It seems like every summer of my adult life has revolved around Girls Camp. I know this can't actually be true, because when I lived in Utah I didn't go to Girls Camp. So there are at least those 3 summers I didn't go. And I know I didn't go every single year in Virginia, but it sure felt like it.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining. I love Girls Camp! (For the life of me I cannot bring myself to say Young Women Camp. It doesn't roll of the tongue the right way. Not to mention, there's very few "womanly" qualities about a week in the woods with teenagers.)
In one week from today I take off for another 6 days at Girls Camp. This year is a little different from my past years. I'm really carrying more responsibilities than before, and I'm in charge of more girls (from my congregation) than ever before. That's bringing just a little anxiety into my life. But as I have said many times before, my girls are awesome, and totally worth the effort.
Last year at camp we endured one of the worst heat waves to ever hit our part of the country. To say the girls and the leaders have been nervously watching the weather would be an understatement. I've been watching the 10 day forecast closely. And as of right now, it doesn't look like heat will be our problem. But thunderstorms may very well be! In the five bermillion times I have been to girls camp, I have never had a major rain problem. I think there was one or two times we had a little bit of rain. But I've managed to never see a real storm while camping.
I'm not going to lie to you. I fear my number is up.
Even though I own two perfectly adequate tents already (one of which is in storage in another state), I went out and bought myself another tent this weekend. I couldn't help myself. (The Coleman SunDome to be exact. I paid less than Amazon's price though. It was on sale for $59.) I know what the camping conditions are like where I am headed, and I want to know that I am in a tent that can handle the worst Virginia weather can throw at me.
Just for fun, here's a clip from last year's camp. This is our stake's favorite "song." (Although I personally hesitate to call it a song. A cheer would be a more accurate definition.)
For those wondering if I was affected by the major storms (derecho) that hit Virginia and DC this weekend- no. I heard it and felt it, but somehow no damage. It did pick up a shovel and move it across my yard, but that's about it. Much of my town is still without power, and trees are down everywhere. But up here on top of the mountain, we are doing just fine!