So I completely forgot to post about Girl’s Camp back in June!
I was called as the assistant girl’s camp leader for our ward. I was a little worried about it because it was quite a bit of work to get done before hand, but I was called the month or so before camp. Also, I was going to have to take four days off of work and I only have 12 to begin with. I knew we were going to China this year. Not to mention all the other holidays I wanted to take work off for.
LUCKILY…my boss is a member of our church and understood that it was a calling, and that it was really “vacation.” He let me make up two of those days by just working extra hours in the office. The other day I got for free because as a manager we get to take one day off a year if it is for community service. The other day I had to use a vacation day for, but I felt pretty lucky to only have to spend one vacation day on Girl’s Camp!
Here are a few pictures from our AWESOME week with the Girls.
This was my tent. I put it up completely by myself! I thought it was quite the accomplishment…
We had quite the miraculous story while we were at Girl’s Camp.
One night a really severe storm blew in. It was probably around 11PM that I woke up to terrible wind and girls yelling. We evacuated all of the girls out of their tents and up to the lodge. Once we were there I stayed with the girls while the other two leaders went down to secure the campsite and check on things. We ended up putting the girls to bed on the floor of the lodge. Eventually I fell asleep too. In the morning we awoke to a bright and sunny morning.
I didn’t find out until later that day that a member of the Priesthood (we always have to onsite at all times) had felt the impression to remove all of the girls from their tents and take them up to the lodge. It wasn’t even storming that bad when he got the impression, but he followed it anyways. Soon after we were all in the lodge, lightening struck a tree and split it down the middle. The tree fell straight onto two of the tents completely crushing everything inside. If the girls had not been in the lodge, they definitely would have been severely injured or killed. We are very grateful for the blessing of the Priesthood and for worthy Priesthood leaders who are in touch with the spirit.
Below are a few pictures of the damage. I didn’t take many because they worked to fix most of the damage before the girls left the lodge. They were worried of the shock value the damage would have, and they didn’t want to upset the girls.
Our food tent put a great big scratch across our Young Women leaders SUV.
It was such a great experience, and I left camp feeling very blessed for the opportunity I had to grow closer to the girls in our ward and to be able to experience their sweet spirit for a whole week.