Hello there! Now you finally get to hear a post from me! Yay for first posts! I know it’s a bit early in the year to be talking about this subject but I’m pretty sure it’s going to creep right behind us any moment! SUMMER! And when there’s summer, there’s girls camp. Now me and Charity have been going to camp for years so we know the ins and outs of situations that come up. We have learned plenty of lessons by experience of what to do and what not to do, so we’re sharing our philosophies with you. Let’s start with the DOS…
~ bring feminine hygiene products and plenty of them! Every girls camp is different but usually they have girls camp in the mountains, which means higher altitudes. This usually causes periods to come into play. I know this is a bit of an awkward touchy subject but trust me you do not want to be out in the wilderness and suddenly aunt flow decides to come to town. You will be in a world of hurt if you come unprepared. Even if you haven’t started, better safe then sorry.
~know what your camp is like. As I said before, every girls camp is different. In my case I have gone to two different girls camps, and the way they did things was basically like black and white. If you haven’t been there before for, ask around. Plenty of young women would be more than happy to tell you about camp, and they may throw in a couple dos and don’t s they’ve learned themselves.
~bring a comfy blanket, or even an air mattress to sleep on. Bunk beds at girls camp rarely come with mattresses and if they do, they are not comfortable. Usually on a girls camp list they ask you to bring a sleeping pad, don’t bring that either!!! It is useless and uncomfortable and it will be just as bad as sleeping on the floor.
~leave your technology at home. You will never use it during camp. There will be no time to listen to Justin Bieber or One Direction or text your boyfriend and it honestly should not come before feeling the spirit. It will be safer at home than in your hands at camp.
~bring make up. Seriously. None. Nada. Goose egg. There are many reasons why you should not bring it. There are no boys there to impress so looking pretty shouldn’t be an excuse, there is no one to impress. Its also very noticeable when you are wearing even the slightest of makeup. Even a dash of mascara makes your face look different from the rest. The point of girls camp is not a beauty contest, you are there to feel the spirit and learn more about Christ. You cannot serve God and mammon. (see Matt. 6:24 )
~bring cute clothes. Knowing girls camp there is nothing on the ground but DIRT! You don’t want to get dirt on a cute blouse. The best things to wear at girls camp are old comfy t-shirts and shorts. Jean material depends, if it’s not the best to stretch in I don’t recommend it. It also may have issues if you are around water a lot. But if it’s comfy and you don’t plan on going to the lake any time soon go for it!
~bring accessories. They could get lost and they really are unnecessary. Leave them safe and sound in your jewelry box.
~bring food. We aren’t the only living creatures who like food. Animals really really like food too. If you bring in “snacks” then you will attract (depending on your area) bugs, ants, squirrels, raccoons, and in worst case scenarios bears and mountain lions. Not only is it a hassle. It’s dangerous.
This is only a small fraction of the lessons I have learned at girls camp but I have given you basics to survive at least a week in the wilderness and have a fun no hassle week in the meantime! I will post more asap! Hope this helps!