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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Happy Campers

by Stephanie Black

I’m thinking I’d better not spend too much time blogging. There are some other things I ought to be doing, because—urggh—it’s going to freak me out to even say this—there are only, like, six weeks until girls camp. Aaarrrgggghhhhhhh!! My blood pressure! Did I mention I’m stake camp director? For the first time? And that stake camp director was #2 on my list of Most-Feared Callings? (Relief Society President is #1). That when I’d look at the former camp director (who is as amazing as Julie is), I’d feel like I could NEVER do that? When the stake presidency gave me the calling, I was scared to death. This is a huge organizational calling and, as you know if you’ve been around the blog for a while, I’m not an organized person. Plus, I have a terrible problem with procrastination. I have trouble getting my library books back on time, and I’m supposed to be in charge of a stake girls camp? I think it’s pretty clear there’s something the Lord wants me to learn from this calling. I also think it’s clear He has a sense of humor.

But in the months since the calling, I’m already discovering that there are a lot of blessings associated with this calling, one of which is the people I get to work with. I have two fantastic assistants and a fantastic high councilor over camp. And our camp staff—wow! Right now, we’ve got 96 girls on the list for camp and over 60 leaders. Yes, you read that right. I’ve got over sixty wonderful stake members willing to take time off work, or arrange care for children at home, etc., and head up to the Sierras to serve as counselors, rappelling staff, waterfront staff, cooks, hike leaders, certification leaders, craft leaders, nurses, and campfire/activity leaders. It is truly awesome, and I’m so grateful for everyone who is willing to serve. I’m also grateful to have experienced leaders at the helm in the various departments, because I’m clueless. For example, I wouldn’t have a clue where to start planning food for 160 people for a week—the very idea completely freaks me out. But our head cook knows exactly what to do. I love her.

I figure the first year will be the hardest, since there’s such a big learning curve. Next year, I’ll feel a little less green. I hope.

Right now, we’ve got a couple of staffing holes to fill, and we need to finalize the counselor groups for the girls (our girls aren’t divided up by wards at camp; they’re divided up by camp year). Then comes . . . oh wowie . . . scheduling. Which group is at waterfront when, which group has KP duty when, and so on—all the scheduling that makes camp run smoothly. Each counselor will receive a set of laminated cards (to be worn on a lanyard), which contain the schedule for the day. I hope we can pretty well keep most of the schedule from last year and just alter things a little to accommodate any needed changes, because otherwise my brain might melt. Like, seriously, melt, like gray ice cream left in the sun.

Needless to say I’m behind on things, so I’d better go. Our kickoff “Back to Camp” night is next week . . .


At 5/19/2010 1:46 PM, Blogger Utahdoula said...

Do you get to go to Camp Ritchie? If so, say hello to it for me. I love that place.

At 5/19/2010 2:16 PM, Blogger Melanie Goldmund said...

*envious sigh* I always loved camp when I was a teenager. I'm sure you'll have a great time and even learn something on the way. ;-)

At 5/19/2010 2:25 PM, Blogger Jon Spell said...

Oh, look, people do still post here! :)

Man, I'm glad I don't have your job; I can barely manage my own life (or my own one teenage girl *facepalm*) much less a couple hundred people.

But I'm sure you're up to the task!

If all else fails, think of the future story ideas!

At 5/19/2010 5:08 PM, Blogger Stephanie Black said...

Utahdoula, yes, it's Camp Ritchie. I'll tell it hi for you!

Melanie, I'm definitely going to learn a lot! When you start out as clueless as I am, there's nowhere to go but up.

LOL, Jon, I'll keep that in mind as a setting for my next book.

At 5/20/2010 12:59 PM, Blogger mathmom said...

Now I want to go camping. It sounds like it is going to be a fantastic experience for the girls!

At 5/20/2010 2:23 PM, Blogger Charlie Moore said...


Lots of work and some sacrifice go into these outings, but the end result will be so wonderful for both the leaders and the girls. You'll see.

Now, if you want to talk about church callings that make one humble this stake girl's camp thingy (thing you're talking about) or R.S. Pres. are small potatoes. Try ward financial clerk. Making sure the Lord's finances are in order week after week is the most humbly call there is.

Have tons of fun with the girls.


At 5/20/2010 6:33 PM, Blogger Stephanie Black said...

Charlie, I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I am that I'll never have to worry about that one! Or bishop.

Mathmom--I hope the girls enjoy it! If I can ever get my act together . . .

At 5/23/2010 2:26 AM, Blogger Cahya said...

What an interesting blog.


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