Saturday, July 11, 2009

Lessons Learned

I just got back from a week at Girls' Camp. Yes, I survived, and yes it was fun, and YES it was really hard and sometimes horrible! But I learned a few things while I was there, and here they are:

*teenage girls are CRAZY.

*if you get a bunch of adult women together without their kids, they're crazier than teenage girls.

*giant spiders apparently like the taste of my elbow.

*sometimes grown women are meaner than teenage girls.

*I don't like to be woken up by crazy, giggling, door slamming teenage girls.

*but I don't mind keeping said crazy, giggling, door slamming teenage girls awake myself.

*there are some faces you should never make.

*sometimes teenage girls will pee in a trashcan. I don't know why, I just learned it, doesn't mean I understand it. (don't worry, no picture for that one!)

*never let a teenage girl do your hair.

*people only like you if you're happy and cheerful all the time, the minute you're upset, they drop you like a dead potgut.

*potguts are little rodents like prairie dogs.

*girls from other campsites like to stomp on the baby potguts at your campsite, because they are sick (the girls, not the potguts).

*teenage girls are still sensitive about killing baby potguts and will hold funeral services for the poor squished creature.

*you should bring more than one blanket to sleep with when you're camping up in the mountains.

*you get really emotionally haggard by the end of a week at Girls' Camp.

*you are a bad person for teaching your crazy, giggling, door slamming girls "bad" camp songs that all revolve around death--in a funny way-- (but secretly love it).

*sitting around a campfire singing to a guitar is pretty awesome.

*shockingly enough, grown women will still play favorites.

*if you sit in the sunlight at noon for over an hour you will get sunburned on half your face.

*hammocks rock.

*hiking uphill sucks.

*teenage girls do not know how to pick up their trash, or drink a soda all the way gone or throw that soda can away.

*you won't physically die on 4 hours of sleep every night, I was certainly surprised.

*everyone starts their period at camp.

*fire stinks really bad.

*your kids don't miss you nearly as much as you miss them.

*most women your age want boob jobs. Whodathunkit!?

*your husband will NOT clean your house fantastically before you return.

*I can do a zip line challenge course in 1:30.

*if you leave Mountain Dew out all night, and then stick it in the fridge to get cold, it still won't taste good.

*if you eat a whole bag of marshmallows, you will get canker sores so bad you can hardly eat.


I really had a great time (for the most part) at Camp, if for anything else than to get to play with my girls and have some fun! They are the most beautiful, wonderful, spiritual, inspiring group of girls you could ever hope for!


  1. OK, I totally knew you were going to camp, I don't know what I was thinking.

    You would be the coolest camp leader ever. I can't believe you only brought one blanket! And I had never heard of a pot gut before.

  2. I'm still freaking out about the giant spider bite. *shudder*

  3. Oh girls camp memories. I've wondered what it'd be like to go back as an adult. Not a lot. No No I didnt just say I wondered, where's some wood, I gotta knock...

    Ok I think you'd be a super fun camp leader!!

  4. K you make Girls camp look fun... except for that SPIDER bite... YIKES girl!

    And I would have had an extra blanket cause I OVER PACK!!! lol!

    I'm not really a camper...

  5. Reading this makes me miss Girl's Camp already & I just got home yesterday. You captured the spirit of it & then some.

    Ours was a lot of fun too...a near-miss with a bear (huge practical joke we later found out), a zip line plunge, moonlit night hike, and a missing wallet, just to name a few things. I can't wait until Girl's Camp next year!!

  6. Owie on the spider bite. Owie. Owie. Hope it's better now.

    You look so great in all of those pictures. Even the funky ones. No fair.

    I love Girl's Camp because my girls go and have a great time. I'd love to go some year. But I'd probably end up only bringing one blanket and getting all bent at the women who have favorites. And then I'd get in trouble for teaching morbid camp songs. Then I'd a lifetime ban from girl's camp. So I guess it's best to love Girl's Camp from afar.

  7. OK, could you be any cuter?? Seriously.

    And I agree on so many of your points. The one about moms without their kids being nuts? So so true!

  8. I can't wait until the day that I can go to Girl's Camp again! So much fun. And, by the way, you are just too cute! I bet you were an awesome leader!!!

  9. Okay, I'm going to take your word for it that Girl's Camp was bettr than I remember.

    But it's kind of hard with that spider bite picture screaming something different!

  10. I just sent my daughter off to GC this morning. Should I turn around and collect her? I wouldn't want her to come home with half a sunburn (a whole one would be better) or an elbow eaten by spiders or knowing more funny death songs than she currently has in her repretoire (I suspect I spelled that wrong!)

  11. I popped over here from Trapped Between a Scream and a Hug...great post...all I can add is BEEN THERE, DONE THAT.

    GC is one of those things in Church I have a Love/Hate memory of when I was a YW leader. Why can't we rent a hotel for 2 nights...with hot showers and snuggly beds, and get the same results without the stinky french braided hair and sleepless night?


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