The theme of a recent episode of NCIS was how traditions influence our past as well as our future. That got me to thinking about some of our G.A. (Girls Missions) camp traditions. I have been attending the Amarillo girls’ mission camp for more than 25 years. Before that, I have beautiful memories of being a camper at GA camp (in the Lubbock area) when I was young.
One of my memories as a camper is an older camper putting my hair into a ponytail while our church group was meeting in the central space of the A-framed cabin. Did your church or cabin group have meetings or group time during camp? Last summer, I went into one cabin after the evening activity during their cabin goodnight routine. They were visiting, playing hand-games, and mentoring.
As an adult at Amarillo area’s Girls Mission camps, I have enjoyed participating in many traditions of our local camp. The ClownsUnderConstruction team is a staple to our local camp! Staffer leadership is a unique tradition of our Amarillo area mission camp. Segue singing (those fun songs) is an active and motivating way to transition to the different activities of the camp schedule. I appreciate the traditions of morning devotions, campfire, clown team skits, hands-on missionary sessions, and mission education rotations.
Which traditions are special to you? Ask your sponsor, an ex-camper, or another adult if they remember a camp tradition. Camp Directors welcome your input. Email or message camp directors which traditions you like.