We organize everything from firesides, dances, missionary training events, temple trips, service projects and the like, but our big event of the year is always Young Women's Camp. Last year was especially wonderful as we did it over a four day weekend down at the coast at Narooma. The campsite was a stone's throw from the beach and boy did we capitalize on that :)
One day we did an Amazing Race type of thing all along the coast and through the town, gathering clues and doing challenges.
Another hike brought us to some cliffs where we actually got to watch a pod of whales cavorting in the waves for a while.
|Australia Rock (Australia-shaped hole)|
The final day I was in charge of a Survivor-type competition that got moved last minute from the beach to the campsite, so I was scrambling to tweek all the challenges, but it was a great, hilarious day. The girls were so much fun to watch.
We did a few Minute to Win it type challenges, campy games, obstacle courses and a Nephi's Boat contest, but the food challenge was the most impressive.
These tough girls downed quail eggs, dried fish, pickled papaya, jellyfish and much more. They couldn't be stopped!
Camp happened to fall over a Fast Sunday and it was impressive to see the girls fast together. Their testimonies sharing during Sunday service at the local branch were inspiring, beautiful reflections of their inner selves.
And just spending so much time out in nature, in beautiful Narooma, with the waves crashing in the background. Watching the girls completing Personal Progress goals on a quiet Fast Sunday afternoon... it was a blessing to experience it with them.
|now THAT is a jellyfish|
|mornings on the beach for art and scriptures were a highlight|
Then someone found the seeds/grains shelf and proceeded to make their own circus. When I came home and walked in on this scene, I actually turned around a left again (truth be told, to go clean out the gum smeared on the seat of the car as Kenna had fallen asleep chewing it on the way home.)
We were recovering from that weekend for a good two weeks, but it was worth it!
Later on in the year we had our Young Women in Excellence night, which was lovely and impressive. These girls have got it together, I tell you! I especially love watching them conduct and run their meetings for the most part. What great training and practice they receive through this inspired program.
I went a little crazy on my "rainbow food table" assignment. Reminiscent of those over-the-top-stay-up-all-night-decorating birthday parties I used to pull off for Will and Kenna when they were tiny (before I got too tired/busy.) Sometimes you just crave a creative outlet and sort of get carried away in the "kids" project, you know? Pretty fun to plan/shop/execute all those beautiful colors though and we all went away fulfilled... in more ways than one. I love Young Womens!!