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Question #22269 posted on 01/20/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

what are all the names of primary classes since the primary was organized, for example Moonbeams, Top Pilots, ect..?

- my mom drives me nuts!

A: Dear Your Mom,

From everything I can find, it looks like in the beginning of the primary, the classes were just called Class 1 and Class 2. Eventually it turned to Beginners, Younger Groups, or Junior Groups.

Here's a listing of the names for the different classes throughout Primary's history. More information about each can be found at part of the lds.org website.

Seagulls- 12 & 13 year old girls, began in 1922
Bluebird- 10 & 11 year old girls, began in 1926
Zion's Boys and Zion's Girls- 8 & 9 year olds, began in 1928
Blazer (original symbol was the hatchet)- 9 year old boys, began in 1929
Trekker Boys (symbolized by the wagon wheel)- 10 year old boys, began in 1929
Guide Boys (symbolized by the arrow)- 11 year old boys, began in 1929
Larks- 9 year old girls, began in 1929
Mi-kan-wees- 12 & 13 year old girls, began in 1929
Lihoma- for older girls, began in 1940
Larks- for youngest Home Builder girls, began in 1940
Co-Pilots- 7 year olds, began in 1952
Top-Pilot- 8 year olds, began in 1953
Moonbeams- 3 year olds, began in the late 50s
Sunbeams- 4 year olds, began in the late 50s
Stars- 5 year olds, began in the late 50s
Rainbows- 6 year olds, began in the late 50s
Gaynotes- 9 year old girls, began in 1959
Firelights (symbolized by the hearth)- 10 year old girls, began in 1960
Merrihands- 11 year old girls, began in 1961
Merri Miss- 11 year old girls

The current class structure for 2006 is:

Nursery and Sunbeam 4 (18 months - 3 years old)
CTR 5, 6, 7, and 8 (Ages 4 - 7)
Valiant 9, 10, 11, and 12 (Ages 8 - 11)

Things sure have changed.

- Lavish