Posted by Larry Johnson on June 07
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 cooking 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…
We begin our morning with my favorite gathering at Morning Watch where we start our day off with a wonderful devotional centered around our theme, IN GOOD COMPANY. 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.
Typically during my day I get to walk around camp to the different activities and occasionally ride the gator out to see the equestrian girls jump so today I started my day off by checking in on the girls at archery. Your girls are sharp shooters, especially those Mini’s. And speaking of mini’s we will be really sad to see them go tomorrow morning. Make sure to check the pictures of them performing the dance they have been learning this week. I’m amazed at how much they learned in such a short time.
I also got to visit today with the brave girls at circus and I’ve got to tell you that they amaze me at the tricks they can now perform. We are all looking forward to showtime where the advanced circus girls put on a show for all of camp. And our new activity for brave girls, Caving and Repelling, went off campus to Zahnd Wildlife Management to repel in Georgia. Check out those pictures! And one of my favorite activities I enjoy with the older girls is Bible Study. Sally is teaching a great study on Job and to see these girls listen and to hear them ask such in-depth questions is wonderful. They will certainly learn how important their faith is when faced with challenging circumstances.
What I witnessed that meant the most to me as a mom was the encouragement your children give to each other throughout the day. 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! And please ask your child what “One, two bottom on blue.” means in Fun Swim!!
Our night time activity was the Laney Dance and you should see your girls boogie. It’s fun to see a group of campers, counselors, admin and even a few nurses all dancing together. And of course the slow dances always make me smile. Make sure you check out these fun pics!
We ended our day with camp fire with our age-outs leading us in songs and wrapping up our day with the story of the Samaritan woman. 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 (21,475) but I seriously doubt it! :)
Sweet Dreams! Frances Lindsey Camp Mom
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.