I currently serve as the Stake Assistant Camp Director. I rec'd this call last September & remember walking out of our first meeting & hearing my first Christmas song on the radio. It's been a L O N G haul getting ready for 4 days in the San Jacinto Mountains of California.
Our theme for camp was 'Angels Among Us'. We bucked the system & even used the ol' classic Alabama song for the girls to sing. We made halos & wings. We successfully came up with angel terms for our entire schedule: Angel Dive [Swimming] ; Angel Acts [Camp Chores] ; Angel Congregation [YCL Devotionals] ; Angels at Play [Group Games].....We made mason jar lanterns for our Angelic Voices Unite [formerly Singing in the Trees].
Our PQ Stake 'camps' at Camp Buckhorn near Idyllwild, California. I say 'camp' because we have access to a swimming pool, flushing toilets, decent showers & a full-size industrial kitchen. It's pretty swanky compared to what I'm used to.
|Check out these angel wings my co-leader/best-friend-to-raise-trouble-at-camp-with - Tennille - made.|
|Even the Biebs was considered angelic.....|
|My favorite friends & camp leaders: Lorraine Hansen, me & Tennille Upham|
|Largest game of musical chairs EVER|
|Beautiful views from Camp Buckhorn - Idyllwild, California|
|This is a total joke. We always ate at the end of the food line -- making sure everyone else was fed first. We never had the chance to eat with a fork because they were all used by the time we showed up. |
We loved our spoons.
|Water Games were a HIT!|
I was asked to give the 'Destiny' talk which is a pretty big event & tradition at this camp. It is a short talk given right before the girls go off for their solo time -- a time to read scriptures, ponder their divine worth & pray. I felt the pressure. Luckily -- after months of thought it came together. I was very touched by the girls reception of my thoughts -- I had mentioned at one point that I may not be a size 2 or drive a fancy car or be able to play the piano...but I have other qualities that I think are great. One of the YW came up to me after and said, "I'm not a size 2 either -- Thanks for making me feel special."
WOW -- Tears came to my eyes.
A great 4 days retreating with these ladies.