Once again the Latter-day Saint ladies ages 12 to 18 traveled to their campgrounds at the site of Woodsmen of the World for their yearly camping adventure.
The Girls’ Camp leaders start planning months in advance to make sure the camping activities are exciting and uplifting. Guidelines for dress codes go out with other instructions with modesty being the key as they are cautioned that shorts must reach the knees and shoulders and backs are to be covered. Advice was given to make sure the girls brought the right ingredients for their contest in Dutch Oven baking, one of their favorite things to do.
Before their actual camping could begin, the fourth year girls got to start their girls’ camp experience by going horseback riding. A trip to the Florida Caverns was another pre-camp adventure. Once the campers arrived at their destination, their activities began with a “fruit salad' mixer, the making of a personal collage, bead making, skits in a bag, volleyball, a luau, scripture study and leader lullabies before bed.
On Thursday, they started the day with swimming, survival training and relays. Academy topics included “Faith of My Fathers and Mothers” and “Finding Mr. Right Amongst El Guapos." Refreshments included a Latter-day favorite, root beer floats. They continued with lip sync preparation, the bead ceremony and the Spotlight Game, Poco Loco.
The Stake president, Mike Roberts, and his wife, Ingrid, were introduced and campers were able to get to know them, followed by a devotional by President Roberts. President Roberts must balance his duties as the stake president and supervisor of nine wards or congregations with his busy practice as a doctor of internal medicine in Niceville. He and his wife, an accomplished violinist and pianist, are the parents of seven children ranging from 3 to 17 years of age.
On Friday, swimming continued and the Dutch Oven event was held. The Academy topic re-enforced the camp theme “It’s a Small World” with “I Think the World is Glorious." And then came the moment many campers were waiting for, The Trash Fashion Show, the results of their creating a costume out of a bag full of “trash." The Camping Adventure for 2018 concluded with a Testimony Meeting and a slide show and finally the “Secret Sisters” were revealed.
“I loved being a leader at Girl’s Camp this year," said Leslie Dannelly, a camp counselor. "The girls had classes about the lives of Latter-day Saint youth in other parts of the world. They also heard conversion stories of local members who joined in other countries, and the girls grew close in love, unity and friendship. We loved hearing their laughter, their sweet testimonies and witnessing their growth as young sisters united in helping others.”
“My favorite thing about camp was going swimming and the classes that we took," added Laura, Dannelly's daughter. "I got closer to the girls in my cabin and at camp. It was fun.”
Carrie Stephani headed up this popular event assisted by Tia Davidson, Karen Jones, Ashley Jorgenson, Julia Fish, Heather Ives, and a host of other dedicated ladies.