Yesterday I returned from our ward (congregation) Girls Camp.  With my call as Young Women President comes the annual summer girls camp.  Last year it was a stake camp (all wards in our geographic location) and lasted for five days.  This year it was only three days, but I still came home exhausted (and a little stressed about all the school work I haven’t done).  But even with as tired as I feel, the camp was a great success!  The girls and leaders had fun, unity was forged, and many expressed feeling closer to God.

Though I came home with almost 500 pictures I can only share a few here to allow for anonymity.  Our theme was a “Survivor” theme–“Look to Me and ‘Survive.'”  Most of the usual camp activities occurred.  We did a craft, went on a hike, played games, acted silly, enjoyed the scenery and the wildlife, but it did rain both evenings which prevented us from having campfires and roasting marshmallows.  It also made it too wet to go on a snipe hunt, which was a bit of a disappointment to the older girls.  😉

Here are a few pictures that perhaps give a bit of taste of what camp was like…

Inside one of the cabins

One of the girls put my hair up into a "drill team" 'do

Appetizers for dinner

A visitor

Service project

The best part for me was being at camp with my daughter, Hoob.  She really blossomed in a leadership position AND she received the award for being the funniest.  🙂

I will take these experiences any day…whether school work gets done or not.

I now attempt to highlight our Girls Camp experience last week by showing pics that still allow for anonymity.  Not an easy task, I tell you.  I came home with over 700 pictures–GREAT pictures that show teen girls posing, crafting, goofing off, working, hiking, reading, dancing, singing, and hugging–and am limited to a handful that don’t show faces.  

I make the attempt, though, because I got to spend the week at camp with two of my daughters.  The experience brought me closer to them, and to their friends.  Hangin’ with teen girls makes me feel young.  And, wonder of it all, they don’t consider me an old fogey, or old-fashioned, or a nerd (or so they say). 

Camp highlights: 

Some of the banners that greet visitors to Heber Valley Camp


*We chose to be pirates as part of our theme for the week.  We decorated our camp accordingly. 



*Each ward had to decorate a banner to display in their camp and in the amphitheater during group Stake time.  Blame the misspelling on Hub! 


*On the first day of camp our ward was the only ward not scheduled to go to the challenge course or the lake.  So, being the pirates that we were, we raided the other camps and left our mini flags everywhere.  The girls got quite creative, leaving the flags in the bathrooms, the fire pits, in trees, stuck in the ground, and, in the camps that had flag poles, they hoisted our mini to the top. 


*The wildlife showed no fear of humans. 



Sharing a pancake.


*We spent one morning hiking. 



*At one point girls were given the choice to continue on up to the “top” or to return to camp.  Those of us who chose to go to the top were treated to a view of Legacy Lake. 


*One afternoon we spent at the challenge course.  Girls participated in “Object Retrieval” and “Blind Tag.”  They worked at team building and balancing and trust.  The favorite of all of the girls was the giant swing.  And they really cheered when, after chanting my name over and over and over…and over, they talked me into trying it as well.  And once it worked for me, they tried it on their other leaders with success too. 

Someone on the giant swing.


 *One morning leaders were given a cd picked out randomly with a song on it that we were told to make a skit out of by evening.  The song we were given was “Lollipop.”  We had to use whatever we had in camp to make props.  Hula Hoops, beach towels, and duct tape did the trick. 

A giant lollipop.


*The girls were creative, as usual, and came up with a darling skit that required some girls to be the legs of other girls, while they danced and sang “Lollipop.”  Sorry, no pics here–too many faces shown–but, trust me, the skit was a hit! 

*One day we got to hike to Legacy Lake and go canoeing. 

Pond on the way to Legacy Lake.






*We made crafts.  There were painted frames, bracelets, coloring projects, and flip-flops.  Since I had a brain fart the day we made the flip-flops and didn’t gather enough fabric in my colors of choice for two flip-flops, I ended up having two mismatched flip-flops and had to  endure the good-natured teasing of 22 teenage girls for the rest of the week.  I have informed them that I have started a trend.  You just watch…mismatched flip-flops will be the next hot item! 

*We built campfires at night and made s’mores.  We sang songs, both silly and spiritual.  We visited and joked around every day.  We heard a lecture from the camp naturalists about the local wildlife and plants and learned that a moose can weigh up to 1,300 pounds!  We looked at the stars.  We got chased by bees.  Every day the girls read scriptures and wrote in their journals, one day they each found a spot in the woods to read and journal alone.  

Friendships were strengthened.  Secrets were shared.  Embarrassing moments were created.  Unity was fostered.  It felt like God was close.  All of the goals of camp were met.  


Yes, camp was a success!

There will be the typical camp activities such as campfires, making s’mores, and hiking.  There will be a day that we spend on a ropes challenge course and a day that we spend canoeing on the lake.  Every morning and evening there will be a flag ceremony as well as daily prayer and scripture study.

Yes, it is time for Girls Camp.  As the Young Womens President of my ward (congregation) I get to accompany 24 girls ages 12 thru 18 and 7 other adult leaders as we attend our annual Stake girls camp for five days.  Our Stake consists of 9 wards altogether, all of which will be converging on Heber Valley Camp bright and early Monday morning.  This is quite an opportunity for our girls because there is a four or five year waiting list to attend Heber Valley Camp, a camp owned by our world-wide church.

Our ward has chosen a pirate theme and so plan on daily raids of the other wards as we “conquer” and look for mascots we can kidnap and hold for ransom.  We have many little pirate flags that we will leave behind to show that we have conquered.  Each girl is choosing a pirate name that we are heat-pressing on to their individual bandana (it helps that my husband and I own t-shirt making equipment). 

The girls have gotten quite creative in their pirate names.   At camp with me will be a pirate named Pit of the penguin and one named Dirty Cho Cho Watson, there will be Zoogy o’Shark and Long Blackbeard Jack.  And we mustn’t forget Scarlet Pale Face, Pinky Winky, and Captain Snickerdoodle.

My bedroom has been the storage area for pirate banners, snack foods, craft items, and a stuffed parrot that we plan on naming up at camp.  Finally, on Monday morning Hub will be able to reclaim our bedroom as a bedroom instead of a storage facility as I haul all of the stuff to camp.   Today and tomorrow I help finalize the purchasing of food and other camp related booty.  Sunday evening 24 girls will bring all of their sleeping bags and suitcases to my house to be loaded onto trucks and then at 7:15 a.m. Monday we will all meet to drive to camp.

I consider myself lucky to be attending camp with two of my daughters, Mack and Hoob.  Camp has been a topic of conversation for quite a while in our home.  It is well-loved by us and by the other girls in the ward.  Obviously there is no internet service at camp, so blogging will be put on hold until I return sun-burned and bug-bitten and most likely dead tired.

Until then…