Every summer in LDS communities around the globe, the Young Women of our church and their leaders go off into the wilderness to experience Girls Camp. My daughters and I were able to attend our stakes Girls Camp last week, and man did we have a good time.
The theme this year was “Walk in Royal Footsteps” and focused on commendable women (royal, wonderful women!) from the Bible and Book of Mormon. Each leader and young woman received one of these cool necklaces at the end of a faith walk. A little reminder to walk in royal footsteps. Cool beans.
My ward was assigned to study Queen Esther from the Bible as part of the camp activities. My daughters were given sweat shirts with this logo on them. Love it. A lot a great meaning in those 9 words. My friend Kim Thueson was our ward camp director. I believe she designed the logo and then had them printed on sweat shirts at 801Promos. You can access their website here.
These fine and very serious individuals were the stake leaders for camp. Did I mention it was a really somber camp with very little laughing and fun going on. No? Oh, right. That must be because it was a boat load of humorous fun.
I was assigned to the food committee. There were 250 people to feed 3 times a day! I have to admit to being more than a little worried about going. I knew there would be a severe lack of sleep and and an enormous amount of work to do. Those two factors don’t usually lend themselves to a rip-roaring good time, right? We cooked our little hearts out. And it was great. Exhausting, yes! Still trying to catch up on my sleep? You know it. But it was a really, really fun time. I don’t think I have laughed as much since I was a budding youth myself.
There was a lot of good times to be had.
This fine couple served on the food committee with me. Would you believe they are 75 years old! That Dr. Seuss had totally made my day.
Great people make me happy.
The camp site we were at had some awesome accommodations. There was a nice A-frame cabin to keep our non-perishable food in.
I think we only had to shoo 2 or 3 chipmunks away from this stash.
This great rolling machine is a refrigerated trailer. If you ever plan to feed 250 people in the middle of the forest, rent one of these babies. It was awesome and a real life saver.
Some wise person remembered to bring the kitchen sink, times two. Good on him.
We made Pepperoni Pasta Salad to go with sandwiches for lunch one day. That, is a lot of salad!
The girls had a real thing for salad. We kept running out! Who knew girls would go crazy over lettuce. Another big hit was the Butter Cream Syrup we served with pancakes for breakfast, as well some Cream Cheese Toffee Dip we served with apples as a side at lunch one day.
Cheesy Dutch Oven Funeral Potatoes, in mass production. They were a real hit. Recipe and instructions coming up next week.
What is camp without a smore or two? My friend Lindsay put together a killer smores bar that was loved by girls and leaders alike. Details on what we served and how it was put together coming up in a post next week.
My friend Ryan set up a really cool obstacle course for the girls and any leaders who wanted to try it out.
It was kind of like one of the challenges on the show “Survivor” only people were wearing more clothing and didn’t have to eat plain white rice for dinner.
What a She-Rah. She is my hero. Julie Thomson, ladies and gentlemen!
Skit night was fun.
Can you tell what these girls are doing?
Any guesses now?
Synchronized swimming, of course.
And to see so many people work together for a common goal.
So happy I got to attend.