Thursday, August 13, 2015

To Eternity and Beyond: Outer Space Young Women Camp

Our theme for Young Women camp this year was "To Eternity and Beyond!" We had lots of outer space, rockets, star wars, stars and galaxy print. 

Here's some shots of things related to the theme, or innovations this year. 

Our levels were- Estrela de Esperanca, Celestial 2nd Years, Cosmic Cuties, Supernovas, the Resistance to the Empire, and the stake leaders called themselves "Galactic Guides" 

When the Bishops visited they fought with light sabers while singing Primary songs, found martian rocks, wore martian headbands, and threw hula hoop rings on paper lantern Saturn.

Crafts made galaxy pillowcases. White pillowcases were sprayed with dye and flicked with white paint.  They also did some beaded bracelets with sun, moon,  and star charms.

Our PVC specialist made a misting station to sit outside Archery and the shooting range. 

Sister cope also made a photo booth, with pvc pipe, complete with trampoline to look like you're floating in space/

I ordered nylon backpacks for the young women, from, they came less than $1.00 a piece. We had a leader serge the inside side seams so they were more durable. Girls wrote on them in Metallic sharpie to label their name. We also have schedule books and the girls had the option of a lanyard or safety pin.

We had some existing billboards from the Scouts so we attached fabric signs and a huge wall of Christmas lights and draped fabric to wood to hang over. At night it looked awesome.

At the lake the aquatics director had built a pvc square with metal pit for a fire on the lake. We swam to get marshmallow skewers, roasted marshmallows, then had to swim back for s'mores. It was hilarious. The 4th years had their sharing meeting around the campfire in the water. 

Did I mention the stand up paddleboards? That's me trying not to fall on my face in the water. Or the shooting range and archery? Favorite things about the camp.

I was kind of excited about decorations this year. From the Christmas lights and fabric banners, to my directions signs. I was so excited to make this craft- maybe because it made sense with a journey theme, or because I love the Flock of Signs exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and I just love having one more thing to make camp fun and witty. 

In the Mess Hall there was the photo booth, black banners with stars with every campers names, paper lanterns, and mini galaxys- weird mixture of goo in jars in green,purple, blue. Also, martian rocks. 

Roberta here hand painted galaxy shirts for her level leaders and youth leaders, and took a chipotle hat and made it into a galaxy hat. We also had a great youth leader artist who came up with our shirt, of a girl on Saturn watching a rocket go by. And the youth leaders get bandanas every year corresponding to the theme, star wars fabric made it really easy!

I tried to ramp up awards this year. Creepy clown came to your campsite if it was super messy.

 Songbirds were given the hat full of birds and flowers(all from dollar store), and Yoda came to clean or reverent groups, and the Torch went to a group that stood out in some way.

A big project for me this year was these necklaces. I originally wanted a ;map activity. Which morphed into a new prize every day. And that morphed into a scavenger hunt with space trivia. Then all the trivia answer cards flew away or fell off their spots. There were a lot of things I'd do differently next year if I want a similar activity. In the end, I spent $130 on some awesome necklaces for the young women to remember what they'd learned. I love the large charm "Love Beyond the Moon and Stars" 

I bought some metal stamps, sets of 100 planets, lots of split rings, arrows, blank discs, the large Love beyond...charm and lots of bead chain and connectors.

Besides all these fun things, we did a lot of spiritual stuff, as seen in my last post. I still pinch myself that I get to have such a fun calling. Hooray for camp! 

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