I got to the camp site first, opened everywhere up and put my tent up, then people started to arrive, and in the middle of putting up tents it started to absolutely tip it down with rain!!
We had some pretty wet tents and I filled a mop bucket full with rain water from inside people's tents!
This was just such a great day!! In the morning, we all went to a local centre in Melton Mowbray which runs courses and is a kind of drop-in centre for teenagers in the area. It was set up by a guy who used to be a Policeman, and who wanted to do something to help the local kids who struggled with school, and were getting into trouble.
We went a long, and helped with lots of jobs around the place. We were only meant to be there for a couple of hours, but the girls and leaders really got into it, and wanted to finish what we started, so we all stayed for a few extra hours. We got tonnes done, including painting a computer room, an office area, the kitchen and a hall area, cleaning out the kitchen, cleaning out all the inside/outside animals, weeding the vegetable patches, painting a mural round the hair and beauty room, and re-organising the main hanging-out area. I can't even explain just how good we all felt - the girls were simply buzzing with happiness, and the guy who ran the place was really pleased and impressed with how much we'd got done, and how good the girls were.
In the evening, we headed back into Melton Mowbray, to go canoeing on the little river, with some local Scouting leaders. It was a wonderful evening! Some of the girls were a bit nervous, but ended up really enjoying it. The stretch of the river we stayed on was really shallow, and pretty, and the weather was lovely.
Here is one of the Scouting leaders with it even!!
Me while I was still relatively dry - before the girls and Scout leaders tipped me out of my canoe into the river!
I was last to leave the river, and couldn't get the car started! Had to jiggle the wire to the starter motor (after getting a torch from the Scout leaders), then thankfully it worked. Back at camp, everyone was just so happy after a really good day.
Finally the ambulance arrived, and took a long time to move Wendy to it. It turned out that she had broken her leg in two places, and an ankle. They took her to the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.
In the meantime, I got some activities out and kept the girls busy in the main hut.
It was however one of the most wonderful experiences I've ever had, and a time when I have felt the Holy Ghost the most powerfully. They are such a beautiful bunch of girls, and had developed such good friendships over the camp (many had not met each other beforehand). Almost every single person round the fire chose to speak, and share their feelings about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Each spoke powerfully and I felt so much love for each one of them - there was just such an amazing feeling of truth and unity there.
After Testimony Meeting we bought down a load of stuff for making smores, and stayed up late into the night laughing and talking, and enjoying each other's company - not really wanting the night to end.
Emma and Sharon eventually made it back to camp, and we all managed to get a few hours sleep.
Leaders Emma and Lisa, with some of the girls.
In the morning, everyone helped to pack up and clean the campsite, then head home after fond farewells. I left last, after meeting with the people who run the site, for their inspection, and to pay them. The woman said she didn't really need to inspect the site, because another group from our church had stayed at the site last year too, and left it beautifully clean. (That was my sister-in-law Niki, with Young Women from her Stake!)
Some of the fun after camp is seeing all the girls' happy comments on Facebook, and sharing all the photos and good memories!
Jack had also had a brilliant time on the Young Men's Camp, though one of his leaders, Caden, did rub it in a bit about girls' camp needing an ambulance (again! we had to call one the year before too...)
Some pictures I got afterwards of Jack's camp.