This year was a stake girls camp. Our ward had a lot of fun, I think the most fun of all the 3 years I have been the YW’s president.
We wanted the girls to have a choice for the activities we were doing as a ward, and so we came up with about 15 different things they could choose to do. We were the Thinker Bedinkers (based on the Dr. Seuss Book “oh the thinks you can think”, and then we focused on thinking about Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith & the Book of Mormon). There was plenty of time to do them all, and they could do some things multiple times. For example, we made jersey knit bracelets by looping them through our fingers. They were adorable, and we found them through my good friend Em, through this website:
The girls could then make as many as they like. One young woman made about 20 bracelets for the stake leaders. We then gave them Seuss bucks for an auction at the end of the week) other choices included things like:
writing: Joseph Smith was just 14 when he went to the grove. He decided at a young age that he was going to be committed! you can be committed now too! Sister Dalton said, "write a list of things you will always do and things you will never do. Then live your list." 100 Seuss bucks
Think about how beautiful you are: Put on glitter toes 10 Seuss bucks (one ward came to our camp and washed our feet and painted our toe nails silver (our color))!
Think about your list...make a magnetic card holder & bottle cap magnet to put it on. 50 Seuss Bucks (This was one of those recipe card holders with the sheet metal which the girls mod podged paper onto).
Think about Jesus Christ and how he served & loved everyone (not just his friends). Find something to do to serve someone OLDER than you. 40 Seuss bucks
Think about how music can increase our testimony of Jesus Christ. Listen to music at the listening station. 15 Seuss Bucks
Think about the scriptures & how they can strengthen your desire to choose the right. Memorize a scripture in the Book of Mormon that can remind you to always choose the right. 50 Seuss bucks
The book of Mormon is a journal whereon people have written their thoughts and feelings about Jesus Christ and the world around them. write your Answer to the following questions in your own journal. 1. Places I feel happy 2. People I admire 3. a time I was scared 4. a time when I have felt the spirit. 50 Seuss Bucks
Think about Joseph Smith going to the sacred grove to pray. Take a nature walk to find your own sacred grove & kneel down and pray. 50 Seuss bucks
Jesus taught that we should become as a little child. Think about this as you color in coloring books. 10 Seuss bucks
Think of someone you could thank - leave a note on their pillow. 40 Seuss Bucks
Think about how the Book of Mormon is important to your life. What answers can be found by reading the book? Do a Book of Mormon read by following the arrows in the book. 100 Seuss Bucks (this was something I learned on my mission; it leads you through the book of Mormon answering important questions about why we are here, the purpose of life, etc. –all answers that can be found in the Book of Mormon.)
President Uchtdorf said: The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit, the greater your capacity to create. That is your opportunity in this life and your destiny in the life to come. Sisters, trust and rely on the Spirit. As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you. Think of how you can improve the world around you as you create a jersey-knit bracelet. 50 Seuss Bucks
Think about how you feel about the Book of Mormon. Write your testimony of Book of Mormon in your journal. 30 Seuss Bucks
I think the young women really enjoyed choosing what activities they would like to participate in. They were upbeat and so positive about all of it! Plus, they were thrilled to earn the money to spend at the auction.
Here are all the wonderful leaders who gave up their week, found baby sitters, used vacation time, and were just overall amazing! I put my counselor in charge of camp, and yes, she is 7 months pregnant! She felt great the entire time and I couldn’t have done it without her! Thanks Heather!
Bishopric night means the pig trough! We spread out ice cream, sauce, bananas, whipping cream & cherries onto boards and the girls dig-in! What fun – what a mess! We love it!
The wonderful week ended with our camp skit. One of the Laurel’s decided to take on the skit for one of her 10 hour projects. We had an activity where we wrote the skit (in Seuss-like rhyming) and then she directed us and came up with props, etc. She did a fabulous job. I think the girls were really proud of how the skit turned out.
What a fabulous girls camp! It was so positive and fun and lots of laughter.