How does this happen??? She was just a little girl yesterday!!!
Monday, June 18
JitterBug left Monday morning for Girls Camp for a week. She was pretty excited, but really nervous. Camping is not her comfort zone (yet). I was nervous because of the food allergies, but her leader promised to be vigilant in watching out for her and asked (okay, allowed) me to send an extra cooler with her special foods in it. She even told me she would personally make sure it had fresh ice everyday. I really hope that JitterBug has fun.
Friday, June 22
Camp was a Successful Venture for her. She was so cute.
Her leaders shared a really cool story with me. The girls were playing a game whose name wasn’t bad (Big Bootie), but wasn’t very tasteful either (kind of vulgar or common). She doesn’t talk like that and was uncomfortable with it. She refused to say it, and was under a huge amount of peer pressure to change. She was sticking to her guns – and the girls finally realized that she was serious. They rallied around her and changed the name of the game. Everyone had a great time and before camp was over, the other wards were using the new name. The leaders told me that before she did this, some of the girls were being turkeys about participating and getting along. By sticking to her ideals, JitterBug helped the whole camp unite and become one. Even one of her leaders told me that she had been uncomfortable with the game, and realized that it was because of the name.
To stand up for yourself in an unfamiliar situation is hard. To do it when you are a new 12 year old at Girls Camp is astounding.
I am so pleased that she has that kind of resolve and dedication.
And yes, she wants to go back!