We had a challenge almost every day. When we did our certification, we would have a challenge to go with it. So we did knots and then we divided the girls up into teams and they tied up keys to the rope and knotted it all up. Then, they tried to untie each other's ropes and whoever got to the keys first and got the right key to unlock the locks won!
Another challenge we did was a compass challenge. They learned all about how to use a compass and then did a challenge collecting puzzle pieces using a compass. We also did knife certification and the girls did soap carving. The girls loved these challenges! We made buttons to pin onto their backpacks for each of the challenges they participated in. They loved collecting those. We also had other random challenges that they could do if they wanted - a scavenger hunt, a challenge where they answered questions using For the Strength of Youth, and Eating an Ant. Yup. You read that right. Leaders got to do it too. The girls really got into that one! Many of them did it and got the Bishop to do it when he came up. I ate one...kind of twice, mentally! I picked it up and threw it into my mouth, I thought. I wasn't tasting anything and looked at my hand and I had smashed it on my hand! So then I licked it off! Yuck!! I could feel it tickle in my throat. So great. :)
The next day was the Ropes Course. Some of the leaders were in charge of a course. There were 7 courses. I got The Partner Walk. (The day before we went to a training on how to instruct the girls on what to do.) The girls would get up on a rope and it would get farther and farther apart. They had to lean on each other to get to the end. No one made it all the way to the end but it was a good experience on trusting each other.
After dinner, we did the Faith Walk. The YCL's were at different stations with a value they talked about for a short time. In between, we blindfolded them and walked them around to each place. They couldn't talk. At the end, there were lanterns all lit up and then the YW's president gave a talk. It was really neat.
|Here's the hike that I missed. Such a pretty view!|
|These ladies were my cabin mates.|
|A bachelorette-type skit|
|"Poor Timmy wasn't ever quite right."|
|Sleeping Beauty's 3 gangsta fairies.|
Thursday was a day we had to cram a lot in to. The day started off with lake time. We hiked down to the canoes and got to cruise around the lake. The leaders could go in paddle boats. Yes, thank you. They had us all stop and have 1 minute of silence and then we sang "I Feel My Savior's Love". It was beautiful.
Then, we had lunch, soap carving, a rain storm, and our special guest!! He was on Survivor last year and is a Mormon. He is in our Camp Director's ward so we had connections! His name is Jonas and he talked about his experience on Survivor and getting there. Also about how low he was before the show struggling with work and life. It was good and we were all riveted for almost an hour and a half that he talked. Afterward, he stayed and signed our flag and buffs and took pictures with us. We've also been interviewing the girls like they do on the show and had him say a few things. He was such a good sport. It was pretty cool!
|Isn't that Survivor logo neat?|
|I asked him about a former player on Survivor and he showed us a video of him.|
|Here's our tribe. We named it after his tribe from the season he was on.|
|Signing my buff! I will never wash it. ;)|
The bishopric came up and I guess it's tradition to paint their finger nails. They are such good sports.
The next morning, it was time to clean, pack up, and head out. We gave out Camp Awards and CDs for the girls with songs from our time at camp. So on the way home, that's what we listened to!
I was SO happy I got to go to girls camp. It's been a LONG time since I've been. I was really excited to go and feel the spirit and to strengthen my testimony. It was so much more than that. This summer I have felt more and more like myself again...not a mom. I mean I am a mom but I felt more like myself before kids. It felt good.
A month later, I got called as the YW's secretary! I'm SO excited to serve with these great girls and to go to Girls Camp again! I got my dream calling, that's for sure!
|Another smart thing, were these water bottles with our names on them. Then we weren't using tons of cups all the time and we stayed hydrated. Our Camp Director rocked it! There were so many great ideas and things she did. It was great!|