This year for Girls Camp I was asked to put on the Commitment HIke at the end of the week. This is a spiritual hike that kinda sums up the whole theme of the week, comes after the Stake Presidents Fireside and bring the girls to the location of their Testimony meeting. When asked I was completely overwhelmed by what I felt were great expectations. Last years hike was phenominal....talked about forever. They also asked a presidency to take care of it last year, not just one person. Honestly due do other evens and situations I was pretty overwhelmed by it all up until the day of when it all came together. And it did come together. It was amazing. Seriously amazing. The committee that I pulled together worked so hard. Our speakers were just perfect, the hike was very spiritual and ended just perfectly with our Temple President and his Wife as our final Presenters. The girls final destination was the temple and we decorated this 'lower amphtheatre' with tonz of pictures of the temples all with spotlights, a slideshow of the temples with hymns,white bows and flowers, and starting with the beginning of the hike up to the temple location.....hundreds of mason jar lanterns. Still very simple compared to what they did last year, but certainly just seeing those lanterns lining the beautiful dark woods...left an impression on me. The quiet, the sniffles, the powerful words of our presenters, then to come to the temple and be greeted by a sister in white....it was just amazing. It definitely made all the work worth every moment, especially when one particular young woman got up to bear her testimony later and shared waht she learned from this hike. She picked up on every bit of symbolism. If there was a girl that missed it...they now got it. Amazing.
The girls left that night with their own Mason Jar lantern along with waterproof matches (dipped in YW color wax) inside a film container and a quote on the label that went perfect with our whole theme of Hold High Your Torch.
(all ideas come from others genius, and not my own....FYI)
For the jars that we gave the girls, we put flame stickers on the jars, frosted them, peeled the stickers off and then the flame shone through that clear spot really cool! The idea we found online had used various shapes, then one idea they actually ordered vinyl in shape of the young womens torch to use as the stickers, but we didn't have time for that. Thanks cricut for the next best thing! Just used the basic frost spray Wal-mart carries and it worked great!
The display the girls saw as the arrived at the 'Temple'.
One of the crafts this year (yes I helped in the craft cabin too....whew I'm glad that's all over)...we had these glass tile necklaces. We had so many that we were able to use the leftover to make Temple necklaces for all the girls to get at the end of the hike as well.
This image is one I took and edited...if you are interested in it, feel free to contact me. I'm too lazy to post it right now.
On the way home from Camp one night I wanted to take a picture of the moon and it's reflection on the lake. I pull over (it was nearly midnight) and as soon as I roll down the window the car alarm goes off! I couldn't get it stop either! I freaked out that some crazy person was going to come up to the car and either want to help me or get mad at me so I quickly called Duck and woke him up to help. Lol...never stop to take pictures on a scary highway in the woods at midnight.
Oh, and remember those hundreds of mason jar lanterns? Yeah those were just for us to borrow (minus the frosted ones of course) so guess who still had to go and clip wire off those jars after we had just finished wrapping them all!!!? Sheesh...what a job. It was worth it though!!!
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