For those of you who don’t know me I’m Frances Lindsey, Camp Mom during the summer. I was a camper myself many moons ago with my sisters. My mom was a camper too back in the 1950’s. I even sent my children to Skyline. So as you can see Skyline means a lot to my entire family. I truly have the best job on campus so I want to take you around my day at camp so you can see it through a mom’s eyes.

The day started off with Morning Watch which was led by one of our veteran counselors on the hut row side of the river. She explained the importance of showing your faithfulness through prayer and explained how each finger can help remind you who to pray for. Your thumb is for those closest to you because when we fold our hands our thumb is closest to our heart. The pointer finger is for those who teach us so they point the way. The tallest finger is for those who stand tall and lead us. The ring finger is for those who are weak or in pain since its our weakest finger. And the pinky is to pray for ourselves. Make sure to ask your child how to use her 5 fingers to remind her what to pray for.

After Morning Watch we move on to Flag Raising then to a delicious breakfast. As always after breakfast the kids go back to their cabin to clean up. Every cabin at camp has a caper chart with jobs listed for each girl to help in the cleaning process. You would be amazed at how our mini campers to the Riversiders can sweep, take out the trash and make up her bed. Hopefully they will all continue this when they get home.

Club meetings begin at 8:30 and the girls are busy learning songs, talking about club spirit and even braiding hair. As you know the Mounties found the horseshoe last night so the Mountie Captain and I re-hid it tonight. The Rangers and Troopers still have a chance to find it and get the points. Whatever club has the horseshoe by banquet night gets a lot of points!

First period begins and 9 and they are off to all kinds of fun. I help out in the barn and get to lead some of your daughters in the ring. All our barn staff, myself included, were well trained and enjoy seeing the look of success on the girls faces as they learn to guide their horse around cones or trot for the first time.

Arts and Crafts girls have been busy making all kind of crafts using nature as they’re main tool. It has been fun to see the creative juices flowing. We have a mom of one of our past camper/counselors that is teaching the girls and she really has them inthralled allowing them to use sticks, pinecones, flowers and maybe a little hot glue. Amazing!

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One of my favorite times a day is Beli Deli where your child has the opportunity to grab a snack and just hang out with 200 or so of their friends. As you’ll see in pictures we now have a Book Nook on both sides of the river for the girls to have time to just sit and read. And of course the Gaga Pit and the rope swing are always a favorite during this time as is sitting on the gym steps and making friendship bracelets.

I also have the opportunity to sit in on Sally’s Bible Study. Groups 5 and 6 that choose to take this class are learning about The Lord’s Prayer. Sally has such a gift of teaching. I’m always amazed at the number of girls that want to learn more about God’s word.

Tonight’s activity was Candy Crush. It’s basically a funny game played with your cabin where you are trying to save the candy (balloons) from the hecklers. You get candy when you complete a task but the hecklers can take it from you. The more candy you get the more points earned. It’s really a crazy, fun night with lots of tears from laughter! Camp is GREAT!

I hope you all have had a great day and enjoy the pictures form the day. Your children are all tucked in bed now. They sleep so well after such a fun day on the mountain…Me too!!