Wednesday, June 10, 2009

My girls, my girls, my girls.......

talking 'bout my girls!

Yeah, I'm a lucky duck! I got to go to YW camp. Okay for only a day since they have some stupid rule about number of leaders versus number of girls and the whole work in St George thing, but I was there for some fun. One of the two cabins we were assigned.

We were staying at the LDS Church Young Women's campground in the Heber Valley. It is gorgeous and we were surrounded by these cute little critters It was a stake camp so there were about 6 or 7 wards. Our ward had the largest number of girls. We all had sweatshirts, each ward with their own YW value color. We were the unfortunate ones to draw out orange. Deer hunters? At least the leaders had brown to distinguish us from the the girls. Like taking one look at me and you can't tell..... riiiiiiiiight. I love hanging with the girls. After getting all settled in, we had some time to just chillax in the cabin Our common food area was a big pavilion and even though I was only there for two meals, it was amazing to see how well they handled the crowd of starving girls They had the girls do some crafts and a big shout out to my girl Kat for hooking me up with the friendship bracelet Monday night, our youth camp leaders were in charge of Family Home Evening. They did a great lesson on faith. And then an activity where we lay backwards and trust that they will catch us. I tried to fly under the radar and hope that no one noticed that I hadn't had a turn, but I was found out. YIKES! It took me three times to get the courage to free fall into their waiting arms!

Of course, you have to have camp songs, and then our ward has his fun tradition of a love note boardEveryone decorates their own envelope and then the envelopes are mounted on a board and paper and pens are left sitting by it. You can write a little love note and place into their envelope and at the end of the week, you can collect all your notes and feel how much love and friendship exists. Since the girls knew I had to leave, mine was overflowing. I took some quiet minutes early Tuesday morning to read them, and wouldn't you know I got all choked up? Crap, I love those girls! After breakfast, they had some workshops. The theme of our camp this year was Be Beautiful. And they focused on physical, inner and spiritual beauty. Tuesday was the physical day and I had been asked to do a workshop on fitness and yoga. I took the girls through some basic yoga moves and talked about overall fitness and appreciating and loving our bodies no matter the size. That true fitness was not being the skinniest girl, but being the healthiest. We talked about yoga and incorporating some meditation and positive self-talk. BFF Deb's snapped some photos, and be warned, it was day two and COLD! I got a pic of us all together and then my traditional camp necklace Sure wish I could have stayed the whole week. 24 hours just wasn't enough for me! Love my BEAUTIFUL girls!

15 comments:

The Garden of Egan said...

Wow, that looks like a fun camping spot. I've heard of it before. I get to go to camp this year as the stake camp nurse. I've been the camp director for 5 years, when my hubby was put in as bishop I was released. So, I'm excited to go back and not have to do anything....hopefully.....

Shauna said...

How awesome and FUN! Thanks for sharing :)

Kristina P. said...

Why couldn't we have gone to that camp? We went to a ghetto campground.

LaurieJ said...

Yeah, it took me forever to get up the nerve to fall back for the trust fall and then the girls freakin' dropped me! You should have seen their faces! I bite down on the swear words about to come off my tongue and was a good example and did it again. They made sure they caught me :-)
Girls Camp Rocks! Can't wait...

Devri said...

You call that camping> spoiled!

We throw a tent down and call it good with our ym

sorry the weather was horrible for ya!

Jan the crazy lady said...

I bet they totally adore you. How fun for you and them. I looks fantastic.

tiburon said...

shorts over thermals? Really??!

Must.mock.Melissa.

Must.mock.Melissa.

And how come I have never gotten one of those necklaces?

I have never been to girls camp - that must be it...

tammy said...

When did they get to start staying in cabins? We had to live in tents. That we put up ourselves.
In the rain. And sleep on the ground. And shower with a watering can. And no crafts. waah!

DeNae said...

Girls camp in Vegas sucks. It would be funner to camp, well, pretty much anywhere. I love the Heber valley. Sounds like you had a great time! Cute girls!

Cadance said...

Yea...So no fair...that is a NICE campground....we had tents too...well except one year..but it was not that nice!(which might be the reason I hate camping now!)

You can tell you're having a blast...and the girls too! FUN!!!

Jenny said...

My daughter is at her 4th year over nighter right now. Then our stake will be in the same camp that your girls have been at.

How fun for you to get to go for a day.

Plain Jame said...

Awwww, I loved girls camp. I loved the leaders, the activities, camping, feeling dirty and greasy, hikes, and snipes. Glad you had a neat experience.

I might try the pizza this weekend....

kimberly said...

Ahhhh that makes me miss girls camp. How fun!

Omgirl said...

I have always wanted to be a girls camp counselor. But I guess it has never been the right time for me. Bummer. It looks like you had a blast!

Loralee and the gang... said...

Yoga and fitness? Why am I not surprised! Good times!

And so so sorry about your terrible day - hope you have a really great SUMMER to make up for it!
:~D