Posted by Larry Johnson on June 13
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…
Sunday’s are special days at camp as we begin with a later breakfast time. With the much needed extra sleep we start off with donuts, bacon and strawberries all wearing our PJs. These girls, ages 6 to 50ish, enjoy this very much! From breakfast they all head to clean up their cabins and reorganize the trunks that you so nicely packed for them. I took a look around and was impressed with the difference I saw from yesterday to today.
Sunday’s aren’t complete without Sunday School and Church. We had a special visitor lead us in worship, Aja Grimes. Aja is very familiar with Skyline as she was a counselor and an admin once upon a time and now serves on the board of the Skyline Foundation. The Skyline Foundation helps to provide scholarships to girls who cannot otherwise afford to come to camp. This summer we provided 16 scholarships!
Church this Sunday focused on our overall camp theme, Bloom, and how we are stronger with God’s Armor. Aja used the analogy of marigolds and how they are like a natural amor for garden plants. Marigolds help improve the growth of other plants in your garden. If you plant a marigold by any garden vegetable it will allow them to grow big and strong and healthy, protected and encouraged by it’s marigold. The armor of God works like marigolds to help YOU bloom! Surrounding yourself with people who put on there spiritual armor from God have a marigold effect on your own spiritual growth and blooming. You can also be a “marigold” to others. Aja ended our worship service with a fun dance. Make sure to check out today’s video!
After Church and a delicious lunch it’s off to rest hour and then on to the Skyline Carnival! This is a fun time of games, popsicles, face painting, slip n’ sliding, swimming, and so much more. Its great to see the camp filled with so much laughter! We even had one of the nurses take part in being blobbed by a Riversider! The pictures should say it all.
To end the day we have a picnic supper before our nighttime activity, Counselor Hunt. This is really an exciting game of hide and seek 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. Winners for tonight are…Mounties 1st, Rangers 2nd, and Troopers 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 show me their “hair tinsel”, a camp favorite. I’m very impressed with each girl here, camper and counselor alike. Thank you for sharing them with us!
Goodnight! 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.