Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Let's Go Camping - Friendships Made

Friends made while camping have a special bond... most of the time because it involves laughter, dirt and lack of sleep.  

While I was in Girl Scouts, I never got to experience Girl Scout camp... I did enjoy several youth retreat weekends that did involve laughter and lack of sleep, but not dirt.  This is from an Up With Youth event held in Estes Park in 1983...

Both of our daughters participated in Girl Scouts (I was even a Daisy and Brownie Troop leader) and both went to Camp Elliott Barker located near Angel Fire, NM.  Our oldest, Heather, had desired to have a horse.  So she signed up for the horseback riding camp so that she could learn about caring for the horses as well as improving her riding skills.  

The next year she signed up for the Outdoor Program Aide camp... (she may have decided that caring for a horse was way more work than she had originally thought.  😉)  The OPA program was training to be a member of the camp staff.  She and all the other OPA girls got to pick their camp names... they said it was easier for the younger campers to remember "silly names" than the actual names... I think there was a bit of privacy offered with the camp names as well.  She chose Tigger as her camp name.

She participated for two years as a camper and when she was 16 she became a junior counselor and was part of the paid staff.  She knew all of the camp songs, she was trained in first aid, fire starting, orienteering, etc.  

She loved the independence of being away from home for 2 months... I'll be honest... I struggled a little with that (yeah, yeah, yeah... I  struggled a lot!  She was only 16!)  

They would have a ten-day session followed by a two-day furlough.  And she didn't always come home.  It was a two hour drive home... a few times she opted to go to a friend's place that was "closer".  Like I said, I struggled a lot!
None the less, she gained great experience in handling all of her laundry and other needs and emergencies of life.  

She was even a cover girl for the camp schedule one year!!!

I love the fact that Dave and I were able to encourage both of our girls to strive to be leaders, and upstanding citizens, contributing to the future of our world.

Heather has not stayed in touch with any of the other young ladies that were counselors while she was at Camp Elliott Barker, but I know that she holds those memories as special times in her mind.  

When I asked her about her favorite memory from camp she said, 

"The camp outs! Not necessarily the sleeping in tent or cabin with 3 walls 😳 but cooking over a fire, making s'mores, and singing songs!"

Make new friends, but keep the old...
One is silver, and the other gold.
A circle round that has no end
That's how long I'm gonna be your friend.

Did you go to Girl Scout camp or Youth camp? Did you make life long friends?
Leave a comment... I'd love to hear from you. 💖

Piece Out,


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Linking with:
Let's Go Camping with Pat Sloan
BOMs Away at What A Hoot Quilts
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts
Linky Tuesday at Freemotion By the River
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter


  1. That's a nice block. Yes, I did get to go camping quite a bit with my Girl Scout troop. We did that a lot more than other troops in our area, largely because when the troop was going to dissolve due to no mothers being willing to be our leaders, our dad stepped up! He found out all the stipulations for a man being a leader, and some of the moms were willing to be the required "ride-alongs" for him to take the responsibility. Looking back, I see how remarkable it was that Dad did that for my sister and I. :)

  2. I went to a science camp once, which was fun, but no lasting friendships from it. Curious to see what happens with this block.

  3. As a young girl I really enjoyed outdoor camps, it was fun and adventure. I made a good friend there, but after moving several countries over man years, I lost contact with her - what a pity. Thanks for sharing the link to Pat Sloan!

  4. Hi Melva! I am still giggling over bonding over camping and dirt. That is the very main reason why I have never, ever enjoyed camping! I say different strokes for different folks though, and I sure am glad you have made such wonderful bonds and long-lasting friendships. Those are really priceless. Thank you again for the pattern that I won - I am just reading over it and deciding on colors/fabrics. Happy Happy Monday to you! ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. Wonderful block! I was a brownie then a girl scout and went to camp one summer. It was so much fun that I made sure my daughter went into scouting I'm proud to say she stayed in through high school, earning several high awards. Her troop went camping locally for a weekend, but never went to the two week summer camps. I encouraged my daughter to go anyway and although she was scared she made some friends and had a blast! She begged to go again and she went three summers in a row. Thanks for sharing this on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  6. I went to 4-H camp several years when I was young. I enjoyed the campfires and songs and as I got older the outdoor dancing. My kids chose to go the Girl and Boy Scout routes and I eventually became a girl scout leader and taught several badges for the boy scouts. Seems like if the kids want to be involved the parents need to be too. At least that was my motto; I wish others had felt the same and it would have been less work.