Girls camp. Where do I even start? I know I’m like a month late on posting this but I’ve been pondering what and how to post this. I loooooooooooved girls camp. It was amazing and so fun and I loved getting to know the girls.
I’m the Secretary in the Young Women Presidency in my ward. We had a few people coming and going and they needed some extra help so I jumped on board. The cabin I was in was Cabin 1B. Our cabin name was Naboo. Our camp theme was OB1 To Know Me, aka star wars. It was really cute and super fitting and the girls loved it!!
My cabin just happened to be the hangout/party cabin the entire week. Tons of mafia was played in there, late night whispers and go-fish playing. If you were looking for someone, they were most likely in my cabin. I had a hard time sleeping and woke up pretty early each day that we were there. Some mornings I would go out and sit in my camp chair and just wait for the cute animals to come walking through our camp-site, like they did every morning. It was fun. I also enjoyed the quiet/early morning of being in the beauty of the earth.
We had many, wonderful camp activities, meals and time with each other. I’ll do my best to remember what we did each day, but it’s been a while so I may forget!
Monday we arrived to girls camp around 10:00am. The YCL’s (youth camp leader) arrived earlier to decorate and get ready for the rest of the young women to show up. We unloaded everything, snagged our beds and had a small breakfast. After, the leaders had some meetings/training’s to go to. We sang many girls camp songs and enjoyed our down-time. It was a good day and I was excited for what was to come. We had some pretty good food too! We had the missionaries come and talk to us and the girls about the different types of plants, flowers, and animals that we might find while we’re here. We also did a craft and made a handle type thing for our water bottles out of yarn. The girls loved it! We ended the night with an INCREDIBLE devotional involving light, darkness and God. It was amazing and beautiful.
Man, Tuesday was an extremely busy day. Our entire day was filled with plans!! We woke up in the morning, had breakfast and had to head to the lake quick! We were going to be canoeing!! I had a terrible experience when I did it as a young woman, so I swore I wasn’t going to do it again, but instead take photos. But alas, I thought a young woman leader needed a partner on the canoe and told myself to be that partner even if I hated it. There ended up being three of us (so I wasn’t really needed ;) haha) and it ended up going okay but I wasn’t excited. After we got back, we had some yummy lunch and camp certification and I finally gave in to the MUCH needed nap to get rid of my migraine.
After dinner, we went on our “certification” hike. We hiked to Lookout Point to see the sunset and have a devotional. We were late to get going so we missed the sunset but still had an incredible devotional. The hike was reallly hard for me but with the incredible help of some of the leaders, I made it to the top. When I got to the top, I started to cry. I hadn’t ever completed a hike. EVER. I always had to stop halfway and go back. I have a hard time breathing with hikes and it limits me on the hikes I can do. But with this I made it and I was totally emotional. The last hike I tried to do was for my dad, and I never made it to the top. This one I made it and the lookout was incredible. My dad would have loved this hike and seeing the reward at the end. I miss him so dearly… my heart just ached for him. We left pretty quickly after the devotional because it was getting dark fast, but while hiking back down it start to drizzle a little of rain but we all made it back safely, got changed and went straight to bed to get warm! It was an incredible, busy, exhausting day but was totally worth it!
Wednesday morning, I got up early to take a shower. (Yes, we had showers) and it was magical. The young women did a service project Wednesday morning and I totally missed it while showering. It was amazing though and just what I needed. I felt so much better on Wednesday than on Tuesday. My migraine was gone and I actually got a pretty good nights sleep. Wednesday was our “free time” day. We didn’t have a lot going on and it was so nice. We spent some time doing more camp certification, crafts and hanging out. Wednesday night we spent time doing our skits. The skits are a big deal (at least, this year they were) and we had so much fun. It was extremely cloudy and eventually a rainstorm hit but do not fear, the show went on! We had the Beehives go first, then the MiaMaids, and then the Laurels. After which the leaders were then invited up to do their skit. We even let the Priesthood do a little something! It was cold, and we did get a little wet but the dramatic weather added to the star wars themed skits. It was so awesome!
Thursday is the best day. The girls were looking forward to it all week! We had our Challenge Course on Thursday AND it was testimony meeting. I’ll explain in a second.
I woke up early (again) on Thursday morning, went up to the pavilion and sat in my camp chair just hoping I’d see the cute animals come walking through. Sure enough, the turkey named Lucy, and her two babies, came walking through. One of the babies just roams by itself, then cries, so the mother calls to it, and then they find each other. It happened a few times while they were at our camp site. Eventually they leave. A few minutes later, if not at the same time, we have the cute deer come down to our campsite. They never walk through it, just around it in the bushes/trees. We’ve seen a mama and a baby deer all week, but Thursday morning I saw two adults and three babies!! It was magical. Haha, I walked over to the other side of our campsite to watch them more closely and recorded some video. One of the babies was just hopping back and forth really really fast. I pulled out my video and as the baby came hopping past, it stopped, looked at me, and immediately started running the opposite direction, far away. I laughed. It was so cute. I miss seeing those cute animals in the early morning. We also had some squirrels/chipmunks that hung-out with us.
The challenge course is a bunch of small courses/challenges and the girls are split up into groups and have to complete the challenges in a specific amount of time and only using each other for help. It was so fun! They had one course that was a swing where you went up super high and then let go and swing for a bit. It was scarier than I remember!! I helped with the Partner Walk course. Basically you step on a rope while your “partner” stands on a rope in front of you. The two of you have to be holding hands the entire time, while you walk down the ropes which are spreading further apart from each other. It was fun and two girls got super close to the end! :)
Testimony meeting is always held on the last night at girls camp. The Bishop comes up to visit, has dinner with us, shares some thoughts and bears his testimony. The remainder of time is given to the girls (and leaders) to bear their testimonies on whatever they’d like to. It’s such a special and spiritual night. The girls look forward to it all week. We definitely had a lot of fun this week, and we stayed busy, but this night is the best night. We had so many wonderful testimonies shared and I’m so proud of all of the girls. I love them each so dearly and I am grateful to God for calling me to this position within our ward. So grateful. After it’s all over, we cleaned up, went to bed for tomorrow we go home!
Friday morning we headed for home. We had leftovers for breakfast, cleanup, chores, one last devotional and headed for home. It went by so fast and we were so tired but so sad to leave all at the same time!! Loved girls camp. Love the young women in my ward and so happy I went!