If I am to be completely honest I was not really excited about going. Okay, the more appropriate term would be I was "full of dread." Not because of the girls, because in all honesty I genuinely love working with the youth; I honestly think they are so much fun to be with. But, I was just dreading being away from my family for a whole week... Monday-Saturday.
However, once I was there I was just fine. Sure, at times it felt looooong. But, I laughed a lot. I slept pretty good besides the snoring from my bunk mate... heaven help me. I ate good, and if I am to be honest I had like almost no real responsibility and it was easy and relaxing. I know, bet you would have never guessed I would say that. I sat in the shade and read and visited a lot. The day at the lake found me in my chair and bathing suit tanning and chatting with friends with a diet coke in hand.... yes I brought my own 12 pack and am so glad I did.
It was a wonderful week where I felt the spirit and even more importantly watched the girl's grow in the gospel and gain wonderful friendships. I cried a few times being there thinking of my own babies who will soon be young women and I hope with all of my heart they have strong testimonies and wonderful experiences with the spirit.
Monday was our day to get the camp, cabins, etc ready before campers got there. I lucked out insomuch that I slept in a cabin with the older girls rather than an A-frame like all the other leaders. I was in charge of the 17-18 year olds who basically ran things and were each in charge of their own cabin. Thus I would wake them up, make sure they were where they needed to be, and then relax. Monday after we were all set up we went bowling. I was determined to beat everyone (not competitive at all) which I did. Booyah!
My little group of girls who actually woke up to go.
Here are all of my girls in front of our cabin.