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Hey there, gang. No new recipe today, just a post about the amazing girls camp my daughters and I attended last week. In our church, every summer the girls ages 12-18 and their leaders head off into the mountains for several days to experience beautiful nature, bond with each other, develop testimonies and have a rip-roaring good time. I am happy to report, that we did all of those. 🙂 With a heavy emphasis on the rip-roaring good time. This year the camp was run by our stake leaders and they did such a fantastic job. Seriously, the hours and hours of work they put in was tremendous. There were close to 300 youth and leaders total. Here are a few of the highlights…

group shot

These fine-looking girls are from my particular ward. I was recently assigned to work in the Young Women’s program in my ward and can I just say it is such a great time. These girls are wonderful, fabulous individuals and I count myself lucky to work with them each week. It’s also an added bonus that both of my daughters are involved with the program. Love them and love getting to spend time with them in the YW program. You can read more about the wonderful Young Women’s program here.


Camp was held this year at Heber Valley. Wow, was it impressive! This is no rough-n-it camp. The accommodations were wonderful…


…and the nature gorgeous. There was a beautiful lake (which I failed to pack my camera to, dang it) where the girls got to pair up and canoe around.

find strength in your journey

The camp theme was “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13 and “Find strength in your journey”. The girls were able to participate in some great activities that helped them to see their own strength and gain courage for the challenges of life.


Getting ready…


to climb…

the rope

a cargo rope…

crowd pleaser

…that leads to a suspensions bridge, that leads to a fun…

zip line

zip line. I was proud of them for making it through! They are brave girls.

a very merry unbirthday

One evening the stake put on an amazing “Unbirthday Party”. As part of the theme, they had decorated the camp with all kinds of fun Alice In Wonderland decorations and quotes. When my girls and I got home from camp and were telling my husband about how great it all was, we kept saying things like “…you wouldn’t believe how gorgeous all of the decorations were!” to which he kept saying things like “…wait, weren’t you camping? I don’t get it, why did they have decorations at a camp?”

I suppose, because that is what girls do, right? We find a way to make things pretty and fun. Seriously, the gals who put this together were amazing!

long tables

At the “UnBirthday Party” there were tons of long tables set up with these gorgeous decorations.

tea cups

Giant tea cupswith adorable paper flowers…


clever, beautiful centerpieces…


My pictures don’t do it justice, truly.

un birthday girls

It was darling. Each ward came dressed to the party in matching hats we had made several weeks ago. Such cute girls. 🙂


There was a place setting for each girl with a darling, wrapped gift.


Inside each box was a necklace with a few Alice and Wonderland charms on it. Each charm represented a way for them to find strength in their own journey. There was also an amazing dessert bar and crazy wild dance party that the girls loved. There were smiles all around.


We also spent a fair amount of time with just our own ward, talking and laughing and having a fun time. I had to snap a picture of this clever way to store cups. We had the girls wash their own cup after each usage and then hang it back up. Made for less garbage :).

secret sisters

One of the leaders in our ward put together this cute Secret Sister organizer.

secret sisterss

Each girl had their own little compartment where a small gift and inspirational thought were placed each day.

a cute bracelet

Our ward camp director found these awesome bracelets (you can find them here) to give to our girls. The charm is of Christ and is stamped on the back with “2 Nephi 31:20″ which is the reference to a scripture in the Book of Mormon reading…”You must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope and a love of God and of all men.”

We had a great time! Thanks to all of the amazing leaders who made it happen! It was a pleasure to attend.

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  1. Whoa! That does not look like any Young Women’s camp I ever attended as a teenager! 😀 Everyone did a beautiful job. I’m glad you guys had a good time.

  2. I joined the church as an adult and never went to Girl’s Camp but I know it is a wonderful program and glad that you were able to go with your daughters.

  3. What a wonderful opportunity for these gorgeous young girls to come together in such a loving and supportive environment. I’m sure they have made many terrific memories and friends they will cherish for years to come. A big congratulatory pat on the back for all those who put in the hard work required in bringing this camp together.

  4. Such a wonderful idea. Where did you get your idea for your banner? We are using the same Alive in wonderland theme too for ours girls.

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks for your kind words. I wish I could point you in the right direction as far as the banner goes, but I wasn’t involved with it’s creation and have no idea where they got it. Good luck with your camp! I hope it goes well for you.
      All the best,