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Monday, July 5, 2010

Just back from Girl's Camp!

I've been gone this last week and I just wanted to show you all of the fun that I had. We went to YW girl's camp and we didn't go far from home but I decided even though it is just 10 miles from my home that it is one of the most beautiful places on earth. If you remember we made some things before we left to get ready for this great camp. If you missed the medicine bags that we made go Here.

We started out by setting up our tents and decorating our camp. The theme was the "Daughters of Helaman". This comes from ancient America and some of the ancestors of the American Indians. We decided to use this for many of the crafts and things that we did at camp.

We first told a story about a young Indian hand maid who found  different things in the forest and found that they had a significant meaning to her spiritually so she put these items close to her heart and in a small little bag that she hung around her neck so that she would never forget those lessons that she learned. We then went on our 5 mile hike, which ended up being a little more than 5 miles but the girls were great and I didn't hear a single complaint!

When we got back to camp we made our headbands, the girls are so creative and came up with some of the cutest ideas.
We then wove different arm bracelets and these were just as creative!

We decorated large cans that had been spray painted white before hand. After they decorated their own can they were  stacked on a pole outside their tent so we would know what tent everyone was in. We had drilled a hole in the bottom of the can so that they would easily slide on the stake that we had pounded in the ground.
Aren't they cute!
The next day we made dream catchers!
I was surprised how "crafty" these young women are, they loved making these and while we were at it we taught them a few knots!

The dream net has been made
For many generations
Where spirit dreams have played.
Hung above the cradle board,
Or in the lodge up high,
The dream net catches bad dreams,
While good dreams slip on by.
Bad dreams become entangled
Among the sinew thread.
Good dreams slip through the center hole,
While you dream upon your bed.
This is an ancient legend,
Since dreams will never cease,
Hang this dream net above your bed,
Dream on, and be at peace.

Some of the girls decided to hang them onto their headbands.
We usually spent the afternoons passing off YW camp requirements but whenever we could we made the short hike up to the waterfall. I decided that this is Idaho's Hawaii! It was so beautiful and green and the water was just amazing!
We decided that we should have some "photo shoots" of God's beautiful creations.

This looks like something from some tropical paradise but these are just some of the shaded  mossy rocks at the top of the waterfall. Aren't they beautiful!!
This river was so soothing to go to sleep at night!
I love Young Women!

On the last night some girl's decorated my car and gave me a hint, that maybe the first thing I need to do when I got home was, "WASH MY CAR!"
It was a great experience with these wonderful Young Women and I think we have some of the "Funnest", "Spectacular" leaders ever! Thanks for letting me share some of the fun crafty things that we did at camp!
I had to try this out in black and white with just the yellow sun flowers in color. There were fields and fields of these coming back from our hike.


Amber D said...

Looks like a great trip! The final picture (Black/White and Yellow) is fab.

Anonymous said...

Oh, how wonderful! Girl's Camp is the BEST!

Melissa said...

It looks like fun. I particularly like the can totems for their tents!!

annies home said...

looks so fun and the pictures are wonderful

Unknown said...

Oh how I love girls camp! I love your projects! I spent a whole summer as a girl camp counselor (Oakcrest.) Your projects would have been fun to do when I was YW President! said...

What a great camp for all the girls; great memories. The crafts look like lots of fun and the hikes; beautiful scenery.

Leslie said...

It sounds like you had a great time! I love all the crafts that you made, especially decorating the cans! So cute! Thanks for linking up to Hoo's got talent!

Amanda said...

What fun!! I love the cans, those are great!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

How wonderful to share your creativity with these girls. I love seeing young people out exploring nature, learning to be creative...and away from computers and TV.

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday.

Have a great weekend!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Jami said...

Lovely photos! What a special time for those girls!

Sew Much Ado said...

How fun, I'm sure the girls all loved it!

Thanks for linking up to We Did It! Wednesday!

Sue said...

I haven't been to Girl's Camp in years, but what great memories, going with my daughters:)


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