I have a field trip Friday to Girls Camp for you today. This was a fun and exciting trip to our church Girls Camp this year. Not what we planned, but perfect for our girls.
We have been planning for months to camp in large tents, cook outside over a fire, sing, dance, laugh, and spend the week with over 200 people.
That changed very fast when the mountain we usually camp on caught on fire and burned for almost 3 weeks. Very sad! Luckily our campground was saved. But the smoke and fire was so thick everyone on the mountain was evacuated. We had to quickly switch gears and plan a week for 32 people, cook all of our own meals inside, plan a hike, and all of our activities for 23 girls.
Our kind friend offered to let us use her cabin in Cedar City, UT. It was the perfect size for our group. And so very generous of her and her husband to let us stay there a few nights. What a blessing.
Here are just a few pictures from our few days in the mountains of Cedar City:
On our way out from hiking in Mammoth Cave these cows were blocking the dirt road. The girls we were with don’t see this very often, since we live in the city.
Our Bishop cooking in the rain right outside Mammoth Cave. It rained every day we were there. It was a refreshing treat after having the scorching heat at home.
We made decorations and gifts ahead of time to take up with us. There were ready for our original camp, and worked out just fine with our group of girls. We hung banners, ate candy, wore tutus and ate more candy. In-between we had very healthy meals. We even made my chicken nachos with all the toppings.
Using Individual Worth as our theme, we had each girl choose or think a talent or attribute they had or wanted. We used the cardboard chalkboards I made, and using twine had them hanging all around our cabin as a reminder of their worth and value.
This is my new sweet friend. She and her sister were quiet and shy the whole week. She wouldn’t even let me paint her nails!! By the end, they wanted to ride in our car and were my buddies. That’s what it’s all about.
Each girl made a “mailbox”. Our theme was “Individual Worth” so each girl made their mailbox into a mirror. Everyone had a secret sister and gave her small gifts, costing a dollar or less everyday. It was more about the thought, not the money.
I have so many other pictures of these incredible girls giving service: they cooked, cleaned, washed, dishes, did small acts of kindness, loaded up the cars, unloaded the cars, carried in groceries, taught scripture lessons, and cared for each other. Since I don’t have permission from their parents, I can’t post any pictures of the girls themselves..
They are amazing girls! They went with the flow. They enjoyed each other. There never was any drama. We were there to be inspired, to get to know each other better, and to learn.
I love Girls Camp. It’s one of my fave Summer activities. That’s my Field Trip Friday To Girls Camp for you today.
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