CAMP 2012: Burn Bright with His Light

I was called to head up the Stake YW Camp Activities Committee again this year.  They still like me!  I am serving with some incredible women and young women. I am so excited!   :)
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This is simply a collection of ideas had along the way of preparing for camp.  After camp I will update the post with all the fun details.  Now time for the sharing. :)
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YW Camp 2012 THEME
The Stake YW Camp Committee chose the theme:  "Burn Bright with His Light". 
(lighthouse/nautical) FYI - the logo is not one we are using for camp, I created it for use here.
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SCRIPTURE
Doctrine and Covenants 84:45,46
"For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light, and whatsoever is light is Spirit, even the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
And the Spirit giveth to every man that cometh into the world; and the Spirit enlighteneth every man through the world, that hearkeneth to the voice of the Spirit."
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DAILY THEMES
MONDAY:  "Sail Forward with Faith" (I added this one for myself)  :)
TUESDAY  "Beacons of Light", John 2:10
WEDNESDAY:  "Be a Crew Member", Moroni 7:45
THURSDAY:  "Let Your Light Shine", Matthew 5: 14-16
FRIDAY:  "Find Your True North", Moroni 10:4-5
SATURDAY:  "Keep His Light Burning Bright", 2 Nephi 31: 16-21
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100th ANNIVERSARY SERVICE PROJECT
This year, 2012, marks the 100th year of Young Women Camp. There are some wonderful ideas on how to celebrate and some great YW Camp history shared here.
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We as an activities committee decided we are going to commemorate this milestone by having the young women make 100 fleece baby blankets - while at camp - to donate to Children's Hospital and the Margery Mason Center, which are both located in our area. After camp we will invite our senior girls to deliver the blankets in behalf of all the young women from our stake.
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ACTIVITIES
We will have both a zip-line and a rappel set-up for the week.  Both are among the favorite activities up at camp.
Archery will also be offered as one of the activities.  "May the odds be ever in your favor."  :)
Last year our theme was Step-Up, based around different dance styles.  One of our daily activities was morning Zumba!  Both the Young Women and Leaders seemed to love it!  During dinner, on the last night of camp (when all the Stake Leaders, Bishops and their spouses were visiting), there was a flash mob!  The girls were on fire as they performed the Zumba routine they had learned and practiced during the week.  It was quite the unifying experience.  Our dance instructor, among others, were overcome with emotion.  It was a great activity we will do again this year - hopefully with a nautical twist.  :)
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GAMES
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We always have board games available, just in case there is rain.  I am thinking these are good choices for this year's theme:
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Battleship Board Game
A classic!
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Ocean Bingo
I happen to have this one in my game closet.
If you're interested in one for yourself, you can purchase it here.  :)
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MESSAGES IN A BOTTLE
Friendship Notes/Secret Sisters/Love Notes...  whatever you may call it.  What is camp without notes left on pillows?  This year to go along with the nautical theme we are calling it "Messages In A Bottle".  We are going to have bottle shaped die-cuts available for everyone to write little notes to each other throughout the week of camp.
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I was thinking we could have a large tin sitting just inside the craft cabin with everything the girls need to write their messages.  A large tin bucket filled with sand, to place pens in - pens topped with sailboat sails.  A smaller tin bucket, buried in the sand, to place the die-cut paper bottles in.  For fun we could place in the sand an actual bottle with a rolled up message in it.
#10 Cards-Wine Bottle
I found this wine bottle template here.
I thought it might be a good pattern for our bottles.
Wide enough, giving more room for messages.
free pdf download here.
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ALL CAMP NIGHT ACTIVITY idea
Each cabin to have their own anthem/song.  One which inspires and goes along with the theme.  This could be something the cabin counselors have their girls practice before camp - or possibly on their own with a CD. They could use the song as part of their nightly cabin devotionals.  Here are a few song ideas:

