And this is a photo Lezlee took of Cynthia and I. I am not too thrilled with how old I look in this picture and I definately had "camp hair". Cindy looks great!
The older girls are YCL's or youth leaders. They get to plan a lot of what happens at camp and run it with the adults taking a step into the background. This is where the YCL's stayed, a platform, with some canopies erected to give them shade. The YCL's were great and did an amazing job.
Bianca, one of the YCL's
Angelica and Natasha, YCL's
There were about 20 YCL's all together.
Flag Ceremony started and ended each day
This was a very popular activity for the girls. Many of them had these bracelets in progress attached to their jeans with a safety pin.
There are camp beads given for the different skills girls certify in each year they are at camp. In addition camp beads are given for your cabin, going to camp that year, participating in the hike, etc. This is what a set of beads looks like for someone who has gone several years.
This is what a set of beads look like for someone who is there for the first time!
The theme for camp. The girls all made one of these and we all have T shirts.
The YCL's platform was decorated with christmas lights.
One day they thought it was going to rain. Tam was helping trying to cover up the platform so the girls didn't get wet.
Water baseball was one of the activities that Cindy planned. They had to hit a beach ball with a foam noodle. First base they had to put their elbow in the wading pool. Second base, their head, third base their knee and for a home run, their behind. It was a lot of fun.
Head in the water
Some of the cabin mom's from my ward. Someone had drawn a mustache on Lindsey.
If you recieved a package at camp, you had to dance for it.
Conducting a song, with style and attitude.
Girls made lots of bracelets!
The fourth year girls do some rougher adventure camping and activities before they come and join the rest of us at camp. It's their last year before they become YCL's. Here they are taking a turn at serving dinner.
Some of the girls from my ward, Taylor, Sabrina, Jordan, Karalyn and Brianna.
Karalyn and Brianna
Lacey, from my ward
Audrey, a delightful new friend
There are lots of funny stories from camp. Like the camp director not being able to find the second walkie talkie. She could hear it, and was getting closer, but wasn't sure where it was. It was in her back pocket! She was calling herself!
And when Lezlee told me there were three sides to the bathrooms and how they had to keep cleaning them. There are only two sides. She must have cleaned one side twice. She still isn't sure she believes me! I told her she was in another dimension.
And then there was the staff person who had to ask where the bathroom was, even after we had been there a few days!
It was a great experience and I am glad I was able to participate. Maybe I can go next year and add to my beads!