Posted by Larry Johnson on June 21
Let me introduce myself to you… I’m Frances Lindsey, the Camp Mom, and I have the pleasure to love on your girls all day. During the day I see them at different activities and in their cabins and at every meal. I even get to do pottery or archery and if I’m really brave I will do the V-Swing. But mostly I just enjoy hanging out with all of your children and give out lots of hugs. So let me take you through 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 FOLLOW. 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 “what to wear.” The basic idea is teaching the kids how to put on their armor of God. You will be amazed at how much your child will learn and I encourage you to ask your daughters 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, biscuits and fruit. 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 then 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! It’s actually a competition to see who has the cleanest cabin.
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 both on and off the ground.”. Go ahead and send an email to your daughter telling her where to look :)
So we begin to head to our first activity and it is lightly raining. But this does not stop our girls. Since there was no thunder, they enjoyed swimming and canoeing in the rain and what an experience that is. You could hear the laughter throughout camp. For Ropes the girls got to learn how to “climb up” using ascenders in the gym. The pics look great with the girl’s up in the rafters. Circus was inside the gym too learning tricks with the silks. One of my favorite activities I enjoy with the older girls is Bible Study. Sally is teaching a great study on Ruth and to see these girls listen and to hear them ask such in-depth questions is wonderful. They will certainly GLEAN something from this summer’s bible enrichment. 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!
We ended our night with a crazy, fun game called Candy Crush. It’s new this year and I’m still trying to figure it out but I’ll give it a shot… So the girls go around with their cabin and try to get as much “candy” balloons from candy makers by doing funny tasks like doing a skyline dance or giving a compliment to a counselor/camper. And there are “hecklers” that try to get the balloons by making them laugh, do more tricks or by popping them. Whichever cabin has the most candy balloons by the end of the night wins. It’s quite a sight to see and I really hope that through the pics you will maybe kinda sorta understand how it works.
We ended our day with camp fire and again with our theme “what to wear.” 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 trotted on for the first time. I hope your day has been as fun as mine and your steps as many (22,575) but I seriously doubt it! :)
Sweet Dreams! Frances Lindsey Camp Mom
P.S. - Tomorrow Cooking II has a guest chef, Allene Arnold, who is a former camper and counselor and who also was a sous chef to Bobby Flay in NYC. Get ready to hear about the homemade pasta and meatballs!!
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.