Posted by Larry Johnson on June 27
What a beautiful day it has been up on lookout mountain! Let me introduce myself…I am Frances Lindsey, Camp Mom. I have the best job here at camp by getting to love on all your children. Tonight I will take you on a day at camp through a “mom’s eye”.
Each day we start off camp by gathering together at Morning Watch to sing songs and learn the theme of the day. As you all know the overall theme of the summer is IGNITE. Every day a smaller theme is introduced to help the girls grow in their faith and how this can work in their everyday life. Today is “kindle”. The basic theme is how we all have a fire inside us to love the Lord and we have to kindle that fire by praying, worshiping together and reading the bible. You will be amazed at how much your child will learn spiritually and I encourage you to ask your daughter’s about this when they get home or even in a letter.
Morning Watch is followed by the traditional Flag Raising and then off to breakfast of eggs, bacon, french toast and grapes. Delicious! (I can’t tell you how amazing it is to have 3 meals a day served to you and you didn’t have to plan the meal, cook the meal or clean up after the meal!) Your children are well fed and ready to clean their cabin. It’s amazing to see them learn to make their bed, sweep, take out the trash and more. And they like doing it!
Shortly after cabin cleanup the girls head to their club meetings, learn more songs and bond together with all ages. It’s really neat to see the older campers braiding the younger girl’s hair or leading the group in cheers. This is also a time to hunt for the Horseshoe that has been hidden around camp and worth several points for the club who finds it. First clue has been given-It may be high, it may be low, it may be anywhere you go. But if I were you and looking all around I’d look mainly on the ground. Go ahead and send an email to your daughter telling her where to look:)
First class begins at 9 and they are off for a day full of activities most likely starting off in a long sleeved shirt and finishing in a short sleeve one. Perfect cool morning and warm afternoon. I had a chance to spend some time in Horseback, Ropes, Cheerleading, Bible Study, Fun Swim and Archery. What I witnessed that meant the most to me as a mom was the encouragement your children give to each other. It’s really cool to see one girl telling her friend “you can do it” as she jumps off the pamper pole and grabs the bar. Or when one girls shoots a little off target and a friend tells her “you’ll get it next time” with a smile and a hug. I really do see this all day long.
Tonight’s activity was Talent Night and these girls were amazing. It’s always a proud moment to see a child have the confidence to get up in front of a crowd and perform. We saw everything from singing to dancing to playing the piano to magic tricks. And I must say the audience is always snapping along and giving lots of praise. The winners are listed below:
Groups 1, 3, & 4
3rd place: Evie Harrison
2nd place: Lily McMillan
1st place: Avery Foster
Groups 5 & 6
3rd place: Margaret Rencher
2nd place: Mary Allen Richardson
1st place: Virginia Alexander
1, 2, & 4: Elizabeth Ringold
5 & 6: Jane Abbie Alford
We ended our day with camp fire and again with our theme “kindle”. All the girls are getting sleepy and it’s a nice way to complete our day with Taps and then off to bed. I’m sure all the cabins will be quiet tonight as they dream about the blob they had the courage to bounce on and off of or the horse they touted on for the first time. I hope your day has been as fun as mine and your steps as many (16,539) but I seriously doubt it!
Larry is originally from Florida and graduated from Florida State University (Go Noles!). He taught and coached for 12 years before working full time at camp. During the off season, he heads up the winter retreats and leadership training with sports teams from all across the country. He’s married to Sally (who tries to keep him in line) and is an avid pilot and caver in any free time he can find.