Posted by Larry Johnson on July 22
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 arts and crafts 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 Sunday at camp through a mom’s eye…
Sundays start off a little later than normal as we meet for breakfast in our pajamas at 9:00am. Not only is the extra sleep a treat but the special breakfast of homemade donuts is oh so wonderful. For all the Skyline alumni out there…yes, these are the same donuts we had when we were little and I’m almost 50! And these donuts taste so good with crispy bacon!!
It’s off to cabin cleanup and trunk inspection before we attend Sunday school and church. This Sunday we had a special visit from the fabulous musicians Drake and Lucy Jayne from the band Drakeford singing along with DJ and Marv. It was an incredible way to worship through music and to connect with God in such a unique way. What an experience for all us gals!
Then it’s off to lunch with our traditional Sunday chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans and rolls. And always the choice of salad, pb&j and fruit as an option. If you have ever been to camp for any meal you would know that songs of all sorts are sung or chanted and laughter is always part of the meal. So much fun!! I believe our Sunday guest musicians were thoroughly impressed.
So after lunch and rest hour we get to have a really fun day of Carnival Activities. There is everything from water slides to face painting and friendship bracelet making. And in the background is music from the keraoke machine with “gifted” singers. One of the highlights is the dunking booth where club leaders have reached this momentous event of being dunked. And a carnival would not be the same without popcorn and snow cones. Check out the pictures today!
To end the day we have a picnic supper before our nighttime activity, Counselor Hunt. This is really a fun game where the clubs get points for the counselors they find hidden in some really creative places such as the dumpsters. You will see in the pictures counselors that have been found have an X on their forehead and the campers have smiling faces. Tonights winners are Mounties 1st, Troopers 2nd and Rangers 3rd.
What’s wonderful to see as a Mom is how at this point in the session there are no homesick tears only friendships that have become stronger and lots of smiles. The best is when they call on me to share a story of something funny that happened in their day or to let me know of the “Happy Birthday Dad” picture that was taken earlier. I’m very impressed with each girl here, camper and counselor alike. Thank you for sharing them with us!
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.