I'm the first counselor in our ward's Young Women's, and I LOVE it! I have such a great time with the girls and leaders and learn so much from them all. Part of being a YW leader is getting to go to GIRLS CAMP! Girls camp is basically just a 4-day getaway for the girls 12-18 years old and the leaders. We have crafts and activities, testimony meeting, good food, and swimming!
Our Girls Camp this year was at Palisades State Park, by Manti. I went on the second day and met the girls at the Manti temple where we did baptisms for the dead (we were baptized for those who had passed away without the chance to hear of the Gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but could now have the option in heaven of accepting the Church and baptism). The temple was AMAZING. The stonework was so intricate and old, you could see where each individual stone had been chiseled. Inside the moldings and paintings were all so old as well. The font was a huge brass tub. After baptisms we did a "wander ponder", where each girl took off on her own on the grounds and wrote herself a letter, to be mailed to her at a later date. We had snacks by the infinity pool and headed back up to the camp ground.
When I was in Young Womens, at our girls camp we slept in tents and had to bend over and wash our hair in a freezing water spigot. Not our girls! This year we had cabins, showers, bathrooms, beds, and were right next to a lake! The girls spent most of the days swimming, jumping off the floating docks in the middle of the lake, and paddle boating. I spent most of the days shouting to them "remember sunscreen!" "Don't forget to put sunscreen on!" "When was the last time you re-applied your sunscreen?!"
Our camp directors wanted to do a theme about the 10 Virgins and being prepared to Come Unto Christ (the youth theme this year), and we were able to tie it into a more modern approach by having our logo say Girl on Fire, since the Hunger Games books are so big right now. We didn't do much with the books, but instead challenged each girl to be that Girl on Fire, and have her lamp burning so that she could be prepared and be always finding ways to come unto Christ. It was really cool. My friend Jordan is an amazing graphic designer and he threw the logo together for us and my sister had shirts printed with it! The girls were stoked.
I also did a devotional right before testimony meeting using this idea from 71 toes. I made each girl a bracelet with 2 knots on it. One reminded them to "doubt knot" and one to "fear knot", because God was always with them, always on their side. I made the bracelets in the YW value colors and each girl got to pick which color she wanted. Testimony meeting was amazing, I loved hearing about each girls' sweet experiences up at camp and their witnesses of Christ and His gospel. Pretty neat. We had 3 sets of sisters at camp too, and they were each able to grow closer to each other. The whole thing was just an amazing experience.