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Grand Session 2021

Be Wild and Wonder

June 17-18, 2021


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With six different types of competitions, there's something for everyone! All registrations are due May 1.


There are many state leadership opportunities! Each bethel can submit names Grand Bethel Officer, MNJD and more!


Registration is now closed.



  • MUSIC - We will be cancelling Bethel Choir and Small Ensemble Competition.
    Group Signing and all other individual competitions will proceed as planned.

  • RITUAL - We are cancelling Bethel Team.
    All other ritual, including circle of 5 and capes and crowns will proceed as planned.

  • JOBIE TO BEES - To limit numbers and focus on the best Grand Session possible for our current members, we are cancelling the option for Jobie to Bees to attend Grand this year.

  • SUPREME - STATE RITUAL TEAM - Since we did not get enough participation for auditions during Fall workshop - we will select daughters for the Nebraska State Ritual Team at Grand Session. Winners will be determined from the highest score across all age groups for each individual messenger competition.

  • We are updating the website/registration forms to reflect our plans for a 2-day grand session. REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 8.

UPDATED May 5, 2021

  • Per guidance from the Board of Trustees, we strongly recommend bethels stay 2 per room.

  • We strongly encourage those at high risk or adults that have not been able to be vaccinated to attend virtually.

  • Due to the planning & assigned seating necessary to keep everyone in their bubble, we are not allowing pageant only tickets (unless you are family of MNJD, Daughter HIKE, or Spirit Ambassador candidates). We will have a virtual option for the Pageant and Awards banquet - so please sign up to attend virtually this year. This virtual option is free. 

UPDATED May 7, 2021

  • Breakfast - for those staying at the hotel - there will be a breakfast sack available on Friday morning that contains Fruit, Yogurt, a Jimmy Dean Sandwich you can microwave in your room, and muffin. This is complimentary with your room.

  • Changing Rooms  - There will be a room available to change into Robes for competition from 10:30AM - 4:00PM on Thursday when you arrive. There will also be 2 rooms on Friday to get ready for the banquet from 2:00 - 4:00PM and after the banquet to get into your comfy clothes before you leave. 

UPDATED May 20, 2021

To anyone attending Grand Session:
The Supreme Guardian Council is requesting that the parents or Guardians of every active member of JDI sign the COVID Release form prior to attendance at the Grand Guardian Council/ Grand Bethel Session beginning June 17th and ending June 18th, 2021 in Kearney, Nebraska.  

Please have each of the Daughters attending Grand Session parents sign the COVID Release form and return to you.
Please have each of the Adults attending Grand Session sign the Adult COVID Release Form and return to you.

There is a new Daughter Media Release form that now includes videos on the release form. We will be having Video streaming during Grand Session, so we also need this new Media Release signed by the parent or Guardian for each of the Daughters attending Grand Session. We will also need Media Releases from everyone in your Bethel, so you could send those also.

Please send an electronic copy of each of the COVID Release form and Daughter Media Release per those registered at Grand Session to Denise Hamilton, Grand Secretary, no later than Monday, June 7th. Please bring the original forms and turn those in at the Registration table when you pick up your Registrations. Every Daughter and Adult attending must have a COVID Release waiver signed.