Sunday, June 22, 2008

Girl's Camp 2008

We're home - and with 12 hours of sleep in my own bed under my belt I am feeling much better!

I now know why my girls come home from camp each year exhausted and hoarse! They get no sleep and they scream ALOT!!
Despite the no sleep and the screaming we had a fabulous week at camp. We had perfect weather - no rain and temperatures in the 70's.
This was Cali's year to be a KIT counselor (kits are the 4th Years) and Tessa was one of her girls. Cali and the other 4th year counselors had spent hours the weeks before camp preparing and they did a fabulous job.

Their theme was cavemen and dinosaurs - their name was UGH! The first day of camp they all ratted their hair and wore their cavewomen dresses and looked darling! They were definitely the hit of camp - the stars of the week!
Their cabin was decorated with cave woman, dinosaur bones and jungle vines. Each of their girls received their own cavewoman outfit too!

KIT night is the highlight of camp where the 4th year girl's receive their official camp name. The adult leaders go to a tremendous amount of effort and work to come up with a name that fits each girl perfectly. They make quite a production out of it. Each year there is a new sweatshirt color and it is quite the secret. This year the sweatshirts were darling - went right along with their dinosaur theme. They were green with green spots all over them!
Each girl is called up to the stage individually and a description of each girl is read, an explanation of why their name was chosen and then the name. Tessa's name is Class Act -

KIT night is just one big party. They take a swim in the camp pool - fully clothed, sumo wrestle and basically stay up all night and eat junk food!

I was one of the Destiny leaders at camp this year. Our theme was Daughter of the Divine. I worked with three other wonderful woman and we had a great time. We transformed the weathered, wooden structure we were given into a beautiful place where the spirit was really felt.

We used the song "What Heaven Sees in You" as our theme. If you are not familiar with the song you can log onto We had a sister in our stake record it and the kids can download it from the website. We used three White Dresses as part of our presentation as mentioned in the song and also the "Parable of the Princesses" a wonderful story by Jenny Phillips (available at Deseret Book)

We also had a lady in our stake draw an original piece of artwork using the three white dresses that we were able to copy and give to each of the girls. Each girl received a Destiny bead (a mirror with crystals surrounding it) and a white pencil box filled with handouts from each day, the picture of the three white dresses, the box had a beautiful pink ribbon tied around it - the following saying was on the box 'Each day comes bearing it's own gifts...untie the ribbons" We encouraged the girls to make good choices, to make the most of what their Heavenly Father has given them and to "Become the Woman of their Dreams" as President Hinckley said in a recent YW talk.
We also had a darling full size cut out of "Destiny" our camper who joined us for the week.

Jim was home all alone for the week except for the two days/one night he spent at camp. He worked hard in the kitchen helping cook and doing dishes both days.
Part of the fun at camp is the crazy outfits the girls put together. Tessa and her friend Kristin had a fun time shopping at Goodwill and putting together some fun outfits and we even made them matching KIT shorts!

My favorite picture of my two girl's from the week!
Boy Update: Yesterday the boys had a double date to the Strawberry Day's rodeo - Logan really enjoyed the strawberries.
Clark has finished with Spring term and will spend next week working a little, relaxing and playing golf before he flies home on Friday.
Logan has been working at his PR internship and also as a counselor for some BYU camps. He flies home next Saturday and then Becca will fly in on Monday. We are excited for all of them to come and for our week at the beach next week.
I still have a bit of sleep to catch up on and some major laundry to do!!!

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