Posted by Larry Johnson on July 12
Hello Parents! For those of you who don’t know me I’m Frances Lindsey, Camp Mom. I truly have the best job at camp by having the opportunity to visit with your kids and love on them all throughout the day. So I thought you might like to have a “peak” around camp though a Mom’s eye…
We started off the day with a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and cantaloupe. From there we head to cabin clean up. I do believe you will be impressed with how well your child can make up her bed and sweep. After the cabin is spotless and the trash is taken out everyone heads to club meetings. It’s fun to hear the leaders teaching club songs and to see some of the older girls doing the younger girls hair into braids.
Today was a big day for the Caving and Repelling group as they headed out to explore inside Howard’s Waterfall Cave. Please take the time to look at the pictures of this brave group of girls and the tight spaces that they crawled through. Larry is so good at encouraging these girls to be their adventurous selves. After their trip I asked them what was the best part and this is what they said, “Making mud balls and throwing them on the ceiling of the cave was cool.”, “Seeing the salamanders inside the cave was cool.”, and “Attempting a nap inside the dark, 57 degree cave was awesome.” They even had one of our camp nurse go with them…Go Lindy!!
Back at camp I spent some time this morning watching the girls in Circus. They were doing some amazing tricks such as the Seat Off, the Hematoma, and the Penny Drop. Some of their faces as they come off a trick makes me wonder if they are really enjoying it but they promise me they love it. No pain no gain is what I heard. Later in the day is Advanced Circus and they will perform stunts for all of us to see at Showtime.
I also got to see several classes of Ropes today. These girls are so brave as the climb a tall, wobbly pole to try and jump off and catch a bar. (Don’t worry though they are all harnessed in and wearing a helmet.) They call it the Pamper Pole. One camper tried 6 times and each time she has missed and she still wants to keep trying. That’s perseverance! I told her to find me when she is successful because my motto is, “Two feet on the ground!”. They amaze me!
And my favorite activity at camp lately has been Bible Study. This class is with groups 5 and 6 so the older girls at camp. I’ve had the opportunity to lead these young ladies and we have enjoyed digging in deeper to our daily themes at camp. Today we talked about bearing with each other as followers of Christ and what that means. I’m always amazed at what these girls end up teaching ME. My hope is that they all glean something from this study and you will see results of this in their daily life.
Tonight’s Nighttime activity was Game Show! Each cabin participates in a game show. Some you may have seen on TV such as Family Feud or in this case “Cabin Feud”. Wheel of Fortune was another popular one with the phrase being, “Where’s the horseshoe?”. (I hide the horseshoe and they still have yet to find it.) And I wish you could have seen the Lip-sync Battle between upstairs and downstairs Riverside. Make sure to check out all the pictures!
Goodnight from Lookout Mountain!
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.