Saturday, June 21, 2008

Girl's Camp - Fun & Freaky


FUN: Our girl's camp experience this year was quite the interesting one for me. It was great fun just like it was back when I went to girl's camp as a young woman but I do not remember all the drama. Maybe there wasn't much back then, who knows? I learned that I do not have a very high tolerance level when it comes to teenage drama. I don't want to use any names because I have no idea who looks at this blog, but to put it in a very small nutshell I had one girl totally deck another girl (they were sisters) because she didn't want her help with her bags, etc. I had girls try to sneak in cell phones and iPods (no surprise), a girl who wouldn't eat or drink anything but apple juice, a girl who tried ditching out and hiding for half of the day, a girl who nearly got sent home, a girl who hyperventilated for 2 hours plus, and girls who cried becaue of the arrangements decided on for the ride home. On the flip side I did get to know a lot of the girls better and I had a blast with the other leaders that we up there from our ward and elsewhere in the stake.

FREAKY: The freaky part of camp was more freaky to the girls than to most of the leaders but it was a bad situation none the less. The shorter version of the story goes like this. We arrived at camp on Tuesday morning. The day was busy as could be between certification, day programs, and meal times. At some point during the day a leader and some girls from another ward spotted a random man lurking in the woods near their cabins. On Wednesday more stories surfaced of other girls seeing this man near their cabins and down by the lake where they were swimming. Some people insisted that their bags had been rummaged through, etc. One of the leaders said she was missing a bra and underwear. Wednesday evening a few stake leaders and the priesthood brethern that were with us at the time got in a car and drove around to try and locate this man. Sure enough, down a little known back access road they saw the man and his out-of-state pick up truck. It was all a little wierd becase this was a private group area that we were in and there was no public camping allowed around us. Not sure if they actually confronted him at this point or just confirmed that there was actually a man fitting the description that all the girls gave. That night after our camp fire program as we were all heading to our variuos cabins spread out all over the hill side, more girls claimed to have seen him near their cabin in the woods and did not dare to go back. Other girls said that they left their cabin with the light on and the shutter closed. When they went to their cabin to go to bed, the light was off, the shutters were open, and there was a window screen removed (no glass in these cabins, just screens). The leaders got the park rangers in on it. They went out looking for the man. Our stake president was called about the situation and he thought it best to gather all the girls in one place for the night where we could assure their saftey (the normal rule is that leaders cannot sleep with the girls). The only building big enough for that was our dinning hall. Everyone was called back up the hill and were to bring their sleeping stuff. The girls were just told we were having a big sleepover. Some knew why and some didn't. Our ward was not aware of this wierdo man in the woods until this point when all the leaders were gathered and alerted of the situation. One of our priesthood brothers told the girls a very watered down reason of why we were all sleeping in the dinning hall. As you could imagine, half of them freaked out. We did the best we could to calm everyone down. We even let them watch Alvin & the Chipmunk's. :) Around 10:30 the rangers came and told us that they located the man and asked him to leave. Really that is all they could do. But that wouldn't stop him from coming back. Needless to say, it was a LONG night with very little sleep. Overnight it was decided by the stake presidency to have us pack up and come home a day early. They did not want to risk the safety of any of the girls. We slept in a little Thursday morning, had breakfast, did a short program to end camp on a better note, packed up and headed home around 1:30. Come to find out, by that time the man had been spotted by leaders and the priesthood bretheren two more times that morning. So, yah, a little freaky to imagine that something could have happened to one or many of the 60 plus girls that were there at camp. We were very sad to have to leave camp early as the last day/night is usually the best but felt releived that the girls would no longer be in any danger.

9 comments:

Lisa said...

Holy canole- I'd almost forgotten too how dramatic teenage girls can be! Yeesh. And I'm very glad that the girls are safe and sound. It kinda stinks to have one stupid guy ruin everyone's fun- but of course it is better not to take chances.

Mindy said...

Oh the girls camp drama. I remember one year two sisters got in a cat fight and started throwing punches and four letter words at each other. I was always lucky to get to stay in a tent with "normal" girls. :) Scary about that creepy guy! There are so many weirdo's out there that you can't be too careful.

Angie said...

I don't remember any of that drama either. Girls camp was just fun, but I'm sure their was drama somewhere.
Yikes, about the creepy guy. That freaks me out just thinking about it. Time for that guy to get a life! Glad everyone is ok though.

Threlfall Mysteries said...

Jess, you always have the funnest and most interesting things happen in your life. Wow, that is crazy about girls camp. I guess that is the best thing to do, is just leave. It isn't worth the risk of anything bad happening to anyone. There sure are some weird people out there isn't there? It sounds like you still had a good time, regardless of the craziness. Everyone has a good time when you're around.

Krista said...

Holy Crazy, not any fun for the girls, but even more wild for the leaders trying to deal with everything, and keep the peace, and the girls calm, it will be a camp you never forget, that is for sure!!! You seriously do always have some amazing story, I love it!

Phill & Allie said...

Girls Camp was always the best with Santa Clara 3rd ward! I miss those days. And of course the Laurel Lake Powell Trip. We had such a fun ward! I don't remember there being that much drama in our ward but maybe I've forgotten. I just remember giggling all the time until our leaders couldn't handle it anymore!

Chris & KayDee said...

Sounds like it was fun! How did Easton do without his mom??

The Harris' said...

What a weirdo. A weirdo that was told no, and still continued to be weird. I can imagine wigging out no matter what age you are. I mean really, girl's camp was hiking, making flower headbands, styling your leaders hair, and making up skits in a carefree environment.
Your house looks nice and almost ready to host all those YW for next years girls camp.

Tia said...

Hey Jessica, it's Tia Chapman here. I hope you don't mind me reading your blog! Kelly Lundy invited me to hers, and I just kind of linked through that way. Your blog is so cute! I was just reading your story about camp. SCARY!! I'm actually leaving for camp in the morning. I'm excited, but this is my 5th year in a row, and your drama sounds exactly like mine with the girls. I don't put up with it very well either. I also don't remember acting like that when I was that age, but maybe I did and just don't remember. I liked your cute candy theme! Maybe we'll have to use that one next year. I'm the new YW president by the way if you didn't hear, and you probably know Melissa Montoya is now the RS President. Crazy huh?? Well it looks like all is well with you and your family. Congrats on your new pregnancy- and a girl!! How exciting!!