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We butchered a pig and roasted it in an underground over . . . I'm not even joking. I'm a YW leader in the Marshall Islands, and here's my blog about it:http://zvirzdin.blogspot.com/2012/08/pig-butchering-at-yw-girls-camp.html
The absolute best part of our camp this year was that we held our camp and a high adventure dude ranch. The girls got to test and push their limits. Instead of just having crafts and devotionals, they really got to see their own strength. I can't tell you how wonderful it was to see these young women come alive with the realization that they are strong, empowered and can accomplish difficult things. I've felt a real gap in the camps for boys and girls. Boys regularly are trained to test their limits and their strength, physically, mentally and spiritually, while we treat our girls like they are fragile and breakable. Seeing young women thrown onto a rock face several hundred feet above the ground sure brought on a lot of tears, but it also gave our young women a sense of self confidence that was palpable before the end of the camp. They were changed fundamentally. They showed up as young women, and left as strong, fierce young women who know they could accomplish anything they set their minds to.
These are great (and already - diverse!) - keep 'em coming!
We did Illuminate, based on President Monson's devotional talk from last October. http://www.johnandjackidaley.blogspot.com/2012/08/girls-camp-illuminate.htmlThe best part for us was the youth camp leaders learning to teach and serve and lead. I had one girl complaining about how busy and not relaxing being a leader was, then just an hour later seeing her step up and teach an impromptu introduction to Joseph Smith to a non member camper during scripture study time.
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