I spent 4 days this week at Girls Camp. It was for the Young Women’s program at my church. The girls range from age 12 – 17. We went to Steadman’s in Raft River in South East Idaho. We had Sunshine, Wind, Clouds, Wind, Rain and more Wind. It was such a great time.
The first day we got settled and put up tents.
The second day we sent on a hike to The Parting of the Ways. This is the part of the Oregon trail where the pioneers had the choice to either continue to Oregon or go to California.
Mr. Steadman drove us to a memorial, we then hiked up the bluff to get to the Parting of the ways. The bluff is solid lava rock. We could see where the wagon wheels had carved out grooves in the rock. It was sacred ground. It brought tears to my eyes and I stood and contemplated the long journey they had been on and the long journey they were to continue.
We talked about how we each of us have our own Parting of the Ways in our daily lives. How each decision and choice we make could affect 100’s of thousands of future generations. How would the pioneers lives have been if they had chosen Oregon instead of California? or vice versa. We had a moment where we all separated and time to contemplate choices that we have made; were they the right choices? How can we improve? How could these choices affect our future?
We hiked back to Steadman’s which was just under 5 miles.
Check out the Steadman’s link above and you can see how beautiful the area is and all of the activities that they have to offer. Most of us went down the water slide numerous times.
And of course this picture is priceless… (The Young Women Leaders). I found out why they wanted me to be the front of the train.
Some of the brave ones went down the zip line.
We had a flag ceremony every day.
We had little workshops.
We had craft activities.
We ate all kinds of foods.
Christine was our camp cook. She did a fabulous job!
We had silly times.
And we had quiet times.
The final night there was a mud football game.
We sang silly camp songs.
We did skits.
And we gathered around the fire and shared testimonies.
It was an awesome week and a great experience. I love these girls!