started the evening off looking up verses of Thanksgiving in the Bible.

Games: 1) Guess How Many? (Candy Corn in a jar); 2) Blow Your Leaf – teams raced leaves by blowing them along with a straw; 3) Turkey Waddle – relay race waddling along trying to keep a balloon between their legs.

Craft: Yarn Pumpkin



Make a Snack: Monster Marshmallows



Ornament Making
(Oct 15 & Oct 22, 2018)

To raise funds to support the “free” Explorers program the girls created hand-made Christmas Ornaments.

These the girls will be selling (for a donation) at the Hampton United Church Christmas Craft & Bake Sale that takes place on November 3rd, 2018 from 9 am – 2 pm.

Here are the girls hard at work making the ornaments.



Night WalkEnniskillen Conservation Walk 2018
(Oct 1/18)

Everyone met at Kim’s and then we headed north on our night walk (lucky us – no rain) down to the Enniskillen Conservation Area.

Once there we paused for a quick photo shoot under the entrance sign.

Then we enjoyed walking the Turtle Trail before heading back to our starting point.

Explorers Purpose and Emblem
(Sept 24/18)

Evening activities included: Globe Trotting Prayers Game, Felt Emblems, Explorers Purposes Order Race, Get to Know You Pose Game, Sang our theme song “Pass It On” and ended with Pass It On hand squeeze.

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Get to Know You Games & Tag Necklaces
(First Meeting – Sept 17/18)

Played get to know you games like “My Name is, I like…., I don’t like….”; “Crazy Chairs”, and ended with making Tag Team Necklaces – where girls decorated 6 key tags, one to keep, and five to give away to their fellow Explorers.

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Fisher’s of Men CampEnd of Camp 4
@ Darlington Provincial Park
(Sept 7, 8 & 9/18)

Friday Evening Camp

As girl’s arrived they set-up their sleeping area.

Craft Time

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Camp Mug – coloured Fisher’s of Men insert for their camp mug.

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God’s Creation – Seek & Find Pictures

These were fun! The girls selected from an assortment of camp scene pictures and traced the scene onto a write-on transparency sheet with a black marker. Once their background scene was complete they added hidden animals into their scene.  Lastly, they attached a black background and cut-out and coloured their paper flashlight and voila ~ you have a Search and Find picture of God’s Creatures at Camp.

Night WalkSnap Dragons

Observing Snap Dragon Flowers and why they are called “Snap”, touch one and you’ll see!

We observed all the different intricate spider webs and varying sizes of spiders that had come out for their evening supper (insects caught in their webs).

Camp Fire

We enjoyed roasting hot dogs and marshmallows on the camp fire.  Fric and Frac told the story of the first disciples and then we did our first Camp Mad-Lib and finished off the evening with some camp fire songs.

Saturday Camp

Breakfast – pancakes or cereal, and fruit.

Craft Time

Camp Hat Buttons & Fisher’s of Men Camp Pencils

Beach Time

1) ~Treasure Hunt ~ searching for small rocks of unusual shape or colour for a later craft project.



2)~Sand Castle Building.



3)~Fish made with lots of rocks gathered from up and down the beach.

Camp Beach Photo 4

4)~Observing a Monarch caterpillar on their favorite food source—Milkweed.


Craft Time

I Will Follow Jesus Paperweight – here the girls inserted the small rocks they found earlier on the beach into the clay.  Can you see the two sets of footprints ~ Jesus and them?



Here the girl’s had some fun with the leftover clay!



Lunch– make your own combination taco salad.

Playground Time & Parachute Play



Tagging Monarchs

We lucked out on Saturday afternoon and were able to attend a talk about the Monarch butterflies and the girls got to tag a Monarch and release it.

Below is a snippet from the Park’s Blog on the Monarch Butterflies

“Near summer’s end, Monarch butterflies begin to migrate south to Mexico. Darlington Provincial Park is part of a greater Monarch conservation program and tags Monarch butterflies at its annual migration festival held in early September. This popular event attracts young families who are encouraged to help with the tagging. Even though up to 100 million Monarchs migrate every fall, this butterfly is threatened by pollution. Tagging the Monarchs helps to track their numbers.”

Below is a video of one of the girl’s being shown how to tell if her Monarch was a male or female, tagging it (they were each given a matching tag number card), then were shown how to hold it so they could take it out into the open to release it.

Here also is a link to the Monarch Tagging site https://monarchwatch.org/tagging/.



Below are photos of each of the girls helping to tag a Monarch butterfly and then releasing it.



Heading back to Camp

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Game – Eye Spy Scavenger Hunt

Dinner – pasta, sauce, cheese and veggies & dip.

Camp Fire

We enjoyed Blueberry Cobbler cooked over the camp fire for dessert and S’mores Cones. We played “Conversation Starters Game, filled-in activity sheets on the Fisher’s of Men, and enjoyed doing more Camp Mad Libs, and singing camp fire songs.



Sunday Morning Camp

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Breakfast – oatmeal or cereal, grapes and blueberries.

Pack-up Time

Craft Time

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Fisher’s of Men Fun Foam Fish Mosaic.

Pickup and home!

Last Year


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