On the night of the all camp night activity, have everyone gather together into one area, sitting in a circle, as cabins.  In turn, each cabin will sing their song, while holding up their flashlights and/or lanterns.  Then, everyone will sing the camp theme song in unison, with all the flashlights and/or lanterns held high.
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SEA OF INSPIRATION
more to come  :)
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NAUTICAL THEMED CRAFT ideas
Bottle Cap Pennants
Designed by the talented Janey Wilding.
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Sea Glass Pennants
Created by the talented Janey Wilding.
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DIY Nautical Stripe Yarn Bracelets
found here
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Created by the talented Janey Wilding.
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Nautical Inspired Nails
This would be a fun station for the girls!
idea found here
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Nautical Inspired Mason Jar Lantern
Created by the talented Janey Wilding.
These are being filled with sand, small shells, and a tea light.
Topped with lid - also with scripture printed on it.
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DIY Lighthouse Lanterns
tutorial here
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Pinned Image
Starfish Headband
Adorable!
Looks simple enough.
An elastic headband.  A couple mini starfish.  And a glue gun.
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DIY Hand-Stitched Anchor Keychain
A square of felt, needle and thread.
The girls could practice their sewing skills.  :)
idea found here
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Sailor Knot Bracelet
tutorial found here
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Pinned Image
Compass Ring
idea found here
The girls could make a simple version using
ring blanks and mini compasses, like the ones found here.
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DIY Nautical Headband
tutorial here
We will be making a yarn version of this headband.
yarn tutorial found here.
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Stamped Quote
"My Port In The Storm"
We will have washers (and possibly dog tags) available for the girls to stamp.
Always a hit!
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Shipwreck Aluminum Cuff Ring
found here
made using an aluminum ring blank
tutorial found here
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Painted Mason Jar Lantern
Created by the talented Janey Wilding.
This isn't nautical inspired, but it is cute.  :)
YW logo was created by placing a vinyl image (Cricut or Silhouette) onto the glass.
Next spray the entire jar with spray paint, then remove the vinyl image.
Simply tie it up with ribbon and place a tea light inside.
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PERSONAL PROGRESS
The young women will also have opportunities to work on their Personal Progress during the week at camp.  More info to come...  :)
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DECOR ideas
Nautical, Lighthouses, Sea Shells,
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Wish Fish
idea found here
Something like this would be cute hanging above the doors of each cabin.
The girls could each create a fish and add it to the line.
Or you could have fish in the value colors, hanging near the Personal Progress area.
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Nautical Flags
photo found here
I would love to create a banner spelling out the theme in nautical flags.
The girls may even have fun writing messages to each other in nautical flag drawings.
They would have to visit the Activities/Craft Cabin for both writing their letters and decoding. :)
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Shark Head made from Recycled Fence
found here
Wouldn't this be fun to have on the mess hall door?

29 comments:

  1. I love your site and we are doing a nautical theme as well. But this is my first year as a camp director and I wondered if you could share a sample of your schedule for a day with me.

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  2. Kathy, what is your email address? I will send you a sample of what our stake has done in the past. :)

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  3. Hi Terri- Could you send me a copy as well? I'm a newbie this year too. I love all the ideas you shared here (we planned a few of them as well) but I wonder how you fit it all in one camp!? Any helps you can share would be appreciated!

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  4. Oh- and my email is henspris@gmail.com

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  5. Will you please email me too? blackjack_d@hotmail.com. Thanks

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  6. We want to do the bottle cap necklaces. Is there a way to get a pdf of the really cute ones you have here designed by
    Janey Wilding? My email is joylynn672000@yahoo.com.
    Thanks

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  7. What a fun idea!
    I am the camp director for my ward this year...
    Pretty nervous!
    Would you mind sending me a sample of the schedule for a day?
    Thank you !
    sbench05@gmail.com

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  8. Toni
    I am also a new camp director! I would LOVE a copy of your schedule!
    We are doing the nautical theme / anchor theme as well.
    My email is tboyer@alpinedistrict.org
    thank you so much!
    Toni

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  9. Hi. Love your ideas. We are doing Anchored in Christ and I would live a copy of your schedule. debbiebushey@live.com.

    Thank you!

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  10. Super cute! Could you send me a copy of your schedule or any other helps you might have as well. First time as ward camp director. Thanks! Candice3928@hotmail.com

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  11. We are looking at ideas for 2014! Could you please send a schedule copy to me as well? I'm getting excited about the theme idea from looking through your blog! Fabulous!
    ktbuxton19@gmail.com

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  12. I'd love a copy too if you don't mind. :)
    First time camp director as well. Thanks!
    jennylimburg@gmail.com

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  13. I would love a copy of the schedule too, if you still are giving it out. emy_918@ yahoo.com. Thanks so much, and I just love all your ideas. So cute!!

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  14. I'm a first time director and would love a copy of your schedule. My email is aftonseal@gmail.com

    Thank you! LOOOOOVE all your darling ideas!

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  15. It looks like I am jumping on the band wagon as well. I could use a copy of your schedule as well.
    My email is embell71@gmail.com.
    Thanks so much!

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  16. I would love a copy of the schedule also, first timer as well :) Thank you! jennyluparker@gmail.com

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  17. Hi Terri, I too am a new Camp director for our ward. Can I get a copy of your schedule? Thanks a million! you.are.strong@gmail.com

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  18. Hello Terri,

    I am also a Camp Director for my ward. Would it be possible to get a copy of your schedule as well? This has already been so helpful! Thank you!
    sellers.nikki@gmail.com

    Kindest regards,
    Nikki

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  19. I too would like a copy of your sch and any other helps you may have! Thank you so very much.
    Arewehavingsunyet@gmail.com

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  20. Hi!
    I love your ideas! Could you please send me a copy of your schedule as well? Thank you so much!
    emily_hesson404@hotmail.com

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  21. I'm our ward camp director as well. Could you send me a copy as well?
    lmaumau@yahoo.com

    Thanks!

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  22. I am also a first year camp director and would love a copy of the schedule you did! We are doing this for sure!!! =)

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  23. Love, Love, Love this! I would appreciate it very much if you could send me a copy of the schedule to MaryVTapia@live.com Thank you in advance!

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  24. Another new Camp Director here. love all your fantastic ideas! If it's still possible I'd love a copy of your schedule. My email address is amy@savillefamily.org

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