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Friday, June 27

Dr. Seuss Girl's Camp - Decorations

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Note: In case you're not familiar, each year the youth leaders of our church take the "young women" {ages 12 - 18} camping. The experience is spiritual, education, & most of all - FUN! Usually we stay in tents, but this year we camped "GLAMPED" in cabins near Heber, Utah. It was heavenly! In the next few days, I'll be sharing the details about our camp.
Girl's camp was a success! Despite a few obstacles like snow {4 inches!}, 2 moose, & 1 bear - we had a marvelous time! Actually I would have loved to have seen the bear I was an ideal role model who conscientiously watched over the safety of each girl.  

A theme is chosen for each camp, & this year it was Dr. Seuss's "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

For this post, I'll tell you about our camp decorations. The artwork for the posters in the photo collage above was ordered from Etsy {click here}. We assigned a quote to each value as follows:
DIVINE NATURE: "Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"
INDIVIDUAL WORTH: "Today you are you that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is you-er than you"
KNOWLEDGE: "The more you read, the more you know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go."
CHOICE & ACCOUNTABILITY: "You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose."
GOOD WORKS: "Unless someone like you cares a whole lot, nothing is going to get better - it's not."
INTEGRITY: "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."
VIRTUE: "I meant what I said & I said what I meant. A young woman is faithful one hundred percent."
FAITH: "Sometimes the questions are complicated & the answers are simple."
- Our marvelous camp committee - 
Of course, right off the bat we started a group Pinterest board {CLICK HERE} for a place to share camp ideas. I was crazy about April's idea {see it here} for putting curtains on our pavilion. With our huge pavilion, fabric was not in the budget - plus our camp was windy {and we did end up having snow}. We opted for plastic table cloths in lots of bright colors. The "rod pocket" {the rods were just string} was made with duct tape at the tops so that when the wind blew, it didn't tear the curtains down.
- Making the "curtains" for our pavilion- 
We also made our own Truffula trees  with pool noodles & plastic tablecloths to place around the camp. That's colorful duct tape around the trunks. They can be made with tissue paper, but we were worried about moisture - which turned out to be a valid concern. We hammered rebar rods in the ground & put the trees over them. They must have looked good, because two moose were seen trying to eat them!
We made two large backgrounds for our amphitheater stage. Both were drawn on drop cloths by a very talented woman who whipped them up free hand in about 20 minutes each. Her name is Jodi Brimhall & her blog is Cottage Charm Creations {CLICK HERE}. She sells beautiful refurbished furniture. Anywho, we painted the backdrops with acrylics & outlined everything with thick Sharpie markers. The "Oh, the Places You'll Go" artwork was inspired by the book & the young women values were painted on to the hot-air balloons. The rules of the camp required that the backgrounds had to be free standing, so we attached them to three wooden posts which were in cement buckets. {We covered the buckets with green parade grass.}

After three days of messages about all the places the girls would GO in their lifetimes, on the last day we invited them to COME. Come unto Christ. And we changed our backdrop to this . . . 
Instead of trying to paint a portrait of Christ, we enlarged this one onto vinyl & velcroed it on. The artwork is called Jesus Christ in White Robe by John McNaughton which we obtained HERE

Click below for more girl's camp fun:
Dance Night
Skit Night {Including a skit script!}
Mini-classes {including our photo booth}
Cooking Competition


  1. It's fun to see it all tied together! Great job to all of you, I heard it turned out wonderful! :)

  2. Hi, Michelle! Thank you so much for sharing! Could you tell a bit more about the Camp Theme? What kind of activities were made regarding the theme?
    Hugs from Brazil.

  3. So cute! We are putting on the finishing touches before our camp and I was wondering if you would be willing to share all of the Seuss quotes that you put with the values. I have quotes for all of them except Divine Nature. I'm stumped on that one.

    1. Hi Carol, Sorry for the delay - it took me a little while to dig up the information you need. The quote we used for Individual Worth is: "Why fit in, when you were born to stand out?". I'll add all the quotes to the post. And have fun at girl's camp!
      Warmly, Michelle


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