Naomi got to be a first year at our ward’s girl’s camp this year and I figured she would be the perfect person to tell all about it. I’m so grateful they were able to hold camp at all and that there was so much thought and effort into making her first experience pretty dang awesome.
Hi! The first day at girls camp was Monday. Mom drove me to the church, then Sister Cooper and Brother Cooper came and drove us to camp.
We got to camp at around 11 am, and set up our tents. Us campers shared a two-room tent. The three older girls -Sophie, Natalie, and Victoria- shared the larger room, and Lillian and I shared the small tent. We all got code names. Mine was Blue Jay, Lillian’s was Jurogumo, Sophie’s was Siren, Natalie was Wolf-Shark, and Victoria was Black Sheep. The leaders’ code names: Sister Cooper = The Guardian. Bro. and Sis. Register? Hades and Persephone. Miss Mary was The Phoenix.
We named all the places based on who lived there, and how the tent looked. Sis. Cooper’s tent was The Guardian’s Lair, Miss Mary (The Phoenix) had the Ashen Roost, Bro. and Sis. Register (Hades and Persephone) had The Underworld, and the rest of us slept in Twilight Town.
On the second day, Dad came over. In order for him to be let in, he had to pass the Iggle Wiggle, a camp song/dance off. He succeeded, and got the code name Blue Heron…because he’s my dad, and herons are bigger than jays. He got his own tent, and named it Heron’s Nest. Later that afternoon, we preformed a skit we had written. The general story is this:
Once, an evil king fisherman had control of the world. (This is when Sophie comes out and squirts the world and says “Tropical storm.”) So a brave and well known hero (Lillian comes out and says “Bask in my awesomeness.”) decided to defeat the king fisherman. But before she even got close to the villain’s lair, the wise and kind economics fairy appeared (That’s me!) and said “Wait! You are not yet ready to defeat the king fisherman! You need to have a kind heart and a willing mind, so that you may do the small things which proceedeth that which is great.” Before the hero could ask more, the fairy vanished. The hero walked on, until she was stopped by a strange sight: A fish out of water. She used her magic puppy wand and made the fish able to swim in the air, and the fish told her that it’s name was Carpy. Carpy told the hero that she would help, for the king fisherman had eaten all of Carpy’s friends. Carpy also taught the hero how to have a willing mind. They walked on, till they were once again stopped by the sound of someone calling for help. They asked what was wrong, and were told that the princess needed help finding the castle. After they had found it, the princess invited them over for a sleepover. At the sleepover, she taught the hero how to have a kind heart. Then, the economics fairy reappeared, and stated that they were ready, and that she would come along to see things through. They confronted the king fisherman, and the carp threw a tiki bomb (the hero asked where the carp had got the tiki bomb and was told that the carp had had it all along) at the king fisherman and defeated her. The king fisherman said that she only wanted friends, she thought if she had the world, she would have friends. The princess told her “There is a better way. We could be your friends.” “Really?” said the king fisherman.”Now be a good friend and help me up.” (She had fallen over to symbolize defeat.) They all became queens of friendship. The End.
The next day was sunny, and we decided to go swimming in Jordan Lake. We found out that if you stood on the pipe around the swimming area, the pipe went underwater, and when you jumped off, it flew into the air. We had one person hold on really tight, then everybody else would stand and jump off, catapulting the person holding on to the pipe! It was so fun to hold on and get rocketed out of the water!
That afternoon, the Young Woman’s Stake President, Sis. Niu, came over. We preformed the skit again, and we did a fun ‘Whole Armor of God’ activity, and put armor on one of us. Everyone wanted to be the person, but I won and was put in armor:
(The sword I’m holding on my head is actually a spear I made on the first day of camp, covered in aluminum foil. That’s why it doesn’t look much like a sword.)
Later that night, we ate Miss Mary’s candy stash and talked until around 11 pm. We heard something rustling on our frying pan, and saw a super rare flying squirrel! the squirrel was so reclusive that there isn’t even a population number!
I also wore my bandanna as a funny shady hat all day, except when we were swimming.
After that, we packed up camp, and drove home. Mom brought the little girls to pick me up from the church.
Camp was super fun!
I can’t wait for next year.