After I finished my time at camp as a girl, I always talked about going back to camp as a leader. Due to school/mission/work/scheduling conflicts, it never happened. Until this year. I finally made it back to girls' camp and I had a great time! I was the activities person and my job at camp consisted of teaching the girls to shoot BB guns, like so:
Being a staff member was much different than being a girl. I enjoyed eating first and not having to sing for my meal. I also enjoyed sleeping in a tent. It totally beats sleeping outside (as demonstrated by the fact that I only came home with two mosquito bites and neither were on my face). I didn't have to worry about any hikes or learn first aid. In fact, this time around, I helped teach first aid. And, as staff, I got to interact with lots of different girls of all different ages. Of course, there were some things that were similar to my experience as a girl. I got to meet new people from other wards and I made new friends. And, there was the Staff-YCL ABC challenge. Even though I was on the other end of it this time around, I learned that I still got it! And, whether you're staff or youth, the bathrooms are gonna suck. After 13 years, I had forgotten about many aspects of the girls' camp experience and my memories had started to fade. But, throughout my week at girls' camp, it all came back to me (cue Celine Dion) and I remembered what a great time I had at girls' camp and what a good experience it was for me. Of course, by the end of the week I was ready to come home and take a nice, hot shower in my nice, clean bathroom and get a good night's rest in my nice, soft bed. But, I had a great time and hopefully all of the girls did, too. Hooray for girls' camp!