Friday, June 3, 2011

American Heritage Girls Camporee

The girls and I attended our first American Heritage Girls Camporee last month. It was an amazing day! There were close to 160 AHG girls and parents there to share in the fun. We camped at Michigan Christian Youth Camp, one of my favorite places to be. Since all of our girls are Explorers or younger, we were unable to camp in tents, but slept in the dorms, which was just fine by me!

We arrived with dreary but dry weather, set up our stuff and headed down to the campfire.

After some campfire songs and smores, we headed back to the dorms to get some rest. Thankfully the rain held off till around 10 pm, but when it did decide to rain, it poured! It just kept raining all night and into the next day! It was such a wet day! It rained till around 1:00 pm!

We all had breakfast, and then split up into their different groups for activities. All of our girls made no mess tye-dye bandannas. Here is Sweet Baby with hers....

Peanut with hers...

The Tenderhearts and Explorers were able to do Leathercrafts. Here is Sweet Baby as proud as can be to show the project she made for her AHG pen pal. It is a key chain of sorts shaped like a heart and "broken" down the middle. On one side she stamped the word "Pen" and the other side she stamped the word "Pals". As soon as we got home she packaged up one side to send to her pen pal. Too cute!

The Explorers were able to participate in several team building exercises. They really seemed to enjoy themselves. Here is Sissy making her way across the tire swings on the low ropes course. It is amazing to witness than a young girl scared to try something and then seeing her peers cheer her on.

The Tenderhearts were able to participate in a section of the low ropes course as well. Since we spent a year last summer at this camp, Peanut had already done the activities, but Sweet Baby had not. She was TERRIFIED but an even great thing to witness than peers cheering their friends on, is when a child conquers their fear and sees that they CAN do it! I LOVE these photos as you can really see how happy and excited Sweet Baby was as she made it across the ropes.

It was an amazing weekend. Sweet Baby was able to experience her first trip to camp, the girls and parents in our troop were able to bond and make amazing memories and accomplish things they never thought they would!

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