Sunday, June 21, 2009

Coast Guard

Saturday afternoon Tessa and I returned from Girl's Camp - tired and dirty but having enjoyed a great week. The weather was great all week except for some rain on Friday. At least it waited until after the five mile hike I went on!

I helped with all the certification of 1st and 2nd year campers which included two hikes - a 3 miler and a 5 miler. The 5 miler included some "off road" hiking including one river crossing.

Tessa was a first year counselor with her friend Kristin. The theme for camp was Boot Camp - Fit for His Kingdom. They had chosen Coast Guard for the name of their group. They did a great job preparing for and decorating their cabin to go along with their theme. Of course they got a little help from me!

It was so fun to be there at camp with Tessa and see her in action - she and Kristin very quickly became the cutest and funniest counselors! They did a great job!

Look how cute they look in their captain's hats and matching T-shirts they painted!

Their cabin was so cute inside and out - they made a darling banner to hang outside along with some silver anchors and a life preserver with all the campers names on it - made out of cardboard. We found the wooden life preserver at Michaels.

Inside they hung some plastic nautical flags we found at Oriental Trading along with miniature life preservers and rope on all the bunk beds.

They also made a cute job chart that looked like the captain's wheel for inside.

Each day they did a devotional with the girls and had a cute handout for each day. Each thought tied into their Coast Guard theme - lighthouses, anchors,

They created a cute life preserver bead for each of the girls (beads are a big thing at camp) as well as life preserver name tags. I helped them make cute pendant banners with each of the girls names which they hung on their beds.

At the end of camp each girl got a Coast Guard frame to put a group photo in.

Now we just need to catch up on some sleep!


knmkendall said...

Wow, those are such creative decorations and ideas! I love them! How did you make the scripture boards? I'd love to make some of those. Looks like it was a great week of camp. Thanks for sharing!

Leigh Anne Wilkes said...

The scripture handouts are actually photographs. I do them in a digital scrapbooking program called Storybook Creator Plus that I sell as a Creative Memories Consultant. If you want more info on it email me at and I'd be happy to give you more information. I made all my handouts for my YW class using the program - it's great. Fun and easy to use too!

april said...

well ... coming first hand from one of Tessa's campers ... Makenna loved everything about it! with it being her 1st year, i told her she was SPOILED! (in a GOOD way!) thank you tessa & leigh anne for making it special!

treber13 said...

What amazing memories you are preserving for this generation and all the generations to follow. THANKS FOR YOUR INSPIRATION. I've missed your blogs. . . . .