Posted by Larry Johnson on July 28
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 “light”. The basic theme is how we have the Lords light inside of us and how we can pass it on to others through our words and actions. We have to continue to do those things so that our “light” will always shine bright.
Morning Watch is followed by the traditional Flag Raising and then off to breakfast of eggs, bacon, biscuits with gravy and honeydew. 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 or help clean up around camp.
First class begins at 9 and they are off for a day full of activities Today started off with a lil rain so we all went to our “rainy day” locations for each activity. Lots of dances were being taught in the gym to get ready for the Laney Dance tonight. I also had a chance to spend some time with Circus in the gym where some of the advanced girls were learning how to ride and do flips on the trick bike. Later in the day I attended Bible Study being taught by our owner/directory Sally where they are doing an awesome study of Joseph in the book of Genesis.
What I witnessed throughout the day that meant the most to me as a mom was the encouragement and friendship your children give to each other. It’s really cool to see one of the older girls show a new camper how to do the “Cupid Shuffle” or putting glitter on each other’s face to join in the fun of dressing up for the dance. Or when prayer request are made for friends and family back home. These girls have such big hearts! I really do witness this all day long and I so much enjoy hearing “Watch me Mrs. Frances!”…love it!!
Tonight’s activity is Dance night with the Laney boys from down the street and I’m actually worn out from smiling. If you could see them laughing and dancing and doing ALL of the dances they have learned you would be smiling too. Check out all the pictures of this fun night. Yes I know some of you want my job!
We ended our day with camp fire and again with our theme “light”. The age-outs were in charge of sharing what they know and it was quite a moment for them and inspiring to the younger campers. You mamas (and dads) would have been proud!
All the girls are getting sleepy and it’s a nice way to complete our day with Taps and then off to bed. It’s also the last night for the minis and we will miss those little nuggets so much. 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.